The use of essential oils and aromatherapy to promote sleep is a wonderfully natural experience. It can help the body to relax, increase feelings of serenity and allow it to surrender to peaceful and refreshing sleep.
When someone asks me to recommend a sleep blend it is almost a ‘how long is a piece of string’ question! Everyone is different and we all suffer sleep problems for different reasons. If you establish the reasons why you are not sleeping, then you work with the essential oils to help overcome these.
Below are some suggestions of essential oils to relax the body and mind, allowing the body to enter into sleep. I have also suggested a few blends which I have used successfully with clients and some ideas on how to use them.
Essential Oils for Restful nights
Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum Nobile)
Roman Chamomile is a classic relaxing and calming essential oil. It is excellent to use for insomnia although its aroma is not always to everyone’s taste. It is safe to use on children and the elderly. A good quality oil can be on the expensive side so Chamomile tea drunk just before bed can be very effective or a warm bath with a few teabags added to the water.
Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia)
The classic oil to help you sleep. Beware as if you use too much it can have the opposite effect! It blends well with lots of essential oils and is safe to use on adults, children and the elderly
Sweet Marjoram (Origanum Marjorana)
Sweet Marjoram is warming, soothing and comforting having the feel of ‘being wrapped in a fleece blanket’. Subtle and gentle it can help alleviate loneliness, sadness and grief. It is not an oil to be used for long periods of time
Ylang Ylang (Cananga Odorata)
This oil has a strong exotic fragrance that is not to everyone’s taste. It should be used in small quantities for short periods of time. It is an wonderfully relaxing oil which can help reduce blood pressure. Very effective for inducing sleep when used in a warm bath at night
Valerian (Valeriana Officinalis)
This oil is a ‘love or hate’ there’s just no in between. Traditionally used in herbal medicine as a sedative it is excellent for sleep problems and nervous tension. It is also good for reducing restlessness.
Linaloe wood (Bursera delpechiana)
This oil has now replaced Rosewood for conservation reasons. It has a very similar chemical structure. It is soothing relaxing and uplifting. It blends beautifully with other oils to produce relaxing and soothing blends.
Blends to dream with:
Drift Away bath blend
5ml dispersant – cream, honey or vodka
2 drops Ylang Ylang
2 Drops Linaloe Wood
2 drops Sweet Marjoram
Blend together and add to a warm bath – relax for at least 15 minutes. Pat yourself dry and go to bed!
The Land of Nod blend
5ml Carrier oil (Sunflower, Sweet Almond)
1 drop Valerian
2 Drops Linaloe Wood
2 drops Frankincense
Blend together and massage into the tummy area in clockwise circular motions
Temple of relaxation blend
2 drops Linaloe Wood
2 drops Roman Chamomile
1 drop Myrrh
Blend the oils together and use in a diffuser in the bedroom.