In a busy world, we’ve all experienced nights when sleep just doesn’t come easily. Whether it’s work, kids, school, or a combination of all, sometimes you just can’t get to sleep. The most comfortable pillow and mattress in the world can help, but if your mind won’t shut down, you can’t sleep. There are many things you can do to help your mind relax so your body can sleep. One of those things is using essential oils to create a relaxing atmosphere. For thousands of year essential oils have been used for their healing properties, both mind and body. Here are a few essential oils that can help you relax, unwind, and get the restful sleep that your body needs. Lavender Lavender is perhaps the most all purpose of all the essential oils. It can aid in both physical and emotional healing. It has antiseptic properties that aid in the healing of wounds or skin problems and it also has a soothing scent that is helpful in finding the peace and relaxation necessary for getting to sleep. A few drops of lavender essential oil on a cotton ball or cloth can be placed near your pillow or it can be used in a diffuser to turn your entire bedroom into a place of peace and tranquility. Chamomile Chamomile essential oil produces a wonderful scent that is reminiscent of apples. It has long been used for its stress reducing properties and its ability to calm both the body and mind. Diffusing chamomile essential oil in your bedroom can help to promote a restful, healthy sleep without the after effects found in man- made sleep aids. Chamomile is often recommended to women coping with the physical and emotional symptoms associated with PMS and menopause. Although beneficial at most other times, chamomile should be avoided during pregnancy, particularly the first trimester, because it has been associated with miscarriage. While most essential oils are safe, expectant mothers should always consult their doctor before using them. Vanilla While most people think of vanilla only when baking,its uses extend far beyond making cakes and cookies. Vanilla has long been prized for its anti-depressant and anti-anxiety properties. It can help to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and promote an overall feeling of well-being. One study at a New York City hospital (Sloan Kettering), reported that patients experienced 63% less anxiety during MRI scans when a vanilla scent was diffused into the room. A few drops of this oil on a handkerchief or cotton ball place on your bedside stand can help soothe, relax, and help you get to sleep after a stressful day. There are many more oils that can help promote a peaceful night’s sleep when your mind wants to keep working. Essential oils can be diffused, applied to bed coverings, or even diluted with a quality carrier oil and used in a relaxing massage before bedtime. In addition to their wonderful scent, you can have peace of mind knowing that you are using product straight from nature rather than man made pharmaceuticals to help you sleep.