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Today's world is full of stressors. As a result, many people have a tough time relaxing. Some even struggle to get to sleep. Everyone deals with these issues at some point in their lives, but they become a problem when they're persistent. Luckily, research shows that essential oils are a wonderfully natural way to get a better sense of relaxation and promote healthy sleep patterns.

 

Many experts tout the effectiveness of essential oils. D Gary Young was one of those people. He believed in providing all-natural essential oils to the public. Before he founded Young Living Essential Oils, most oils only contained a few natural ingredients. That's why it's so important to find a quality oil.

 

Aromatherapy has been used in the field of holistic medicine for thousands of years. So, what are the benefits?

 

The Many Benefits of Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy dates all the way back to ancient China, Egypt, and Rome. Hippocrates himself studied essential oils. He understood their numerous healing properties. Scientists have continued studying them today. They've discovered how effective these oils can be.

 

Smells affect people in unique ways. Some bring back a sense of nostalgia. Others perk people up. No matter what, emotions are involved. Therefore, certain scents help people relax into a deep sleep.

 

People around the world are beginning to look for more natural health options. This is why essential oils have become so popular. One study proved that certain essential oils promote better sleep than acupressure. Further research showed that other oils can help increase people's' sense of well-being and relaxation. People who suffer from depression may benefit from them as well.

 

Best Essential Oils for Sleep and Relaxation 1. Rose and Geranium

These floral essential oils promote a sense of calm. They smell similar, but they can be mixed with other oils for more variety.

2. Lavender

This is one of the most popular oils. It's great for relaxation and sleep. Many people enjoy putting a few drops on their pillows to help them rest each evening. The smell is light, so it's not overwhelming.

3. Jasmine

Jasmine exudes a sweet and flowery scent. It's been shown to help people sleep deeper, so they feel more alert throughout their days. Jasmine is also used for anxiety issues. It can be more effective than most oils for stress.

4. Vanilla

Vanilla is a widely-popular scent. It's wonderfully effective. People with hyperactivity issues can benefit from it. When vanilla oil is used, the nervous system slows down. Consequently, blood pressure also reduces. This makes vanilla oils a wonderful choice for those with terrible anxiety.

5. Sandalwood

Sandalwood oils help people get deeper and more restful periods of sleep. This is because sandalwood increases the time people spend in the REM, (rapid eye movement), phase. It acts as a sedative as well, so it can ease the symptoms of anxiety. This rich and earthy scent is loved by many as a result.

6. Citrus

Some people may experience relaxation with citrus oils. Others feel like it perks them up. Bergamot is a great citrus oil for relaxation and sleep. Whereas, lemon helps reduce depression symptoms. This is a great option for people who wish to improve their relaxation throughout their day without feeling drowsy.

 

Ways to Use Essential Oils

  • Bath

  • Mist

  • Diffuser

  • Direct Application

 

There are many ways to utilize all the benefits of essential oils. Adding a few drops to a warm and luxurious bath will make it even better. Diffusers are another great option. They spread the oil throughout the home, so the entire environment feels relaxing. Making a mist is a good way to create a relaxing sleep space. Mix a few drops with water and spray the mixture onto some linen for a great night's sleep. Diluted essential oils pair wonderfully with a relaxing massage. They can be applied directly on the skin. Usually, diluted oils are applied around certain pressure points.

 

Everyone has a unique experience with these oils, so take note of how they make you feel. Pick the ones that make you feel the most relaxed. These are also more likely to help you sleep. It may take some experimentation, but it will be so worth it.



By Paisley Hansen counselor, health coach
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