Essential Oils & Sleep

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This blog post is about sleep and incorporation of essential oils into your bedtime routine; you will learn more below, after we discuss safety.

General safety information: Always inform your health care professionals involved in your care about complementary interventions you are using. Do not take any essential oils internally (in your mouth). Do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin. Do not apply citrus oils to skin, even undiluted, and expose self to the sun. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapist. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and seniors. Also review: https://naha.org/explore-aromatherapy/safety/general-safety-guidelines 

Recently I read a great blog post, titled, “As We Age, Healthy Sleep Without Prescription Drugs” and as a holistic nurse it made me pleased, because many seniors are dependent on medications to sleep.

I’d have to say sleep is something valuable no matter what age you are, but we live in a health care system now where some are dependent on prescription medications to have a good night’s rest, which is unfortunate.

This blog post mentioned above can be found at http://blog.csa.us/2019/05/healthy-sleep.html?_zs=PmbOc1&_zl=cSkq5 this was written by Society of Certified Senior Advisors.

This article is amazing because it discusses items that can be used to help with sleep that does not include medications / prescriptions. As a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist I want to add in the powerful use of essential oils to help with sleep, in conjunction with other methods as mentioned in the blog. As a RN and Certified Care Manager I can confirm that lack of sleep is detrimental to your health as discussed in the blog above.


Below I will discuss essential oils that help promote better sleep.

  • Mandarin | Is an essential oil that helps by soothing and mellowing the mind and body before bed. The power of this essential oil comes from Myicene, which is this essential oil’s constituents (chemical compounds that make the oil do what it can do). 
  • Chamomile Roman | Is an essential oil that help calm the nervous system, during times of irritability and help ease physical and emotional tension, during times of stress. The power of this essential oil comes from Isobutyl Angelate, Methylallyl Angelate, which is this essential oil’s constituents (chemical compounds that make the oil do what it can do). 
  • Ylang Ylang Complete | Is an essential oil that is calming to the mind and reduces feelings of worry. The power of this essential oil comes from Linalool, Geraniol, which is this essential oil’s constituents (chemical compounds that make the oil do what it can do). 
  • Marjoram Sweet | Is an essential oil that promotes calmness and soothes tired muscles. The power of this essential oil comes from Terpinene, Linalool, Mycerne, which is this essential oil’s constituents (chemical compounds that make the oil do what it can do). 
  • Rose Absolute | Is an essential oil that helps promote feelings of security and being grounded. The power of this essential oil comes from Citronellol, Phenyl Ethyl Alcohol, which is this essential oil’s constituents (chemical compounds that make the oil do what it can do). 

Some other possibilities are:
  • Geranium, which is one of my favorites because it uplifts me and helps with worry and stress, plus being a woman, it helps with hormonal changes. 
  • Vanilla, because I love the smell, it has shown to help with tension and agitation. 
  • Any essential oil that you smell, that makes you feel at peace, happy, and calm, can be an oil that you can use to help you drift into a good night's sleep
There are different methods you can use to incorporate essential oils into your sleep routine. One way is making a bedtime body oil or lotion to rub on your hands and feet. Another method is via diffusion, with a diffuser. If using a diffuser, I would recommend to not use the “On” or “Continuous” option, to prevent over-stimulation which can cause the oils to have a reverse effect. For my bedtime diffuser I use 30 minutes on, 30 minutes off option. 

If you are new to essential oils and want a simpler and cost-effective method, where you can make different blending options, for use overtime, I would recommend an inhaler. 

For more information on essential oils, chosen the right options for you, Holistic Solutions, by Evolve is here and happy to help.


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