Can misting essential oils using an aromatherapy diffuser in your bedroom at night ease insomnia? This is a question that many people are asking themselves lately especially as aging sets in and a solid eight hours of rest becomes more and more elusive

Ultrasonic-Aromatherapy-Room-Aroma-DiffuserIn general, the answer is yes to this question. Diffusing aromatherapy oils is a great idea, but try to do so before a few hours before you go to sleep. The reason this is recommended is so that the strong aromas of oils have a chance to settle somewhat in the atmosphere. Trying to go to sleep with the unit on can be a bit noisy and unsettling as bursts of aroma emitted from the machine hit your nasal passages and wake you up. Instead, run the essential oil in the machine for a few hours beforehand and shut it off just before you go to bed to guarantee yourself a serene evening.

A Short List of Essential Oils For Insomnia

Angelica Root – The pungent and somewhat sour scent of Angelica Root was used for centuries to protect against the devil and bad dreams but today it is used for nervous depression and that buzzy feeling when you have been working too hard at the office and can’t get your brain to quiet own. This is a powerful essential oil remedy for general restlessness and also restless leg syndrome.

Basil Leaf – Basil works well for individuals who are suffering from deep grief or who are very burnt out and need a bit of a respite from repetitive thoughts. The scent is lemony and a bit spicy with an earthy undertone, just like the herb.

Bergamot – This fresh citrus scent is an adapatogen meaning it stimulates you if you are fatigued and sedates you if you are too nervous. It is especially good for insomnia associated with depression or people who have anxiety about medical treatments or social situations.

Clary Sage – This herb contains estrogenic factors that help restore emotional and physical balance to individuals suffering from restlessness and leg cramps hormonal disruptions like menopause, peri-menopause or a mid-life crisis. It is also a mild anti-depressant that helps you have sweet dreams.

Chamomile – This is probably the most well known of the sedative oils but you are cautioned against using it if you are allergic to ragweed. It has a strong fruity scent that smells like very sweet fallen apples. If leg cramps are keeping you up at night, chamomile essential oil can be very helpful.

Frankincense –Also known as olibanum this resin was added to Victorian sleeping potions. It has a very powdery, slightly lemony smell. It is good for insomnia that is related to too much emotional and physical stress and for people who have been burning the candle at both ends for too long. It is also very restorative for those suffering from depression or deep grief.

Lavender – This is also one of the better-known essential oil sedatives and helps to calm an overactive mind. The sweet, floral scent of lavender sends many people into a relaxed dreamless sleep.

Linden – The leaves, roots and bark of this tree are distilled into an essential oil that has been a common remedy in Eastern European countries for weakness, fatigue and insomnia for years. Linden has a very green and slightly lemony scent that helps still the mind and physically relax the muscles of your body so you can get a good night’s sleep.

Marjoram – This camphorous and nutty smelling oil cures insomnia associated with hypertension and premenstrual tension. It can also induce lucid vivid dreams that can help your subconscious mind express emotions and work out problems for you.

Melissa- This honey sweet scent is used in aromatherapy to relieve nervous and physical stress. This is the essential oil to use if you want to feel light, free and like you have let your emotional burdens and worries behind you..

Narcissus – The bewitching scent of the sedating flower is so powerful it was used for centuries in folk medicine as a cure fro epilepsy and nervous hysteria. This is another essential oil that induces lucid dreams as well as erotic dreams. It is very heavy scent that causes the mind to abandon all worrisome thoughts.

Veviter – This essential oil of this tropical plant promotes a peaceful nights sleep and it is good to take along with you on a camping trip because it keeps insects at bay! Veviter is also useful for people who need some kind of emotional release or a question answered by a dream. It helps you become grounded in your body and be more aware of your physicality as you relax.

Of course insomnia and conditions like restless leg syndrome or leg cramps can have many causes, which you can determine through naturopathic medicine and testing here at the Pinewood Natural Health Centre.

For more information about relieving leg cramps, restless leg syndrome and insomnia or to book a consultation about weight loss programs or any health issue you may be experiencing, visit the Pinewood Natural Healthcare Centre website that has a list of full services and products at or call our Toronto Office at (416)-656- 8100. We also have an office in Pickering, Ontario at (905)-427-0057. You can also email us at and we would be happy to answer any question that you have about our holistic health services.


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