Aromatherapy can be a powerful tool for treating insomnia. There are many scents that are great for promoting sleep and many different ways to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy.
Lavender is one of the most popular scents to promote restful sleep. A soft, floral scent, lavender can be blended with vanilla for a luxurious combination, or enjoyed on its own. Lavender is great for calming the nerves and quieting a racing mind at the end of the day. Many people find that putting on a lavender scented lotion or body oil is the evening is a wonderful ritual to help with sleeplessness. Developing these aromatherapy rituals is also a great way to get your body in the habit of winding down for sleep.
A warm bath with essential oils is one of the easiest ways to use aromatherapy. Add approximately five drops of an essential oil to your bathwater for a relaxing and calming experience. Soak in the bath and take deep breaths to fully take in the smell. Lavender or chamomile oil are gentle choices if you’re just beginning to learn about aromatherapy. It is best to take this bath at least an hour or two before going to sleep as some studies suggest that going straight from a hot bath to bed can make it difficult to fall asleep at first. Take your aromatherapy bath and then enjoy a cup of herbal tea while you continue to unwind.
A scented oil pillow spray is another good choice for insomnia. Many are available in bath and health stores. A lavender or chamomile pillow spray can help keep the scent around you as you sleep. Sandalwood is another great choice for a calming scent. Sandalwood is a good choice for people whose insomnia is the result of nerves or stress, it is the perfect aromatherapy scent to quiet a frazzled mind.
Aromatherapy candles are another great choice. While you should never fall asleep with candles lit, enjoying one in the evening hours can be a great way to relax and unwind with aromatherapy. A good quality candle will safely fill your whole home with a light, relaxing scent. Try a Jasmine candle for a soothing, mood-boosting experience. The scent of Jasmine is a mild sedative, anti-depressant, and great for relaxing the mind and body.
Aromatherapy is a great natural way to treat insomnia and help you to sleep soundly through the night. The right scents can drastically alter your mood and state of mind, allowing you to clear your head and find peace at night.