A good night’s sleep is a crucial part of your day. Without restful sleep, you will be cranky, anxious, tired, and possibly suffer from brain fog or a mental slowdown. If you always feel tired, even in the morning, you may not be getting enough sleep, or it may not be of sufficient quality to refresh your body.
Essential oils can help enhance your sleep if you suspect that your sleep quality or quantity is lacking.
Everyone is different, so I can’t say which ones will work best for you but Lavender has long been used to ease tension and encourage relaxation. It relieves stress, acts as an anti-depressant and has sedative properties.
- Create a Misting Spray. If you don’t have a good essential oil diffuser but want to use aromatherapy, a misting spray is an answer.
- Add Essential Oils to Your Bathwater. If you enjoy a calming bath before bed, you can get even more relaxation by adding a few drops
- Use Essential Oil Products at Bedtime…
- Make a 10% solution of lavender oil and sesame oil or coconut oil (one drop of lavender oil to 9 drops of carrier oil). Place four drops of the oil mixture on a cotton ball and place it into a small cup or glass. Hold the cup about 6 to 8 inches below your nose and inhale the aroma, taking ten deep breaths. Place the container on your bedside table, near your head, overnight.
Furthermore, several small studies show that lavender oil enhances sleep mild to moderately well. In one study, done by the University of Southampton, participants who used lavender oil aromatherapy at night averaged 20% better sleep than the placebo group. Some people use a mixture of lavender oil and Roman chamomile for the best results.
If you don’t have any lavender essential oil, you can also use lavender as one of the plants for your bedroom in much the same way.