Essential Oils for the Sleep Deprived

It’s been a long tiring day and you’re exhausted. The only thing you can think of is crawling into the depths of your bed and slipping into that sweet, elusive sleep. The only thing is—once you get into bed you find yourself thinking about the most ridiculous things. Did I send that e-mail? I can’t forget to drop that off tomorrow…I wonder how my ninth grade English teacher is doing… For some reason each of these swirling thoughts is excruciatingly important to your brain when, and only when, you try to sleep. After deciding this is in fact not a cruel joke being played upon you by some greater power, you may actually get up, do some work, or watch TV. Others of us will angrily toss and turn pretending the next fluff of the pillow will be the one that sends us into blissful rest.

Nearly sixty million Americans suffer from insomnia in some capacity. As of 2010, nine million went on to use prescription-sleeping medication. Although prescribed medication offers many benefits, and is crucial to the treatment of very serious sleeping issues, there are ways to elicit the sleep you so desire without needing to involve any pharmaceutical products.

Lavender, Geranium, and Chamomile essential oils have been shown to relax your body and mind and reduce stress, making it much easier for you to sleep.

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender essential oil is well known for it’s calming qualities. It reduces nervous tension and eases anxiety. Lavender is also used for muscular pain relief. Spritz some onto your pillow before bed and massage a small amount into a tense area on your body and prepare to be whisked away.

Geranium Essential Oil

Geranium essential oil is not only great for your skin but it also holds a hormone balancing quality that helps calm the body ease you into your nights rest. It is also easily paired with many other oils, making it a very versatile scent to have on hand.

Chamomile Essential Oil

You can’t tell me you’ve never been told to have a cup of chamomile tea when you need to rest or calm down. Chamomile eases headaches and tense muscles. Chamomile oil also helps calm your neural system and can ease digestive problems that may play a part in inhibiting sleep.

 

Of course, essential oils alone cannot cure very serious sleep issues. However, if you are someone who struggles with moderate insomnia or sleeplessness you can rest easy knowing that you are using one hundred percent natural materials to remedy your sleeplessness. 

By Abby Cole

Abby is the Blog Editor for Larkspur Wellness and is a freelance writer living and working in Bend, OR.