Insomnia & Poor Sleeping

A good night’s sleep helps you feel and function your best each day. Our amazing product reviews tell so many wonderful examples of how many of our customers fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.

Bergamot The citrusy, fresh fragrance is also a potent reliever of anxiety and depression, and helps to reduce mild pain. Unlike most citrus oils, which are stimulating, bergamot is calming. Multiple studies have found bergamot essential oil both induces the physiological changes that accompany sleep – like reduced heart rate and blood pressure – as well as reduces the thoughts that keep people up at night, like feelings of stress and anxiety.

Suggested products: All Bergamot

Lavender One of the best-known aromatherapy treatments for insomnia is lavender. There’s good reason for that – not only is the fragrance powerful and long lasting, but lavender is probably the most-studied sleeping herb, with considerable evidence that it really works to promote restful sleep. This is one of the few essential oils that is mild enough for undiluted use on your skin. It’s a great choice for children who resist bedtime– just mix up a spray bottle of lavender oil and water, and use it to chase away monsters and bad dreams before tucking them into bed.
Suggested products: All Headache Balm and Temple Balm RangeLavender & Peppermint Foam Bath & ShowerGel Lavender & Peppermint Bath & Massage Oil, Wild Lavender Range Lavender Essential Oil

Clary Sage. Although related, clary sage is different than regular sage and better for sleep. One study found clary sage essential oils had antidepressant effects for menopausal women.

Suggested products:  Clary Sage Essential Oil, Lavender & Clary Sage Bath and Massage Oil

 

Ylang Ylang This exotic flower has many for relieving insomnia, depending on the circumstances. It’s excellent for relieving anxiety and irritability, as well as sedating the senses enough for sleep.

Suggested products: All Love Range

 

Cedarwood essential oil, For individuals who prefer a woody scent, it relieves stress and anxiety, by kickstarting serotonin production and elevating your mood. It also has natural sedative properties.

Suggested products: Cedarwood Essential Oil, Cypress Cedar & Juniper Range, Cypress Essential Oil

 

Snoring or obstructive sleep apnea

If a person has allergies or is experiencing nasal congestion from an illness, their airways get blocked up and they start snoring.Anti-inflammatory essential oils serve as natural decongestants that can reduce inflammation inside the nostrils.

Peppermint and Eucalyptus essential oils are anti-inflammatory and helpful to open up airways. Before bed try some misted on to your pillow or put in a diffuser. Any of the suggested products would be appropriate too.

Suggested products: All Headache Balm and Temple Balm RangePeppermint & Eucalyptus Bath SaltsMint & Eucalyptus SoapLavender & Peppermint Foam Bath & ShowerGel Lavender & Peppermint Bath & Massage Oil,  Rosemary & Peppermint Bath & Massage Oil,  Peppermint & Eucalyptus Soap & Salt Set, Box of Cool n Calm Peppermint Essential Oil

 

Lavender essential oil reigns supreme when it comes to essential oils. Multiple studies have been done to assess and reveal the calming effects of lavender aromatherapy. It calms the nervous system by lowering blood pressure, heart rate, and skin temperature – all processes which take place during the body’s natural transition to sleep. Lavender essential oil alleviates mild insomnia and reduces anxious thoughts by literally changing your brain waves to a more relaxing state. One study found it to significantly reduce their anxiety and increase sleep quality. 

Suggested products: All Headache Balm and Temple Balm RangeLavender & Peppermint Foam Bath & ShowerGel Lavender & Peppermint Bath & Massage Oil, Wild Lavender Range Lavender Essential Oil



Chamomile tea is a classic nighttime brew. You can get greater benefits by using chamomile essential oil to calm your nerves and bring on shuteye. Look for Roman chamomile. Chamomile is one of the few essential oils mild enough to be used directly on the skin without dilution.
Suggested products: All Chamomile Geranium & Lavender Range , Roman chamomile Essential Oil

Sandalwood Exotic, and mysterious, oil from the bark of the Santalum tree has been used for thousands of years not only to scent perfumes and incense, but also to cure insomnia, relieve stress, improve the mood and boost the libido. It’s especially effective for those who can fall asleep, but are disturbed by wakening throughout the night.
Suggested Products: All Zen Sandalwood


How can these products help sleep?

Making these products part of your bedtime routine can also help train your mind to associate the specific scent with falling asleep.                  

The best essential oils for sleep fall into two main categories: oils that help by calming the mind and reducing anxiety, and oils that alleviate snoring and sleep apnea by clearing the airways.

There are many ways to use essential oils for sleep. Some of the most common include:

  • Diluting essential oils with an air diffuser

  • Massaging one of our blends or a few drops onto a specific part of the body, such as the forehead, neck, chest, wrist, hands, or toes. As a result, not only will you smell them through your olfactory nerve, but they’ll also enter your bloodstream more quickly. Our acupressure roll ons are very good for these purposes.

  • Rubbing a few drops or a small amount of one of our creams or balms into your hands and taking a few deep breaths

  • Adding Bath Salts or Bath & Massage Oil to a hot bath while you’re filling the tub. Bathing is a wonderful way to relax. Plan to finish your bathing ritual about an hour before bed as hot water can increase your circulation and make it hard to fall asleep.

  • Spritz some of our suggested Mists into the air or on your pillow

  • Adding a few drops to a pot of boiling water, and then sitting with your face over the pot and a towel over your head to create a tent effect (this is known as facial steaming and can provide relief for sleep apnea or nasal congestion)

 

Applying neat/ undiluted essential oils to the skin can be beneficial, since the oils will actually permeate your skin due to their transdermal properties. However, if you have sensitive skin or allergies, you should avoid applying neat essential oils topically altogether, or otherwise diffuse the oil with a carrier oil such as grapeseed oil, or olive oil. For children we have specially created blends which are more dilute and safe to use. Children also should avoid topical application of neat essential oils, use more diluted amounts than adults, and shouldn’t begin using essential oils until they are at least 6 months old.

If you have an ongoing, serious sleep disorder, you should see your Dr to discuss your situation and gain treatment for the root cause of your insomnia.

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