We’ve all been there…
The nights when your eyes follow the lime green glow of the digital clock on your nightstand as it counts away the hours you’ve been lying awake. The nights when, no matter how many times you’ve tossed and turned, flipped your pillow and counted herds upon herds of sheep, you simply cannot fall asleep.
Getting a full night’s sleep makes all the difference. It helps your brain and body rest and restore, preparing you for the day ahead so you can perform your best. Sometimes, when you miss out on catching those Zzz’s, it seems that all the coffee and tea in the world can’t put the pep back in your step!
When using the proper essential oils, aromatherapy can work wonders in promoting tranquil relaxation and soothing slumber.** Here are our top 5 favorite essential oils that may help you fall asleep, stay asleep and wake up feeling well-rested and rejuvenated!
One of the most popular oils in aromatherapy, Lavender Oil is renowned for its soothing and comforting properties.** The lush, floral scent instills deep tranquility, helping to ease emotions and bring peace to both mind and body.**
Try adding a few drops to cotton balls every night and placing them in the corners of your bed or underneath your pillow!
Grandma always suggested a steamy cup of chamomile tea before bed to kick the snoozing into high-gear, but what about chamomile oil? Chamomile Roman Oil, with its surprisingly fruity scent, is just as famous for promoting restful sleep as its tea counterpart.** It helps calm your entire being, easing irritability and helping release lingering negative emotions that may keep you awake at night.**
Try taking a hot bath before bed and adding 3-4 drops of this oil to the bathwater!
A distinctly warm and soft aroma, Sandalwood Oil helps to ease nerves occasionally on edge and tension of the body and mind.** It has been suggested that when inhaled, components of this aromatic oil trigger the pineal gland which in turn releases melatonin, a chemical in your body that helps regulate your sleep cycle.**
Sandalwood Oil has been used for centuries as a meditation and sleep aid**; try it for yourself by adding 5 drops to a steamy bowl of water and keeping it by your bedside!
Prevalent in aromatherapy as a sleep enhancer, Marjoram Oil has a wonderfully sweet, herb-like fragrance.** It is especially helpful when your occasional nerves and tension are what’s keeping you up at night!** Soothing and relaxing, this oil works to simultaneously ease away uneasy feelings and fortify your inner strength, helping you fall asleep easier and wake up ready to take on the day.**
Try combining 5 drops of Marjoram Oil with 10 mL of your favorite carrier oil to create a warming bedtime massage oil!
Valerian Root has been used historically as a natural sleep aid, and as an essential oil it sports the same comforting properties.** The components of Valerian Root Oil target the brain and nervous system, promoting an almost hypnotic state of tranquility as it eases those racing thoughts that affect your entire being and prevents you from falling asleep.**
Try adding 3-5 drops of this oil to a diffuser 15-20 minutes before bed time to fill your room with its tranquilizing aroma!
What are your favorite nighttime oils??
Health & happiness,