Try These Essential Oils for Your Best Sleep Yet
We all know how important sleep is for our wellbeing, with a loss of energy and mood swings the first cracks to appear as a result of a restless night. While not getting a perfect eight hours of sleep nightly is common for a lot of us, some people struggle to even fall asleep in the first place.
Essential oils have long been applauded as a natural alternative to sleep medication (and associated side effects). They've been proven to relieve feelings of anxiety and stress while also lowering blood pressure. Plus, inhaling the range of delightful scents on offer is the perfect way to drift off into a deep sleep. Try these six essential oils for your best sleep yet.
This essential oil is created from the bark, leaves and berries of cedar trees, giving it a grounded and earthy fragrance. Try a few drops in a pre-bedtime bath for a relaxing ritual before sleeping.
Valerian Root contains a number of compounds and antioxidants that are shown to stabilise moods and feelings of stress. Originating from a delicate pink flower, studies have shown its ability to help people to fall into a deep sleep, faster.
As well as reminding you of your favourite pastry from the bakery, vanilla is a scent that is able to reduce anxious feelings that can show up when you're trying to rest. Spray it on your pillow before bed to help you doze off peacefully.
Lowering your heart rate is key when trying to get to sleep. Derived from the fragrant citrus fruit, Bergamot has a sweet-smelling aroma that helps to promote relaxation and reduce cortisol (the stress hormone).
For the insomniacs reading, place a few drops of this essential oil in a mug of hot water and inhale its sweet scent slowly. You'll be lulled into a serene state that will help you fall asleep in no time.
Sandalwood is a woody, spicy scent that's a great choice when trying to fall asleep. As well as using a diffuser to disperse the aroma throughout your bedroom, try massaging the oil into your temples and behind your ears to unwind before bed.
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