Essential Oils for Sleep

Experiencing trouble with insomnia? You're not alone – a lot of people worldwide suffer from this problem.

I have often experienced trouble sleeping, especially when I'm experiencing a lot of stress and anxiety in my life. I've often found myself waking up in the middle of the night, worrying about a major issue in my life, and unable to get back to sleep, no matter what I do. I have used essential oils (mostly through diffuser) when experiencing this and have found them helpful. After using the oils, I've found myself back to sleeping through the night.

Valerian Oil

The Valerian root has been used for thousands of years for its calming and emotionally grounding effects. One of these uses has been Valerian's ability to promote restful, undisturbed sleep. It is thought that the active components of Valerian balances the body's cycles and promotes sleep. It is also used to treat depression, anxiety and other nervous conditions.

Roman Chamomile Oil

Roman chamomile essential oil is one of the most versatile of all oils used in aromatherapy. A little goes a long way with this oil and its calming and sedating properties and it is considered a natural sedative. It may also have properties to relieve allergy sufferers, bringing comfort to irritated nasal passages, which could be an advantage if your lack of sleep is due to allergic complaints!

Lavender Oil

Lavender is well-known for its calming and relaxing properties. This is probably the most popular essential oil choice for sleep aid, relaxation and anxiety relief. It combines all three of these effects in order to help you relax and get a good night's sleep, and provides a lovely scent for your room as well.

How to Use the Oils:

Diffuser

A diffuser is an excellent choice. The scent from the diffuser will spread throughout the room you've placed it in (in this case, most likely your bedroom). It's a good idea to start this about an hour before bedtime, so when you enter the room the calming aromatherapy scent has already spread.

Drops

You can even put 1-2 drops of your chosen essential oil on your pillow or nearby the top of your bed (about a half hour before bed). The scent will be there to lull you to sleep.

Relaxing Essential Oil Bath

Lastly, why not add a few drops of your chosen oil to an evening bath that also contains Epsom salts? A bath is a great way to wind down after a long day, and adding in these oils along with the Epsom Salts will assist in relaxation. Throw in a cup of Chamomile or Sleepytime tea and you'll be ready to snooze.

One other tip includes NOT using any electronics (computer, tablet, smartphone) an hour before bed. That's a challenge for all of us, but it's one worth trying if you'll get a better night's sleep!

Source by Tina Thomson

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