Aromatherapy and essential oils for insomnia

by THE INDIAN SPOT

Insomnia is a big problem given our long work hours and hectic schedules. Over a period of time, it can turn out to be chronic as a result of stress, anxiety, and as a side effect of disease or medication. Even excess of caffeine can lead to insomnia.

Aromatherapy and essential oils for insomnia

 

Is there any other option to treating insomnia other than popping in prescription or OTC drugs? Aromatherapy is one such remedy to this problem that betters your sleep. By using essential oils, you can get back to falling asleep faster and deeper than ever before. It is a known fact that Aromatherapy oils can create a sense of harmony, well-being and relaxation, that in turn help promote sleep. Here are some top essential oil picks to ensure you a good sleeping pattern.

Lavender: Lavender oil is a great sleeping aid. Try inhaling its aroma through beauty products that have the scent or for that matter spray it on your pillow. You can also get the relaxing benefits of lavender while sanitizing your skin. Lotion Yon-Ka is worth trying out since it has a luxurious blend of essential oils including lavender.

Sandalwood: With natural and woodsy smell of the outdoors, sandalwood is an excellent aromatherapy oil to treat your insomnia. Diffuse it in your bedroom to let the fragrance put you to sleep.

Bergamot: Never mind if it is of the citrus oil family that are known for their awakening senses. Bergamot essential oil is a happy exception that can calm down and relax your senses to sleep. It is the cure that quietens your mind which is what makes it a wonderful aromatherapy agent to fight insomnia.

Roman Chamomile: A cup of chamomile tea before going to bed is known to be effective in treating insomnia. Such is the calming floral scent of Roman Chamomile essential oil that it helps you feel calmer and relaxed.

Marjoram: Often we complain of sore feet and achy muscles given our back-breaking schedules. Marjoram is an aromatic essential oil that helps you sleep better. If you are suffering from pain, rub marjoram on your feet or into sore spots. Not only will it relieve your tension and ease out aches, it will help you rest better.

Ylang Ylang: If you want to bring balance and harmony back to your body, try this sweet, tropical smelling oil which is made from flower petals. Ylang Ylang is found in relaxing massage oils and bath oils and is known for its lovely aromatic treatment.

Vetiver: Strong, earthy and with deep fragrance, this essential oil sends a happy signal to your body that it’s time to go to bed. If you find the smell overwhelming, mix it with any other oil mentioned here to balance out the fragrance. Don’t forget to rub the oil behind your ears or on the back of your neck before going off to sleep.

Aromatherapy oils can be purchased online, at health food stores or at places that sell bath and body products.