Every night after dinner I take a hot bath, cover myself in oils and put on comfortable pajamas. This ritual helps me leave the stressful day behind me and prepare for a relaxing evening. I look forward to this time of day and allows time for deep relaxation. Using essential oils in your nightly routine can help create an atmosphere conducive to sleep.
My five must-have essential oils for sleep support include:
Lavender: Lavender is traditionally associated with relaxation, stress relief and sleep support. It promotes feelings of calmness and helps to fight occasional nervous tension. Lavender has balancing properties that calm the mind and body. My favorite ways to use lavender are in a cup of Epsom salts in the bath, on the back of my neck, on the bottoms of my feet, as linen spray, and in a diffuser. Due to the flu season, I have currently been layering lavender with thieves on the bottoms of my feet. the combination smells amazing!
For a spa like environment, try diffusing lavender with eucalyptus or bergamot.
Gentle Baby: Contrary to the name, Gentle Baby can be used for adults as well as children. It evokes tranquil, nurtured feelings. Gentle Baby is a mix of coriander, geranium, palmrosa, lavender, ylang ylang, Roman chamomile, bergamot, lemon, jasmine and rose. This oil can be put in a diffuser, in a cup of Epsom salts in the bath, on the body, or in a linen spray.
Peace and Calming: This oil blend creates a comforting and fresh scent. It can help create a peaceful environment for rest. Peace and calming is a blend of tangerine, orange, ylang ylang, patchouli and blue tansy. It can be put in a diffuser, in a cup of epsom salts in the bath, on the body, or in a linen spray.
Tranquil: Tranquil is a roller bottle blend that consists of lavender, cedarwood and Roman Chamomile. It creates a calm body and mind with its balancing properties. It can help ease occasional tension and support relaxing sleep habits. I like to roll this oil on my neck, shoulders, and on the bottom of my feet.
Cedarwood: Cedarwood has a woodsy aroma that helps create a relaxing, calming and comforting environment. When diffused at night, it can help support a relaxing nighttime routine. My favorite way to use cedarwood is mixed with lavender in the diffuser.
*Always remember to dilute your essential oils before applying them to the body. I recommend using fractionated coconut oil or jojoba oil. Jojoba oil is non-comedogenic and won’t cause breakouts.
You can learn more about getting started with essential oils here.