8 Essential Oils to Try 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 that is also affordable. They've been proven to relieve feelings of anxiety and stress while also lowering blood pressure. Plus, gently inhaling the range of delightful scents on offer is the perfect way to drift off into a deep sleep.

From sweet and floral to woody and spicy scents, try these eight essential oils for your best sleep yet.

8 Essential Oils to Try for Your Best Sleep Yet

1. Cedarwood

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.

2. Valerian Root

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.

3. Vanilla

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.

4. Bergamot

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).

5. Roman Chamomile

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.

6. Sandalwood

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.

7. Lavender 

One of the most popular essential oils for sleep and relaxation, Lavender can help ease anxiety and calm the mind. It is floral and sweet and also has herbal notes. Rub one or two drops on your pillow, or apply directly to your feet, temples, and wrists - A little goes a long way with this powerful scent!

8. Ylang Ylang 

There's a reason this delightful scent has made it's way into so many skincare and beauty products. It's derived from the star-shaped flowers of the tropical Ylang Ylang tree and can be described as a deep, rich aroma that's slightly sweet and floral. Diffuse a few drops to create a calming environment in your home or add to a warm bath to alleviate stress and tension.

Want an even better night's sleep? Here are 6 Psychologist-Approved Ways to Getting Perfect Sleep Every  Night and 8 Podcasts to Wind Down With 


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