Aromatherapy Can Help You Sleep
Aromatherapy Can Help You Sleep
Did you know that some people are using aromatherapy to help them fall asleep and wake up refreshed? Aromatherapy is fast becoming a natural alternative to over the counter sleep aids. With the trend in natural treatments, many people find that using natural plant extracts known as essential oils are an attractive alternative.
How Does Aromatherapy Help With Sleep?
Some essential oils are known to have a calming and relaxing effect on the body and mind. By using these essential oils in a bath, a diffuser, or simply placing a few drops on a cotton ball beside the bed, people find that the effects allow them to get a restful night of sleep. A word of caution is in order here. Essential oils are potent concentrated extracts from plant parts. Essential oils do have different effects on each individual, so your results may vary. The good news is that if one essential oil is not effective for you, there are others you can try to get the calming and soothing effects you are looking for. For further information on essential oils and aromatherapy, you can read my blog about them.
There are a number of essential oils that are known for their relaxing, calming and soothing effects:
- Lavender– Lavender essential oil is well known to have calming and relaxing effects when used in aromatherapy. Placing 2-3 drops of Lavender essential oil in a diffuser beside the bed is a great way to use it to help you fall asleep and stay asleep.
- Chamomile– Chamomile essential oil is also well known for it’s calming and relaxing properties. Some people use Chamomile tea to relax before bedtime. You can use it in a diffuser in the bedroom to get the same effect.
- Vetiver– Vetiver essential oil has a rich and earthy smell because it is extracted from the roots of this tall grass. It mixes well with both Lavender and Chamomile to receive an added effect. Vetiver can help calm down an overactive mind.
- Ylang-Ylang– Ylang-Ylang essential oil has a pleasing floral scent that is relaxing and soothing. As a side benefit, it also has aphrodisiac properties which can help you and your partner get into a romantic mood.
These would be my top essential oils for getting restful sleep. I have linked to the oils I use from a supplier who is all natural and offers only 100% therapeutic grade oils.
It is always recommended that you do your homework and research the essential oils you wish to use. If you want to use essential oils in aromatherapy you will need a diffuser to place water and a few drops of the oil in so it will be diffused throughout the bedroom. Diffusion is one of the most popular ways to receive the benefits of essential oils. You breathe in the essential oils from the air and the active chemicals are taken up by the bloodstream through the lungs and distributed throughout the body.
Using Aromatherapy For Sleep
Before you go out and buy up a large supply of essential oils it is important you make sure you have everything you need to use them effectively. This can be as simple as a supply of cotton balls to place a few drops of essential oils on and place beside your bed, to a diffuser, to supplies for making up your own massage oils. It’s really up to you to experiment and decide which works best for you.
- Cotton Ball Aromatherapy- Using a cotton ball beside your bed is the easiest method of using an essential oil for sleep. Remember, essential oils are highly concentrated essences of the plant, so a few drops are all you need. The bottle come already fitted with an orifice reducer so you can use them to drop a few drops on the cotton ball. This method is called passive diffusion. The essential oil will evaporate and diffuse throughout the room.
- Diffuser Aromatherapy- A diffuser uses ultrasonic sound waves to create a fine mist of essential oils and water you add to the tank. This method allows a better distribution of the essential oils in the room. It also has the added benefit of adding humidity to the room.
- Massage Oil Aromatherapy- Many people prefer to use essential oils in a massage oil to receive the added benefits of the oils on the skin. Massage oils containing essential oils use a vegetable-based carrier oil along with a few drops of essential oils to allow the benefits of the essential oils to be absorbed into the skin.
Now that you know how aromatherapy can help you sleep you may want to find out how it can help you. Feel free to contact me by email if you have questions. I am always happy to help. Let us know in the comments if you have a favorite essential oil for sleep.