Aromatic Sleep

When asked to pick their top two oils for helping people get to sleep, most of the aromatherapists around the world would probably say: chamomile and sweet marjoram, with split votes for lavender, sandalwood or ylang ylang as a best third.good_night

If you find that these oils used on their own are not doing a satisfactory job, blending small and equal amounts – say two or three drops – of chamomile, lavender and ylang ylang, or mix lander with vetiver, which has special qualities in this department. Other oil which you may find of help are benzoin clary sage and petitigrain.

To go outside our range of recommended oils for once, there is an oil made from the root of a common herb called valerian which is a specific for insomnia. Valerian has a very long and noble tradition in herbal medicine an was a popular remedy for what was once called “the vapours”, a term covering a range of conditions all the way from depression to hysteria.

Valerian root was also used around Tudor times to perfume clothes, although few people would thank you for that now. Cats like the smell, however, and will roll on valerian plants in the garden. The essential oil is more pleasant that the plant, but it is less widely available than some, its only real use being in insomnia and nerve-calming.

Also a good combination is add Good Night Formula from Saint Germain Flower Essence, you’ll be sleep like a Baby!