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My Favorite Aromatherapy Recipes for Sleep

by Andrea Butje on May 25, 2015

I have created and shared so many Aromatherapy recipes for sleep…

…but there is always room for more! I know that so many people have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. And I recently heard that the CDC called insufficient sleep a public health epidemic, so I thought I would share some of my favorite Aromatherapy recipes for sleep again. You can also learn to make your own blends in Aromahead Institute's Aromatherapy Certification Program. It can be helpful to try several recipes, because different remedies work for different people.

One recipe that a lot of people have found useful is called “I Need Sleep Now!” I featured it in a blog post here. The blend is for a bath salt, but you can also make it in a body lotion, if you don’t take baths before bed. You can make sleep diffuser blends to calm down your body and your thoughts, or make an Aromatherapy inhaler and begin inhaling the oils as you prepare for bed. You can also make a linen spray to spritz over your blankets and pillowcases.

Some of my favorite essential oils to use in Aromatherapy recipes for sleep are:

  • Roman Chamomile essential oil (Chamaemelum nobile)
  • Orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis)
  • Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • Jasmine absolute (Jasminum grandiflorum)
  • Neroli essential oil (Citrus aurantium var. amara)
  • Cedarwood (Indian) essential oil (Cedrus deodara)
  • Rosewood essential oil (Aniba rosaeodora)
  • Sandalwood essential oil (Santalum paniculatum)
  • Frankincense essential oil (Boswellia carterii)

I also like hydrosols, especially in linen sprays. Lavender hydrosol (Lavandula angustifolia) and German Chamomile hydrosol (Matricaria recutita) are excellent! If you make a hydrosol blend, I recommend making it fresh every few weeks.

As I mentioned, different Aromatherapy recipes for sleep can work for different people, so try more than one. And if you have a favorite essential oil that makes you feel calm, centered, and comforted, you can use that in a blend. There might be some oils that speak to you in unique ways, or specific aromas you associate with peace, comfort, and relaxation. For example, if your home always smelled like Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) when you grew up, and that scent just takes you back to a wonderful place and time, you might want to try Patchouli in your own Aromatherapy recipes for sleep. Happy sleeping!

Free PDF: Improve Your Health with Lavender

Andrea Butje is an internationally-recognized Aromatherapist who has changed the educational paradigm through her inspired approach to teaching essential oils and Aromatherapy Certification. Check out her book, The Heart of Aromatherapy, at Aromatics International!

Topics: natural sleep, Recipes and Blends, essential oils for sleep, Natural remedies for sleep, Sleep

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