The Complete Guide to Sound Sleep: Using Essential Oils to Support Sleep Wellness
Explore natural and plant-derived products to help you catch some zzz’s
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO GET A SOUND SLEEP EACH NIGHT?
What exactly does it mean to ‘sleep soundly’? Here are some of the definitions netted by a quick google search: ‘deeply asleep and difficult to rouse’. ‘The moments of sleep where the body is particularly still.’ ‘Sleeping deeply, still and silently’. Doesn’t it sound like a dream?! The idea that each night when we fall asleep, we have the possibility of entering sound sleep that leaves us feeling rested and ready to take on the day when we wake up?
According to the American Sleep Association, you can increase your chances of getting deep sleep by doing more of the following:
- Allowing yourself adequate total sleep time each night
- Vigorously exercising to increase or consolidate deep sleep
- Encouraging a consistent, healthy diet
ESSENTIAL OILS AND SLEEP WELLNESS
When it comes to using essential oil-based wellness products as part of your sleep routine, it’s important to know they aren’t meant to be a “cure” or a “fix-all”; they are meant to be another tool in your tool kit that can support you on your wellness journey. Not meant to replace medication or other therapeutic practices, they are intended to provide another option you can explore to support a feeling of optimal wellness.
LEARN MORE ABOUT USING ESSENTIAL OILS TO SUPPORT YOUR SLEEP EACH NIGHT
Though many different essential oils are available in a variety of products today, there are certain plants and plant parts that have been well studied for their ability to help the body to feel relaxed and grounded and to encourage the mind to find stillness and quiet from racing thoughts and nervous chatter.
According to the Sleep Foundation, there are certain essential oils that can be helpful when incorporated as part of your bedtime routine that may help people sleep better. Below is a non-exhaustive list of some of the suggestions they provide:
- Lavender, most commonly studied by scientists to calm the nervous system and reduce sleepiness upon waking the next day
- Bergamot to calm and support mental and emotional well-being
- Chamomile, both Roman and German that are studied to help relieve anxious feelings and ease pain in the body, both of which may affect one’s ability to sleep deeply
- Cedarwood, thought to have an effect on the parasympathetic nervous system that may increase total sleep time and reduce early morning wakefulness
- Clary sage oil for its sleep and relaxation promoting properties
Below we will be discussing some of the products we offer at Saje as part of our collection known to support relaxation and relief from stress, to help support your routine at bedtime and to help encourage a feeling of overall wellness and well-being.
ESSENTIAL OILS TO SUPPORT SLEEP WELLNESS: ROLL-ONS
One of the most popular product formats we offer at Saje is the oil blend roll-on. Roll-ons are simple to use, convenient and portable and offer a way to take wellness with you, wherever you are.
We offer many different varieties of essential oil roll-ons as part of our categories to support relief from stress and to promote restful sleep. One of the considerations in choosing the blends that might be right for you is how the product smells. There is a saying in aromatherapy - “the nose knows” - and it means that you should feel comfortable trusting yourself to choose a product based on how appealing it smells to you.
Sleep Well roll-on is the most powerfully grounding roll-on we offer for sleep support. The scent of this product is earthy, herbal and floral, and it includes key essential oils of valerian root, vetiver, marjoram, lavender, orange and two chamomiles, roman and german.
Peaceful Slumber roll-on is a medium-strength product we offer to encourage sleep wellness, supportive of deep, relaxed breathing. The scent of this product is woody, herbal, green and slightly bitter, and it includes key essential oils of petitgrain, cajeput, myrtle, marjoram and lavender.
Stress Release roll-on is a soothing, balancing and harmonizing blend to support relief and ease from both physical and emotional manifestations of stress. The scent of this product is floral, herbal, sweet and earthy, and it includes key essential oils of lavender, orange, roman chamomile, vetiver and geranium.
Unwind roll-on is comforting, nurturing, supportive and grounding and was blended to help quiet the mind, still the body and encourage peacefulness. The scent of this product is citrusy, floral, spicy and warming, and it includes key essential oils of orange, bergamot, lavender, geranium and cinnamon.
ESSENTIAL OILS TO SUPPORT SLEEP WELLNESS: DIFFUSER BLENDS
Another product format we offer that many find supportive of rest and relaxation at bedtime is our diffuser blends. Our blends are made from 100% pure essential oils, contain no artificial fragrance or adulterants and are blended to be synergistically encouraging of peace, calm and harmony.
We suggest adding 8-10 drops of your favorite diffuser blend to your diffuser of choice about 20-30 minutes before you head to bed each evening to fill your bedroom with soothing and peaceful aromas. All our diffusers are whisper-quiet and have an auto shut-off feature when the water tank has been emptied, making them safe for use in the bedroom each night.
DIFFUSER BLENDS TO SUPPORT A PEACEFUL NIGHT’S SLEEP
Tranquility diffuser blend: an herbal, earthy and soothing blend of orange, lavender, marjoram, roman chamomile and ylang ylang.
Peaceful Slumber diffuser blend: a woody, earthy, green and fresh blend of marjoram, cajeput, myrtle, lavender, petitgrain and roman chamomile.
Dream State diffuser blend: an earthy, herbal, floral and harmonious blend of valerian root, lavender, orange, roman chamomile, geranium and ylang ylang.
Goodnight diffuser blend: a rich, warm, earthy, resinous and woody blend of orange, frankincense, sandalwood, roman chamomile, vetiver, cedarwood and geranium.
DIFFUSER BLENDS TO SUPPORT RELIEF FROM STRESS
Unwind diffuser blend: a sweet, floral, citrusy and warming blend of orange, bergamot, lavender, geranium and cinnamon.
Stress Release diffuser blend: a floral, earthy, woody and euphoric blend of lavender, orange, roman chamomile, clary sage, geranium, vetiver and myrtle.
Spa Day diffuser blend: an herbal, woody, bright and fresh blend of lemon, juniper, black spruce and Labrador tea.
Deep Breath diffuser blend: a camphorous, fresh, medicinal, herbal and sharp blend of eucalyptus, lemon, peppermint, marjoram and lavender.
ESSENTIAL OILS TO SUPPORT SLEEP WELLNESS: BODY CARE PRODUCTS
The final category of products that we’re talking about today includes body and personal care products that you can choose as part of your wellness routines each day. These are products that are largely formulated with the same essential oils and scent profile; oils of valerian root, vetiver, lavender, orange, green mandarin and neroli with an aroma that is earthy, woody, floral and herbal.
Sleep Well bath salts were formulated to help encourage rest as part of one of the most well-known self-care rituals, the bath. These salts are comprised of naturally sourced sea and Epsom salts that have been saturated with the essential oil formula, making them highly concentrated. You need only 2-5 tablespoons of salt added to your bath once it’s been filled, at which point you are ready to climb in and feel soothed.
Sleep Well body butter: this award-winning formula for Best Body Cream from FASHION Magazine’s #BeautyForAll awards is made of three different base butters to soothe, hydrate and protect the skin’s moisture barrier, shea butter, cocoa seed butter and mango seed butter. We suggest slathering on at nighttime after a bath or shower while skin is still damp for maximum absorption.
Sleep Well mist: designed to help the mind and body relax, slow down and lull itself into a deep and restful sleep, this product is a personal mist that can be spritzed over the skin at nighttime. Shake the bottle well, close your eyes and mouth and mist 3-5 times overhead, inhaling deeply through the nose as the soothing mist falls over you.
LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW ESSENTIAL OILS CAN SUPPORT YOUR BEST REST
If you’re interested in learning more about sleep and relaxation, you can check out the following blog articles below:
Sleep is the best meditation.
— Dalai Lama