Essential Oils for a Better Night’s Sleep

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Stevi White, our guest blogger, has been kind enough to come up with some really good information to share with us.

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1. Lavender 

Most people are aware that lavender is somehow related to sleep, but what most people don’t know is that this has been studied extensively and its effectiveness is more than just an Old Wives Tale. One study done in the United Kingdom showed promising results in using the aroma of Lavender oil as a treatment for mild insomnia And another study observed  that inhalation of lavender and several other essential oils decreased anxiety and improved sleep qualify of 56 ICU patients. So as innocent as lavender may seem, it packs an impressive (and very scientific) punch in the sleep department.

2. Vetiver

Vetiver essential oil is distilled from the roots of the plant. It’s rich and earthy smelling, and it’s my go-to oil when I need to help my brain “shut-off” for the night. It took me a while to get used to the smell, so if you are a vetiver newbie, you might try mixing it with a “lighter” oil, such as lavender or roman chamomile.

3. Roman Chamomile 

Roman Chamomile essential oil is known for is calming, soothing, and relaxing properties. It has a light, floral scent and is wonderful for creating a peaceful atmosphere in your bedroom.

4. Ylang Ylang 

I’m glad I get to type this one today instead of trying to say it out loud. I honestly look like a dog with peanut butter stuck on the roof of its mouth whenever I try to pronounce it, but regardless, ylang ylang is a wonderful choice if you are looking to improve the quality of your sleep.

5. Bergamot 

Bergamot is a citrus fruit and the oil is cold-pressed from the rind or peel. Most citrus oils (like grapefruit or wild orange) tend to have a bit of a stimulating effect, but bergamot is different. It’s bright, yet calming at the same time.

6. Sandalwood 

It is a pricier oil, but a little bit goes a long way.

7. Marjoram

Not only is marjoram essential oil wonderful for soothing muscles and joints, but it also excels in creating peaceful sleep.

How to Use These Sleepy Essential Oils

When I’m using my essential oil stash to create a more peaceful sleeping atmosphere, there are two main methods that I use:

1. Topical Use 

Applying oil topically can be a wonderful way to reap their benefits. I generally rub oils on the back of my neck, or on the bottoms of my feet before bed. I usually use a vegetable oil of some sort to dilute them, and then rub them into my skin.  (Patty’s note: Natural Grapeseed Oil is amazing as a carrier oil.)

2. Aromatic Use 

My other secret essential oil weapon is Diffusers. It’s easy to add just a few drops of any of these oils to a bit of water, and you’ll be in dreamland in no time.

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