Essential Oils For Sleep Support
For many, sleep does not come easy. Some may take home the stresses of work life, others dwell on daily anxieties that keep them up at night, and some may simply struggle with general insomnia. Whatever the reason, a lack of sleep can have a big impact on your mental and physical health. Going without sleep can increase your chances of becoming irritable, depressed, anxious, and even sick. Your immune system needs rest to stay strong and healthy, and while nothing can replace a visit to your doctor, there are some budget-friendly ways to combat those things that keep you up at night.
Essential oils are highly concentrated extracts taken from natural plant elements such as bark, leaves, flowers, etc. These oils have been used for centuries to aid in a variety of physical and mental ailments, including insomnia. While most essential oils are versatile and their healing experiences are fluid and can differ according to each user’s particular ailment, there are a few that have been shown to aid in a restful mind and sound slumber.
Because each oil may hold a different experience for each user, it is important to try a variety and find the one that works best for your particular needs. Here are some of the best essential oils that work to support a good night’s sleep.
We all know about lavender. It is the most widely used essential oil out there and has a plethora of benefits. Lavender is commonly known for its anti-anxiety effect. Not only does it have a soothing aroma, but studies have also shown that lavender has similar effects on anxiety as some comparable medication. Another study showed that lavender has positive effects as a sleep aid for those suffering from insomnia.
Chamomile tea has long been labeled as a “sleepy-time” beverage. It is so because of its calming, soothing, and relaxing qualities. When used as aromatherapy, it has been shown to ease feelings of anxiety and support sleep quality.
The oil from vetiver comes from the root of the plant, giving it a rich and earthy smell. It is potent and may be mixed with a carrier oil or lighter oil such as lavender or chamomile. Vetiver is said to hold the benefit of “shutting off the brain,” and soothing the mind. If you are someone who can’t turn off your to-do list every night before bed, vetiver may be a good choice for you.
Bergamot is another potent yet pleasant aroma that mixes well with lavender. You can find bergamot in earl grey teas and perfumes. It has a complimentary to many other aromas – experimentation is encouraged. Bergamot is a citrus fruit and holds the unique ability to be bright and calming at the same time. Bergamot is best used via aromatherapy, not topically, as it causes photosensitivity that may worsen sunburns. This oil has been said to clear the mind and promote a sense of peace and calm.
Cedarwood is another earthy, woodsy scent, and has been shown to support healthy pineal gland function, which naturally produces melatonin. Cedarwood also blends well with lavender and provides a calming environment.
While there are many more essential oils that can provide similar relief and effects, these are some of the most tried and true. It never hurts to do your research and find what is best for you. Everyone is unique in his or her sleep needs and insomnia is a serious beast to be tamed. Hopefully, these five oils will get you started in your quest for a natural and healthy good night’s sleep.