All-Natural Sleep Aids: The Best Essential Oils for Insomnia and Sleep Trouble
Are you exhausted all day, but come bedtime you find yourself tossing and turning for hours with racing thoughts? Do you wake frequently throughout the night and feel irritable in the morning?
If the answer is yes, you'll be excited to learn aromatherapy is a gamer-changer for sleep.
How Does Aromatherapy Promote Relaxation and Sleep?
When you inhale pure essential oils, olfactory receptors in the nose send messages to the brain. This stimulates the brain's limbic system that tells your mind and body to relax.
Additionally, essential oils are trans dermal. So, when used topically, some of their active therapeutic compounds reach the bloodstream quickly.
Top Essential Oils for Sleep
Here are our top essential oils to add to your bedtime routine if you want quality shut-eye every night.
- If you have sleep trouble, Woolzies Sleep Essential Oil Blend should be next to your bed. It's a carefully designed blend of eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary, peppermint, and lemongrass essential oils. If anxiety, snoring, or congestion makes it difficult to sleep, Woolzies Sleep Blend is a must-have.
- A list of all-natural sleep aids simply must feature Woolzies Lavender Essential Oil. Known as the best calming and soothing essential oil, lavender's comforting floral aroma and sedative properties reduce stress, relax muscles, and improve sleep quality and duration.
- Woolzies Bergamot Essential Oil is a fresh, sweet citrus oil with calming and stress-relieving properties. Bergamot is often used in aromatherapy to calm stressful thoughts, slow the heart rate and lower blood pressure – all necessary to fall asleep easily.
- Woolzies Vanilla Essential Oil is an intoxicating oil with a sweet aroma that will help you soothe restlessness and anxiety. Its sedative properties trigger relaxation, stress-relief, and sleep.
Other popular essential oils for promoting deep sleep and rest include:
- Roman Chamomile
- Clary Sage
Using Essential Oils to Promote Good Sleep
Essential oils work like a charm for insomnia when inhaled, diffused, and applied topically. Plus, they make your space smell heavenly!
We love adding 5-10 drops of essential oil to a warm bath before jumping into bed. You can also give yourself a gentle aromatherapy massage before drifting off – focusing on the chest, neck, hands, legs, and feet (Tip: Ask your partner for help!). However, always dilute 4-6 drops of essential oils in 2 tablespoons of carrier oil – like apricot, almond, coconut, and jojoba oil – before using topically.
Many essential oil enthusiasts enjoy the aromatic benefits of using an ultrasonic diffuser. Simply add 3-5 drops of essential oils per 100ml of water, switch the device on, and enjoy its effects! One of our favorite bedtime diffuser blends is 3 drops vanilla oil, 2 drops lavender oil, and 2 drops Roman Chamomile oil. Just make sure the area is well ventilated if diffusing around children.
You may also enjoy sprinkling a few drops of oil on your pillowcase before bed, or making a relaxing room and pillow essential oil spray. Combine 1 cup water, ¼ cup pure vodka, 10 drops of bergamot oil, and 10 drops of lavender oil in a spray bottle. Shake well before misting into the air and onto bed linen.
Aromatherapy is a great life hack for getting to sleep easily. But, it's only part of the picture. Minimizing caffeine, turning off electronics an hour before bed and keeping your bedroom dark, cool, and quiet will also go a long way to reducing sleep trouble and regulating your body clock.
Wishing you sweet dreams!
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