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    I recently picked up a book called “The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy” and I would love to hear from any other members here who may have tried aromatherapy or specific essential oils. It has a page about insomnia and I think I will try the suggestions. For those interested, it lists the following essential oils for insomnia: lavender, marjoram, chamomile, roman, nutmeg, benzoin, clary-sage, vetiver, hops and valerian. The books says to use the oils in a warm bath before bed or as a massage oil. Or you can just use a diffuser in the bedroom. Maybe it would be fun if we worked together and came up with a recipe and tried it at the same time and compared notes on the effectiveness. Interested in anyones thoughts.


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    I have heard of lavender but none of the others. Please keep us updated with your trials. I havent tried aromatherapy but am willing to give it a try


    Martin Reed
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    I think aromatherapy can definitely help calm the mind, which in turn can improve sleep. I am not convinced it can actually cure insomnia, but I have no doubt that it can improve sleep, so in that respect it's worth a try.

    Lavender oil has been found to improve sleep in a clinical study involving participants with heart disease:

    Other essential oils worth investigating:

    • Bergamot
    • Lavandula angustifolia
    • Ravensara aromatica
    • Mandarin
    • Neroli
    • Sweet orange
    • Melissa officinalis
    • Sandalwood
    • Roman chamomile
    • Valerian

    Finally, jasmine has been noted as being effective in a 2010 study:

    I love the idea of us all working together to come up with an 'Insomnia Land essential oil' to improve sleep.

    Who is going to take the first step?!

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    rusty rake
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    hmmmm I will keep an eye on this. I am skeptical but willing to give anything a try at this stage


    Tommy ToXen
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    It'll definitely help. Putting the oils onto your pillow will help.

    I preferred to stuff my pillow with real lavender & hops. Used to help me brilliantly!


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    where do you buy the hops from? a local farm or brewery? how long do they last in your pillow before needing to be replaced? do they stain?


    Tommy ToXen
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    I don't any more, apart from the odd nights like tonight my sleeping is actually stabilising lately. Had a migraine yesterday so went to bed early, thus woke up early so not really Insomnia related this time.

    But I used to homebrew, had a few 5 gallon barrels on the go at a time, I usually bought them from the farmers market stall in Barnsley Market, but sometimes online too.

    You put the hops in an old pillowcase you don't want anymore or some form of cover bag, not air-tight though or you won't get the aroma (thus won't get the sedative effect), and then put that in your pillow. That way you don't need to worry about staining, a friend of mine even wrapped an old sheet around it too for good measure.

    They used to last me a couple of months at a time. 🙂


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    Thanks! I may give the hops a try.


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    I have tried pretty much all essential oils! In agreement with Martin they do not cure but can aid relaxation or sleep quality. The oil which really calms me is clary sage and I use a few drops in a moisturiser, it is strong so your partner will no doubt have something to say! I have never found another oil so calming. But I do think each person reacts to different oils so worth experimenting with!

    Just my experience, Suzy 🙂

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