Why I use essential oils for sleep and to reduce anxiety31 July 2019
Okay, when it comes to herbs and spice and all things nice I’m most certainly not a qualified herbalist or aromatherapist! So if that’s something you want to try then I recommend you find yourself a professional to talk to. But what I am is a big fan of natural approaches to help me live my life beyond eczema, and that includes using some essential oils for sleep and to lift my mood and reduce anxiety.
So, like with a lot of things I write about, these aren’t things that will necessarily help directly with your eczema. But we all know by now that our skin is a reflection of what’s happening on the inside, and that everything from the right diet to a good night’s sleep can help with our overall wellbeing.
Essential oils for sleep
One thing to say first about essential oils is never put them directly onto broken skin. But they can be a really good way of helping you drift off into a deep, relaxing sleep, so a few drops on your pillow can be a good idea if you need a bit of help nodding off. You can also add them to your bath, use a diffuser to give your room a deep, rich fragrance, or make a mist by adding them to water and spraying onto your pillow or in your room.
Lavender oil is my favourite, partly because I really love the smell! But also because it really can help you feel calmer. I love a lavender pillow spray, I feel my mind relaxing as I inhale, my busy, bustling thoughts starting to melt away, and I always feel that I get a refreshing, deep sleep. And it can help you wake up feeling more energised the next morning, which is always a bonus!
Vanilla is another winner winner, as it can help to calm you down and reduce hyperactivity, soothing your nerves and helping you to breathe more easily. We often associate vanilla with comfort foods, too, like biscuits or ice cream, and these cosy connections can also help us feel more peaceful.
Jasmine is a brilliant natural sleep promoter, and it smells divine! This is a good one if you’re a restless sleeper and prone to tossing and turning, as it can help you enjoy a less anxiety-filled night’s sleep, leaving you feeling refreshed and alert when you wake up.
Geranium has a gentle, delicate floral scent, is stress reducing and one of nature’s wonderful sedatives, helping you drop easily off into a deep, relaxing sleep.
Cedarwood is rich and woody, helping to soothe tensions and reduce muscle pain. This is a great one if you’re less of a fan of the floral fragrances.
Citrus, either bergamot or lemon, can help to relieve anxiety and lower your heart rate, lifting your mood as they boost your serotonin levels.
Ylang ylang is beautifully tropical, reducing stress and anxiety this is a great one for your bath.
When it comes to tackling anxiety, I find rosemary really helps. Although the oils mentioned above are good for stress relief, they are associated with sleep, whereas I find rosemary is more stimulating. Weirdly, it’s also a really good insect repellent (remember not to put it directly on your skin though, but you could spray a mist onto your clothes) and let’s face it, we’re all a lot less anxious without flies and mozzies buzzing around us all the time!
What are your favourite essential oils lovelies? I’d love to know so don’t forget to tag me @camilleknowles.
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Lots of love, Camille xx