I’m always excited to write about natural remedies that can potentially help with sleep. For years, I suffered from insomnia. Some nights I’d sleep very well. But I could also go through a stretch where it took me hours to get to sleep. I’d also wake up frequently.
As anyone who struggles to fall asleep knows, all too well, the very thought of possibly not being able to sleep is enough to keep you awake.
I’ve tried many natural remedies. Homeopathy helped a lot, until the particular remedy wore off. Then, I’d be back to square one. For me, repeating homeopathic remedies too often results in aggravating the problems I’m trying to get rid of.
Now, though, my sleep problem has greatly improved. Several years ago, I discovered naturally soothing essential oils. These highly concentrated plant extracts have strong medicinal properties. Some of them appear to contain natural tranquilizing compounds. I get the assistance I need without nodding off, and without drugs and their side effects, or the possibility of becoming addicted to prescription sedatives.
Aromatherapy Oils to Help Sleep
I need to stress that I’m not a doctor and that I can’t give medical advice. Also, I can’t promise that any particular natural remedy will help your insomnia. So all I’m doing is sharing information on what tends to work for me.
Because so many people are apparently finding insomnia relief with essential oils, a number of premixed blends have come onto the market, including the Now Essential Oils Peaceful Sleep blend shown below. It contains six essential oils (orange, tangerine, lavender, chamomile ylang ylang and sandlewood) known for their relaxation-inducing abilities.
In general, for various health problems, aromatherapists tend to recommend blends over single oils. That’s because it’s believed that mixing different oils creates a synergy.
This blend is made by Now Foods, a company I’ve bought some of my oils from. They are made from plants grown without pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers.
This is a large one-ounce bottle, so it should last a long time. One of my favorite ways to use aromatic sleep recipes is to sprinkle a drop or two of oil either on my pillow, or on a cloth or tissue. I then place this near my head.
Essential oils can also be used for massage. This is an excellent way to use a sleep blend. First, though, it must be diluted in a carrier oil, such as organic jojoba oil, before putting it your skin. The soothing carrier protects your skin from the strong aromatics. It also “carries” the oil into your body.
These statements have not been approved by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use essential oils unless directed to do so by a healthcare provider.