While aromatherapy cannot cure insomnia or its root cause, using calming and relaxing essential oils before bedtime can help you fall asleep faster and have a sound sleep till you wake up, say various scientific data. Natural aids, such as relaxing essential oils, are a great alternative to sleeping pills that people often turn to when they don’t get sleep. Here are some favorites:
Lavender – calms the nervous system by lowering blood pressure, heart rate and skin temperature. It allows the brain to stop processing and thereby destress.
Yuzu or Lemon – Many studies have found that lemon can be quiet stimulating and increase heart rate. It improves clarity yet is calming to the body. Alternatively you can relieve those tired eyes and sleep better with the Yuzu Citrus Aroma warming eye masks.
Jasmine – A study by Bryan Raudenbush reveals that people who slept in rooms fragranced with jasmine appear to sleep more peacefully.
Cedarwood – a plant native to cold climates and normally found at high altitudes, is considered relaxing and soothing. It stimulates the pineal gland which releases melatonin, which is necessary for sleep regulation.