Recharging with Essential Oils

Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts that may provide a medicinal benefit when diffused into the air or applied to the skin. They are extremely potent, and it is important to remember that a little can go a long way. There are several different uses for essential oils and each specific kind has its own set of benefits or recommended uses. The benefits can range from improving sleep quality, reducing anxiety, promoting energy, to reducing pain or inflammation. This post will focus on how to use essential oils to ensure deep, rejuvenating sleep.

Moving on, it is important to point out a common misconception. It is often believed that essential oils are always natural and generally harmless. This is untrue. First, some oils may contain synthetic ingredients, fillers, or fragrances; avoid these and look for brands that only sell blends that are 100% pure. Second, these oils are very strong and should always be diluted with a carrier oil before applying them to the skin. Essential oils actually work better after being diluted as the carrier oil makes it harder for the essential oil molecules to evaporate. Carrier oils like olive oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, grapeseed oil, and almond oil are neutral and thicker bases.

To promote restful sleep, the most common essential oils are lavender, bergamot, ylang-ylang, and neroli. Lavender is the most popular one as it is known to promote sleepiness and have anxiolytic effects. There has been evidence-based research done on the sedative effects of lavender oil. Here are some common essential oil mixes for peaceful sleep:

  • Blissful Sleep:
    • 3 drops of Lavender
    • 3 drops of Cedarwood
    • 3 drops of Wild Orange
    • 2 drops of Marjoram
  • Great REM Sleep:
    • 2 drops of Bergamot
    • 2 drops of Cedarwood
  • Calm Deep Sleep:
    • 3 drops of Clary Sage
    • 2 drops of Bergamot
    • 2 drops of Cypress
  • Sleep Tight:
    • 5 drops of Cedarwood
    • 3 drops of Orange
  • Heavenly Dreams:
    • 3 drops of Lemongrass
    • 3 drops of Vetiver
    • 1 drop of Ylang-Ylang
  • Nighty Night:
    • 3 drops of Cedarwood
    • 3 drops of Eucalyptus
    • 3 drops of Frankincense
    • 3 drops of Orange
  • Lights Out:
    • 2 drops of Lavender
    • 2 drops of Cedarwood
    • 2 drops of Vetiver
    • 2 drops of Ylang-Ylang
  • Serene Sleep:
    • 4 drops of Lavender
    • 4 drops of Bergamot
    • 3 drops of Frankincense
    • 2 drops of Juniper
  • Drifting Off:
    • 4 drops of Lavender
    • 3 drops of Jasmine
    • 3 drops of Sandalwood
    • 2 drops of Cypress
  • Effortless Sleep:
    • 6 drops of Lavender
    • 6 drops of Cedarwood
    • 6 drops of Frankincense
    • 4 drops of Eucalyptus

These ten mixtures can either be diluted with a carrier oil and rubbed onto the skin, used in a diffuser, added to an Epsom salt bath, or made into a “pillow spray” mist. To make the pillow spray mist, diluted with water, add to a spray bottle, and spritz onto the pillow or even the air right before sleeping.

As for purchasing essential oils, Plant Therapy is one of the most common and well-known brands.