Sleep Better with Aromatherapy

Can aromatherapy help you get better sleep? Many people think so. In fact, even in today’s modern world lots of folks are using this ancient tradition to let loose the stresses of daily life and get better sleep.

Aromatherapy has been used for wellness and health for thousands of years. It’s therapeutic properties are used to heal illnesses, prevent disease, meditation and relaxation practices. It’s these latter uses that make aromatherapy such a useful tool for getting a better sleep.

How to Use Aromatherapy for Better Sleep

Try these ideas to create a custom aromatherapy blend that will help you fall asleep, stay asleep and awake feeling better.

Aromatherapy body oil. Combine 50 drops (about 1/2 teaspoon) of essential oil with 4 ounces of vegetable oil.

Aromatherapy compress. One of the simplest projects, a compress is a great place to start for aromatherapy beginners. All you need is to add at least 5 drops of essential oil to a cold or hot cup of water and dip a soft cloth on the mixture.

Aromatherapy bath. Add about 10 drops of essential oil in a medium-sized basin of warm water. Stir the essential oil evenly to blend well. Then, settle down for a relaxing feet or hand soak. For a double-dose of soothing therapy, dip a wash cloth in the aromatherapy bath first and drape it lightly over your face or forehead.

Essential Oils for Better Sleep With Aromatherapy

If you want to use aromatherapy to get better sleep, then you need to know which essential oils can bring about the right changes in your body to induce relaxation, relieve stress and lull you to bed. Here are some of the essential oils that are often used to help insomniacs sleep better:

  • Geranium is good for relieving stress and tension.
  • Jasmine is often used for arousing sensuality, relaxation.
  • Eucalyptus helps in relieving muscle aches and pains.
  • Lavender may alleviate insomnia, depression, and mental fatigue.
  • Peppermint aids in easing mental fatigue.

If you’d like to learn more about how to use aromatherapy for relaxation and sleep, many yoga studios either offer or can recommend a good class. Or, check out some of these resources to find aromatherapy recipes for getting better sleep.

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