It’s well known that essential oils help to relax the body and mind when we are preparing for a restful night’s sleep. The most popular choice is Lavender but you can also try Bergamot, Jasmine, Chamomile and Sandalwood.
It’s no surprise Lavender is the most often used scent in aromatherapy. It has been proven to calm the nervous system by decreasing heart rate and lowering blood pressure. It can even alleviate mild insomnia and help to reduce anxiety.
Studies have shown that people who smelt Lavender before bed slept deeper and felt more active in the morning when compared to those who didn’t.
Incorporate Aromatherapy in to your night time routine
Whether you choose Lavender or another sleep inducing scent, follow these tips for your most relaxing night’s sleep.
1. Have a warm bath/shower 1-2 hours before bed
Straight after, you’ll feel more alert and active, then your body will start to cool down which is a signal that it’s time to go to sleep. Don’t shower too close to bedtime though, you need plenty of time to cool down and relax before hitting the hay.
2. Massage essential oils in to the body
Simply dabbing some oils on to your wrists will release dopamine and serotonin, plus it will be soaked in to the blood stream quicker than other methods. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to avoid topical application or dilute the essential oil with organic coconut oil or water before applying to the skin.
3. Turn your bedroom in to a sleep sanctuary
Spritz the pillows and bedroom with this Lavender scented spray. You can also use a Lavender Reed Diffuser or candle in the bedroom but remember to blow it out before you settle down for sleep.
Regular use of Aromatherapy will enable you to train your body and mind to associate the aromas with sleep and relaxation. The more you practice it, the more potent the effects can be. Don’t forget to try out different essential oils to find which one works best for you, you may react differently to your partner!