Sleep is undoubtedly one of the most important aspects of maintaining mental health and emotional fitness. If you're like many people around the world, falling asleep and staying asleep is a daily difficulty that has begun, or already has been, affecting your day-to-day productivity and emotional state. Whether you've turned to other remedies or not, if you haven't already explored essential oils as a possible solution to your sleeping troubles, you're missing out on a hugely successful remedy that many people use every night! Today, we're going to cover our 5 best essential oils for sleep in 2019; let's get started!
Just as a cup of chamomile tea can help your body relax and get you ready for a restful night of sleep, chamomile essential oil can set the stage for a great period of rest. If you're someone that struggles with getting your mind into a relaxed space and maintaining that state of mind as you get under the covers, it may benefit you to spray or put a few drops of chamomile essential oil on your pillow before bed. The gentle and relaxing aroma is often a powerful trigger for calmness and sleep; before you know it you'll be waking up ready for the day!
Another one of those, "Hey! I can pretty much do anything!" essential oils, sweet marjoram is both effective in combatting anxiety as well as insomnia. One of the big reasons that people struggle with getting to sleep is due to any level of anxiety that they carry with them on a daily basis. Unlike the lamp next to your bed, anxiety doesn't just shut off when you flip the switch. However, using an oil like sweet marjoram, you can help to trigger a less anxious state of mind and thought pattern and make it much easier to drift off to sleep. In addition, the soothing scent of sweet marjoram can help to maintain a state of sleep if used correctly. We recommend putting a few drops on your pillow before you lay down to sleep or using a diffuser on your nightstand to maintain the scent throughout the night.
Another excellent way to reduce anxiety, frankincense is so versatile in its ability to mitigate racing thoughts and a worrisome state of mind. If you're heading to bed feeling anxious, you're not going to sleep well. It's just that simple. Instead, diffuse some frankincense before you even turn the lights off to help yourself relax before bedtime even arrives. That way, when you're finally ready to hit the sheets, your anxiety doesn't take the wheel.
One of the most powerfully aromatic essential oils available today, geranium takes a spot on this list purely for its ability to help mitigate stress. As we've mentioned a few times already, anxiety is one of the biggest contributing factors in a bad night's rest. Geranium is known to help reduce stress and relieve nervous tension, which can really get in the way of letting your body relax before sleep. Have you ever laid down for bed, but felt at the same time as though your body was ready to run for miles? Geranium could be the perfect remedy for you, as it can help to relax your muscles and reduce tension, which in turn will allow you the freedom to truly relax when your head hits the pillow.
Here you were thinking that we would go at least a week without mentioning lavender essential oil - wrong! Sorry to say it (but, really, we're not), but lavender may be the most powerful oil on this list when it comes to helping you go to sleep. If you're like me, and you struggle not just with anxiety and insomnia, but with actually maintaining a sleep-state once you've fallen asleep, lavender could be the perfect remedy for your issues. I have, on literally countless occasions, sprayed some lavender around my room and on my pillow and sheets before bed and on every occasion, it helps me to relax and remain asleep once I begin my slumber. Try it. You will not be disappointed.
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