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Using Essential Oils for Insomnia & Better Sleep

Aromatherapy & Sleep

There are two forms of sleep, REM or rapid eye movement which occurs when we are dreaming. And then there is NREM, non-rapid eye movement.  Both are important to our health.

REM occurs three or four times a night and can last anywhere from 5 minutes to over 1 hour. Our respiratory and heart rate become irregular, and the brain waves become slow and high voltage.

Insomnia or sleep issues can interfere with this process and play havoc on our health.  Insomnia can simply occur over time or come on quickly due to stress, irregular work hours, medications or other issues.  It can also be an occurrence due to an underlying cause or secondary cause to an underlying condition. 

Essential oil properties work in two ways, physically and emotionally.  While calming the mind by reducing stress, tension and worry, they can also relieve pain and discomfort allowing the body and nerves to relax and let go of added tension and releasing the muscles.   

Essential Oils and Sleep

Important Note: Whatever you choose for an oil, make sure that the oils you purchase are high quality. The only way to determine this is through GC/MS (gas chromatography/mass spectrometry) analysis reports.  Any reputable company will have these available on site. Although the oil may have a pleasant aroma, oils that have been synthetically enhanced lose their therapeutic value and raise concern for possible irritation, even diluted. 

Instructions for Using Essential Oils to Sleep Better

Determine Your Preferred EO or EO Blend

Prior to choosing your oils, review any safety concerns that may be associated with the oil.  Although from nature, like poison ivy, not everything from nature dictates to safety.  With a few preparations, you can use your essential oils safely. 

Next, choose aromas that appeal to your senses and personal preferences.  There are many sedative oils to choose from.  The list we’ve provided are only a few oils that have sedative properties.  A smell that is not appealing to us can have the opposite effect if we aren’t enjoying the aroma. 

Top Sedative Essential Oils for Facilitating Sleep

General Sleep Issues:
  • Bergamot Citrus bergamia
  • Chamomile (German) Marticaria chamomilla (Marticaria recutita)
  • Chamomile (Roman) Chamaemelum nobile, Anthemis nobilis
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    Clary Sage Salvia sclarea
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    Frankincense Boswellia carterii, sacra, or italicum
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    Jasmine Jasminum officinale
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    Lavender Lavendula angustifolia
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    Patchouli Pogostemon cablin
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    Sandalwood Santalum album
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    Spikenard Nardastachus jatamansi
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    (Sweet) Marjoram Origanum marjorana
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    Tangerine Citrus reticulata var. tangerine
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