It’s finally bedtime. You get into your warm cocoon of blankets and…nothing. Your brain won’t shut off, and you spend what feels like an eternity tossing and turning, struggling to fall asleep.
Now, before you start reaching for sleep medications, maybe it’s time you give essential oils a try.
What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are basically plant extracts of the plant. Various parts of plants, such as flowers, roots, and seeds, are steamed or pressed to capture their active botanical and aromatic properties. It can take several pounds of a plant to produce one bottle of essential oil! When using essential oils, you’ll not only experience their beautiful scents but also get maximum therapeutic benefits from the plants.
Which Essential Oils Support Better Sleep?
Essential oils are known to soothe and relax the mind and body. Using them right before bedtime can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep for longer. They can also bring other health benefits, such as anxiety-relief and immune boosts.
Lavender essential oil is a widely recognized natural sleeping aid. Many people find the scent of lavender relaxing and stress-relieving. Recent research has shown that lavender can enhance deep sleep and slow down the heart rate to encourage restful sleep.
If you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome or any digestive issues that affect your sleep, peppermint oil can help relax the muscles in your digestive tract and relieve pain. You can inhale the oil or apply it directly onto the abdomen.
Eucalyptus has long been used in many over-the-counter remedies for cold and flu. It is excellent for loosening phlegm and alleviating congestion due to a compound named 1,8-cineole. It has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and also boosts your innate immune system. So if you suffer from allergies or have a cold, eucalyptus oil can help you breathe easier.
If you’re feeling sluggish the next morning, try a few drops of lemon oil in your diffuser! The refreshing scent of lemon has been shown to increase attention levels and boost energy.
How To Use Essential Oils For Sleep
There are many ways to experience the incredible benefits of essential oils. When you inhale the scents, they travel from the nerves in your nose to affect the amygdala in the brain, a.k.a. center of your emotions. You can also absorb essential oils from the skin. They can help relax any tight muscles when used in a massage or a bath.
Try one of these methods next time before you go to bed!
- Rub a few drops on your chest, wrist, neck or hands. If you have sensitive skin, we recommend diluting the essential oil with a carrier oil like coconut or olive oil.
- Light aromatherapy candles with wax infused with essential oils.
- Pour several drops into your diffuser.
- Add essential oils into a water spray and spray them in your room or pillow.
Want the ultimate relaxation experience? Visit Reach Optimal Health in Langley for an aromatherapy massage from a registered aromatherapist. Our resident therapists are here to answer any questions and guide you through the essential oils you need to sleep better. Give us a call today to get started on your first aromatherapy session!