How Do You Use Essential Oils for Sleep?
Sleeping is one of the most important things we can do for our bodies. The way we sleep, and the quality of our sleep, play an integral role in mental and physical health.
Thankfully, essential oils are effective in many ways for our sleep by reducing symptoms of stress and enhancing relaxation.
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Supported by studies
In 2005, a study was conducted to assess how lavender essential oil affected 31 young and healthy volunteers. The results showed that lavender increased the amount of SWS (slow-wave) sleep in participants, and all volunteers concluded that they felt more awake the next morning.
Another study was also conducted on orange essential oils, where researchers identified how proper use of the oil could slow down the breathing and pulse rate of participants, resulting in better quality sleep.
Which oils are best for sleep-aid?
There are over 100 types of essential oils that each boast their own health benefits and unique aroma. Whilst these benefits range from energising motivation to improved mood, there are an array of key oils that are best known for their sleep benefits.
Widely known for its calming properties. Very good for easing tension and inducing relaxation.
Commonly used for its aromatics and mood-boosting qualities, this scent is helpful for grounding and serenity...and snoring!
With its grounding scent, this oil is great for relaxing the body to enhance sleep quality with its mood-uplifting qualities.
Used for heightened memory and thinking skills, this oil decreases the heart rate, aiding anxiety.
No, it's not just a type of tea! It is also an oil with a sweet and floral aroma that calms the mind and soul.
Brilliant in promoting a feeling of peace by being able to balance mood.
How to use the oils
There are many ways to apply the oils to reap their full effects. These methods depend on personal preference, but they are all effective. Please note that when you are applying essential oils topically, it is essential to dilute them to avoid skin irritation.
Applying oil to the soles of your feet: this may sound like a strange one, but stick with it...our feet have larger pores than the rest of our body. When applying essential oils to our feet, they are able to act faster and more efficiently within our bloodstream.
Apply around the face (behind the ears, between the eyebrows, on the temples): we carry a lot of tension and stress within our facial muscles. It only takes 5 seconds to un-tense our shoulders from the bottom of our ears, and to loosen the forehead. It automatically reduces tension and stress, welcoming a good night's sleep.
Apply onto pressure points (temples, wrists, ears, feet): there are so many benefits in activating the sensory points as they are very sensitive parts of the body that can aid therapeutic wellness.
Use a diffuser: if you like white noise and calming aromas whilst you sleep, diffusers are a brilliant option if you do not wish to apply the oil topically.
Aromatherapy necklace: a brilliant and fashionable option if you want to have the effects of aromatherapy carried with you all day.
Written by Molly Govus, for New Dawn: Organic Skin and Hair Care.