If you’ve ever been unfortunate enough to suffer from insomnia, you’ll know how infuriating it can be. Warm milk, green tea and even having a cold bath or shower before climbing into bed are all cited as possible methods to help you fall asleep more quickly, but, of course, these are unlikely to work for everyone. If you’ve tried absolutely everything, why not give aromatherapy a chance?
You don’t need to pay for an expensive spa day; all you need is a few essential oils.
This oil, as the name might suggest, is obtained from lavender flowers. Lavender increases the likelihood of stage two or light sleep and promotes deeper slumber where the body recovers and the mind dreams. Studies have shown that those who sleep in a lavender-scented environment enjoy a quality of sleep that is 20% better than in a normal room.
This has a long history of being used to treat insomnia, with the Roman variety of chamomile oil being particularly effective. As chamomile oil is a sedative, it can help you relax; people often find that drinking chamomile tea at night aids in sleeping. Chamomile oil can be mixed with lavender oil to concoct a particularly powerful sleeping solution.
Apparently even more powerful than lavender or chamomile, marjoram oil is for those at their wit’s end. A few drops of marjoram oil to a pillow will, reportedly, cure insomnia.
How to use essential oils to help you get a good night’s sleep
Add a couple of drops of either of these oils to your nice, warm bath before you go to bed and you’ll find yourself drifting off in no time.
Alternatively, burn oil in a bedside diffuser; this spreads the aromas of the oils around the room more slowly, gradually helping you fall asleep. Of course, in the interest of yours and your family’s safety, please make sure the diffusers are put out before you do call it a night!