Salam Alaikum Beautiful. Peace Be Upon You
I love essential oils. They are a god-given gift.
Now for many years, they have been part of our family.
I use them for almost everything
They can help make everyday life so much easier, calming emotions, anxiety and stress.
They have been helping our family in many ways. Relaxing the mind in meditation and mindfulness healing cut and grazes, clearing headaches and lifting the mood.
I even use them for cleaning the house.
So today I wanted to talk about the 6 best essential oils to use for a great sleep and how they have helped me sleep better and longer without the need for medication. I have tried convincing my mum who also has problems sleeping.
But she doesn’t think it will help her.
I wish I could convince her instead of taking sleeping pills. I have never used them and never intended to because of their side effects.
Aromatherapy for sleep
Aromatherapy is an alternative medicine which relies on the powerful sense of smell and essential oils used for aromatherapy are used for a variety of purposes.
Today I want to talk about their wonderful benefits for sleep.
How can essential oils help us sleep better?
As we age our sleep pattern changes, we sleep less or wake up frequently during the night sometimes making it impossible to go back to sleep.
This sleep deprivation can have an impact on our memory and cognitive performance.
It can also cause our skin to age faster.
Have you noticed when waking up in the morning after a good night sleep how refreshed and active you are feeling, ready to start your day.
Well, this goes the other way too.
When we don’t sleep enough, we can feel it inside and out.
- No energy
- Feeling tired,
- Irritated with anything and anyone.
Essential oils can be a powerful and natural remedy to aid us sleeps better and longer.
So if you want to catch up on those hours of sleep missed, keep reading.
I love the smell of lavender and it’s not surprising to find lavender in this list. This oil is the most common choice for sleep and relaxation. Some studies show that using lavender oil may improve sleep quality in people with insomnia thanks to its antidepressant and relaxing properties helping with depression, and anxiety.
I’m not a big fan of valerian mainly because of its smell but it’s a very effective oil for sleep.
Benefits of Valerian
- Has soothing,
- Balancing properties.
- Powerful essential oil is
- light in colour and
- Considered one of the most effective herbs and oil for sleep aid.
This highly effective essential oil is a must-have for those in need of restful sleep. It has a very strong aroma- so best to use it with other oils such as Jasmin or lavender.
3 Roman Chamomile:
Roman Chamomile essential oil has a distinctive herbal, fruity aroma.
This oil encourages
- Ideal for a peaceful sleep.
- Has been used for many years as a natural remedy for insomnia,
- Has soothing and calming benefits.
- Help fight anxiety
- Aid in preventing infection, thanks to its
- Potent antiseptic and
- Antibiotic properties,
- Can also ease allergy symptoms.
Frankincense is my go-to I use it for many of its benefits. I love its fragrant smell.
- It gives a gentle boost to the mood.
- Great for sleep.
- Contains relaxing and calming components bringing a feeling of peace and
- Boost the mood.
- Help reduce negative feelings
- Bring a sense of pure wellbeing and satisfaction.
When you need a good kick adding few drops of frankincense to a tissue is a great way to give a boost of energy.
The beautiful fragrant smell of Jasmin makes me drift into sleep and ready to dream.
- Has sweet floral scent,
- Have very good sleep-promoting capabilities. Research shows that jasmine improves sleep quality
- Cut down on restless sleeping,
- lowers anxiety more effectively than lavender.
With a rich, woody, earthy scent, sandalwood
- Has been used in ancient history
- Has relaxation and anxiety properties.
- Ease anxiety
- Has sedative effects,
It’s also important to note that sandalwood can have an adverse effect and promote alertness, as everyone reacts to scents differently.
This oil may give sleep benefits to some people, while for others, it may keep them awake. But can still be used during the day to feel relaxed and alert for meditation and mindfulness practice.
Tips and other ways, you can try for a restful sleep.
Exercise is a proven way to increase sleep hormones.
but it is not recommended to do it before bedtime but rather choose to do a workout in the morning for a more peaceful sleep.
Essential oils diffuser
Have your diffuser ready with your preferred blend of oils and leave it on 30mn before bedtime.
You can also keep it on at night but some might be a bit noisy or distribute too much mist or again have the light that doesn’t turn off.
I personally don’t like sleeping with mine on as the light wakes me up but some might find it soothing.
Here’s a blend you can try:
Add 1 drop each to an aroma diffuser of:
Magnesium oil spray:
A very good way to improve your sleep is adding 5 to 10 drops of lavender and Jasmin to magnesium oil spray. Magnesium oil is also very good in promoting restful sleep as it helps relieve night cramps in the legs, which can be very frustrating and painful when trying to fall asleep helps with shaking of the legs which can prevent us from falling asleep. Promote better sleep as it regulates the hormone melatonin. It also aids in quieting the nervous system and therefore helps prepare your body and mind for better sleep.
Add few drops of lavender, Jasmin or chamomile diluted with coconut or jojoba oil and massage into the skin before bedtime or you can also add few drops to your pillow before bedtime. This Can also be used for restless teens and younger children note always dilute essential oils when using it on skin. Essential oils can cause irritation.
Mist or spray:
Add 15 to 20 drops of
to a 100ml bottle of distilled water and spray in the room 10mn before bedtime.
- 2 drops of Valerian,
- 3 drop of Frankincense
- 2 drops of Lavender or Jasmin
- 1 tablespoon Jojoba oil or coconut oil with
- 1/2 cup Epsom salts.
- Add to your bath and relax for 30 minutes.
As a measure of precaution and while essential oils may be safe they can also have few side effects therefore pregnant women and people taking prescription or medications should talk to their doctor before taking any natural remedies.
I hope you enjoyed reading this article. Are you also experiencing trouble sleeping? I would love to hear what other essential oils or tips you are using to improve your sleep.
Have a blessed day and peaceful a night.
Peace and blessings to you.
Christelle the founder of Naturaleeyou