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It’s no secret that a good night’s sleep is key for good health and happiness. Not only is a restful night’s sleep important to allow your body to recharge, but it’s also crucial to help your mind function correctly throughout the day. A good night’s rest is much more than waking up feeling refreshed – it’s all about boosting the immune system, increasing productivity and even improving memory too.
Sometimes, however, getting a great night’s sleep isn’t all that easy. Whether your mind is crowded or you simply struggle to drift off after a long day, lack of sleep can be frustrating to say the least (it can also be damaging for your health too). Below, we discuss how using essential oils in your daily routine can help you achieve a more peaceful night’s rest.
Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts - in a nutshell, they are the essence of a plant. They are made by steaming or pressing various parts of a plant and can be used for therapeutic benefit, including a good night’s sleep. Each essential oil has its own set of benefits, from calming the mind to boosting concentration.
The most common way to experience the benefits of essential oils is to inhale them, which is most commonly done using a diffuser or oil burner. You simply add a few drops of your chosen essential oil to your diffuser or oil burner (with some water too) and allow the soothing aromas of the oils fill the room.
As diffusers and oil burners are pretty much silent, they make the perfect sleep companion. If you find yourself struggling to drift off, we recommend diffusing a soothing and calming essential oil around 20 minutes before you go to sleep. This will help create a relaxing sleep environment and settle your mind down for the night.
There are lots of other ways to explore the benefits of essential oils too. You can mix a few drops with some water to create a relaxing pillow spray or even combine essential oils with your favourite carrier oil, to create a soothing bath oil that relaxes the mind right before bed.
It’s important to use calming and relaxing essential oils to help you get a good night’s sleep. Here are a few of our favourites to try:
Lavender is one of the most popular oils for relaxation and has long been recognised as a soothing natural alternative to enhance the quality of sleep. Studies have shown that using Lavender essential oil regularly can have a calming effect on the mind and even reduce feelings of anxiety, resulting in a more restful night’s sleep.
The subtle, floral scent of Chamomile is also known to have a relaxing effect on the mind. In fact, Roman Chamomile has been used for centuries to calm nerves, ease headaches and reduce insomnia. Packed with unique properties said to benefit the quality of sleep, Chamomile is one of our favourite oils to diffuse right before we drift off.
Ylang Ylang may not be as well known as Lavender and Chamomile for its sleep-boosting benefits, but Ylang Ylang is another great oil to help you get a good night’s rest. Ylang Ylang oil is said to lower blood pressure and heart rate, helping to naturally set the body up for sleep. It is also used by many to calm stress-related ailments such as anxiety, depression and insomnia.
If sleep is something you struggle with, we recommend trying The Lavender Sleep Box, a calming lavender sleep set including our Lavender True Essential Oil and a soft bamboo sleep mask. Designed to create the perfect sleep environment, The Lavender Sleep Box is the perfect addition to any bedtime routine – whether on the go or at home.