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Do you need help with your sleep?
I don’t know about you, but it is SO easy to let our sleep take the back seat. We binge-watch Netflix (just ONE more episode!), get absorbed in a thrilling book, or stay up late to get tasks done in silence. It’s tempting to let ourselves just go-go-go right up until we hit the pillow. (I really should take my own advice: I’m drafting this blog post at 10pm!) With school right around the corner (or started already!), sleep needs to take priority. We simply cannot function well if we are sleep-deprived!
Creating your sleep toolbox
We all need tools and tricks to help us with our healthy habits. Essential oils can be a major part of that toolbox! They are easy to use, safe for adults and children, and cost-effective. (Just make sure you are using a quality brand! If you want to learn more about finding a reputable brand, fill out the quick form at the end of this post.) Keep reading for some must-know tips for creating restful sleep with essential oils.
Top 5 essential oils to help you sleep like a baby!
- Lavender. Of course this list wouldn’t be complete without lavender! This is a pretty popular oil that is known for inducing relaxation. Even if you don’t use essential oils right now, you have almost definitely heard of lavender: in sachets, in bath salts, in eye mask pillows. Lavender essential oil is much more potent than the flowers, and therefore you don’t need to use that much to have an effect. The easiest way to use it at bedtime is to put a drop into your hands, rub them together, and inhale deeply. Even your children can do this!
- Cedarwood. The specific type I use is called Juniperus virginiana. It has a woodsy, manly smell – so this may become a favorite for the guys in your life! My husband Mark loves to have his feet massaged with cedarwood before he goes to sleep, and it makes a difference! Another way to use essential oils in the bedroom is in a diffuser. A diffuser is a small electronic device that usually uses water and a few drops of essential oil. (I use this clock diffuser on my nightstand.) I recommend having a diffuser in each child’s bedroom and your own. (I mean, if you’re really into it, I recommend one in each room of the house!!)
- Sandalwood. This essential oil is kind of like the more expensive version of cedarwood. However, there is something magical and therapeutic about the aroma of sandalwood that is very different from cedarwood. So I like having both in my toolkit. If you want to pamper yourself before bedtime, make a sugar scrub using sandalwood essential oil. (Check out this recipe for a simple sugar scrub base.) Your skin will be nourished and you’ll feel relaxed!
- Eucalyptus. If taking a hot shower is part of your bedtime routine, then using eucalyptus essential oil will make it 10 times more relaxing! This is super simple: warm the water, then step into the shower with your bottle of eucalyptus. (Or keep it in the shower.) Then drop 5-10 drops of the oil onto the floor of your shower where the water is hitting. This will turn your plain home shower into a luxurious eucalyptus steam room! Your body and mind will love it. If you want your kids to reap the benefits of this oil, add up to 5 drops to their bath. (The best way to do this is to mix with a handful of Epsom salt so it distributes evenly.)
- Frankincense. This “king of oils” is good for so many things! It helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, so add a couple drops to your nighttime facial cream. You will reap the soothing aromatic benefits as well! You could place a drop under your tongue, which will help your body rejuvenate its immune system while you sleep. You could also rub it on the bottoms of your children’s feet along with lavender.
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Now, these are just a few tips on how to use essential oils at bedtime. I’d love to hear how you use essential oils in your nightly routine! If you have never used them before and are curious about getting started, fill out the form below for a FREE guide! It’s an exclusive pamphlet on the top seven essential oils for daily use.