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Essential Oils as a Sleep Aid

I can remember a time not so long ago, when all my kids ages were in the single digits and I was nursing a newborn. There were late night nursings, and middle of the night nursings, and crack of dawn nursings. Those days were such a happy, busy time. And tiring. Oh, so tiring.

I'll never forget the time I was reading aloud to the kids, and I dozed off in the middle of a sentence. True story.

In those days, I could fall asleep any time, any where. I dreamt of uninhibited naps.

And I never thought this day would come, but, it seems like the older I get and the more kids I have who are older and going different directions, the harder it is for me to get to sleep.

I mean, I get to bed, and there is no one needing me to nurse them or wipe them or change them, and there I lie, tired as can be, with my eyes wide openĀ thinking all the thoughts that won't stop running through my head.

And I hate to admit this, but I have developed the habit of taking Benadryl at bedtime, not for allergies, but for the sleep inducing effect it has on me.

I haven't liked depending on drugs to fall asleep at all, and I resist using them if I can help it, but when it is 2 a.m. and I'm lying there wide awake, I occasionally cave!

That's why I'm so excited about the discovery I have made with my essential oils!

I had read about how certain oils can aid sleep, and I was anxious to give them a try. Of course, I was skeptical about how well they would work, and I was half expecting to have to fall back on the Benadryl.

To my surprise though, the oils have worked! I use them right before turning in for the night, and I rest without waking the whole night! This is huge for me! No more drugs to help me sleep!

Young Living Lavender

Here's how I use essential oils as a sleep aid:

1. Use the Stress Away roll-on on the back of my neck and on my shoulders.

2. Rub 1-2 drops each of Peace and Calming and lavender on the bottoms of my feet.

3. Put 4-5 drops of lavender in the diffuser on my bedside table.

I was actually shocked the first night I did this, because I didn't even know when the diffuser automatically shut off. I had fallen asleep and stayed asleep until morning!

Now, I follow this routine each night, and I get a full night of restful sleep!

What about you? Do you ever have trouble sleeping at night?


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  1. I have been using them for the same reason, I just got cedarwood to try too cause I have heard great things about it for sleeping help!

  2. hubby uses Cedarwood. NO MORE SNORING!!!!! My life is bliss now. He sleeps, (more importantly) I. SLEEP. It makes my life so much better. I have a back up bottle at ALL times. When we crack the new one open, I order a new back up. I have a friend who used it for her son who was having nightmares.

  3. Connie- what brand/kind of diffuser do you use for your oils?