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Seven scents that help you sleep

December 22, 2016

Sniff yourself to sound sleep with these seven scent

Do life’s strains and stresses keep you up worrying at night? Are you struggling to fall asleep? With just a few drops of one of these fragrances you could be one step closer to deep, dreamy sleep.

Used for centuries, essential oils extracted from plants are said to have a wide range of healing properties, and among the vast array of aromas some are renowned for their ability to calm, relax and cure insomnia.

Here are seven of the most popular smells to help you sleep:

Lavender - One of the best known natural remedies to aid sleep and encourage relaxation, lavender essential oil has tremendous stress-releasing properties. Commonly used as a sleep aid, lavender oil is one of the most popular essential oils on the market.

Jasmine - Sweet smelling and potent, jasmine oil originates from the Chinese plant of the same name. Pungent and powerful, jasmine is known for its healing attributes. It promotes relaxation and helps relieve stress, which means that sleep comes that much easier.

Valerian - Traditionally uses an an oral sleep aid, valerian root has been used to cure insomnia since the Romans. A recent study showed that rats that inhaled the fragrance of valerian fell asleep faster, and slept sounder than those that didn’t.

Chamomile - Known for its soothing properties, chamomile essential oil is extracted from the flowering leaves of the chamomile plant. Better known for its calming properties as a tea, chamomile oil is also as a potent natural tranquiliser.

Rose - Calming and soothing rose essential oil is sweet smelling and very comforting. Known to aid with symptoms of anxiety and depression, this tried and tested scent eases the mind so that sleep can set in.

Vanilla - The familiar and comforting fragrance of vanilla is famous for its ability to soothe and relax. It is a smell that people associate with warmth and a sense of security so it creates a sense of relaxation.

Sandalwood - Sandalwood has been used for generations for its ability to relax and ease tension. It is a well known antidote for insomnia thanks to its calming properties. A strong sedative, sandalwood is a wonderful scent to encourage a sleepy state.

There are several ways to use these scents:

  • A few drops in the bath at night
  • Scented oil applied to the skin before bed
  • Burnt in an oil burner in your bedroom
  • A few drops added to some water in a spray bottle and used as a room mister

However you choose to use theses scents, if you struggle to sleep why not try one of these natural fragrances and sleep soundly.

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