6 Essential Oils for Insomnia – helping you sleep and relax
You know the feeling, your mind is hyper-active and you just can’t get off to sleep. Stress at work, problems with relationships, financial worries turn over in your mind just when you want nothing more than to relax. The clock is ticking away and you know that it won’t be long before you have to get up and start a new day. The anxiety of not being able to sleep is now keeping you awake. Your brain keeps turning over the events of the day, maybe noises keep you awake, the dog next-door barking, or traffic on the nearby road.
Sometimes we can get off to sleep okay, but for some reason we wake at some point and just can’t get back to sleep again. Insomnia affects nearly everyone at some point in their lives. We all need our sleep, it is vital for our overall health. We need all the help we can get.
Here are six essential oils known for their sedative properties. Put a few drops on your bedding (but not directly next to your skin), or on a tissue, alternatively use a diffuser. Remember you will only need a few drops as they are powerful oils.
Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)
Clary Sage is a powerful relaxant with a sweet and heady aroma. It is uplifting and relaxing, good for relieving anxiety, tension and mental fatigue. Promotes dream filled sleep. Good for calming children. Use sparingly. If you simply want to relax and have a good night’s sleep then Clary Sage oil can help you. Chronic stress and anxiety are helped by the use of Clary Sage essential oil.
Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
This is an uplifting oil with a natural sedative action, helpful with overcoming insomnia. In addition it helps to alleviate stress, depression and anxiety.
Once you have dropped off to sleep, should you wake again, the sedative effect of Geranium should ease you effortlessly back to sleep.
Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis)
There are different types of Chamomile essential oil, but the best for insomnia is Roman Chamomile. This is a calming and relaxing oil, good for relieving anxiety, depression and stress. Particularly suitable for children. A good choice to help you relax.
Lavender (Lavandula augustifolia)
An essential oil with balancing properties. Uplifting, soothing and therefore helpful for insomnia. Do not overdo the drops of oil or it will have the opposite effect and keep you awake. 2 drops is sufficient. There are various types of Lavender but look out for Lavandula augustifolia as this is ‘true’ lavender with the best properties to help with insomnia.
Sweet Marjoram (Origanum majorana)
This is a soothing and comforting oil with a light aroma. It is calming and sedative and helpful for insomnia and periods of irritability. Again make sure that you choose the right type of oil in this case Origanum majorana as this has the best properties.
Warning: Avoid during first five months of pregnancy.
Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)
Ylang Ylang has a calming and sedative effect and soothes the nervous system. This oil helps is helpful in times of stress and helps with anxiety, tension, shock, fear and panic.
2 drops Lavender
2 drops Roman Chamomile
2 drops Ylang Ylang
Place onto a tissue or on your bedding and inhale deeply as you settle down to sleep.
Ready Made Blend:
Available from NYR Organic – Aromatherapy Blend Night Time. Key action: Relaxing
This blend of grounding vetiver and relaxing lavender brings welcome relief when you find it difficult to relax and switch off. It will stop your mind whirring and give you a refreshing night’s sleep.
All of the links I have provided will take you to my NYR Organic UK page. As a qualified Aromatherapist for many years now, I recommend these products as they are organic and the oils are second to none.
I hope that the information and ideas in this blog will help you sleep well and relax.