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The Best Essential Oils for Sleep Problems.
If you have sleep problems such as insomnia, the inability to stay asleep, or other issues such as anxiety that prevents you from getting a good night’s rest, you may find using essential oils can help in finding that much-needed rest.
The following is a list of calming essential oils, that have been found to help achieve a good night’s sleep.
One of the most widespread essential oils used for sleep and anxiety reduction, lavender oil helps reduce anxiety, reduce pain, and helps get more sleep.
Chamomile. You may be used to having this in a tea, and which is a great way to enjoy it. However, chamomile oil used in your bath will also help you sleep.
This scent is not truly an oil. However, adding a drop or two of vanilla to any of the other essential oils can improve the overall effect of that oil. The vanilla scent on its own will also soothe and relax you.
This familiar floral scent works great to help relax and induce sleep for most people. If you prefer flowery scents that aren’t overwhelming, try rose.
This woody and earthy essential oil is incredibly helpful for treating anxiety, which is often the cause of sleep problems. Note that for some people sandalwood invokes wakefulness, so you may want to try it alone before adding it to anything else.
Once you have decided what kind of essential oil or combination of oils you want to try, you may want ideas on how to use them.
Here are a few tips on how to use essential oils for sleep.
Use an Air Diffuser.
You can purchase an air diffuser that puts the essential oil into the air around you. They are often called aromatherapy diffusers and can be purchased anywhere you buy your essential oils.
Massage Some into Your Forehead.
You can simply add a drop or two to some of your favorite lotions and rub it on your forehead. It can also be diluted in some oil you may have around the house, like coconut oil or olive oil, before rubbing it on your forehead.
Massage Into Your Feet.
Use the same dilution method as you would use to put the oil on your forehead, but rub it on your feet. When you put it on your feet, the smell still travels up, but through the pressure points on your feet that match to the rest of your body, you’ll get a lot more relaxation to help you go to sleep.
Mix with Epsom Salt for a Soak.
Try taking a bath with your essential oil. Add several drops of water with a cup of Epsom salt into your bath at night. The warmth from the bath along with the relaxing effects of the essential oil will have you ready for sleep.
Use Some in Massage Oil.
This is a great way to get to sleep, especially if you have a partner to help apply the massage oil. Try mixing your chosen oil with some jojoba or sweet almond oil for your massage.
Spray Some on Your Pillow.
A fast way to get the essential oils into your system so that they can get to work is to mix some distilled water and drops of your oil to the right strength , then spray on your pillow.
Some humidifiers are made to add essential oils. Find the right humidifier and use it when conditions are right. In Summary: Using essential oil to help you get to sleep at night is preferable to using prescription or over-the-counter meds that come with many side effects and even potential addiction issues. Essential oils have been used for sleep problems for hundreds of years, so why not give them a try tonight.
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