It’s pretty much a fact these days that we could all use a better night’s sleep, but between hectic schedules and restless minds, it can be hard to get both the quality and quantity of sleep we need.
Sleep is connected to all aspects of our wellbeing and plays a role in everything from regulating our weight to sharpening our mental focus. We just don’t function properly without it, and no amount of coffee can make up for a lack of sleep.
Our number one remedy for improving sleep is essential oils, so if you’re looking for a natural way to both get and stay asleep, you’ll want to keep reading! We’ve picked out the five best essential oils for sleep.
(Oh, and keep reading until the end to see how you can win a free diffuser necklace!)
Lavender is one of the most popular oils out there because you can use it for just about everything (we wrote about a few of its many benefits here!). It’s also a great sleep aid thanks to its high levels of linalool and linalyl acetate, which are compounds that have major relaxation properties. The oil helps to calm your nervous system by lowering your blood pressure, heart rate, and regulating your nervous system.
Lavender is a perfect oil to help you relax and unwind at the end of the day.
Bergamot is another oil rich in linalool and linalyl acetate and can help to lower blood pressure and heart rate and get the body ready for sleep. If you are the type that’s often kept awake by racing thoughts, this is the oil for you! It has been shown to help reduce stress, anxiety, and calm a busy mind.
Chamomile tea has long been used as a way to help us wind down at the end of the day, so it’s no surprise that the oil made our list! There are a number of different types of chamomile oil, but Roman Chamomile seems to be the best for inducing relaxation and sleep.
Ylang Ylang is a major anxiety and stress buster, so it’s perfect for transitioning you from a hectic day into sleep mode. Its mild sedative effects will also help to lull you to sleep, and the floral scent is a welcome addition to any room.
Valerian is a popular sleep aid in a number of different forms- if you haven’t already seen it as an oil, you may have seen Valerian pills at your health food store. It’s popular for a reason- this little plant has some ultra-soothing properties and helps you to not only fall asleep but also improves the quality of your sleep.
So now that you know which oils to use, you may be wondering...
How can I use essential oils for a better sleep?
Apply a few drops of oil to your diffuser about an hour before bed and allow it to continue running while you sleep.
Mix a couple of drops of your essential oil into a carrier oil, like coconut or almond oil, and gently rub into your skin. Your feet, chest, and nape of your neck are great places to apply the oils.
You can purchase a pillow spray or make your own by mixing ¼ cup water, ¼ cup vodka, and 20 drops of essential oil into a spray bottle. Spritz onto your pillow before bed.
Take a bath
Add a few drops of essential oil into a carrier oil or small amount of baking soda and add to a warm bath before bed. This is the perfect way to relax tight muscles, let go of tension, and prepare for sleep. Adding a scoop of epsom salts ups the bath game by providing natural magnesium- another sleep aid.
Baking soda potpourri
Combine a small amount of baking soda with a few drops of essential oils into a dish. Place beside your bed before going to sleep.
What are your favourite oils to use before bed? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
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