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Here are five essential oils to consider and a few tips on how to get the most out of them:
This all time favorite plant from the mint family, produces one of the most popular forms of essential oils. Lavender is known for its sleep inducing properties, backed up by scientific research. Effective ways to use lavender essential oil include; bath salts, massage oils, candles, sachets, sleep masks, pillow spray and even a lavender infused bed pillow.
Further Reading: 20 Magical Ways To Use Lavender Essential Oil
This essential oil has a very light floral aroma and is known for its relaxation properties. A few ways to reap the benefits of this ancient oil include using in a diffuser or apply a couple of drops diluted in a carrier oil to the bottom of your feet before bed. You can also add a few drops to your favorite shampoo, conditioner or skin moisturizer.
Make your own calming salve by mixing ¼ cup organic coconut oil with ¼ cup beeswax and heat until well mixed. While the mixture is cooling, add 15 drops of roman chamomile and 15 drops of lavender oils.
Besides being a powerful anti-inflammatory, expectorant and antiseptic, cedarwood is also relaxing, calming and comforting. It’s warm and woodsy aroma just makes you feel like snuggling up with a cup of tea and your favorite book. Use in your diffuser or Cedarwood stimulates the pineal gland which releases melatonin – necessary for sleep regulation. Place a couple of drops diluted in a carrier oil on your forehead, on the underside of your wrists and where your neck and head meet.
If you toss and turn at night because of stress, orange essential oil may help to reduce your anxiety so you can sleep. All citrus oils have uplifting properties that also help with depression. It is important to note that citrus oils may cause photo sensitivity when exposed to light within 12 hours of use. For this reason, it is best to use at night if you are going to put the oil on your skin. Place a couple of drops diluted in a carrier oil on your abdomen, use in a diffuser or make a soothing skin cream by mixing ½ cup coconut oil with 15 drops orange oil. Moisturize your skin before bed to promote a restful night’s sleep.
Quite possibly one of the most commonly used oils for sleep, valerian can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep. This oil has a calming and grounding effect and can be used topically, applied to the bottom of your feet or inside of your wrists.
originally posted by: DontTreadOnMe
I need something to help me sleep peacefully.