You know the dad from My Big Fat Greek Wedding whose solution for everything is putting Windex on it!? I'm kind of that person in my house, except my solution for every health problem is essential oils.
I've been a big fan of castor oil for years ("Have a red spot? Put castor oil on it! Entire leg falling off? Dab some castor oil on it!") My newest oil obsession involves essential oils. Yes, I'm a little late to the party... I know essential oils are already quite popular. I want to tell you how I've been using them in my ongoing mission to improve my sleep habits. The jury is still out on just how much they help me sleep, but hey, a little extra rest and relaxation is always a good thing. And it's better than Windex.
ESSENTIAL OILS FOR SLEEP
My first oil is a common fan favourite: Lavender. Lavender is well-known for its relaxing and calming effects. I diffuse lavender several times a week, and I find it soothing and non-headache-y. It can also be used with a carrier oil and rubbed on the soles of your feet, temples, or wrists for an immediate calming effect on the body.
My new favourite bedtime diffuser blend is lavender, eucalyptus, and pink grapefruit. I add a few drops of each to my diffuser, and fill my room with it's sweet relaxing scent an hour before bed.
There are several other essential oils that are known for promoting sleep: Vetiver, Valerian, Roman Chamomile, Bergamot, Marjoram, Ylang Ylang, Cedarwood, Frankincense, and Sandalwood. This article is my favorite, and explains each oil and its properties wonderfully! I also like this one.
Any scent that helps you relax and feel calm is a perfect oil to diffuse, so experiment with different blends of oils you love, and write down what you tried and liked for next time. You just might come up with the next Sleepy Time Blend!
You can buy all of the above mentioned essential oils from my Plant Therapy affiliate link [HERE].