Suffering from insomnia, or having difficulty sleeping, is a common struggle. Insomnia can be chronic or occasional, and can come about for a variety of reasons — stress, anxiety, as a side effect of a disease or medication, or as a result of a daily habit (such as too much caffeine).
While some people seek remedy with prescription or OTC drugs, others turn to aromatherapy for aiding their sleep. The use of essential oils can be surprisingly effective in helping you fall asleep faster and deeper than you ever have before. Here are our top essential oil picks for better sleep…
Studies have shown that lavender is an effective sleep aid. Try inhaling the aroma of lavender oil through beauty products containing the scent or spraying on your pillow. If you want the relaxing benefits of lavender while also sanitizing your skin, try Lotion Yon-Ka. It’s a luxurious blend of essential oils that can lead to a fresher, more radiant complexion.
You may have heard that drinking a cup of chamomile tea before bed can help you fall asleep but the scent of roman chamomile essential oil is also effective. The calming floral scent can help you feel more serene and relaxed.
This essential oil is strong and earthy and helps signal to your body that it’s time to go to bed. Due to its deep fragrance, some people may find vetiver a bit overwhelming. Try mixing it with another oil on the list to balance the fragrance, and rub behind your ears or on the back of your neck before getting under the covers.
If you like a masculine, woodsy smell give sandalwood a go. It has a natural, rich odor reminiscent of the outdoors. Some find this essential oil preferable to sweeter scents like lavender and ylang ylang so diffusing it in your bedroom is a great option.
This sweet, almost tropical smelling oil is derived from flower petals and is used to bring balance and harmony back to the body. You will find ylang ylang in relaxing massage oils and bath oils, which makes for an indulgent treatment before going to bed.
If you complain of sore feet or achy muscles, marjoram may be the essential oil to help you sleep better. To ease pain, rub directly on your feet or into sore spots. Relieving your tension and easing your aches, marjoram may help you rest better.
While citrus oils are typically reserved for awakening senses, bergamot is the exception. Using bergamot as aromatherapy for sleep can help to calm and relax your senses. If stress or anxiety is keeping you up at night, bergamot is the essential oil that could be the cure to quiet your mind.