Most of us have experienced brief periods of sleeplessness at times when we may have a lot on our minds or when we are dealing with a particularly stressful situation. Long-term, chronic insomnia, however, can occur as a reaction to long-term stressors.
Many essential oils are known for their calming abilities and can help a person relax before going to bed. It may be helpful to do a personal evaluation and consider what factors in your own life may be causing your insomnia. If stress is the issue, consider finding ways to better deal with stressful situations in your life and using essential essential oils that may help with stress management. The blog post “Living a Stress Free and Healthy Life with Essential Oils” offers some great natural ideas for stress management.
Recipes for Promoting Restful Sleep
Combine 6 drops Invigorating Blend with 6 drops lavender. Apply blend to big toes, bottoms of the feet, 2 drops around the navel, and 3 drops on the back of the neck
Blend 2:Combine 2 drops Roman chamomile, 6 drops geranium, 3 drops lemon, and 4 drops sandalwood. Add 6 drops of this blend to your bath at bedtime, and combine 5 drops with 2 tsp. fractionated coconut oil for a massage after the bath
Blend 3: 2 drops Cederwood + 2 drops Lavender, applied topically on temples, back of neck, and the bottom of your feet.
Essential oils commonly used for sleep include lavender, orange, Calming Blend, Roman chamomile, cypress, ylang ylang, Invigorating Blend, marjoram, lemon, rosemary, sandalwood, clary sage, and bergamot. Diffusing one of these oils or diluting one of them and applying it to the feet and back of the neck at bedtime may be a great help in helping you unwind and relax before trying to sleep