Some scents can help to facilitate sleep. In this article we’ll explain which essential oils help to induce sleep and help you to get the best-ever night’s rest using essential oil blends for sleep.
Using aromatherapy for sleep
A good night’s rest can require a particular mattress firmness, duvet tog or sleep position but have you ever considered how changing the aroma of your sleep environment could improve your chances of achieving a better night’s sleep?
Scent is known to have a huge impact on how stressed or relaxed your body and state of mind is and there are lots of studies and schools of thought that support the notion that the right fragrance blend can facilitate a better night’s rest.
- Aromachology is a field of scientific study into the effects that scent has on our behaviour
- Aromatherapy is a holistic therapy that uses natural essential oils to support wellness
Both Aromachology and Aromatherapy advocate using Lavender as one of the best essential oils for sleep.
Why does Lavender help you sleep?
The best essential oil blends for sleep are essential oils made with plant extracts known for their soothing and relaxing properties.
- Lavender soothes mind and body
- Bergamot induces a state of relaxation
- Mandarin provides calm and serenity
Essential oils are highly concentrated liquids that contain all of the aromatic elements that make up the ‘essence’ of a plant’.
They can be made from different part of the plant such as the petals, bark, leaves, fruit or roots and most importantly, it includes the plant’s natural scent and therapeutic benefits. These are what help some essential oil blends to induce sleep and relaxation.
Lavender is the best essential oil blend for sleep as its soothing properties mean that it is particularly effective at unwinding the mind and body.
Often essential oils will be blended together to create a synergistic blend that offers multiple therapeutic benefits.
Knowing which essential oils support sleep will make it easier to choose the best bedtime diffuser essential oil blend for you.
The best essential oils for sleep
Looking for an essential oil blend to help you sleep? Our Alexandra Kay Time to Sleep Essential Oil is highly concentrated with soothing Lavender, Bergamot and Mandarin and is the essential oil blend that we recommend for when you want to switch off and fall asleep.
3 ways to use essential oils at night
A big benefit of using essential oil sleep blends at night is that they are incredibly versatile and can be used in different ways to help support your sleep.
See if you can make a sleep sanctuary with our tips for using Lavender essential oil blends at bedtime.
Add Lavender essential oils to use in a bedroom diffuser at night
A bedroom diffuser is a big investment but it’s the self-care ritual we turn to the most when we struggle to sleep and Pinterest searches for essential oils for sleep blends for diffuser increased by 80% in 2020!
As the Alexandra Kay Time to Sleep essential oil blend is so highly concentrated, you only need to add 6-8 drops of this lavender sleep-scent to a water-filled bedroom diffuser and then you can fill your senses with a fine mist of soothing sleep aromas.
Create your own essential oil sleep spray
If you don’t have a diffuser, you can make your own Lavender room mist by mixing a few drops of Time to Sleep into a bottle that contains 100ml of pure water.
Simply shake the bottle to blend, then spritz into the air or over a pillow to bring a naturally relaxing scent into your bedroom before bedtime.
Elevate your evening bath with Lavender essential oils for sleep
If stress stops you from sleeping, try soaking away your stresses in a pre-bed essential oil bath blend.
Some of our organic bath blends are already enriched with soothing Lavender essential oils, but you can also blend a few of our Time to Sleep lavender essential oil blend with our Scent Free Bath Wash to create a blissful bedtime bath blend that’s personalised to your scent preferences.
5 more ways to create a sleep sanctuary
The benefits that you get from your sleep-inducing lavender essential oil blends will be even better if you create a calming bedroom environment.
- CLEAR THE CLUTTER: Tidying up your sleep space creates a calmer more peaceful sleep environment.
- BEGIN A BEDTIME STORY: Unlike your mobile, paperback books do not emit sleep-inhibiting blue light.
- HAVE A NIGHT CAP OF CHERRY JUICE OR CHAMOMILE TEA: Avoid caffeinated drinks as these can keep you awake at night.
- STRETCH: A sleep yoga session helps release tension in the body before bed and stretches out achy areas.
- PRACTISE MINDFULNESS: Use Mindfulness apps to work on your worries before bed. Putting pen to paper and writing out your worries or your ‘to do’ list can also help stop your mind focusing on them whilst you rest.
If you would like further information about our natural essential oil blends and how to use essential oils for sleep, our friendly UK customer care team will be happy to help. You can chat to us on social @GreenPeopleUK or by calling 01403 740350.
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