Early aromatherapy was thought to originate in China. Aromatic plants were used for incense to harmonize mood. Egypt was an early user of scented oils for embalming and personal perfumery and therapeutic fragrances. There are also several mentions of aromatherapy in ancient Indian texts.
The specific term “aromatherapy” is thought to have originated in 1937 when French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse burnt his arm and then dipped it into the nearest liquid which happened to be a vat of lavender essential oil. As the story goes, his pain subsided and the burn healed quickly with no infection or scarring.
Plants produce oils for their own protection from pests. The scent is thought to act as a sort of immune system; fighting off bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Oils also help to waterproof the plant, attract pollinators, and repair plant wounds. Using these beneficial essential oils for aromatherapy in the bedroom can offer better health, restful sleep and so much more.
Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils
Lavender is an oil that promotes
- helps treat anxiety
- fight fungal infections
- menstrual cramps
a cool refreshing intense aroma
- stimulates circulation
- reduces feeling of nervous tension
- soothes feelings of irritability
- boosts energy
- balances hormones
- enhances mental focus
- make a room feel cooler
- can make you more comfortable in a room
Lemongrass is a reviving essential oil that is known for its refreshing and stimulating properties. A powerful antibacterial, it’s also a summer favorite for soothing insect bites. Pair it with orange to enhance overall well-being and uplift your spirits. Other benefits are –
- Antibacterial properties
- Antifungal properties
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Antioxidant properties
- Helps to prevent Gastric Ulcers
- Helps to prevent Nausea
- Helps to ease Diarrhea
- Helps reduce Cholesterol
- Helps to regulate Blood Sugar and Lipids
- Acts as a Pain Reliever
- Relieves Stress and Anxiety
- May help relieve Headaches and Migraines
Tea Tree Oil – a staple in our Home
Tea tree oil is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antifungal. Although some people think that the smell can be a little harsh it is good for its natural ability to boost the immune system’s health and fight infections.
Use this in a Wax Melter or diffuser if someone in your home is sick. Not only will it aide them in getting over their cold or flu quicker, but it can help keep the possibility of others in your family from getting it as well.
- Another way to use it, fill a spray bottle halfway up with water
- Fill the rest of the way up with vinegar
- Add 15 drops of TeaTree Oil
- Shake well to combine.
- Use this mixture to spray around your room such as desk or bedside table to kill any germs that could be on it such as cold and flu germs as well as disinfect in a more natural way than harsh chemicals.
Sage – the other staple for our Bedroom
Sage is one of the best essential oils to have in your home because of its many beneficial properties for your bedroom and around the house.
- Stress Reduction
- Antibacterial properties
- Alleviation of menopause symptoms
- Reducing menstrual cramps
Clove – what’s not to love about fall?
- antimicrobial to help kill bacteria
- smelling it can help with digestive upset
- can help relieve respiratory conditions like cough and asthma
- sensual scent to help ‘Spice’ things up in the bedroom
Vanilla – Keep it sexy, aphrodisiac scent
Mix with lavender essential oil in a warmer or diffuser for a scent that will work faster than sleeping pills. Do you have young children who still are afraid of “monsters”? My daughter swears by this “monster spray” for her daughters.
MONSTER SPRAY – Fill a spray bottle with water. Add 15 drops of lavender and 10 drops of vanilla. Shake well. Spray before bedtime on bedding, around the closet, and under the bed to keep monsters at bay. It really is the aroma therapy that helps relax children and calm them before bed.
Rose – You’re bringing sexy back!
Grab a bottle of wine, chocolates, and that Justin Timberlake CD!
Pop this scent in your burner or diffuser for a romantic night in your bedroom.
- Reduce anxiety
- Depression and pain
- Increases libido
- Protects against harmful bacteria and fungi
Eucalyptus – I love to tie fresh limbs together and hang on shower head
- Silence a cough
- Clear your chest
- Keep the bugs away
- Disinfect wounds
- Breathe easy
- Ease Joint pain
Helps with relief from allergies by opening the nasal passage allowing for better breathing while you sleep, watch tv, or work at your desk in your room. I love to tie fresh limbs together and hang them on the shower head. The hot water and steam works to steep the Eucalyptus and the aroma is so refreshing.
Favorite Brands –
Sun Essential Oils: There Website
NOW Foods Essential Oils: the best price for quantity and potency
4 Drops Lavender
2 Drops Cedarwood (soothing, calming, anti-Inflammatory, antifungal)
2 Drops Wild Orange (helps to stay asleep, mood booster, allergies)
1 Drop Ylang Ylang (promotes relaxation, kills bacteria, lowers blood pressure)
3 Drops Bergamot (elevate mood, alleviate stress, analgesic)
2 Drops Cedarwood
1 Drop Marjoram (calming, coughs, digestive disorders, migraines, headaches)
3 Drops Juniper Berry (calming, reduce allergies, reduce snoring )
3 Drops Bergamot
2 Drops Vetiver (Promote restful sleep, address restlessness)
Mattress Spray – Deter bedbug and freshen
8 Drops Lavender Oil
8 Drops Eucalyptus Oil
8 Drops Peppermint Oil
Add oils to 2oz glass spray bottle then fill the half-way with witch hazel and half water. Shake and spray mattress as needed.
Snore no More
3 Drops marjoram
3 Drops thyme (relieve nasal congestion, soothe the airway)
3 Drops lavender
3 Drops lavender
3 Drops cedarwood
3 Drops peppermint
3 Drops Thyme
1 Drop eucalyptus
3 Drops eucalyptus
2 Drops cedar wood
1 Drop thyme
1 Drop Vetiver
1 Drop lavender
are increasingly popular way to use essential oils. They disperse tiny molecules of the oil into the air in a fine vapor or mist, that are easily absorbed by the body.
As an added benefit, most essential oils also emit a pleasant scent into the air when distributed by diffuser or burner. This can kill bacteria and fungus by purifying the air.
Oil Burners are an ancient method
Traditionally, oil burners have been used to diffuse oils, but now there are numerous options.
of scenting a room. To use an oil burner, find an essential oil you like. Place 3-5 drops of the oil together with some water into the top of an oil burner until it’s 1/2-3/4 of the way full. Place the burner in a safe location, away from children, pets or burning hazards. Light the candle at the base of the burner, or turn on the electrical heating element. The oil/water mixture will start to heat and evaporate, scenting the room.
Selecting the beneficial essential oils for aromatherapy in the bedroom and throughout your home that will help your family’s health, better sleep, and other valuable health bonuses, will be a change that may surprise you. I hope you will share your experiences. I look for to hearing from you.