With social distancing becoming the new normal, your number of monthly nights-out is already down to zero. (Wandering around the block doesn’t count.)
Staying indoors all day and every day can make anyone go insane. Add to it the stress of working from home, meeting deadlines, feeding your family 3x a day and putting up with your kids’ shenanigans and it can seem like an insurmountable challenge.
Every day is a mess like that, but your nights can be peaceful. And they should be because a good night’s sleep is really important for you to cope with all the madness that’s quickly becoming considered the “new normal”.
However, when you have 101 tasks on your to-do list, it’s hard not to think about them, especially when you are trying to get some sleep. Frustrating, right?
There are many online sleep-inducing apps that claim to be highly effective, but it doesn’t make sense to seek comfort in technology when it’s causing discomfort in the first place.
One of the proven ways to get a good night’s sleep is to add some essential oils to your routine. An essential oil diffuser is the first thing you need on your bedside table. Once you have it in place, the next step is to bring out the essential oils and create your sleep-time blends.
Today we’ll go over some of the best essential oils and how you can create various blends to fill your room with soothing aromas that may help you calm your nerves and sleep like a baby.
Made from the Bergamot fruit extract, it is one of the most popular essential oils used in aromatherapy. Its delicate, citrusy fragrance accented with floral notes has a calming effect on the mind and body. Combining your bedtime routine with the right essential oil can help relax your mind, reduce involuntary muscle tension and lull you to sleep like 1.2.3…
It has a rich, earthy scent which might seem unusual at first, but eventually, it will grow on you. Also, there’s always an option to mix it with other essential oils to fill your room with gentle aromas for your night-in.
This essential oil works as a sedative – in a good way. It helps to balance your emotions, calm your mind and support natural healing. In case you are having 3 AM existential crisis or trying to win an argument in your head, this is one of the essential oils you will want to reach for.
All of us have used this essence in one form or the other, at least once in our lives. Lavender is known for supporting healthy sleep as well as its relaxing effect on all ages – babies through adults. Also, if you want to fragrance your room, Lavender is a better and safer alternative to synthetic room fresheners.
Thanks to its sweet, earthy aroma, Valerian essential oil is known to ease stress and occasional restlessness and promote healthy sleep. It’s a herb native to Asian and European countries and has been in use since time immemorial.
This essential oil is believed to have aphrodisiac essence that helps to balance female and male energies and fill the room with tranquil aromas that’ll drift you off to dreamland. Perfect for a romantic night-in, what do you say?
Thanks to its cooling essence, this essential oil has commendable soothing effects and offers various skin benefits when used topically. Put a few drops of Clary Sage in your diffuser and let that calming effect be all over the place.
Made from patchouli leaf extracts, this essential oil not only creates a relaxing, sleep-inducing environment but also cleanses the air as an anti-bacterial agent. It can be used in a diffuser with other essential oils for a soothing aroma throughout the night.
Using these essential oils in blends can elevate the calming effect, and by using various permutations, you can have a new mix every day.
For now, here are five exotic blends that you can create by combining above-mentioned essential oils.
The Shut-Eye blend
What do you get when you mix one drop of Lavender with one drop of Valerian in your diffuser? A glorious night of stress-free sleep. This is one of the straightforward blends that create a calming effect and fill your room with a pleasant, soothing aroma.
The Tranquility blend
If you are having trouble sleeping because of your heightened brain activity, two drops of Frankincense, one drop of Vetiver and two drops of Bergamot in your diffuser will calm your emotions, and you’ll start to feel light and fall asleep in minutes.
The Beauty Sleep blend
When was the last time you had an uninterrupted sleep? Like ages ago, right? Two drops of Bergamot, one drop of Vetiver and one drop of Patchouli should do the trick for you. This mild concoction of essential oils will relax your muscles to prepare you for a good night’s sleep so that you wake up feeling fresh all day, every day.
The Lights-Out Blend
After watching your favorite Netflix show, it’s time to hit the bed. But you can’t stop anticipating the next episode. Mix Ylang Ylang and Clary Sage in equal proportions and top it off with sandalwood to create a soothing aroma. This blend balances emotions and relaxes your mind to help you sink into bed.
The Hit-The-Sack Blend
If your idea of a night-in involves extended screen time, it may affect your ability to drop off to sleep. A combination of Frankincense (two drops), Clary Sage (two drops), and Vetiver (one drop) will gently nudge you down the ‘sleepery’ slope. Turn on your diffuser 30 minutes before you are ready to drop.
There are immense benefits to using essential oils in your everyday life. Apart from being a great sleep-inducer, essential oils, when used in their recommended form, can help you cope with a variety of health issues, like anxiety, headaches and migraines and skin rashes to name a few.
Which blend are you going to try today?
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