Ambien-Related Ramblings of a Marlboro Family Photographer
Some of you may be puzzled by the title of this blog, as I am a Marlboro family photographer. Some of you may be wondering why this blog is about lavender and not photography. But today, I am going to talk about how lavender changed my life. You see, I was a sleep-shopper. In other words, my insomnia was so bad that I had to take Ambien; if you’ve ever taken Ambien, you know exactly where this is going. Being a mom and a New Jersey family photographer, life can get chaotic (emphasis on the “chaotic”). With mothering three daughters, four cats, two bearded dragons, and one dog, quality sleep has become a distant memory for me!
Cue: Ambien. In an attempt to actually get some sleep for once, I started taking Ambien. I knew it wasn’t the best for me, but for my lack of sleep, it was so necessary. What happens next is both expected, yet still somehow shocking. I began “waking up” in the middle of the night, still disoriented by the medication. Instead of being one of those people that sleep-walks to the kitchen to make something outlandish like a hot dog covered in syrup and sprinkles, or sleep-walks outside to the front yard with the door wide open, I engaged in something a little more up my alley: sleep-shopping.
Yes, I, Glenna Rosenberg, had become a verified sleep-shopper. Eight hundred dollars and a freshly purchased round-trip to Texas later, I knew I had a problem. I am not afraid to admit it. Amazon Prime was second nature to me, even in my lost state of mind!
Soon after the famous sleep-shopping incident (which, let’s be honest, may have occurred more than once), I began practicing meditation. Now if you know me personally, you know it’s hard to silence the millions of thoughts I have on the daily! But I was willing to do anything to de-stress and finally get to a place where I can relax enough to sleep. Being a freehold family photographer, I have always known that photography was my zen. Since it’s impossible to be taking photos 24/7, I realized I was in dire need of more. I ended up going to classes at the Yoga Suite in Matawan, New Jersey. When I say this helped me find my inner peace, I mean it!
It was a place of peace and relaxation, a place where my constantly-buzzing brain finally (and miraculously) slowed down a bit. I was hooked, and my sleeping problems began to fade away as I continued to focus on channeling my zen. Now believe me, it wasn’t all that easy to up and solve my sleeping problems. They were still there. But I realized that there are little things I could do to make falling asleep a little easier.
Here’s where lavender comes in! If you have ever smelled this soothing herb, you can definitely relate when I say that it is one of the most relaxing scents on planet earth. Seriously, this stuff is magic. Fun fact: lavender is widely used to treat anxiety, fungal infections, and even hair loss. It also has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, which is a definite plus. Even better, it tastes amazing in cupcakes (score!).
Personally, I like to use lavender essential oil to calm me down before bed. Whether it’s a roll-on, or through an essential oil diffuser, lavender is consistently soothing. If you’re looking to wind down at bedtime or even if you’re just looking for a way to destress right after your hectic work day, try rubbing a few drops of lavender essential oil into your palms or temples. You’ll be ready to fall into bed in no time.
Inspired by lavender and all its goodness, I decided to pack up my gear and head to the lavender farm! Pleasant Valley Lavender is located in Morganville, New Jersey, and is quite literally a little slice of heaven on earth. Aside from smelling amazing and looking gorgeous, it also makes for a really great photoshoot destination. Here is the result !!!
Some fine art photography sessions in the lavender field!