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A proper night's sleep is the key to good health. Not getting enough sleep hinders your ability to focus on daily activities and may weaken the immune system. There are many sleep aides on the market, both prescription and over-the-counter, but aromatherapy may offer natural relief.

 

Here are a few tips for trying aromatherapy to help ease sleep disturbances.

 

Lavender Essential Oil Mist
The scent of lavender has been shown to calm nerves, induce relaxation, as well as help with depression. Find a light linen spray that contains natural lavender, and lightly spray the mist on your bed linens and the underside of your pillow right before bedtime.

 

Aromatic Scent Diffuser
Add a few drops of natural Roman chamomile or lavender oil to a tissue or cotton ball in a small dish placed on the nightstand near your pillow at bedtime. Roman chamomile oil is a natural sedative that should help ease you to sleep naturally.

 

Aromatherapy Bath or Shower
Are you an evening bather? Be sure that your shower or bath water is warm and not hot, as hot water stimulates circulation and may keep you too alert to fall asleep easily. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to your bath water for a relaxing bathtime. Or, if you shower, use a bath shower gel infused with lavender or add a few drops of lavender oil on a extra washcloth and place near the showerhead to help the lavender scent fill your shower.