Aromatherapy is a surprisingly powerful technique for using certain scents to promote various responses from the body and mind. It’s funny to think that something as simple as a smell can change a mood, but it is a practice that has been around for thousands of years and that increasingly is being used in conventional medicine, too.
Our sense of smell is actually quite underrated as it is not as well understood as our other senses and it doesn’t feel as though it is quite as vital as sight, touch, and hearing, for example. Still, if the smell of baking cookies can make you smile and think back to special times with your grandma, or if the smell of a compost heap can make you want to rapidly back away, then it becomes much easier to understand just how much an aroma can affect us.
When bedtime comes around, natural scents can be a perfect choice for helping to create a calm and soothing sleep environment for kids and adults alike. The key is to choose something soothing such as lavender and chamomile and to avoid more invigorating smells such as eucalyptus.
The following are some of the top essential oils used in aromatherapy to promote healthy sleep habits:
- Lavender – This is the scent you’re most likely to have known would be on this list. The soft floral smell of natural lavender is exceptionally widely recognized as one that promotes calm and relaxation. It can help to ease anxieties and concerns nd promote restfulness, preparing the body and mind for sleep throughout the night. Check out our new linen spray made from lavender essential oils.
- Chamomile – With its sweet scent comparative to a combination of herbs and apples, inhaling the smell of chamomile has been linked with relaxation of the mood, muscles, and even brain waves! It has been studied for its impact on reducing hyperactivity in children as well as moodiness in adults. It can help to ease headaches, bruises, digestive cramping, and pains associated with sprains and certain allergies. This scent is also considered to be one of the gentlest and is often recommended for babies and children. Some research has looked into its positive influence on colic symptoms.
- Frankincense – This exotic scent comes with a soothing capability to balance the emotions to calm the mind and body and support healthy sleep. It may even promote a better response to the body’s natural healing processes.
- Cedarwood – This inexpensive essential oil is highly fragranced, so a very small amount goes a long way. It is believed to help support pineal gland function. Why does that matter? Melatonin is produced within the pineal gland and melatonin is the natural hormone associated with the body’s sleeping and waking clock.
- Vetiver – This essential oil comes from the roots of the vitiver plant. For that reason, its scent is quite earthy. This makes it a subtle addition to a sleep environment, though it also combines well with other essential oils because, when used with thrift, it will not overpower them. Among the scents with which it combines very well is lavender. It is believed to help to promote psychological calm and stability to ease stresses anxieties and an overactive mind at night.