I think the most important factor in getting good sleep is getting the right amount of sleep. Personally, I’ve found about seven-and-a-half hours to be my sweet spot. Any more than that and I wake up multiple times during the night, and/or have a hard time falling asleep. Any less, and I need coffee to get me through the day.
But even with the right amount of sleep, I think we moms often have a hard time shutting our brains down at night. We often find ourselves lying in bed thinking about things we did, should have done, or need to do in the future, and just wishing that we could turn it all off.
That’s what the oils help us do.
There’s something interesting about blending essential oil, because each individual reacts differently to each blend.
While one person may swear by one blend for any given remedy, another person swears by a completely different blend and doesn’t like the first one at all. Or sometimes, it’s just a personal preference for how things smell. Especially when it comes to essential oil blends for soap making.
I have a little bit of personal experience with not getting much benefit from an oil blend that I’ve heard about a hundred other moms swear by – Peace and Calming.
I like the way it smells, but honestly, I didn’t feel like it did much for me. I kind of just decided that there was no relaxing oil combo for me after a while, and then one night, I wanted to smell something nice, so I filled my diffuser with lavender and orange.
It. was. heavenly. And I fell right to sleep.
Since then I’ve also found that valerian oil is very effective for me personally – if I mask the smell in something that smells nice.
These essential oil blends for sleep are suggestions. Blends I’ve found that work for me, and also oils that are known to be relaxing, and that I think smell nice together. Feel free to experiment until you find the right one for you.
I mix most of them on a 1:1 ratio, except for valerian, which as I mentioned, doesn’t have the nicest smell. That one I may do two drops to every five of another oil. But the point is that you should mix these in the ratios that smell the best to you.
Essential Oil Blends For Sleep
- Lavender and orange essential oils <— My favorite!
- Roman chamomile and bergamot essential oils
- Lavender and sweet marjoram essential oils
- Valerian and Peace and Calming essential oils <— my second favorite! (even though peace and calming alone wasn’t my thing, adding the valerian really made a difference!)
- cedar wood and orange essential oils
- frankincense and lavender essential oils
How to use your essential oil sleep blends:
- Mix a total of 20 drops of oil in a 5 ml roller bottle and top with fractionated coconut oil or sweet almond oil. Apply to feet and neck
- Diffuse 5-10 drops of oil in an essential oil diffuser at night as you prepare for bed. Most diffusers have a timer or automatic shut-off so you can let it run as you fall asleep with no worries.
And that’s all there is to it! Try a few, mix and match, diffuse some single oils – play around!
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