How to Use Aromatherapy Oils for Sleep to Sleep Like a Boss

June 08, 2017

Essential Oils Help Sleep and Relaxation

Aromatherapy Oils for SleepI’ve only been using aromatherapy oils for sleep for about a year, and I am amazed at how well they’ve worked to help my insomnia. But I admit I knew absolutely nothing about essential oils in the beginning.

I was just desperate to get some sleep and decided to try them!

I made a lot of mistakes using essential oils for sleeping though. It was definitely a trial and error type deal for me!

I eventually discovered how to use aromatherapy oils for sleep correctly and they’ve turned out to be one of the easiest (and most effective) way I’ve dealt with my insomnia.

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===> In a hurry? Get your more in depth tutorial about aromatherapy oils for sleep in the Insomniac’s Guidebook to Essential Oils.

How Aromatherapy Affects the Brain and Body

how essential oils help you to sleepBefore you start using essential oils to sleep and use them effectively, it’s important to know a little bit about how your body responds to aromatherapy and how they’re absorbed into your system.

When you inhale essential oils, their airborne molecules stimulate the olfactory nerves which then sends out neurochemical signals to different parts of the brain. The olfactory nerves then send signals to the limbic system, which controls emotions, regulates sleep/wake hormones, and controls the stress response.

Essential oils are great to use topically because they’re easily absorbed through the skin. They then easily pass through the cellular wall because their molecules are so small. This means not only is your body receiving the potential healing properties of the sleep promoting oils via the brain, they’re also entering your bloodstream at a rapid rate.

First, A Few Essential Oils Safety Tips

While essential oils are generally considered safe, it’s important to know how to use them the right way to avoid burns or adverse reactions.

When using aromatherapy oils for sleep, you should:

  • never use them near or in your eyes, ears, or nostrils
  • don’t take them internally
  • don’t use them if you are pregnant or nursing
  • use caution if you have a lung condition, such as asthma, COPD, or chronic lung disease
  • keep essential oils out of the reach of children, and do research before using them on your child
  • discuss using essential oils with your doctor if you’re on medication. Some medications interact with essential oils.
  • when using aromatherapy oils topically, ALWAYS dilute with a high quality carrier oil to prevent skin burns.

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So Which Essential Oils Help You Sleep Anyway?

Up until a few years ago, I only had a general idea of essential oils. I didn’t have a clue there were so many, let alone what they all did. I just knew that lavender oil was good for sleep. But big woo, everybody knows that, huh?

When I was doing research for my insomniac’s essential oil guidebook, I learned there are nearly 20 essential oils that promote sleep! Some have sedative effects, some reduce stress and tension. In fact, those 20 essential oils may help eight different symptoms that keep most people from sleeping.

Here’s a short list of the most effective aromatherapy oils for sleep:

    You can certainly use each essential oil on its own. Personally, I like to make custom sleep blends, like the ones I’ve put in my Guidebook, depending on what’s keeping me up. Once you know which essential oils do what, it’s easy to tailor a recipe to suit your needs.

    How to Use Aromatherapy Oils for Sleep?  Let Me Count the Ways!

    One of the reasons I love using essential oils to help sleep is because they’re so versatile and easy to use. I can mix a custom sleep blend in less than two seconds, or I can get a little more Martha Stewart and whip up a batch of homemade sleep balm. It’s really all up to you and how much effort you want to put into it.

    In my essential oil guidebook, I explain several different ways to use essential oils for sleep, like sleep sprays and cotton balls. However, the simplest ways to use aromatherapy oils are in diffusers, massage oils, and bath salts.

    Use Them with Diffusers for the Bedroom
    BellaSentials Bedroom Essential Oil Diffuser – Long Lasting Diffuser Runs 8 - 12 HoursBellaSentials Bedroom Essential Oil Diffuser – Long Lasting Diffuser Runs 8 – 12 Hours

    Even if you’re an essential oil newbie, you probably know what a diffuser is. Aside from rubbing oils in your hands and taking a deep breath, it’s the easiest way to use aromatherapy oils for sleep. Choosing a diffuser for your bedroom isn’t rocket science, but there are a few things to keep in mind before buying.

    Since you’ll be using it to help you sleep at night, be sure to buy a diffuser that will run at least 4-8 hours. It’s also important to choose one that doesn’t light up because it can disrupt sleep by blocking melatonin production.

    You don’t have to spend a bunch of money to get a quality diffuser. I bought this one for less than $30 and use it everyday and love it.

    To use a diffuser, just add water to the fill line and add 4-6 drops of sleep promoting essential oils. Turn it on, hop into bed, and breathe it in.

    Make Aromatherapy Massage Oils for Sleep

    Next to diffusing, massaging essential oil infused massage oil into your skin is the simplest way to use aromatherapy oils for sleep. A massage oil recipe consists of basically two ingredients: Carrier oil and one or more drops of essential oil.

    Any quality carrier oil will work in a massage oil recipe, but these are considered the best:

      Add 4-6 drops of a sleepy essential oil to 4 oz of carrier oil. You can get fancy and make a sleep blend if you like, but this is a good general recipe for beginners.

      Mix Essential Oils in Bath Salts to Sleep Better

      I love using bath salts to help me unwind and relax before I go to bed. The warm water, combined with the bath salts and essential oils, knock me out almost every time.

      A typical bath salts recipe consists of bath salts, essential oils, and a carrier oil. Now, I know what you’re probably thinking. Can’t I leave out the carrier oil so it doesn’t mess up my tub? I say that because I thought the same thing! But you still have to mix essential oils with an oil, even though you’re adding it to a tub of water. The carrier oil helps to disperse the essential oils in the bathwater.

      And it couldn’t be easier to make your own bath salts. Just mix 10 drops of sleep promoting oils to 1 cup of Epsom salts.

      Organic Lavender Essential Oil Epsom and Dead Sea Bath Salts - Sleep Formula - 64 Ounce JarOrganic Lavender Essential Oil Epsom and Dead Sea Bath Salts – Sleep Formula – 64 Ounce Jar“NATURAL SLEEP THERAPY” - 100% Pure Dead Sea Bath Salts / Sweet Dreams, Insomnia Relief“NATURAL SLEEP THERAPY” – 100% Pure Dead Sea Bath Salts / Sweet Dreams, Insomnia ReliefSleep Bath Salt 3 Pounds (48 Ounces) - Epsom Salt Bath Soak With Tansy Essential OilsSleep Bath Salt 3 Pounds (48 Ounces) – Epsom Salt Bath Soak With Tansy Essential Oils

      You can find 40+ more sleep recipes like these in The Insomniac’s Essential Oil Guidebook. You’ll also learn which essential oils help sleep, how they work, and how to use them properly.

      Are you Ready to Try Aromatherapy Oils for Sleep Tonight?

      I’ve had trouble sleeping on and off for over 10 years. During that time I tried a lot of natural sleep aids. Sure, I found a lot that’s helped and I do turn to, but essential oils are at the top of my sleep arsenal because they work for me.

      Once you know which essential oils help sleep, and how to make your own sleep blends, it’s easy to use aromatherapy oils to help insomnia. But if you have any questions, just leave it in the comments below. Or better yet, visit I Dream of Sleep on Facebook and post your question there.

      *Please remember that I’m not a doctor. So I cannot give medical advice or make any claims that remedies published by I Dream of Sleep will cure your insomnia. All I can do is share my own experience of how I’ve used natural remedies to help improve my sleep.

      Now that you know how to use aromatherapy oils for sleep, buy the Insomniac’s Essential Oils Guidebook to get over 40 sleep promoting recipes!


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      On - 24 Apr, 2017 By Kath





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