Do you ever struggle to get a good night's sleep? Or find it difficult to relax and unwind after a long day? Essential oils can provide the perfect solution for both of these common problems. Aromatherapy, the practice of using essential oils for health and wellbeing, has been used for centuries due to its calming and healing properties. Using essential oils in the bedroom can create a peaceful atmosphere that encourages relaxation, reduces stress levels, and helps improve sleep quality. In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of using essential oils in the bedroom, the types of relaxing essential oils to consider, and how best to use them in your bedroom.
What are Essential Oils and How Do They Work?
Essential oils are aromatic, concentrated plant extracts that contain volatile compounds responsible for their aroma. When essential oils are inhaled, they can trigger the brain’s regions involved in emotion and memory. This enables us to create a calming atmosphere and promote relaxation. In addition to inhalation, essential oils can also be used topically or as part of massage therapy when combined with a carrier oil. Topical application with massage therapy can help ease tense muscles and calm the mind.
Benefits of Using Essential Oils in the Bedroom
While the benefits of essential oils can be experienced in any room of the house, here are some of the top perks of using them in your bedroom.
- Boosts relaxation
- Promotes restful sleep
- Eases tension and worry
- Enhances the environment
- Improves mood
- Aids in clear breathing
Relaxing Essential Oils for the Bedroom
Essential oils are a great way to create a calming and inviting atmosphere in your bedroom. With so many different types of essential oils available on the market, it can be hard to decide which one is best for you. Below are some of our favorites that promote relaxation:
- Lavender essential oil
- Ylang-ylang essential oil
- Bergamot essential oil
- Basil essential oil
- Rosemary essential oil
- Patchouli essential oil
- Orange essential oil
- Frankincense essential oil
- Cedarwood essential oil
- Geranium essential oil
How to Use Essential Oils in the Bedroom
Using essential oils in the bedroom is a great way to promote relaxation and improve sleep quality. However, before using essential oils in your bedroom, make sure that you use them responsibly by diffusing them in low doses; always use high-quality, pure products from reputable vendors like Cliganic; and be sure your space is well-ventilated and that you don’t leave your diffuser on all night. When appalling essential oils topically also use a carrier oil like argan or jojoba oil. With the right approach and care taken when using essential oils in the bedroom, you can create an overall sense of wellbeing.
Below are a few different ways to incorporate essential oils into your personal care routine before bedtime.
One of the most popular methods for using essential oils in the bedroom is diffusing. Diffusers allow you to disperse the aroma of your chosen oil throughout your space, creating an inviting atmosphere that promotes relaxation and improved sleep quality. For best results, add only 2-3 drops of essential oils (with water as directed) to your diffuser and place it near your bed so that their fragrance can help lull you into a restful state before bedtime. Below is a great calming diffuser blend you can try:
- 2 drops of lavender essential oil
- 1 drop of frankincense essential oil
- 1 drop of patchouli essential oil
Cliganic also makes a Sweet Sleep blend you can try that features organic eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender, tea tree, and rosemary essential oils to offer a stimulating scent and encourage deeper breathing.
If you prefer not to use a diffuser, you can also add up to 20 drops of an essential oil to an essential oil inhaler and breathe deeply 2-3 times before bedtime.
Another way to enjoy essential oils before bedtime is by adding 4 drops of lavender oil combined with ½ teaspoon of honey to bathwater. The warmth of the water combined with the essential oil can help to alleviate muscle tension and stress at the same time.
You can also add 2-3 drops of an essential oil to your favorite body lotion or a carrier oil like jojoba and massage it into tired muscles before getting into bed.
Essential oils are perfect for creating a calming sanctuary in your bedroom. Whether you choose to diffuse them or apply them topically, they can help you relax and unwind after a tiring day, and promote a restful night’s sleep. For more ways to use essential oils to relax, take a look at this article: DIY Aromatic Bath Tea with Essential Oils.