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The Best Essential Oils for Sleep 

Bunny Brinkman
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The best essential oils for sleep include: lavender, valerian, neroli, clary sage, chamomile, and patchouli. These oils are the most recommended for helping people sleep better at night. Essential oils have the power to deliver specific beneficial healing properties from different plants in a highly concentrated and direct form to your body. When used properly they have been recognized for centuries for having therapeutic properties. Ancient cultures practiced the art of making essential oils by first soaking the flowers, bark, twigs, and leaves of plants in oil for a period of time, then using linens to filter, purify and isolate the oils to make a potent, concentrated form. If you’ve ever asked, “What are the best essential oils for sleep?” you have come to the right place!   

The best essential oils for sleep help relax the mind and combat insomnia through calming. Depending on the type of oil applied the healing effects of essential oils are limitless, from antibacterial defense to relief of pain and even aiding in emotional therapy. From a strictly scientific perspective, oils are extremely effective due to the 50 million smell receptors inside the nasal passageways. These connect directly to the brain’s limbic system, which is the area that is responsible for emotions and memories. In addition to the medical benefits of oils, they make us feel better simply because they smell so nice!   

This list discusses the most popular essential oils for insomnia. If you’ve ever tried aromatherapy for sleep, please upvote your favorite essential oils - and add any that I missed.
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Lavender
Lavender is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Essential Oils for Sleep
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When used in a diffuser lavender helps ease anxiety and insomnia. In a medical study patients reported that they were able to sleep and relax easier when sleeping in a lavender-scented room as opposed to sleeping without it. Lavender Essential Oil (Lavendula angustifolia) Relaxes you and makes you more alert; can balance any personality. Possible dangers of not using lavender properly are: irritation of the skin, allergic reactions, nausea, headache, chills or vomiting. Can be applied topically or diffused in a room.
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Chamomile
Chamomile is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Essential Oils for Sleep
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When diffused chamomile provides feelings of peace and stability that make it easier to sleep through the night. It can be taken internally as well, and gives a sense of well-being and self-acceptance that replaces negative emotions with relaxing thoughts.The result is the ability to sleep peacefully and restfully!
 
Chamomile Essential Oil (Chamemelum nobile) Aids in sleep; has calming and relaxing properties that help to reduce anxiety, dispel anger and release old emotions.Possible dangerous side effects can include: anaphylaxis, contact dermatitis, and other severe hypersensitivity reactions. Can diffuse it or rub two drops on the temples or back of the neck either prior to going to bed or when facing a difficult situation.
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Clary Sage
Clary Sage is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Essential Oils for Sleep
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When clary sage is diffused it helps to uplift the mood, making it easier to relax and sleep better. You can also use it with Epsom salt in a hot bath to bring relief to anxiety and stress. Applying 1 - 2 drops directly onto your pillow at night also helps aid in the sleep cycle! Clary Sage Essential Oil (also known as Esalarea) can be useful for upset stomach, stomach disorders, kidney disease and tumors when applied to the skin. There are no known side effects to using clary sage when taken in proper amounts. It can be taken internally (it aides as a flavor for food) and topically.
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Patchouli
Patchouli is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Essential Oils for Sleep
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Applying a couple drops of patchouli to your pillow at night will help you to relax and have a good night's sleep! Patchouli is a natural mood lifter. When inhaled it serves as an anti-depressant, bring the emotions back into balance, and providing a calming effect on the mind. When applied as a massage oil it also stabilizes lethargy.Patchouli Essential Oil (Agastach Pogostemi) is useful for colds, headaches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain and bad breath. There isn't enough information about it to know if it has harmful side effects or not, but it appears to be safe to use in food amounts. Patchouli can be taken internally, applied externally and is often used in perfumes and fragrances.
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