How Do Essential Oils Help with Sleep?

The Power of Scents

Do you know why some real-estate agents use fresh-baked cookies at an open house to create that warm, inviting aroma? 

When we smell something, our olfactory nerve sends signals directly to our limbic system and amygdala, the parts of our brain responsible for our memory or mood. That’s why certain scents can instantly make us feel brighter, or recall a positive memory.

Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that relies on the powerful sense of smell. Humans have used aromatherapy for thousands of years. Ancient cultures in China, India, Egypt, Greece and elsewhere incorporated aromatic plant components in resins, balms, and oils. People from different cultures use these natural substances for medical and religious purposes. 

In terms of medical purposes, aromatherapy has a variety of wellness and health benefits, from boosting mood to relieving migraines. Essential oils can also be used to calm and relax the mind and body, preparing you for sleep.

How Do Essential Oils Help with Sleep? 

Firstly, certain scents have botanical properties that promote relaxation, calm the nerve system, lowering heart rate, helping get our bodies into a restful state ready for sleep. Essential oils smell naturally nice and can be a pleasant way to enhance the sleeping experience.

Secondly, making essential oils part of your bedtime routine can also help train your mind to associate the specific scent with falling asleep.

Many people prefer to use essential oils because they’re natural and don’t create the common side effects associated with many drug-based sleep medications, such as daytime drowsiness or more serious health risks. 

The best essential oils for sleep fall into two main categories: oils that stave off insomnia by calming the mind and reducing anxiety, and oils that alleviate snoring and sleep apnea by clearing the airways.

While more research is still needed regarding essential oils and sleep, the studies done thus far do suggest that using essential oils at bedtime can help alleviate mild sleep problems.

How to Use Essential Oils for Sleep?

There are many ways to use essential oils for sleep. Some of the most common include:

  • Dilute essential oils with an air diffuser;
  • Massage a few drops onto a specific part of the body, such as the forehead, temples, neck, chest and/or wrists;
  • Rub a few drops into your hands and taking a few mindful deep breath;
  • Mix the oil with epsom salt or baking soda to add to a hot bath;
  • Use an essential oil spray to spritz into the air or on your pillow;

Topical application of essential oils can be especially beneficial, since the oils will actually permeate your skin due to their transdermal properties. As a result, not only will you smell them through your olfactory nerve, but they’ll also enter your bloodstream more quickly.

However, if you have sensitive skin or allergies, you should avoid applying topically altogether, or otherwise diffuse the oil with a carrier oil such as organic coconut oil, grapeseed oil, or olive oil.

Scents of a Zen Peaceful Night

Zenkle Zen Night Pillow/Sleep Mist is made with a comforting and calming blend of lavender, chamomile and vetivert essential oils to soothe and relax the senses. Lavender lowers blood pressure, heart rate and skin temperature, chamomile fights feelings of stress and anxiety, and vetivert helps to improve your breathing patterns during sleep.

This essential oil spray will not make you sleepy immediately (it’s not a drug); rather its natural calming scents help ease you into a relaxed state of mind so sleep can come naturally.

As Zenkle products are made only with all natural ingredients, free of artificial ingredients, fragrances, dyes, parabens, GMOs, synthetics, or harsh ingredients.

If you are often a restless wanderer at bedtime, or simply want to enhance your sleep experience, spray a fine mist of Zen Night scents and inhale the aromatic smell of a wonderful night’s sleep.