Top essential oils for sleep and relaxation
Essential oils have become popular as sleep remedies in the natural health community and they can help you to treat insomnia and get better sleep.
Lavender Essential Oil
True Lavender is an effective essential oil to help you fall asleep and stay asleep. Lavender essential oil is predominately made up of alcohols and esters and has several therapeutic properties, but is most commonly associated with relaxation. True lavender is the most popular choice of lavender available but be aware that there are other species, such as spike lavender and the hybrid lavender that have very similar properties, but are not as sedating as is true lavender.
Chamomile Essential Oil
Chamomile is another popular choice of essential oil for insomnia. There are a few species of chamomile, but Roman chamomile essential oil is the most effective one to use for insomnia. Roman chamomile is an ancient herb which has therapeutic properties that include sedative and relaxing properties. It is recommended for the treatment of insomnia, stress and nervous tension, so is a good choice to help you to relax and prepare for sleep. Combine Roman chamomile essential oil with true lavender essential oil for a more powerful treatment.
Marjoram Essential Oil
Again, you need to choose the right type of marjoram oil for insomnia as there are several plants/oils that go by the name of ‘marjoram’. Sweet marjoram essential oil is the only one recommended for helping with insomnia because it has a calming and sedating action on the nervous system. This helps to lower blood pressure, ease nervous tension and hyperactivity, and soothe loneliness, grief and rejection. All of which can exacerbate insomnia.
Like lavender, sweet marjoram essential oil combines together with the previous oils to produce a highly effective synergistic blend for insomnia. These three essential oils can be blended in different proportions to suite your personal fragrance preferences. However you blend them you should certainly feel the benefit of a better nights sleep.
The aromatherapy community swears by it and research has confirmed it. The inhalation of valerian essential oil can help you fall asleep more quickly and can lengthen your sleep duration significantly. Researchers argue that valerenic acid, its active ingredient, has sedative effects. Many people also drink a drop of the oil in a glass of water half an hour before bed time to try to intensify its potency.
In a study that tested the effect of bergamot inhaled with water vapor, academics discovered that this oil has the ability to improve mood and reduce anxiety. Even better, it seemed to reduce the presence of the hormone cortisol in the saliva, which they assumed gave it its sedative properties.
For those people with restless legs and other involuntary movements during the night, the inhalation of cedarwood essential oil has been found to reduce automatic motor activity and to prolong sleep
Here are a few essential oil recipes to help you get a better nights sleep
These synergistic blends can be used in a bath, massage or in a burner.
When using essential oils in a bath use no more than 6 – 8 drops in total. Feel free to change the proportion of drops to suit your aroma preferences.
Sleep blend 1
• 1 drop Lavender
• 1 drop Sweet marjoram
• 2 drops Chamomile Rmn
Sleep blend 2
• 2 drops Ylang ylang
• 1 drop Geranium
• 2 drops Neroli
Sleep blend 3
• 2 drops Clary Sage
• 1 drop Sandalwood
• 2 drops Bergamot
Sleep blend 4
• 2 drops Frankincense
• 1 drop Jasmine Abs
• 1 drop Lavender