Alternative Health

Can’t sleep? Add these relaxing essential oils to your evening routine

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What are essential oils and aromatherapy?

Essential oils are the basis for aromatherapy: a complementary therapy thought to enhance mental and physical health thanks to the properties that different essential oils have when inhaled or absorbed by the skin. For example, essential oils can be applied topically as part of a massage (oils shouldn’t be applied directly to skin, but diluted with a carrier oil), or they may be added to bath water.

There are qualified professionals who practice aromatherapy as a healing alternative therapy. But when it comes to enjoying the positive effects of essential oils on our wellbeing, basic aromatherapy is something that anyone can try.

How to use essential oils for aromatherapy

The simplest way to experience the benefits of essential oil is to twist the cap off the bottle and breathe deeply through your nose to take in the scent. Avoid getting pure essential oil on your skin, as this can irritate if not diluted properly.

Spritzing yourself with a diluted essential oil spray or using a portable roll-on is another easy way to make aromatherapy part of your self-care habits, and can be handy when you’re on-the-go.

To apply essential oils topically, always dilute your essential oil with a base oil, like coconut or almond oil, before using on skin anywhere on your body. Try massaging any tension points, such as your neck or temples.

You can further boost the relaxing qualities of a hot bath by adding some diluted essential oil to the water for a soothing experience.

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Which essential oils promote better sleep?

Sleep is vital for our overall health. Sleeping well can be linked to higher energy levels, better mental health, improved immunity and is even considered a factor in maintaining a healthy body weight.

But, for all sorts of reasons, getting a good night’s sleep can be surprisingly hard to achieve.

This is where aromatherapy – which utilises the benefits of essential oils, made from concentrated plant extracts, distilled from flowers, roots, or leaves – can help. Keep reading to find out which essential oils promote better sleep and how to use them.

Lavender as an essential oil

 

Lavender Essential Oil is made from the purple flowers of the lavender plant. Sweet and floral in scent, lavender has long been recognised as a natural aid for better sleep.

The soothing aroma of lavender oil is said to reduce stress and instil feelings of calm — making it the perfect addition to your bedside table. Feeling truly relaxed can make it easier to fall into a deep, restful sleep.

The calming properties of lavender essential oil make it a great choice for bedtime routines. Add to your bath or use a pillow spray as part of your evening routine.

Citrus-based essential oils

Citrus-based essential oils, such as orange, tangerine, and bergamot, are made from the cold-pressed rind of the fruit and often have a sweet, uplifting aroma.

Citrus oils are traditionally used to reduce stress and promote feelings of balance and wellbeing. Problems with sleep can be caused by stress and anxiety — if your mind is racing with worries, it can be difficult to switch off before bedtime, leading to disrupted sleep.

The mood-lifting properties of citrus oils, like Orange Essential Oil, make them a popular choice for those looking at ways to reduce stress and anxiety to support better sleep. Infused your home with the scent using an oil burner in the hours before bedtime to begin the de-stressing process.

Essential oil blends

Pure essential oils contain the oil of a single plant source, such as lavender or orange. A mixture of two or more pure essential oils is called an essential oil blend.

Using an essential oil blend can help promote restful sleep, as it combines the aromas of several relaxing scents into one convenient formula.

Sleep Essential Oil is a blend that contains lavender, tangerine, and bergamot come together in this soothing blend designed to help you drift off with ease.

Or try Peace Essential Oil. This combines cedarwood, orange, and tangerine and creates a calming blend that can be used for meditation, massage, or restorative yoga.

Explore our range of soothing essential oils, including pillow sprays and roll-ons, to help you relax and fall asleep naturally.

 

*Disclaimer Always read the instructions on the bottle. Essential oils should be diluted with a carrier oil before being applied directly to skin.



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