Aromatherapy for Insomnia

For centuries people have used essential oils and aromatherapy to promote relaxation, mental, and physical wellness. I was lucky enough to be raised by a woman who strongly believed in the use of alternative therapy, and as a result, I often saw it working first hand.

As I grew into my own person, I chose to carry these things with me. And over the years, I have grown my knowledge and understanding of just how wonderful essential oils and the plants they come from are. Bringing them in to support me in combating my insomnia has been very interesting.

Using essential oils

Before we go ahead, please note that you should never underestimate the power of essential oils. Always consult your doctor when adding anything to a treatment regime. Some oils can be harmful if not used correctly.

If you have sensitive skin, always patch test first before applying to your body. We all react to oils differently the same way we react differently to pharmaceutical medicines.

My favorite oils for insomnia

  • Roman Chamomile
  • Valerian
  • Geranium
  • Ylang-Ylang
  • Lavender
  • Vanilla
  • Sweet marjoram
  • Jasmine

Buying and storing essential oils

If you are not well-versed in storing essential oils, please take note of the following:

  • When you are buying oils, be sure you are not buying blends and only buy from reputable sources.
  • Store your essential oils in dark and cool cupboards.
  • Keep away from direct sunlight and heat.
  • Keep away from children and animals.

Ways to use essential oils for insomnia

There are so many wonderful ways to utilize essential oils in your every day that may help you sleep a little easier. Even if it only means that you drift off to slumberland with more ease.


Chamomile and Melissa tea are my favorite with a dash of honey, no milk or creamer, just as is. It is wonderful and soothing and certainly helps me sleep more restfully when I do sleep.

Bath time

Bathing is one of my favorite things to do. I like the whole shebang - candles and music, some cool water to drink and to be left in peace. To make this an extra relaxing experience and aid my sleep, which is soon to follow, sometimes I blend my oils. I try and use no more than 3 oils at a time and only 3 drops of each. I am sure to never use more than 10 drops in total as this could become too strong.

Foot soak

I have very sensitive skin as I have psoriasis, and some days the bath is just a bridge too far for my brain. So I half the drops and water and soak my feet for a good half an hour before I crawl into bed. Lukewarm water is normally perfect for me.

Linen spray

Half a cup of water and 4 to 5 drops (in total) of the chosen oils. My personal favourites are Roman Chamomile and Jasmine. I keep it in a small spray bottle next to my bed and spray it over the top of my bed, and it does make a difference for me. I also use this for my daughter, and she fondly refers to it as her sleepy spray.

Do you use essential oils to help with relaxation and better sleep? What are your go-to oils? Tell us more in the comments below!

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