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News flash: if you’re not using essential oils as part of your daily self-care routine, you’re truly missing out! Essential oils don’t just smell good - they also have a ton of proven psychological and physical benefits: many essential oils are antimicrobial, others are mood boosters, and they often contain anti-inflammatory properties (and that’s just getting started).
One of the benefits we could most use in this post-COVID craziness? Help with sleep and anxiety. The good news, though, is that there are tons of essential oils out there that can help get the job done.
Here’s everything you should know.
Lavender oil is a soothing scent that has been used for relaxation and sleep for centuries -- and with good reason.
Several human studies show that lavender has proven mood stabilizing, sedative, analgesic, anticonvulsant, and neuro-protective properties. It’s even shown to:
That’s why lavender is so popular in relaxing products (and the first go-to on our essential oils for sleep list). Keep in mind, though, that -- as with any essential oil -- you should dab a small amount of lavender oil in one spot before you apply more broadly to make sure you don’t have any reaction.
Rose oil, otherwise known as rose damascena, has been used for cosmetic purposes for over 5,000 years! Ancient Egyptians would boil down roses to make balms, perfumes, and cosmetic products, and Phoenicians, Greeks, and Romans used it in perfume and to keep illnesses at bay.
Today, this fragrant floral oil has been shown to:
Plus it smells great! Which is why it’s one of the top oils on our list.
Chamomile is a go-to herb around the world when it comes to rest and relaxation -- and with good reason. The two most common varieties, Roman chamomile and German chamomile, contain many medicinal properties that have been shown to provide:
Particularly when it comes to aromatherapy, chamomile has been shown to decrease anxiety, depression, and stress levels.
Long used as a perfume (thanks to its woody, earthy fragrance) and in ayurvedic medicine, sandalwood has proven anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial benefits.
When inhaled, it can provide significant relaxation and anxiety relieve benefits. It’s also shown to reduce wakefulnessand increase the amounts of non-REM sleep.
Used since Biblical times, frankincense is a powerful resin with a ton of beneficial properties. It has been shown to:
Now that we’ve discussed the details of each essential oil, let’s talk about the howof using essential oils for sleep. There are lots of ways you can incorporate oils into your routine:
This is a great way to get the relaxation and sleep benefits of aromatherapy while also taking advantage of the sleep-promoting effects of a warm soak. Simply put several drops of your favorite oil into your bathwater right before bed. Not only will the oil soften your skin, but it’ll also provide some majorly snooze-inducing aromatherapy benefits,
You can’t go wrong with a straightforward essential oil diffuser. Simply add water and oil to your diffuser machine, which will then heat up and disperse the oil into the air in your room.
This kind of aromatherapy has many proven relaxing benefits. According to one study:
Not too shabby!
You can combine essential oil and water in a spray bottle or atomizer and spray around your room or onto your bed linens as necessary. This allows you to have more control over your aromatherapy while allowing you to have your oils on hand no matter where you are.
Finally, you can apply essential oils directly to pressure points on your skin, including on the wrists, behind the ears, or on the feet.
That said, always remember that undiluted, pure essential oils can really irritate the skin, so you’ll want to apply blends or add some drops into a lotion to avoid real problems.
Ready to get started? Find all of these essential oils for sleep in our Nighty Night Daily Ritual Essential Oil.