|Sleep is one of those things that every living thing needs (even plants) and, as humans, our lives can become so busy and overwhelmed with making a living or spending time with our family, or even health concerns like insomnia, that we don't get enough shuteye at night time. There are many factors at play that could be causing a person to not get enough sleep, and it's always a good idea to get this checked out by a doctor or other health professional if you're concerned.
But what about natural products that can help promote an environment that is relaxing and even comforting enough to help you sleep? One such product are known as essential oils.
Many essential oils contain compounds that have well-known relaxing properties. These oils can be diffused aromatically in the bedroom to create a calming and peaceful environment, perfect for getting a good night’s sleep. They can also be used topically and taken internally to calm the nervous system, promote relaxation, and lead to a restful sleep.
Let's take a closer look at three oils that can help promote a good night sleep:
Vetiver, Bergamot, and Lavender
Tip: Diffuse 2-3 drops of Vetiver at bedtime for a peaceful sleep
Tip: Apply to the bottom of your feet with fractionated coconut oil before bedtime
Tip: Add to bath water to soak away stress or apply to the temples and the back of the neck.
In addition to the three essential oils explored in this article, there are many others that can create a restful environment in the bedroom to help you sleep, including combining oils or using blends.
Thanks for reading! Share your experience using essential oils to help you sleep in the comments section below. What essential oils have you found most helpful?
More resources to help you get more Zzz's:
References: doterra.com, www.popsci.com
Essential oils are highly concentrated and as such should be used with great care, particularly with children, pregnant women, or those with medical conditions. The statements and information on this website are not intended to diagnose, cure, or prevent disease. The links on this page may be embedded with affiliate links for products that I may receive commission from.
8/16/2017 11:04:26 am
You're very welcome, Millie!
8/16/2017 10:17:27 am
You're very welcome, Renae! I hope these EO suggestions help you to have a more rested sleep.
8/16/2017 10:19:12 am
Same! It's such a lovely smell. I'm worried I may overuse it and end up not liking the smell as much but so far it hasn't happened. Serenity is a lovely blend with lavender, too!
8/16/2017 11:22:35 am
You're very welcome, Jane. I'm glad to hear you're enjoying lavender EO!
8/15/2017 10:29:17 pm
I love sleep! haha so I love this idea. Will have to give it a shot.
8/16/2017 10:21:14 am
Glad to hear you enjoy sleep, it's so important to get enough and to feel rested for your day. I hope you find these essential oil suggestions create an even more peaceful sleeping environment for you!
8/16/2017 12:47:04 am
I love Lavender and Bergamot oil. I don't know about Vetiver but will try it out. Very helpful post!
8/16/2017 11:23:01 am
So glad to hear these suggestions were helpful, Naomi!
8/16/2017 09:37:04 am
I actually went to a DoTerra workshop at a friends home last year, as they are reps. I'd used lavender before, but just the type you get at the local chemist for a couple of pounds (I'm in the UK) and I couldn't believe the difference in strength when I had a sniff of the DoTerra oils. Especially the peppermint one! I have actually wanted to buy a diffuser for some time. Lavender I think is my favourite, and it really calms me down at night. I put a bit on a pillow and put it next to my face sometimes, especially if I've got a headache. Thanks for sharing :) Leanne
8/16/2017 10:28:02 am
So great to hear that you have connected with doTERRA already. Their oils are great, pure & potent is always the way to go! And diffusing oils is a really great (and easy) way to start using essential oils. Thanks for your comment, Leanne!
8/16/2017 10:36:23 am
I'm sorry to hear that you have trouble falling asleep, Diondra.. it's actually quite a common problem but not a very pleasant one! If you need any help purchasing or learning more about essential oils, please don't hesitate to ask!
8/16/2017 10:46:51 am
I really want to get more into essential oils, as a lot of people I know swear by them, and they do seem to work! This would be perfect, as I can be sort of an insomniac, so this is exactly what I need right now. :)
8/16/2017 12:42:25 pm
I hope you find essential oils helpful for getting a good night sleep, Bria - they can for sure be helpful for some people, especially for insomnia. Let me know if you have any questions about getting started!
8/16/2017 12:39:56 pm
Hi Tracy! I wrote another blog post on safety considerations for EO's & pets: http://www.heatherleguilloux.ca/blog/essential-oils-with-pets
8/19/2017 06:08:08 pm
Hi Karen! Your post looks very informative, too - thanks for sharing!
3/9/2020 12:28:37 pm
I have recently shared a guide about how to use a nebulizing diffuser - this type only uses essential oil rather than diluting with water.
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