Aromatherapy — the use of scents to help treat ailments — has been used for centuries and is a viable option for anyone who wants to try a natural treatment before jumping into something more serious.
When it comes to sleep, many people have trouble getting a good nights rest. Whether they’re unable to initially fall asleep, wake up in the middle of the night or simply aren’t getting very restful sleep, aromatherapy can be a viable option.
Certain scents can promote relaxation and induce restfulness. Some others can help once people are already asleep to promote more restful slumber. While I’m sure there are skeptics that aromatherapy is effective, many claims are actually backed by science.
For example, one study shows Roman chamomile, used as a sleep aid since the Roman times, improves sleep and wards off insomnia. Another shows that the smell of geranium can help cleanse the immune and lymphatic system, helping aid relaxation. Ylang ylang has been shown to not only fight off depression and hypertension but improved the sleep quality of Thai college students.
The full list of scents that help you sleep can be found in the infographic from FragranceX below. These 15 scents are scientifically proven to help relax, aid in sleep, and help people get better sleep. If you’re looking for a natural way to improve your sleep then start trying some of the methods shown here!
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