Essential oils can play a part in your relaxation, meditation or in helping you drift off to a good night’s sleep. We all know how frustrating it is to lie awake half the night or wake up and not be able to go back to sleep. There are medications you can take to help you sleep but it’s nice to have a natural alternative if you don’t want to rely on pills.
Several essential oils can contribute to relaxation and sleep but there are five in particular that do a great job:
- Lavender is number one on the list. It has been used for centuries to help people relax, treat depression, and promote sleep. It also is good for the digestion and, for many, digestion problems can keep them awake. The neat thing about lavender is that you can grow it in your garden. Lavender in a window planter can create a relaxed feeling in the whole house when the window is open. Lavender petals can be used as potpourri, be tossed in a warm bath, or used in a steamer or diffuser.
- Chamomile flowers are the only part of the plant that is used to make this essential oil. They can also be used as a calming tea. German and Roman chamomiles are used for the making of the oil and it works on people that suffer from insomnia.
- Bergamot is used to relieve stress and promote relaxation. It’s citrus scent gives a feeling of well-being and being refreshed. It comes from citrus fruit rind and is the main ingredient in earl grey tea.
- Sandalwood helps you to relax by relieving nervous tension. It comes from trees that are at leas forty years old and older. The older the tree the better the oil.
- Mandarin oil is very good for promoting relaxation and sleep. It’s close to lavender in how it effects a person. It smells more like bergamot than the fruity scent of the tangerine. Mandarin oil can be used on children as well as adults.
All of these essential oils can be used in a bath, a steamer, or a diffuser. They can be mixed to create your own recipe that works best for you. You can put a few drops on a warm light bulb say near your bed. They can be put in a lotion and applied. Applying them to the bottoms of your feet is the best. The pores on the bottoms of your feet or on your hands are the largest allowing the oils to get into your system quicker. I have found that smelling the oils works better than applying them in this case.
Essential Oils for Sleep