Choosing the Best Essential Oils for Sleep
In the recent years, sleep disorders have become even more common, and if you’re one of those who keep tossing and turning in bed for what seems like a hundred times before drifting off to sleep, essential oils may just be the thing for you!
We’ve shortlisted the best essential oils for sleep to make things easier for you! Read on…
Lavender Essential Oil
When it comes to choosing essential oils for sleep, lavender undoubtedly tops the list, and for many reasons. Several studies have confirmed its efficacy in improving sleep quality and reducing the risk of insomnia. Infact, it has also proved to be highly effective in reducing anxiety and stress, and could possibly help patients suffering from anxiety disorders, depression (specifically chronic depression) and restlessness deal with their condition better and naturally.
Valerian Root Oil
Valerian root extracts have been in use since thousands of years to promote sleep thanks to its powerful sedative and calming effect. One of the best benefits of this essential oil is that it can be taken both ways- ingested as well as applied topically. Infact, it has also been found to have benefits for the digestive system, and can stimulate overall healing of the different systems of the body.
Chamomile Essential Oil
Chamomile is the second best among all the essential oils for sleep, Roman chamomile being the most effective of them all. Chamomile is basically an herb that has natural sedative properties which helps reduce stress and promotes relaxation and sleep. It packs in powerful antispasmodic, antibiotic, antidepressant, carminative, analgesic and several other powerful healing properties, which makes it an excellent natural remedy for several disorders, not just limited to those associated with the nervous system.
Marjoram Essential Oil
Rub a few drops of marjoram essential oil onto your pillow and sheets before sleeping or add it to your bathwater to tackle stress and anxiety and sleep better. It works best for individuals suffering from hypertension and tend to get agitated and restless before bedtime. It also has laxative, sedative, hypotensive, fungicidal and expectorant properties which can help calm the body down and get more relaxed.
Studies have revealed that even the smoke of Frankincense can help relieve depression and anxiety, helping you sleep better if you tend to overthink a lot before bedtime.
Bergamot Essential Oil
While the essential oil of most citrus fruits tend to have a stimulating effect, bergamot essential oil works differently, and has a rather calming and relaxing effect on the body, which makes it the best choice to add to all sleep blend oils. In some cases, it has also been found effective in reducing chronic pain, anxiety and stress, and its use can also potentially be helpful for patients suffering from depression.
Clary Sage Oil
Clary sage oil is one of the most underrated essential oils- it works in the same way as Valerian root extracts, and has strong anti-stressor properties, perfect for individuals with extreme stress and anxiety issues. Infact, some studies have also found it to possess powerful euphoric properties, which can help reduce the intensity of stress and depression to a great extent!