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Recommended essential oils for natural insomnia relief

We've written before about aromatherapy as an insomnia cure. Now we've come across a good list of essential oils recommended for natural insomnia relief and of course, we want to share it with you.

According to Dr James Geiger over at Basil & Spice, the following essential oils should be considered by those looking for a natural insomnia remedy:

  • Bergamot
  • Lavandula angustifolia
  • Ravensara aromatica
  • Mandarin
  • Neroli
  • Sweet orange
  • Melissa officinalis
  • Sandalwood
  • Roman chamomile
  • Valerian (See our post: Is valerian an effective insomnia cure?)

Have you given aromatherapy a try? If so, which oils do you find to be effective at helping you sleep? Please share in the comments section below.

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Last updated: November 8, 2010

This Article Was Written By

Martin Reed

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  • A. Marina Fournier
    February 9, 2011, 7:20 pm

    Never mind, Martin–the URL in your message didn’t seem to make it to me.

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  • A. Marina Fournier
    February 9, 2011, 7:19 pm

    What is/are your reason/s for the caution on Splenda?

    I think it’s Vermont Country Store that offers a maple-flavored Agave syrup, but it’s awfully expensive just to see if I like it.

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  • Martin Reed
    February 9, 2011, 2:35 pm
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  • A. Marina Fournier
    February 9, 2011, 7:22 am

    There are green teas I adore, and a few I loathe, but I haven’t explored many of the Chinese greens, as I really prefer Japanese unadulterated greens. White teas are apparently too subtle for me to even taste. I suppose you could take the teas you don’t want to work, school, church, or neighbors…

    I think you can get tea thermometers to be sure the water you’ve let cool is the right temp.–I don’t have the multi-setting kettle yet myself.

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  • Brittany
    February 9, 2011, 6:48 am

    I thought I preferred Tazo organic chai but I have since bought bigelow chai and love it more. I think the brand is Bigelow… So far I only have the decaf of it. Just one box. I don’t usually add milk but I do add splenda to it, even though it really doesn’t need it but I prefer a very sweet tea. I have a huge sampler from golden moon teas and haven’t tried more than a few of them. I plan on trying more this year before they get too old. I’m not a fan of green tea and quite a few of them are green or white. I only have a simple tea kettle, no temperature guage or anything so that’s why I haven’t tried any oolong, green or white yet. 🙂

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  • A. Marina Fournier
    February 9, 2011, 3:50 am

    I’d swear there used to be a way to reply using quoting here, instead of just in the forums, but I can’t find it now, if it’s not just in my imagination.

    My irritating husband and MiL both drink caffeine like there’s no tomorrow and fall asleep easily. In Britain, at least, they drink tea or coffee all day (with regular coffee often right before bedtime!), and fall right to sleep. I hate all their guts, as you might guess.

    I think that it is not everyone being affected by caffeine the same way–that it is not solely a factor of how much or when, but that annoying pre-disposition factor in one’s own genes.

    So, since “chai” is “tea” in most Indian-subcontinent languages (well over 100, IIRC), what we call chai is actually just spice, and sometimes milked, tea. Do you have a favorite brand or preparation? Golden Moon has a Kashmiri chai, about whose spice ingredients they are rather shy–and GoldenMoonTeas.com does sell their teas at the same prices Amazon and some others sell it for. I’ve had the Honey Pear and agree it’s great. You can get teas at the site in several sizes, including the sampler. Many more a sellers, online and IRL, sell samples now, instead of sending away the peole who didn’t feel like buying 4 oz/100g just to try a cup.

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  • Brittany
    February 8, 2011, 11:13 pm

    Yes “runoff from lawn clippings” that’s it! But I just read that you are supposed to steep it in hot water but not boiling and steep it for 10 minutes. I did neither of those things right when I made it the one time. I had the bags and steeped it in boiling water for 3 or 5 minutes I think. Who knows, it may be much better if done the way that one website said. But I don’t think I’ll try it just yet. I have an appt with my pshciatrist on saturday to see what might help me sleep. If he isn’t willing to help much than I’ll start trying aromatherapy type things. This post has a good list of things to try.

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  • A. Marina Fournier
    February 8, 2011, 11:01 pm

    I forgot to say I loathe chamomile tea. One folksinger I know said it tasted like the runoff from lawn clippings, and he’d already had that experience before he stopped drinking.

    I may like Assam for the very reason you don’t, but I seek out the maltier expressions of it. Looooove malt. I brew it strong (stay away from Irish breakfast tea, as it’s an African tea mixed with Assam), add sweetener and *cream* because it’s that strong. BTW, Scottish Breakfast tea is supposed to be Lapsang Souchong (the smokier the better for me) and some other black tea. You might not like that, either.

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  • Brittany
    February 5, 2011, 5:00 am

    I tried loose leaf tea, I had 2 assam blends and did not like the musky kind of earthy tone to them. I couldn’t find a loose leaf I really liked except for one which was from GoldenMoon teas. I think it was called Honey Pear. It has pollen in it which I thought was odd. But it was very good. All I had was a 2 cup sampler though. But if I ever do buy loose leaf again it’ll be that one. I’m not much of a tea drinker. I prefer chai over most anything else. I do drink a ton of diet coke which might contribute to my insomnia, but I don’t want to admit it since I’m so addicted to it. Just drank that cup of decaf constant comment and it was rather good with some milk in it. It took the bite away from it. I’ve only every had one or two cups of it before. Good thing I remembered I had it. LOL

    I’ve tried chamomile tea before and hated it. It tasted so gross. But I don’t know the proper way to steep it at what temperature, if the time/temp is diff from black tea.

    Thank you for replying to my comments. Makes me feel loved. lol 😉

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  • A. Marina Fournier
    February 5, 2011, 4:53 am

    Don’t worry about the EG–more for me when I want it. I mostly drink tea from the Assam region of NE India, for the morning or a long slog where I’m not trying to sleep. I used to drink EG all the time, but then I branched out. I do adore flower foods and drinks–but there are some flowers I can’t stand. Chamomile (and peppermint) and PeptoBismol do the opposite of what they should do for me. Hibiscus tea is too bitter–as with rosehips–for me, but I’ve had chrysantemum tea and thought it tasty.

    BTW, I like the culture of the country your name comes from. It’s also called “Lesser Britain”. Most Bretons react badly to the idea that they’re French first and Breton second.

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  • Brittany
    February 5, 2011, 4:22 am

    I can’t bring myself to drink earl grey. Hmm. I do have some decaf Constant Comment. I’ll try that, thanks! 🙂

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  • A. Marina Fournier
    February 5, 2011, 1:39 am

    My husband and his mother loathe the stuff–she used to like it, but now it’s almost poison to her. My son and I like it, but if you really don’t like the stuff, I wouldn’t bother with the tea.

    Try waving a sandalwood fan in front of your face, with or without additional drops of the oil on it, or have some decaf Constant Comment tea instead of gritting your teeth for Earl Grey.

    In other words, IME, none of these work for the hardcores we are.

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  • Brittany
    February 4, 2011, 3:35 am

    I wonder if Earl Gray tea (decaf) would help me get to sleep due to the bergamot… Not a fan of that tea at all but I could try it. *makes scrunched up face*

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  • A. Marina Fournier
    November 16, 2010, 12:33 am

    With the exception of R. aromatica (smells like ewwwcalyptus), chamomile (love the fresh, hate the dried), and valerian, I wouldn’t mind having a pillow like my spa heatwrap of those herbs around, as I loke all those scents. Of course, Bergamot (the citrus, not the ornamental sage or the wonderful mint) and Neroli are the two most expensive oils to get, as far as I know. But then, I also like saffron and cardamom, the most labor-intensive spices.

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