4 Ways To Use Aromatherapy to Help You Sleep And Relax!

AromatherapyBetween work deadlines and busy family schedules, it’s no surprise getting a good night’s sleep falls short of making the daily agenda. Our minds are constantly racing with to-do lists and responsibilities, making it tough to wind down and rest.

If you’re counting sheep ’til the sun comes up, you’re not alone. The National Sleep Foundation recommends getting seven to nine hours of sleep a night—however, the average American logs only six hours and 40 minutes.

Turning to over-the-counter medication can leave you groggy, and taking too much for too long may cause negative health effects over time. Instead, turn to aromatherapy as a natural and effective alternative solution to get a better night’s sleep.

1. Self-Soothe

From reducing stress to alleviating pain, the natural health benefits of massage have been long praised. Combine the calming effects of massage with aromatherapy and prepare for sweet dreams and peaceful rest. You don’t have to blow your budget at an expensive massage parlor to reap the rewards of a good rub down. According to Glamour Magazine, scalp and foot massage are two of the most sedating rituals and you can do these yourself. A little DIY foot reflexology can help your body enter a deep state of relaxation by letting the nervous system unwind. Kick off your shoes and get to work with the help diluted marjoram oil for an added dose of zen.

2. Putting on the Spritz

If your days are spent battling fatigue only to lie wide awake at bedtime, you may need to make some changes to your bedtime routine. Before you hit the sack, prime your bed sheets with sleep-inducing aromas. Aromatherapy linen spray not only makes your room smell heavenly, but fragrances like ylang ylang and sandalwood are known to soothe the mind and promote relaxation. Try it out by diluting a few drops of your preferred essential oil with distilled water in a spray bottle and lightly spritz on your pillow case and bed sheets. Smell the sweet relaxing, soothing scent as you drift off to dream land.

3. Soak It Up

Your temperature naturally dips at night, starting two hours before sleep and bottoming out at 4 a.m. or 5 a.m., according to Health.com. When you soak in a hot tub, your temperature rises and the rapid cool-down period immediately afterward relaxes you. Soak in a tub infused with spa-approved aromatherapy add-ons in soothing lavender. Two hours before bed, soak in the tub for 20-30 minutes. The scented steam plus the boost in body temperature will put you to sleep in no time.

4. Tea Time

Ditch the caffeinated beverages at dinnertime and switch it up with a caffeine-free herbal teas that promote sleep. The Huffington Post states that many “Sleepy Time” teas are made from the same compounds used in supplements that promote sleep, like valerian or chamomile. If tea isn’t your thing, you can still reap the benefits of chamomile by using a diffuser to inhale the therapeutic essential oil. The scent alone can help soothe the mind, body and soul.

A good night sleep is so important for our bodies to stay healthy – physically, emotionally and mentally. Insomnia is a challenge for many people that can disrupt your whole life. Using aromatherapy and/or other natural and herbal methods have proven very effective for many individuals.  So stop yawning and try some of these wonderful, easy suggestions. You might just find yourself feeling invigorated and with a whole new attitude about life after a good nights sleep. Sleep well and Sweet Dreams!

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15 thoughts on “4 Ways To Use Aromatherapy to Help You Sleep And Relax!”

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  3. Heather May (@frugalfitfamily)

    I use some EOs…but mostly in my homemade cleaners and stuff, I need to get better about incorporating them into my daily life – and why not start with sleep! Thanks for sharing at the Lets Get Real Blog Hop!

    1. Hi Heather,
      Essential are great for cleaning and for many health problems. I think once you start using them your be amazed at how much they can add to a healthier lifestyle. Have a healthy happy blessed day. Marla

  4. Hi Marla,
    I couldn’t achieve a deep, uninterrupted night’s sleep before I started using lavender at night. Thank goodness for aromatherapy. I also diffuse lavender in my home and drink calming teas such as chamomile.Thank you so much for sharing your enlightening relaxation tips with us at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I’m pinning and sharing!

    1. Hi Deborah.
      Thanks for hosting your great blog hop and sharing my post. Essential oils one of Nature’s true gifts. Marla

  5. IdlewildAlaska

    I’m always ready for more sleep! 🙂 Thanks for sharing at the Homestead Blog Hop!

  6. jugglingrealfoodandreallife

    This is really good advice. Thanks for sharing it with all of our Let’s Get Real readers. I don’t have any trouble falling asleep these days, but I have family members who are really struggling. I’m going to pass this on to them in hopes that they can find some relief.

    1. Thanks for reading my article and commenting. I sure hopes some of my ideas can help your family members with their insomnia. Sleep problems affect so many Americans these days and their health suffers in so many ways. Have a healthy happy blessed weekend! Marla

  7. Did not know that baths help sleep.

    For me, The best formula for sleep is milking a cow every morning. Having to rise and shine every day at the same time (no matter what) keeps me fallin asleep at 9:30 at night….. whether I want to or not. It’s rough if we have a late evening!

    1. Thanks GiGi for stopping by and commenting. Lavender does have a wonderful aroma and can be so relaxing. Have a healthy happy week! Marla

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