Sleeping problems? It's not just you. According to the NHS, one in three of us suffers from sleep problems. We all know how important sleep is for our day-to-day wellbeing, but bad sleep can negatively impact our overall health over time. We at Delune are big on establishing a consistent daily routine (and the power of aromatherapy), so here are five essential oils you should add to your wind-down routine...
Lavender is known to help you relax and unwind at bedtime, making it one of the most popular essential oils. In some studies, it has even been referred to as a natural remedy that can help treat insomnia and improve sleep quality.
The soothing properties of chamomile make it one of our favorite essential oils. If you're used to chamomile tea before bed, have you thought about diffusing it or putting some drops in the bath? There are some studies that say it can help with anxiety.
After a busy day, do you feel overwhelmed? Ylang ylang could be the answer since it can help to balance out emotions and feelings. One study showed it helped to reduce blood pressure and pulse rate, which can interfere with sleep if too high. Add a few drops to your bath or diffuse through your diffuser before bed.
4. Jasmine Essential Oil
Jasmine is also said to help promote better sleep. One study that supports this suggests that exposure to Jasmine improves sleep quality and reduces sleep movement. It's also said to calm irritability, so it's perfect for racing minds and aching bodies. After your evening shower or bath, try inhaling some of the soothing scent with your diffuser.
This may be a good option for you if stress and burnout are keeping you awake at night. It can help you relax and reduce your cortisol levels. When compared with the control group,a study showed a drop in stress levels when emergency nurses inhaled patchouli. Try diffusing some or adding it to your bath.