8 Essential Oils for Better Sleep
Linda Nguyen | Nov. 25, 2019
The chances of you hearing about essentials oils through a friend or a headline is pretty high—essential oils are all the rage when it comes to benefitting your wellness and sleep. Along with being nice to smell, essential oils are an all-natural remedy to help you unwind so you’re sooner snoozin’ instead of cruisin’ through your thoughts.
Word to the wise: If this is your first time using essential oils for sleep, it doesn’t hurt to consult your family doctor or chosen health practitioner. Essential oils should be used through a diffuser or diluted before applying to your skin. When applying an essential oil for the first time, test on a small patch of skin. Some of the recommended areas to apply are the bottoms of your feet, wrists, temples, behind your ears, and under your nose.
This citrusy essential oil is a stimulating scent that effectively calms you down by lowering your heart rate and blood pressure.
Pro tip: Bergamot is photosensitive, meaning it makes your skin more sensitive when exposed to the sun. If you apply topically, avoid going outside.
We’re all quite familiar with a cup of chamomile tea before bed, but Roman chamomile as an essential packs an even more powerful sleepy punch as research has shown it to relieve anxiety and improve sleep quality with it’s peaceful, floral scent.
Derived from the berries of cedar trees (as well as needles, leaves, and bark), cedarwood can have many benefits to the human body. From you scalp to your skin, cedarwood oil has a sedative effect, so say so long to your restless nights!
The pleasant scent of sweet marjoram works for alleviating cold symptoms as well as relaxation before bedtime. A study revealed that sweet marjoram was used as aromatherapy for nurses who worked monthly rotating shifts, yielding positive results in their quality of sleep.