When browsing the market for home scents in the UK, it is likely that you will have come across products containing essential oils that claim to improve sleep quality. From reed diffusers and scented candles to fabric softeners and pillow sprays, these days there are a number of different products that fall under the ‘natural remedy’ category for helping you relax and drift off to sleep. Find out more about these all-natural sleeping remedies and how you should use natural scents for a better night’s sleep.
There is no denying that sleep is an incredibly important part of life and there are a number of benefits to getting a good night’s sleep, so many find themselves questioning whether natural scents really can help. Well, the short answer is yes, although some health claims associated with essential oils are controversial, it is thought that the home scents containing these oils have the ability to improve sleep.
If you’re interested in finding out more about these all-natural sleeping remedies and you’re wondering how you should use natural home scents to get a better night’s sleep, which will, in turn, improve your overall wellbeing, keep reading today.
What are essential oils?
Simply put, essential oils are liquids that contain compounds extracted from plants. These oils capture the plant’s scent and flavour, which is commonly referred to as their “essence” and this is where they get their name from. Many are surprised to hear that there are over 90 different essential oils and each has its own benefits.
Nowadays, essential oils are frequently used in aromatherapy and they are known for supporting health and well-being. They are also commonly used to reduce feelings of anxiety, strengthen the immune system and, of course, help people to relax and sleep better.
One essential oil that the vast majority of people will have heard of and that is commonly recommended as a natural sleep aid is lavender and this has successfully helped many over the years. Other essential oils such as vanilla, rose/geranium, jasmine and sandalwood are also used to help relax people, making them beneficial for use around bedtime.
How should you use natural scents for a better night’s sleep?
It is thought that inhaling the aromas from essential oils can stimulate a set of structures in your brain that supports a variety of functions including emotions, behaviour, motivation, and memory. This is called the limbic system. Whilst essential oils are not meant to be swallowed, they will sometimes be diluted and applied to the skin, but more commonly they are inhaled and this is why so many incorporate them into home scents in the UK.
When wanting to use essential oils and more specifically natural home scents to help you get a better night’s sleep, you can;
- Spray a mist made with essential oils around your bedroom. We’re in love with the ‘So Sleepy Pillow Mist‘ by Tropic
- Place some Room Diffusers in your bedroom: Belle Lavande, Jasmine Dreams or Sleepy Cotton are great choices for the bedroom
- Use oil-infused potpourri or Scented Ornaments around in your bed: Belle Lavande, Jasmine Dreams or Sleepy Cotton again, are great choices for the bedroom
- Burn essential oil Scented Candles a few hours before bed (attended) – a great time to do this is while reading before settling down for the night
Different people find that different methods work best for them, so try using essential oils in a few ways to see which has the best effect on your mood and also your sleeping patterns. You will have to go through a bit of trial and error in this regard to find what works best for you.
You may also want to try a few different essential oils too as this is a highly individual experience and some may affect you more than others. Whenever you use an oil, try to pay attention to how you feel, if you don’t feel relaxed and sleepy then you will need to experiment with some others. Of course, if you find something that has the opposite effect and makes you feel awake and energised, why not try using it in the morning instead?
Purchasing natural home scents in the UK
Here at Twoodle, we have a huge range of products that are made with natural ingredients and essential oils which will be beneficial to invest in when wanting to improve your quality of sleep. We pride ourselves in providing homeowners with an alternative to synthetic fragrances with hidden chemicals and we are always 100% transparent with our ingredients. Should you have any questions about any of the home scents products on our website, please feel free to contact a member of our friendly team today.