You may be thinking to yourself right now… aromatherapy for sleep? yeah right! Well it actually is right and studies show that it can improve your sleep and overall mood. Keep reading as we explore scents for sleep aids!
What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is a holistic healing approach that uses natural plant extracts to promote overall well-being. Different extracts are linked to different healing remedies, treating both the mind and body.
Humans have used aromatherapy for thousands of years, making plant based concoctions like resins, balms and oils to effectively treat wounds, headaches and many other illnesses.
With many people prioritizing their well-being and looking at more holistic approaches to tackle their concerns, aromatherapy has become more popular.
THE SCIENCE BEHIND IT
Aromatherapy can be achieved in two ways, (1) Inhalation and (2) Topical Application.
When you inhale a natural plant extract, the scent is carried by olfactory nerve cells in the nose to the olfactory system. This, sends the aroma to the brain, the limbic system, which houses your emotions and emotional behaviour. Depending on the oil, you may begin to feel more relaxed and calm or alert and aware.
Plant based extracts or oils have high antioxidant properties. When these oils are applied to the skin, they are absorbed and attach to body fat and fluids. Since oils don’t dissolve in water it attaches to our body fat bringing their antioxidants through the immune system.
AROMATHERAPY AND SLEEP
Using essential oils to help induce a sense of calm before bed is a safer, holistic approach to treating insomnia and wakefulness. Compared to using dangerous, over-the-counter sleep drugs, this approach offers no known side effects when applied correctly.
Lavender is considered the best scent for sleep. Studies have shown that this scent has numerous positive effects on the body and mind when it comes to sleep. Smelling this essential oil before bed can induce a sense of relaxation and calm. And it can even help with symptoms of depression.
And there are no adverse side effects associated with smelling this scent before bed.
Smelling this sweet scent can bring memories of your mother’s or grandmother’s cooking, smells of delicious baked goods wafting from the kitchen and enticing you in. This scent for sleep has a very appealing smell and has been associated with inducing total relaxtion for many years.
This sleep scent is known to have sedative effects, reducing wakefulness in those who inhale this rich, woody smell. The use of sandalwood for relaxation harks back to ancient times.