If your beauty sleep is in need of a serious boost, we’ve got just the remedy: essential oils. Sure, they smell amazing, but their benefits go beyond their scents. These incredible concoctions provide an all-natural alternative to the average sleep supplement. Not only do essential oils with a sedative effect promote sleep, but they can also diminish anxiety, lower blood pressure, and relieve stress that builds up throughout the day. Apply them in a variety of ways: through a diffuser, mixed in a cream, or shaken up with a base oil and spritzed on.
Of course, no list of the best essential oils for sleep would be complete without lavender oil, one of the most widely reputed natural sources for inducing a peaceful slumber. Lavender oil is safe to apply directly to the skin, but test a small amount on your hand first before applying in larger amounts. Dab a little on pulse points before bed or rub a bit between your palms and inhale with a few deep breaths. Adding a couple of drops to a bath is another great way to unwind after a long day.
Chamomile has long been associated with promoting a good night’s sleep, and research seems to back that up. Used as an herb, it’s often taken by mouth.
In a study of 60 elderly people, the participants were divided into two groups. One group was given capsules of chamomile extract twice a day, while the others were given a placebo.
At the end of the study, there was a significant increase in the sleep quality of those who took the chamomile extracts when compared to the group who were given the placebo.
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