Trouble with falling asleep and staying asleep is a common struggle that many people face at some point in their lives. Quality of sleep becomes greatly diminished for various reasons including toxins in the body (especially the liver), negative memories, emotions, and traumas, as well as hormone imbalances and nutritional deficiencies.
Turning to pharmaceutical pills can be habit forming and have unwanted side effects. But natural effective methods, such as essential oils do exist. Let’s take a look at which essential oils help with sleep.
Lavender Essential Oil- Calming & Relaxing
Lavender essential oil is useful for insomnia and other sleep disorders. It can improve the quality of your sleep. Lavender essential oil has a calming and relaxing effect on the body, both physically and emotionally.
Lavender essential oil can be diffused for up to 1 hour, 3 times per day or directly inhaled. To use topically, for sleep purposes, rub 2-4 drops on the bottom of the feet before bed, or 1-2 drops on the temples and back of neck. Another option, to help you sleep, would be to rub a drop of lavender on your palms and, then, smooth it onto your pillow. Dilution of lavender essential oil is not required.
**Be sure to get a reputable, brand of therapeutic grade lavender essential oil, such as Young Living Essential Oils. Often times, lavender essential oil is mixed with hybrid lavender (lavandin) or synthetic fragrances are added to it. If you use one of these compromised brands of lavender or end up with lavandin instead of lavender, it will not have the same relaxing effects, nor help you to sleep.
Valerian Essential Oil- Get to Sleep Faster
Valerian essential oil can be helpful in calming the mind and, therefore, can help one to fall asleep faster. This oil has a calming and tranquilizing effect on the nervous system and can be, especially, useful with sleep disturbances resulting from nervous conditions. It is useful in cases of insomnia.
Valerian essential oil can be diffused for up to 1 hour, 3 times per day or directly inhaled. It can be taken internally as a dietary supplement. For this usage, place 2 drops in a capsule and take one capsule an hour before bed. To use topically, rub 2-4 drops on the bottom of the feet before bed, or 1-2 drops on the temples and back of neck, as desired. Dilution of Valerian essential oil is not required, except for extremely sensitive skin.
Roman Chamomile- Balancing the Emotions For Better Sleep
Roman Chamomile essential oil is another great option for dealing with insomnia and, other, sleep disorders. It has a relaxing effect and can relieve restlessness and anxiety. Roman Chamomile’s ability to help stabilize the emotions can help one sleep during emotionally troubling times. This essential oil can, also, be helpful with depression.
Roman Chamomile essential oil can be diffused for up to 30 minutes, 3 times per day or directly inhaled. When using topically to aid sleep, rub 2-4 drops on the bottom of the feet before bed, or 1-2 drops on the temples and back of neck. Rubbing a single drop under the nose can be helpful, as well. Dilution of Roman Chamomile essential oil is not required.
Orange- Emotionally Uplifting
Orange essential oil can be helpful in cases of insomnia, as well as, with other sleep disorders. It, also, can be helpful with reducing anxiety and promoting relaxation. Orange has an uplifting fragrance and can help reduce depression, as well.
Orange essential oil can be diffused for up to 1 hour, 3 times per day or directly inhaled. When using topically to aid sleep, rub 2-4 drops on the bottom of the feet before bed, or 1-2 drops on the temples and back of neck.
Peace and Calming is a Young Living essential oil blend which is helpful for insomnia and, other sleep disorders. This blend can help reduce stress, depression, and anxiety, as well. Peace and Calming can help one to experience a peaceful night of rest. For an enhanced result, especially, in cases of insomnia combine with lavender.
This blend contains tangerine, orange, ylang ylang, patchouli, and blue tansy essential oils.
When using this blend topically to aid sleep, rub 1-2 drops on the bottom of the feet and on shoulders, before bed, or 1-2 drops on the temples and back of neck. Peace and Calming may be diffused for up to 1 hour 3 times per day, or directly inhaled.
Aroma Sleep is another essential oil blend made by Young Living that can aid with sleep. It helps to calm the mind and feelings prior to bed. The blend contains lavender, geranium, Roman Chamomile, bergamot, tangerine, sacred frankincense, Valerian, and rue essential oils.
Massage 2-4 drops of Aroma Sleep to the bottom of feet before bed or apply 1-2 drops to the temples and back of neck. This blend can, also, be diffused for up to 1 hour, 3 times per day.
Other Essential Oils that Can Help With Insomnia
- Clary Sage
- German Chamomile
- Neroli (Bitter Orange)
- Trauma Life (Young Living Blend for dealing with traumatic experiences and the emotions that go along with them)
- RutaVaLa (Young Living Blend with Lavender, Valerian & Rue oils, that induces sleep and promotes relaxation)
*Rue is another essential oil that may have sleep inducing properties.
Sleep Better Tonight With Essential Oils
Essential oils can promote sleep for many different reasons. Many of them have a calming and relaxing effect. Some of them can help to balance out and manage difficult emotions, providing relief. Certain essential oils can help to relieve anxiety and depression. Some essential oils can even help to balance hormones. By obtaining one or more of the most common sleep promoting essential oils, such as lavender, Valerian, or Roman Chamomile, you could be on your way to better, more restful sleep as soon as tonight.
If you would like to share your success stories about sleeping better when using essential oils, or if you have any questions at all, please, leave them below, and I will be more than happy to help.