If you’re dealing with sleep troubles in this plastic fantastic world, aromatherapy may be just what the Naturopath ordered. We’re not talking energetic medicine here. Sure, vibing on essential oils does often go hand in hand with crystals or sage wielding (two of my favorite pastimes) but the science of aromatherapy is actually very well researched. These babies are the original plant medicine – they contain active constituents that interact with the body in measurable ways. They’re also very safe to use and incredibly luscious to smell. Buckets of research specific to mood and sleep disorders have been done for many oils, in fact, a big part of their magic is in the overlap between these zones. Often a sleep disorder goes hand in hand with stress, depression or anxiety. Keep reading for our favorite essential oils to get you right to sleep!
If it were a popularity contest, Lavender would be top dog. This oil is so widely used that we may as well call it – she’s the Beyonce of sleep. Some delightful takeaways for Lavender are:
Not to be earmarked as ‘just another stimulating citrus’, Sweet Orange oil likes to live in many directions at once. Yes, it can be uplifting, however – unlike most citrus oils – it is also a calming and balancing oil. It has been found to assist insomnia in several studies like one here and in other news:
We have another citrus that breaking the mold here. Petitgrain is used in Ayurveda for prolonged stress, a condition commonly associated with sleep disruption. It is also:
This one’s for the ladies. The complete package of hormone balancing in one delightfully calming and stress-free bundle. Some ways it can do this are:
Cedarwood’s calming, woody aroma makes it one of the most grounding essential oils that can help you drift off. It’s effective against insomnia and has other clever uses, including:
Chamomile is a sleepy herb. As a tea it’s historically used to chill on out – and the essential oil works similarly. With proven applications for depression, Chamomile is also helpful for stress and anxiety, making this the trifecta of mood balancers. It can also:
Sweet Marjoram works in a few ways to improve sleep. Strengthening and regulating the nervous system is one, dilating blood vessels another. Other specific skills of Sweet Marjoram include:
It’s got oodles of spiritual connotations and is so broadly applicable it does six impossible things before breakfast. Including ensuring you can achieve a quality night’s sleep, some strong points include:
Delightfully woody and smokey, Vetiver brings a grounding tone to this sleepy oil combo. This is a stabilizing nervous system tonic, useful for just about any mood you can throw at it. As well as this:
As you can see, we’ve stuck our fingers in all the sleep pies. You name it, there’s an oil for that. So now that you’ve met the gang, it’s time to try them out as a team. We’re very partial to a blend that can cover a lot of bases, so enter – the new and improved Goodnight Blend. It’s our signature go-to for a restful night’s sleep, which we’ve tinkered with to make even more lovely (and sleepy) with all 9 of these oils. Get your hands on the upgraded Goodnight Blend here.