Nature created fragrance to soothe the mind. A morning walk in a garden with sweet-smelling flowers leaves the mind awash with a feeling of wellness. While it is difficult to have sweet smelling fresh flowers around the house at all times, the next best alternative is to use essential oils.
What are essential oils?
Let me give you a short background on what these oils actually are.
Essential oils are the highly concentrated version of the natural oils in plants.
Getting essential oils from plants is done with a process called distillation, most 5commonly distillation by steam or water, where many parts of the plants are being used, including the plant roots, leaves, stems, flowers, or bark.
After distillation, the outcome is a highly concentrated portion of essential oil, which will have the characteristic fragrance and properties of the plant from which it was extracted, and contain the true essence of the plant it came from. This includes the smell, as well as the plant’s healing properties and other plant characteristics.
How to use essential oils?
Diffusing essential oils for a good night of peaceful sleep is one of the first things that got me hooked on essential oils.
One of the best ways to use essential oils is in a diffuser, a little ceramic pot under which you place a tea-light to provide warmth and thereby spread the oil’s aroma. The beauty of diffusers is that you only need to strike a match to start spreading wonderful scents everywhere.
Start your relaxing routing at sundown by getting your diffusers going as soon as you come home from work or finish with your day’s duties.
Like a lot many people, I had trouble falling asleep, I was always tired and in a bit of a brain fog well into the middle of next day.
Until that is, I started rubbing a few drops of lavender essential oil to the pillowcase. I usually rubbed it on the inside of my wrists whenever I wanted to relax.
If you want to make a spray, then the simplest is to add several drops of essential oil to a 4 oz spray top bottle, add some distilled water. I use plain drinking water, shake well and Spritz the sheets. Let dry a little, then finish making the bed.
A simple and easy nighttime ritual involves placing a few drops of essential oils onto a couple of cotton balls and tuck them in both sides of your pillow just underneath the pillowcase.
The quality of my sleep had increased miraculously and I felt an incredible feeling of wellness the next day.
So it went on night after night, every night.
Though I have tried many different oils, honestly I don’t like them all. I share with you here a few of my favorites that I absolutely adore. They will not fail you either. I promise.
6 essential oils for peaceful sleep
1. Lavender: Widely used for its calming properties. It eases tension and induces relaxation
2. Bergamot: Floral citrus aroma is an adaptogen, meaning that it can be both uplifting and calming, depending on what your body needs at the time. Helps calm and reduce anxious feelings.
3. Ylang Ylang: It has sedative compounds to promote sleep. It fights depression and relaxes the body, thereby driving away, sadness, anxiety and chronic stress. It also has an uplifting effect on the mood and induces feelings of joy and hope.
4. Cedarwood: Warm, woody scent that is both grounding and calming, promoting a great night’s sleep.
5. Vetiver: This grass has a rich, exotic aroma that is extremely grounding for emotions.
6. Sandalwood: This oil induces relaxation, calmness, concentration. It also keeps the brain cool and relaxed.
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Using essential oils for a deep slumber
A bath is a fabulous way to set yourself up for restful slumber. Get the most out your bath by using fragrant bath salts. It is super easy to make your own relaxing bath salts using essential oils and just a few other ingredients. Try this recipe, and use a scoop for a super soak:
- 4 tsps Epsom salts
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- about 10 drops of your favorite oil or oil combination
Some ideal combinations include:
- lavender and frankincense
- cedarwood and vetiver
- chamomile, cedarwood, and lavender
No bathtub? Don’t worry. Your bath salts will still release their fragrance in the steamy environment of the bathroom.
You could also, make yourself a foot scrub. Your feet take a beating all day long. Do your tootsies a favor and give them a little extra TLC after a hard day. You can soak your feet in the same salts you make for your bath, to relax and allow the stress to melt away.
Body Butters and Lip Balms that improve your mood and lull you to sleep.
Don’t forget to pamper your skin with a luxurious moisturizer after you bathe or shower. Pamper those lips with the best care you can afford. You can add essential oils to a homemade skin-softening body butter. Get an all natural DIY Body Butter and Lip Balm recipe here.
While lavender and chamomile are a natural go-to team, Ylang Ylang, and Bergamot. Rose essential oil can actually make you feel happier, which is very desirable when you are dropping off to sleep.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it for you. I have been using essential oils all my life and these little elixirs in bottles have never failed me. What are your favourite blends? Do reach out in the comment box below.
Have a fragrant evening 🙂