How to Sleep Better with Essential Oils

How to Sleep Better with Essential Oils

A night of restful sleep makes for a productive day. Over-the-counter and prescription sleep aids sometimes have undesirable side effects that leave us looking for other options. Essential oils may help you sleep better. Check out the following suggestions and try a few essential oils to get a good night's sleep.

Tips

1. Apply "Peace and Calming," a blend of orange, tangerine, ylang-ylang, patchouli and blue tansy, to the wrists and edges of the ears to promote relaxation and to calm tensions. Massage the oil into the bottoms of the feet as a prelude to a restful night.

2. Promote peaceful rest with clove oil. Add a few drops to a spray bottle and spritz the room or use clove oil in a room diffuser.

3. Create an Insomnia Milk Bath by adding four drops of lavender, 3 drops marjoram and 2 drops benzoin essential oils to a running bath. Add 1 cup of powdered milk and a tablespoon of almond oil. Soak in this relaxing bath for 30 minutes before bed.

4. Encourage sleep and enhance dreams with essential oil of valerian, known for its calming, relaxing effects. Put 2 drops in the palm and massage into the chest just before bed, then press the palm into the forehead.

5. Enhance deep sleep with sandalwood oil. Use in aromatherapy, in a room diffuser or in massage, diluting the oil 1:15 with vegetable oil.

6. Spray the bedroom with a fine mist of lavender water. Add a few drops of lavender oil to 8 ounces of water in a spray bottle. Spritz the bed pillows too.