When I tell people I’m a health coach, they inherently know I help people with their nutrition and fitness habits, but are sometimes surprised when I tell them working on sleep habits is just as important, if not more!

In fact, I have it as my #1 priority when you want to get fit! (Read that post here to see why and what comes next.) I’ve given my best tips on creating your own bedtime routine that makes sleep the priority it should be, but today we’re going to look at essential oils and how they can enhance your sleep.

I wasn’t using essential oils long when I got a second diffuser explicitly for the bedroom. Here are my top oils that help you relax and get a better night’s sleep!

Lavender

Lavender is a versatile oil that I always recommend having on hand, especially when you’re just getting started. It’s most notable properties are the calming and relaxing effects it has to help ease tension in the body. As you probably know, lavender has a familiar flowery and light scent.

Other restful properties include:
Antispasmodic
Sedative
Hypotensive
Antidepressant
Nervine

Usage ideas:
Apply topically to the bottoms of your feet
Diffuse by the bedside
Put a drop on your pillowcase
Rub over heart and back of neck to ease stress

Roman Chamomile

Roman Chamomile has a sweet herbaceous smell, and the plant itself is known as the “plant’s physician” for it’s positive effects on nearby growing plants! It’s often found in perfumes and face creams and has a calming effect on the skin, mind, and body.

Other restful properties include:
Sedative
Hypnotic

Usage ideas:
Add 1-2 drops to tea or hot beverage to calm the body before bed
Diffuse or apply to back of neck and forehead to help with insomnia
Apply to bottoms of feet before bed

 

Sandalwood

The woody, sweet scent of sandalwood is retained for decades, unlike other woods. It’s grounding effects have been used in meditation and religious ceremonies for centuries , and the scent has a positive effect on mood as well.

Other restful properties include:
Calming
Sedative
Antidepressant

Usage ideas:
Diffuse or apply under nose for a calming effect
Apply to bottoms of feet to help with restlesness
Put 1-2 drops in steaming water and use a towel overhead to create an at-home facial steam in the evening

Vetiver

I had never heard of vetiver before using essential oils, but it’s part of the grass family and has a hard to describe sweet, woody, almost smokey smell. It’s often used in massage therapy for it’s natural tranquil properties.

Other restful properties include:
Sedative
Antispasmodic
Calming

Usage ideas:
Use as massage oil to calm emotions
Diffuse along with lavender to cal, emotions and lessen stress
Put a few drops in a warm bath before bed

There are a ton of diffusers out there, I started with dōTERRA by enrolling with their Home Essentials Kit which comes with the Petal Diffuser, but there are many to choose from so find that perfect one for your bedroom and get diffusing!

Interested in getting started with essential oils or just want to know a little more about dōTERRA? Check out my essential oils page or email me with specific questions at samantha@simplywellcoaching.com!

Published by Samantha Kellgren

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