Since ancient times lavender has been recommended for people suffering from insomnia or other sleep disorders. People stuffed their pillows with lavender flowers to help them fall asleep and get a better night’s rest.
Today, we use lavender to treat headaches and nervousness or restlessness. Massage therapists sometimes apply lavender oil to the skin, which may function both as a calming agent and a sleep aid. In Germany, lavender tea has been approved as a supplement to treat sleep disruptions, restlessness, and stomach irritation.