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Lack of sleep can lead to a myriad of health problems both physically and mentally. We all know that not getting enough sleep can cause irritability and decreased focus but if continuous can lead to more serious health issues such as poor digestion, adrenal fatigue, weight gain, compromised immunity and even depression. Any sleep deprived new parent would agree that a continuous lack of sleep is a particularly cruel form of torture. No doubt we have all, at one time in our lives, experienced feelings of frustration when lying in bed counting the hours left until dawn, wondering why your brain just won’t switch off. You’re not alone. According to an Amarach study, one third of Irish adults say they don’t get enough sleep. The bad news is the problem can get worse with age as our sleep patterns tend to change once again. The good news is there are natural remedies that can safely and effectively help you sleep.

Remedies in the form of essential oils can promote ease in falling asleep, staying asleep and achieving a more restful sleep. There are numerous benefits to using pure therapeutic grade essential oils to promote a good night’s sleep.

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Top 4 Essential Oils for Sleep

  1. Lavender

Lavender serves in all things calming and is likely to be the most used essential oil globally. It’s widely known that Lavender promotes emotional balance and is commonly used for sleep issues. Before bed, apply Lavender topically to the soles of the feet or diffuse in a room

  1. Vetiver

Vetiver is a natural tranquiliser and known as the oil of ‘tranquillity’. If suffering from insomnia, apply this oil to the bottoms of your feet or to the spine. Diffuse vetiver in the bedroom at night to aid a restful night’s sleep.

  1. Majoram

Majoram blends well with Lavender and is another great oil for emotional balance. It has a calming effect and helps ease feelings of anxiety. If feeling stressed about sleeping, apply Majoram to the back of the neck and soles of the feet before bed

  1. Roman Chamomile

Roman chamomile is often used for overexcitement which makes it a popular choice for parents. Diffusing at night promotes emotional balance and helps with insomnia.

Sleep Promoting Bath Recipe

To help you fall asleep, add a few drops of Lavender essential oil to 1 cup of Epsom salts then dissolve in a warm bath. Lavender promotes sleep and Epsom salts provide a good source of magnesium to promote relaxation.

When selecting essential oils it’s important to choose 100% pure essential oils for the safest and most effective health benefits. Essential oils can be used aromatically to affect mood and open airways; topically for quick absorption into the body through the skin, and internally for immune & digestive support.

Essential oils are a great way to improve your health easily and quickly. Drop me a line if you’d like to learn more about using essential oils to promote a good night’s sleep so you can feel energised every day.…

 HONEST ABOUT HEALTH

caroline@honestabouthealth.com

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