DIY Lavender Water

 

Being a young college student, a good night’s sleep has become a rare commodity. In today’s society, we are living in a constant stress-induced environment, where our days are clouded with work, school, meetings and carrying on a social life. Our unpredicted schedules are accompanied by high stress levels and a lack of sleep, so I turned to the faithful Internet for answers; seeking out different tips to help with stress and relaxation.

I stumbled across a study conducted in 2001, researching the effects lavender fragrance had on college women’s stress and depression levels. Amongst the 42 college women who participated, severity of insomnia and sleep improved by 60% with exposure to the lavender aroma. 

The crisp and floral scent of lavender has remarkable health benefits. Often used in aromatherapy for its relaxing properties; the scent of the pale, bluish-purple herb helps relieve stress, muscle spasms, stress, insomnia and anxiety.

Lavender water is simple to make and creates a relaxing atmosphere. I spray it on my bed linens before heading to sleep and the clean, fresh scent fills my room. It’s the perfect quick trick to help you unwind from a long day. 

 

Items You’ll Need: lw_2

  • A small saucepan
  • Strainer
  • Dried lavender
  • Empty spray bottles
  • Witch Hazel (2 Tablespoons)
  • Measuring cup

 

 

Directions:

  1. Bring 1 cup of water to a boil
    • The water needs to be hot enough for the lavender to steep in it (similar to making tea)
  2. Pour the boiling water over the lavender buds
    • Carefully pour the boiling water over the lavender in a separate bowl or sauce pan. The heat will draw out the lavenders natural essential oils
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  3. Place a towel over the lavender and let it steep overnight
    • The longer you let the lavender steep the better. This will strengthen the fragrance and draw out more of the lavender’s oils
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  4. Strain the lavender buds
    • Strain the lavender buds from the water and discard
  5. Add your Witch Hazel and Essential Oil
    • Mixing in Witch Hazel allows for your spray to have a longer shelf-life
    • Add in the lavender essential oil. The number of drops depends on how strong you want the scent to be. I added about 10 drops.
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  6. Funnel the lavender water into the spray bottle
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