If you’re like most people, you find it hard to wind down after a busy day. Daily stressors, improper diet, and exposure to cell phone or television screens before bed can all contribute to an overactive mind that has trouble shutting down for the night. While you may not be able to get rid of the daily stressors in your life, you can prepare your mind and body for sleep using natural methods. Many people find that using essential oils before bed can create a relaxing environment that encourages a good night’s sleep.

Lavender is probably the most widely known essential oil, and for good reason. Lavender has many health benefits and has been studied extensively, particularly for its effect on quality of sleep.

Roman Chamomile is gentle and soothing with a light, floral aroma. This is one oil that is versatile enough to use in any room in your home where you want a peaceful ambience.

Valerian is a powerhouse oil with potent sleep benefits. This oil is steam-distilled from the root of the plant and it has a strong, pungent, earthy aroma that can be overwhelming. Valerian is often combined with a floral scent like lavender to balance out the strong aroma.

Cedarwood is another oil that blends well with lavender or Roman Chamomile and it has a woodsy scent, although most people do not find it offensive. Cedarwood can also be used on its own to promote feelings of calmness.

Frankincense oil has been used worldwide for thousands of years and is well-known for its healing properties. Frankincense has an earthy aroma that encourages feelings of grounding and peace. Frankincense can be used at bedtime or during prayer, yoga, or meditation.

Once you choose some oils to try, you’ll probably be asking yourself, “Now what do I DO with them?” Here are three easy ways to get started with your oils:

  • -Add 1-3 drops to an essential oil diffuser for a calming environment that everyone in the family can enjoy.
  • -Apply to the bottoms of your feet before bed to promote relaxation.
  • -Combine a few drops of essential oils with a handful of Epsom salts under running water for a luxurious pre-bedtime bath.

Diffusing or applying essential oils is an excellent way to calm a cluttered mind and let go of the hassles of the day. By taking a few minutes each evening to slow down and enjoy these soothing botanicals, you are allowing your body to drift off to a restful sleep. This, in turn, will help you wake up feeling rested and ready to take on a new day.