Like many of you I have trouble sleeping sometimes. I've tried many over the counter medications and found the after effect of being groggy was too great. Some prescription medications are not desirable because those are synthetic, and the side effects sometimes do the opposite of what they claim. Through the years I started treating my insomnia with essential oils. Surprisingly I have found several that have sedative-like effects. The first thing I did was to seek a physicians help to ensure I didn’t have an underlying problem. When I was cleared by my physician I started trying the different essential oils.
Why Essential Oil for Sleep?
*Some essential oils encourage a sounder sleep
*Some components found in essential oils like cedarwood has a sedative-like effect that produces long sleeping times and less early awakenings
Best Essential oils for Sleep?
Lavender has many positive, attractive attributes such as lowering blood pressure and heart rate. Lavender is also associated with relieving anxiety which is why this essential oil is great to put on your pillow to reduce stress
Valerian root is found in many natural sleep supplements. The herb can relax your mind, and help ease anxiety, insomnia, and nervous restlessness. How valerian root works is by increasing the amount of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA, an inhibitory neurotransmitter) in the brain which works as a sedative.
Roman Chamomile has a sedative-like effect due to an antioxidant called apigenin. Apigenin binds to specific receptors in your brain that may decrease anxiety and initiate sleep. Also, chamomile helps to fight pain which is associated with some sleepless conditions.
Marjoram has the properties of tranquilization, so this makes the effects of this essential oil, soothing on emotions like anxiety, depression, sadness or tension. Also, marjoram essential oil aids in the discomfort of migraines, nervous headaches, and colds which are often the cause of sleep issues.
Vetiver essential oil is special because it promotes tranquility, balance, and is grounding. It's my go-to oil when I am restless, and my brain won’t shut off for the night. I mix Vetiver, lavender, chamomile and carrier oil. I rub the blend under my feet and enjoy the tranquility the early blend brings.
How to Reap these Benefits?
Essential oil sleep remedies come in many forms. You can use a salve, inhaler, linen spray, bath soaks, diffuser, and essential oil Rollerball just to name a few. My favorite is using a bath soak followed by a salve. I apply linen spray to the sheets when the beds are changed, and I used them to freshen up the linen in between. A linen spray made with a touch of alcohol dries faster on linen than linen sprays without alcohol. Now that we’ve touched on some essential oils for insomnia, I hope that you can see the key benefits of using essential oil for sleep. If interested, go to my website where you can find all-natural products that promote a night of better sleep.