Oils and the effects of their aromas. What's been your experience, and what would you like to find an oil for? Relaxation, stimulation, mental focus and more.
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Post by rachaelp » Fri Jul 08, 2011 9:02 am

What are some oils that are highly effective for insomnia? Would you recommend a tincture or diffusing or something else?


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Re: Insomnia

Post by Vital Signs » Fri Jul 08, 2011 11:03 am

I know its the most obvious but I'm constantly surprised by the effectiveness of lavender. I like to diffuse it in a nebulizer. Mine can be set to go for a chosen length of time at intervals of my choice. So it can go on for five minutes every 25 minutes to keep me asleep.
Sometimes it can take a little while to take effect (10 - 15 mins at most) but I will awaken feeling so slightly drugged which wears off very quickly but convinces me that I've used a potent substance. I like tumeric as well. I've also used Lavender to relieve pain in my legs from POTS which is surprising as well.

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Re: Insomnia

Post by Askanymonkey » Fri Jul 08, 2011 11:09 pm

I have had success with lavender, provided I don't slather too much of it on myself (in which case I end up WITH insomnia ;-)
...and I have had even more success using a blend of lavender, geranium and clary sage.

Also, I have just made a nice lavender hydrosol from the lavender in my garden. It is more subtle than the essential oil, so I will be experimenting with that and will post the results soon.

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Re: Insomnia

Post by londonurie » Sat Jul 09, 2011 7:00 am

I've read recently a study where it said the Jasmine aroma is as potent as the same Valium. Probably would sound too much, but a bit surely can help you to deeply relax and rest.

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Re: Insomnia

Post by maryrose » Sun Jul 10, 2011 6:06 am

I have had success in recommending Marjoram for a 5 year old boy. This boy had difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. Rubbing a drop or two of Marjoram on his feet before bed has helped to normalize his sleep patterns. Overall, his mother has now included half a dozen EO to his daily regimen, mostly to his feet, in the mornings and at night, and he is much calmer and happier than he used to be. He is a testament to the effectiveness of EO, for sure.

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Re: Insomnia

Post by bjmarsh » Tue Jul 12, 2011 7:22 pm

I've had success with a blend of lavender, chamomile and marjoram used in a diffuser

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Re: Insomnia

Post by Ananda Staff » Mon Jul 18, 2011 8:54 am

Yes, Lavender is the "go to" oil -- what I've found, is because I don't care so much for the more floral scents (just a personal preference), I use enough just so I get a "hint" of it in bed. Just a couple of drops on the bedsheet or pillow. Some folks love it, and will diffuse it all night, so you have to find what works for you.

Melissa has also been recommended, and Neroli, or even "Neroli Petitgrain" (a very nice aroma, calming, with a lower cost). And as was said, chamomile or jasmine can work well too. There's science also saying Sandalwood can help improve the quality of rest. These are options just in case you'd like to try something other than lavender.

I think the most important thing is to start with just a little and work up if you feel you'd like more. Also, massaging the oil into the feet is a very common application rather than diffusion.


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Post by Jennyb » Tue Jul 19, 2011 12:55 am

I have fibromyalgia and have terrible insomnia. I can't go to sleep or stay asleep thus no good rems. I have been having some success with rubbing earth goddess essential
oil blend on my feet neat. I also place green myrtle on a cotton ball and place it under my sleep mask near my nose. I am experiencing dreams again so I must be having better rem

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Re: Insomnia

Post by Jersey JD » Thu Jul 21, 2011 8:23 pm

I've had success with lavender as well. Also green myrtle (sp?), frankincense, sandlewood. I usually tip the bottle to get a trace on my fingers and then rub on my temples and behind my ears. I think I'll use some tonight!

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Re: Insomnia

Post by agedog1 » Sat Jul 23, 2011 7:47 am

Remember with essiental Oils MORE IS NOT BETTER. :!: If it is at the point where you can actually "smell it" you've used way to much. There should only be the slightest hint. For you sedative mixtures this is most important. Only put 1 drop of oil on your pillow. :D

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Re: Insomnia

Post by Roweyan » Fri Dec 13, 2013 8:43 am

My young boy have been suffering from Insomia & got success using 2 droops lavender oil on pillow.

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Re: Insomnia

Post by Ananda Staff » Wed Jan 01, 2014 11:33 am

Yes, definitely 'more is not better', and different folks will have varying success with different oils.

Neroli is great, Mandarin Petitgrain is great - and as above, Lavender is the 'go to' oil. Though the idea is to simply get a 'hint' of the oil's aroma. UNDER the pillow is a great place to start, or out in the middle of the bedspread (no need to worry about staining).

Further, there's been one research study showing an improvement of the sleep/wake cycle, and lessening of wakenings with Sandalwood...VERY interestingly, the Sandalwood was not inhaled. So, to replicate, one could put a couple drops on the bottom of each foot - which allows the oil to be absorbed into the bloodstream (of course, inhaling a little probably wouldn't hurt either :)

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Re: Insomnia

Post by essentialjoy » Fri Jan 03, 2014 2:51 am

I agree, Lavender is super ... but our physician, who has both my husband and I on Hormone therapy warns us of using Lavender for the hormone work she is trying to accomplish in both of us. Since it seems that Lavender seems to be the "go to" EO ... what would be everyone's plan b ... if Lavender should be limited.

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Re: Insomnia

Post by allinexporters » Tue Aug 05, 2014 5:57 am


The essential oils are highly beneficial for treating insomnia problem as it provide soothing effects to your mind and body. You can use Lavender oil, Neroli oil, sandalwood oil, German chamomile oil, etc to get rid of your insomnia problem.

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Re: Insomnia

Post by Jessica » Thu Feb 23, 2017 1:55 am

Can't sleep? Boy, I am sure you just hate it. You can't shut the brain off, even when you feel so tried. Getting to sleep is not an easy task for many individuals. Distractions, like living on the main road, or the noise nocturnal pets is all that is needed for a person that finds falling asleep challenging to make the act of sleeping almost impossible. Try this Chamomile essential oil, Chamomile is another popular choice when it comes to helping people sleep. There are several different kinds of Chamomile available in the market, but Roman Chamomile is considered the most effective. Roman Chamomile is ancient herb that has ancient herb that has sedative and relaxing properties.
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Re: Insomnia

Post by apollenhealth » Wed Apr 19, 2017 3:40 pm

There are a variety of essential oils that can help with insomnia.

These include Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, Sandalwood, Marjoram, Sweet Basil and Frankincense.

For insomnia caused by stress; ylang ylang, neroli, marjoram and frankincense are great oils to help calm the mind and promote relaxation.

Lavender is one of the best options for sleep deprivation issues and can be simply applied on the temples, wrists and back of the neck before going to bed. 2-3 drops should be an adequate amount initially. It's good practice to be a little flexible with the quantity until you find what works best for you. If you intend to apply the oils topically its a good idea to blend the essential oils with a carrier oil such as sweet almond or jojoba oil.

If you plan to use the oils via diffusion, simply apply the oils to a diffuser before sleeping or take a bowl with hot/steaming water, add the oils into the bowl and take deep breaths inhaling the steam rising from the bowl.

Another great medium for getting better sleep is through mixing essential oils with tea. Bear in mind that some essential oils should not be ingested so please do your research before ingesting any type of essential oils.
Add 1 drop (don't need to over do it as essential oils are strong in taste and potency) of Lavender to your tea before consumption. This should help calm the body and get you ready for a good night of sleep.

People react differently to the types of essential oils they try also in respect to the medium in which they use the oils. Its a good idea to experiment and see what works best for you.

A great bath recipe that helps with insomnia would be:
2 Drops of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
3 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil

Add the essential oils to a warm bath and mix all ingredients.
Soak for min of 10 minutes in the bath with your eyes closed and take deep breaths and inhale the wondrous scent.

Hope this helps someone get a better nights worth of sleep. :)

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Re: Insomnia

Post by Simar » Wed Jun 14, 2017 12:28 am

This information is actually helpful and useful for me so, thank you sooo much.

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