MASSAGE YOUR BODY
Indulge in a moment of relaxation and massage your body using a calming blend of essential oils (see my preferred oils) to bring a great sense of serenity. This is actually my favorite way to reap the benefits of oils. I generally dilute with a little coconut oil and then rub onto my wrists and arms, the back of my neck and shoulders, temples and third eye.
For extra relaxation, give yourself a nice little massage on the bottoms of your feet before crawling into bed! Bring the soles of the feet together and take a few moments to massage the feet, toes and ankles, using the oils to deepen the soothing and balancing effect on the body.
INFUSE YOUR BEDROOM
Create an ambient sanctuary for sleep by infusing your bedroom with the aroma of an essential oil blend. Choose any of these oils to ease your mind and settle your emotions, preparing you for a peaceful night’s sleep. Through a link between your sense of smell and your memory, you will begin to associate the aroma of the oil with relaxation and sleep, creating a powerfully effective method when used regularly.
Add 2-3 drops of any of these oils to a bit of water in your essential oil diffuser, set by your bedside (begin 20 minutes before you actually head into bed) and snooze away. If you don’t have a diffuser, you can place a few drops of the essential oil in the palm of your hand, rub the hands together then cup them around your nose and inhale deeply. Complete several full breaths, up to several minutes. For maximum effect, rub the palms of your hands on your pillow as well (if you are using sandalwood, this is not recommended).