Do you struggle with sleep?
Honestly, I used to never struggle with sleep, but as I get older I find that I’m beginning to. I’m not sure if it’s the fact that my kids are getting older, so I’m always keeping an ear out for what they’re up to, or if it is because my life is in this huge stage of transition right now.
I’m not really sure, but I do know that I need an adequate amount of sleep or I struggle during the day.
But beyond taking sleeping meds, what other options are out there? Well, I’m actually really into staying as natural as possible, which is why essential oils fascinate me.
So I’m going to discuss with you a few essential oils that you can try that might help you catch a few more zzz’s.
However, before we get started, I need to make a few disclaimers:
- \Remember that even though essential oils are natural, they can still be really powerful. Do your own research and seek out advice from your doctor or someone that actually sells essential oils, as they can tell you of the risks in greater detail.
- You must know how to use essential oils. Some are really potent and can burn your skin and have other adverse side effects if they aren’t mixed with other oils. Do research and make sure you know what you’re doing before you get started.
13 Essential Oils for Sleep
Okay, so now that all of that is out of the way, here are the essential oils that can potentially help you with your sleep struggles:
I love lavender. I use it around my house regularly. The reason is because when I pop a little of it in my diffuser it has a way of just calming our household down. With three boys running around my house, I keep the lavender flowing.
But it also smells wonderful and has a very calming effect which helps you to relax. This can obviously help produce a better quality of sleep.
Vetiver is an oil that has a very distinctive smell. Though it has qualities that can help produce a better quality of sleep for you, the scent can often distract from that.
So it is recommended that you might want to mix it with a scent like lavender so you can fully enjoy the qualities it brings to the table.
3. Roman Chamomile
Chamomile is an essential oil that is also recommended for a better sleep quality. It can have a relaxing characteristic to it that soothes and calms. It also has a very mild floral scent.
But if I’m honest, I struggle with chamomile. The reason is because I have a hard time smelling it because the scent is so mild. If you are looking for something with virtually no scent (in my opinion) this could be a good option.
4. Ylang Ylang
The name of this essential oil is just fun to say. You feel like your tongue gets an exercise, but I digress. Beyond the fact that it has a really fun name, it too is also known to help with a better quality of sleep.
So if you are looking for a little different option than some of the other more common essential oils listed above, then you might want to give this one a little consideration.
This essential oil is a little different. If you know much about essential oils, then you know that a lot of times citrus based oils are used to stimulate your senses to produce alertness.
Well, this one is citrus based but produces a calming effect. So if you like the idea of using an oil with a citrus scent but still desire to get a good night’s sleep, then you’ll want to consider this essential oil to help you with your sleep.
6. Sandal Wood
Sandal wood is a pricier essential oil. It can be used for many different things, but it also can help with your sleepless nights as well.
However, know that a little with this oil goes a long way. So if you decide to use it to help you with sleeplessness, know that you probably won’t have to use as much, which should help stretch it out a little.
Do you not sleep well because of achy muscles? Believe me, I understand. It has only been recently that my back has really been giving me issues. I don’t notice it much until I’m staying still.
But it will get to the point that I struggle to fall asleep and stay asleep because of the aching muscles. Well, marjoram oil can help that. It will help soothe those sore muscles and in turn, give you a better night’s sleep.
Do you struggle falling asleep at night because your thoughts keep you awake? Are you stressed about life in general and can’t seem to find solutions?
Well, let me tell you, losing sleep is only going to make that anxiety worse. Your body needs rest and so does your mind. If you are struggling with anxious thoughts keeping you awake, then you need to try cedarwood. It is known to calm your mind so your body can get the rest it so desperately needs, especially during stressful times in life.
This is another oil that is obviously citrus based. Though citrus based oils are usually known as stimulants, this one has the ability to calm anxiety.
As we just mentioned, anxiety is one of the biggest sleep stealers that you can face (in my opinion.) So when you are feeling anxious, give orange essential oils some consideration. Just remember that you can’t go out in the sun for 12 hours after use because it makes your sun more prone to sunburn. So it is best used at night.
There are many medications on the market now days that tell you that they will help you to fall asleep quickly and stay asleep.
Well, if you want that in a natural form, then consider giving valerian essential oil a chance. You might be pleased with your results.
When your nerves are shot so is your sleep usually. Valor is known for helping to balance your nervous system. Plus, if you are someone that snores, this essential oil could help you with that too.
So if you are finding yourself on edge, then consider diffusing a little valor in your sleeping quarters to see if that might give you a little relief.
12. Peace and Calming
Different brands call their oil mixtures something a little different, but you’ll get the idea of what you’re looking for once you talk to a consultant.
Basically, you want the oil that talks about peace. The reason is that it is meant to help support a feeling of relaxation which should help lead you to sleep.
13. Stress Away
Lately, I’ve felt like I need to walk around with a diffuser around my neck so I could spritz this essential oil everywhere I go and create an aura of no stress.
But in reality, you could diffuse this in your bedroom and hopefully find a feeling of tranquility to end your day with. That way you can hopefully find a great night’s sleep.
How Do I Use Essential Oils?
I really like essential oils. I think they are magnificent in all of the ways they seem to help people. I’m slowly learning more and more about them, but I’m nowhere near as well-versed in them as I hope to one day be.
But I think it is great to hear all of the amazing testimonies of people that have found better health through these oils in such a natural way. I have a friend that sells them, and she is trying to teach me a little at a time.
For now, I use them to help clean my home and keep it sanitized. I also use them when I feel like I’m dragging and need a little pick-me-up, or if I’m struggling to calm down.
But according to my friend, there is still much to learn. So for now, we’ll start with the basics. When using these oils you have a couple of options.
1. Apply the Oils Topically
First, you can apply them topically to your skin. I encourage you to mix the essential oils with another oil (like almond oil) so you don’t have to worry about them damaging your skin. When you do this, you’ll need to apply them to the bottoms of your feet or the back of your neck.
So you’ll just want to dab a little of the oil mixture onto these areas and gently massage them into your skin.
2. Follow a Recipe
Second, you can make some sleeping mixtures. You do this by following recipes and applying as the recipe calls for.
Here are a couple of great essential oil sleeping recipes that can hopefully help you reach a better quality of sleep in no time.
3. Diffuse the Oils
Finally, you can diffuse the oils by themselves. You’ll need to purchase a diffuser, fill it with water, and add a couple of drops of the desired oil. I have one, use it regularly, and absolutely love it. It is such a simple way to get the desired effects of essential oils without having to put much thought into it.
Still Looking for More Essential Oil Sleep Ideas?
I thought you might want a few more recipes or ideas of how to introduce essential oils into your sleep routine.
So I’m going to share a couple of links I found across the internet to help give you a few more ways to utilize essential oils.
Hopefully, it will give you some inspiration and put you on your way to a better sleep routine.
1. The Calming Pillow Spray
If you would like to have a little more essential oils in your day (or night), then follow the recipe for a calming essential oils pillow spray.
Then you can spritz it on your pillow, and hopefully drift off to a great night’s sleep.
2. Liquid Sleep for Roller Bottle
Maybe you like the idea of being able to create a mixture and then pour it into a roller bottle. That way when you need it, you just pull it out and roll it on the desired area.
Personally, I think it is a great and convenient idea. This recipe will hopefully be one that will help you as well.
3. The Whipped Sleepy Time Rub
This recipe is one that the blogger uses for herself and her kids. It has helped transform their nights from hectic to restful (according to her post.)
So if you would like to include essential oils in a little different way that might help relax both you and your child, then you might want to consider this recipe.
Well, now you know of multiple different essential oils that you can utilize in different ways to help promote better sleep for yourself and loved ones.
Also, you now have 3 different methods to use the oils themselves, and 3 different recipes to utilize those oils in too.
But I’d like to know how you use essential oils to promote better sleep in your home? Do they work for you? Is there one in particular you really like?
We love hearing from you all so please leave us your comments in the space below.