Aromatherapy for Sleep
When the world becomes overwhelming and anxiety makes it hard to sleep, it helps to go back to basics.
Back to the essentials.
The practise of using essential oils for deep sleep goes back thousands of years. Ancient civilisations like the Egyptians, Romans, Greeks and Indians used essential oils for therapeutic, spiritual and hygienic purposes.
Today, Australians are rediscovering the benefits of natural remedies like aromatherapy to help with sleep, stress and sickness.
What is aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy uses essential oils derived from plants for therapeutic benefits, from better sleep to emotional wellbeing and even pain reduction.
Our sense of smell is part of a complex olfactory system that does much more than detect and identify odours. Special olfactory receptors in the nose link directly to the brain, sending neural signals that translate scent into physiological responses.
If you’ve ever felt calm when smelling lavender, or physically reacted to an offensive odour, this is a result of your olfactory system at work.
When it comes to sleep, essential oils can help calm an anxious mind (and heart) for a deeper, more restful slumber.
Aromatherapy for sleep and anxiety
Aromatherapy has long been associated with better sleep. Scents like lavender oil, bergamot and sandalwood contain natural molecules that counteract stress symptoms.
The connection between our sense of smell and restful sleep is still being researched. Still, at least 15 studies “suggested a positive effect of essential oils on sleep”.