Using Essential Oils For Sleep And Anxiety
Mankind have been using essential oils for sleep and anxiety dated as far back as 5000 years ago. Whether its pure overtiredness, a busy mind running a business and raising a family or simply too much caffeine, staying asleep can also be a struggle. The quality of sleep in a person’s life often determines how they function during the day.
Between busy thoughts, stress, health issues, and hormones. The most common question raised when supporting customers is “How can I use Essential Oils to get to sleep”.
Keep in mind when you are using essential oils for sleep and anxiety there are many ways to promote a great nights sleep. These include diffusing, applying topically, in the bath, massage and other experiences such as steam facials.
Sleep & Anxiety? There’s an oil for that!
Doterra Essential Oils offer many different options which will aid you in your journey to sleep land. Trying different oils certainly, has an advantage as every person’s body is different. While Lavender Essential Oil might suit some for sleep, others may not benefit. Customers who purchase through Doterra have the benefit of a support person such as myself who can recommend different blends for your sleep needs.
There are 8 Main Oils Which Have Sleep Benefits
Your Top 8 List For Using Essential Oils For Sleep And Anxiety
Lavender is of course at the top of the list. This is the most commonly used oil for sleep benefits.
Scientific evidence suggests that aromatherapy with Lavender may slow the activity of the nervous system, improve sleep quality, promote relaxation, and lift mood in people suffering from sleep disorders
Vetiver has a unique, exotic aroma. This incredible oil is known to provide a calming, grounding effect on emotions. This makes Vetiver Essential oil ideal for diffusing in the evening in the lead up to bedtime.
Vetiver is also an oil which can be used in the bath, applied topically or internally by adding 1–2 drops to your tea or water. To apply topically Vetiver can be rubbed on the feet before bedtime to promote a restful night’s sleep. This sweet, woody, caramel, smoky scent is a delight to use around the home and is popular among essential oil users.
Cedarwood supports and promotes the pineal gland. This gland releases melatonin which is what the body naturally produces to help you travel to sleepville. Imagine when you don’t produce enough Melatonin, or miss the boat and end up overtired and struggling to fall asleep. I’ve met some customers who have used prescription Melatonin (available over the counter in the states) and have complained of a hangover feeling in the morning.
Over the counter, Melatonin also comes with the occasional complaint of very vivid dreams. For customers who previously used Melatonin or heavier pharmaceuticals, being able to use oils instead is almost like a miracle! It’s hard to believe they actually work for people and the success stories are so satisfying when building a Doterra business.
Sandalwood has an incredible scent which on it’s on has a beautiful calming effect. Diffuse Sandalwood next to your bed to help promote a relaxing environment for a restful night’s sleep. You can also Inhale Sandalwood directly from palms to lessen tension and balance emotions.
For a relaxing experience fill a large bowl with steaming water, apply one to two drops of Sandalwood essential oil to your face, and cover your head with a towel. Using essential oils for sleep and anxiety may require you to blend oils, Sandalwood and Bergamot are lovely together.
Marjoram is a popular choice for using essential oils for sleep and anxiety. This powerful cold-sensitive perennial herb has sweet pine and citrus flavors. Lavender & Marjoram make quite a good combination for those looking to use a blend to promote a healthy nights sleep. Essential oils for sleep can be a powerful way to get more rest simply by diffusing prior to bedtime or applying topically.
Marjoram is a popular choice for using essential oils for sleep and anxiety. This powerful cold-sensitive perennial herb has sweet pine and citrus flavours. Lavender & Marjoram make quite a good combination for those looking to use a blend to promote a healthy nights sleep. Essential oils for sleep can be a powerful way to get more rest simply by diffusing prior to bedtime or applying topically.
Ylang Ylang supports focus and restores peace. I recommend diffusing this oil 30 minutes before bedtime in preparation for sleep. You can diffuse it throughout the night as well, this may aid staying asleep. Yang Ylang has a floral scent with a fruity twist. A great way to use Ylang Ylang in preparation for bedtime is to put a few drops into an Epsom Salt bath for relaxation. You can also massage the shoulders or back, apply to the feet to promote relaxation.
Inhaling Roman chamomile is one of the best ways to utilize essential oils for relieving anxiety and stress. Chamomile is one of the most ancient medicinal herbs known to man and is commonly taken internally using herbal tea. You can diffuse Roman Chamomile or apply it topically to the skin to calm the mind. There have been case studies to explore the inhalation effects of Roman chamomile essential oil on mood and sleep. Participants using essential oils for sleep and anxiety experienced more drowsiness and calmness resulting in a relaxed state.
Roman chamomile essential oil also serves as a natural mood booster so if you have trouble sleeping during PMS symptoms or have stress-induced insomnia, this essential oil can promote a relaxed and content state of mind at bedtime.