Not getting enough sleep? That’s an issue that I hear come up very frequently from friends, family and even clients that I coach. Between stress, hormones and digestion, there are so many reasons why people are continually searching for a good night’s sleep.
The good news? You don’t need to rely on medications or chemicals to make sure you get a good night’s sleep. There are numerous natural solutions for sleep, with one of the best being the use of essential oils.
What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. If you have ever enjoyed the scent of a rose, a walk by a field of lavender, or the smell of freshly cut mint, you have experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oil.
Essential oils have been used throughout history in many cultures for their health-promoting properties. The trick is finding exactly which essential oil your body likes best. Since every person is different, an oil that might send one person straight to dreamland, might not do a thing for someone else.
Sometimes finding the best oil for you just takes a little bit of trial and error. However, once you find that magic combo, life will never be the same.
My Favorite Essential Oils for Sleep Include:
It’s probably not surprising to see see lavender at the top of the list, right? Most people are aware that lavender is somehow related to sleep, but what most people don’t know is that the effects of lavender in aromatherapy have been studied extensively, and have been proven to reduce anxiety and improve sleep quality.
Vetiver is rich and earthy smelling, and it’s a great oil to just get your brain to “turn off” for the night. It has a slightly strong smell, so to start it’s best diluted or mixed with lavender.
Roman Chamomile essential oil is known for its calming, soothing, and relaxing properties. It has a light, floral scent and is wonderful for creating a peaceful atmosphere in your bedroom.
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.
Rich and woodsy, sandalwood is instinctively calming. You’ll feel relaxed as soon as you catch a whiff of it!
I adore the earthy, woody smell of cedarwood essential oil. It’s great to use topically, or in a diffuser. It blends well with more floral oils or works well on its own too.
How to Use Essential Oils for Sleep
I generally rub oils on my wrists, the back of my neck, and/or on the bottoms of my feet before bed. I usually use coconut oil to dilute them, and then rub them into my skin. They’re great that way as a natural “lotion” as well!
Essential oil diffusers are absolutely amazing. Once you have one you will use it all the time. Putting a few drops of any of these oils (and a bit of water) into a diffuser will have your whole bedroom smelling amazing, which is the perfect, relaxing atmosphere to go to sleep in!
Where to Buy Essential Oils for Wholesale Prices
There are new essential oil companies popping up everyday, but I’ve used doTERRA essential oils for four years now, and I’ll never go anywhere else. The oils are third-party tested for purity, ethically sourced around the globe, and I love working with a company that is humanitarian-minded as well. These oils have helped me and my family more times than I can count, and I’d love to share them with you.
Essential oils are a great all-natural way to improve your sleep in a cinch. Another method? Try some reBloom along with aromatherapy for a restful, all-natural sleep.