Get a better night’s sleep with soothing fragrances and pure essential oils. Stress, anxiety, and an overly active mind are just a few things that can lead to your not getting a good night’s sleep. There are many people who have problems falling asleep, or staying asleep. Insomnia can be a real problem, but we’re here to tell you about some natural ways to help you rest easy.
There are various tips, tricks, and techniques that can be used to help you get a better night’s sleep. Today we are going to tell you how using essential oils and fragrance oils can help you relax, calm your mind, ease anxiety and lull you to sleep with the power of aromatherapy.
Scented candles, aromatherapy diffusers and even humidifiers with integrated scent pads are just a few of the items worth a try. Adding some scented oils to a hot bath or mixing a few drops of essential oil with a carrier oil (such as sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil or olive oil) and massaging onto your temples or wrists are just 2 ways to incorporate aromatherapy into your nightly routine.
3 Sleep Easy Essential Oils
As with any essential oil, use caution. Some essential oils may cause photosensitivity, making your skin extremely sensitive to the sun’s rays. If using them on your skin, make sure to first dilute with a carrier oil and avoid going outdoors while the sun is out.
1. Lavender Oil
Lavender essential oil is one of the most well-known oils used in aromatherapy and a favorite of many people. This essential oil has been used for centuries for the many benefits it holds. Its fragrance is amazing and is prized for its sleep inducing properties. Lavender essential oil is great for adults and restless little ones – it has natural calming properties that help you relax.
2. Bergamot Oil
This essential oil is another aromatherapy favorite. Although most citrus oils are a bit stimulating, and best used during the day for their energizing properties, bergamot seems to have the opposite result. Use this essential oil at bedtime for its emotional balancing properties and to help calm your mind.
3. Cedarwood Oil
This oil is known for its earthy, woodsy and grounding effects and helps to calm the mind. The scent of this oil actually encourages the brain to release serotonin which is turned into melatonin which in turn induces a relaxing and restful sleep. Cedarwood mixes well with lavender essential oil or vanilla-scented fragrance oils. Add a few drops of this oil to your diffuser or mix it with a carrier oil and massage it into your temples and breathe deep.
The three oils listed above are a favorite of many people. Scents affect everyone differently; what you find calming and relaxing may be annoying to someone else. For instance, lemon essential oil will have a calming effect on most people but there are some people who are charged and energized instead. So, experiment with different scents until you find one or more that you really like!
Using an Essential Oil Diffuser
Diffusers come in many shapes and sizes but their purpose is always the same. All you typically have to do is add water into the small tray followed by a few drops of your favorite fragrance essential oil and turn it on. If you set this up about an hour before you normally go to bed you should see a noticeable improvement in your sleep.
Aromatherapy Humidifiers with Scented Pads
This piece of equipment is really a two-in-one item when it comes to a good night’s sleep. The combination of the scented pads and adding moisture to the air you breathe is incredible. You get the fragrance of the essential oils or fragrance oils along with fresh cool air to breathe.
Bedtime Bath with Essential Oils
Depending on the type of aroma therapy essential oil you’re going to use you should only have to add about 10 to 15 drops or so to a hot bath and enjoy. The oils will help you relax the body and mind making it easier to fall asleep and stay sleeping.
Lack of Sleep Causes
Not getting enough sleep is an inconvenience for many people, but lack of sleep will eventually have a negative effect on your health and well-being.
- Slow metabolism - may result in weight gain
- Weakened immune system - you may get sick more often
- Cognitive impairment - causes ‘brain fog’ and trouble concentrating
If you’re dealing with insomnia or just having a rough spell when it comes to the sleeping department -rather than reaching for an over the counter or prescription medication - why not try something natural such as aromatherapy to help you sleep easy! Please see our find a store locator on where to buy essential oils, aromatherapy diffusers and aromatherapy humidifiers at our retail partners or on our site.