Having trouble sleeping? You are not alone! The good news is that essential oils can help. Here’s a list of the best essential oils for sleep.
I just read an article that said that you could die from sleep deprivation before you starved to death. Wow….it takes 2 weeks to die from starvation while 10 days without sleep can kill you! I was really shocked by this!
Too many of us are missing out on sweet dreams. Our hectic lifestyles, poor diets, stress, depression, physical illness and working unusual schedules can keep us from getting the deep, nourishing rest that we need. Getting a poor night’s sleep means more than just a bad day ahead. The quality of your sleep can harm your health long-term; sleep deprivation is linked to obesity and high blood pressure, poor concentration, and lack of energy for exercising, healthy eating, and leisure activities.
You absolutely cannot be healthy if you are not getting adequate sleep!
Getting enough sleep has been one of my challenges in my journey to health. I have worked hard on figuring out how to get the rest that I need in order to be the healthiest that I can be. The most helpful thing for me has been essential oils.
I started using essential oils for stress and sleep as well. I have been super happy with the results. Essential oils are not drugs or medications. They help us by bringing our bodies back into balance and supporting our body systems.
Essential oils cannot cure insomnia or its root cause, but using calming and relaxing essential oils before your intended bedtime can potentially help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep until your intended wake-up time. Each persona has individual needs so you have to experiment to see which oils work best for you.
How to use essential oils for sleep:
Essential oils can be used both topically and through inhalation to improve the quality of sleep.
The easiest way to receive the benefits of essential oils is through diffusing them. Diffusers disperse the essential oils molecules into the air and allows you to inhale them. The molecules of the essential oils are so small that they easily enter the olfactory nerves inside of your nose and into the limbic system, which is the seat of emotions in the body. Diffuse oils 30-60 minutes before bedtime.
If you do not have a diffuser, you can place a drop or 2 of essential oil in the palm of your hand, rub your hands together, cup them around your nose and inhale deeply. Do this for several minutes. I have found this an effective way to use many of the essential oils.
You can also rub 1-2 drops of essential oils on the bottoms of your feet, shoulders, back of your neck or stomach. You can use a bit of carrier oil like coconut or jojoba to help it spread.
Mix 3-6 drops of essential oil with epsom salt or baking soda and add to a hot bath water while tub is filling. Soak in bath for 20-30 minutes.
Rub 1-2 drops on the temples and back of neck several times a day.
Place a warm compress with 1-2 drops of chosen oil on the back.
A word of caution:
Only about 2% of essential oils sold are considered therapeutic grade. There is no standard for EOs and so many of the oils you find may be adulterated and can actually contain harmful ingredients. Try to get the 100% Pure Therapeutic essential oils from a reliable source. If you’re not sure how to shop for and buy your essential oils, you might like to go to this link for tips that can help you select vendors of pure, high quality essential oils:
9 Best Essential Oils for Sleep
Calming to the nervous system and helps with restlessness
Balances the nervous system and helps strengthen the body and mind; increases feelings of strength, courage, and self-esteem; Can also be useful for snoring.
Relaxes the nervous system and helps with overstimulation.
4. Roman Chamomile:
Has a warm, sweet, herbaceous scent that is relaxing and calming for both mind and body. Its gentleness makes it especially valuable for restless children.
Very calming and can be good for anxious feelings
6. Peace and Calming:
Promotes relaxation and a deep sense of peace and emotional well-being: helps release negative emotions: wonderful for children.
Relaxing and soothing; allows the brain to stop processing
8. Stress Away:
Brings feelings of peace and tranquility; helps to relive daily stress and anxious feelings; promotes relaxation; restores equilibrium.
Lifts the spirit while providing a calming influence on the body; brings peace and happiness to the mind. It is rich in the powerful antioxidant d-limonene and aids in maintaining normal cellular regeneration.
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Here are two Essential Oil Recipes you can try to catch the Zzzzzzz’s you need:
Insomnia Essential Oil Recipe
10 drops Roman Chamomile
5 drops Clary Sage
5 drops Bergamot
Blend the oils well in a clean dark-colored glass bottle. Add 1-2 drops to a tissue and place inside your pillow to aid you in falling asleep.
If you prefer to make a diffuser blend that you enjoy during the hour before bedtime, make a blend with a ratio of 2 drops Roman Chamomile to 1 drop Clary Sage to 1 drop Bergamot and add to your diffuser.
Lavender Oil can also help provide relaxation and drowsiness, but using more than 1-2 drops can have the opposite effect.
Sleepy Time Essential Oil Blend
12 drops Orange
8 drops Lavender
4 drops Cedarwood
3 drops Valerian
2 drops Roman Chamomile
Mix oils in a clean, glass essential oil bottle. Use in diffuser, inhale, topically, or in a warm bath mixed with epsom salt.