Essential Oils for Sleep and Relaxation
Struggling to fall asleep? Or maybe you fall asleep just fine, but cannot seem to stay asleep. Many of us have struggled with sleep issues. Even if we do get a full night’s rest, we don’t feel fully rested. Many of us have tried different things to help get some sleep, often with no success. I myself have struggled with sleep issues, and have found a few essential oils for sleep that have deeply changed my life.
Essential Oils for Sleep and Relaxation
I like to think that sleep does not come at the end of a day; it comes at the beginning of the day. Our days are truly impacted by the level of sleep we get, and it can dictate how our days go, how our minds work, and how our bodies feel. Here are a few of our favorite essential oils for sleep and relaxation to help you get started right!
There has been a ton of research surrounding lavender essential oils. One study found that lavender was an effective treatment for mild insomnia. Lavender is incredibly relaxing, and we can use it a number of ways. In addition, you can combine lavender with other essential oils to create a special relaxing sleep blend.
To use lavender essential oil at bedtime, try putting a few drops on the feet. You can also put it on the wrists, chest, or back of the neck. You may try using a diffuser as well to help you while you are sleeping!
Bergamot is a strange essential oil in that it is incredibly useful but relatively unknown. It’s a citrus fruit, but does not have stimulating effects like other citrus fruits tend to have. One thing to be extremely aware of with bergamot oil is that it can make the skin extremely sensitive to sunlight. We recommend not using bergamot on the skin if you plan on going outside shortly after, even if it is cloudy out! Bergamot can create emotional balance, and allow the mind to relax and help you fall asleep.
3. Ylang Ylang
Ylang ylang is one of my favorite aromas. It is intensely floral, but also has a slight sweetness or fruity flavor to it. It’s often used in spas, massage therapy centers, and other healing places. It’s believed to balance masculine and feminine energies, restoring some level of peace and focus. You can try diffusing some ylang ylang by itself or blend it with another oil. I often begin diffusing 30-60 minutes before going to bed. It’s the perfect essential oil to use while lying in bed reading a book, taking a bath, or going through your pre-bedtime ritual.
Clary sage is a bit different than the previous essential oils on this list. It isn’t a scent we often associate with relaxation and ease, but it actually can be wonderful for sleep. It’s most commonly used to help balance hormones, and imbalanced hormones actually can keep us up at night. Hormones can contribute to the mind racing, anxious feelings, and over-thinking. Try some clary sage on the wrists or bottoms of the feet before trying to go to sleep!
It seems we include jasmine on a lot of our lists! It works well for headaches, and is one of our favorite oils for meditation. That’s because jasmine is truly relaxing when used correctly. The floral and sweet smell can promote ease and wellbeing. Using jasmine essential oil for sleep can help you fall asleep with ease and get a restful night’s sleep. Try diffusing some jasmine or putting a drop in your tea before bed.
Sandalwood has a wonderful woody smell. It’s smooth and relaxing, and is a great oil to use at bedtime. You can use sandalwood on a mala or essential oil necklace, diffuse it around bedtime, or put a drop in a bath. It can help ease the mind and combat the overthinking we often experience when trying to fall asleep.
Chamomile is a common herb used for bedtime, especially in the form of tea. As an essential oil, it can be a great addition to a bedtime routine and help you to fall asleep with more ease. Chamomile is relaxing for both the mind and the body. I find that chamomile is quite soothing, leaving me feeling at ease when I hit the pillow. You can drink chamomile in your tea before bed, use it in a diffuser, or apply directly to the skin when diluted.
Guided Meditation for Sleep
Along with essential oils, meditation can be a great natural way to fall asleep. Here are a few guided meditations for sleep which you may find useful.