Aromatherapy for Sleep

Sweet Sleeping with Vetiver Essential Oil.

I was familiar with vetiver essential oil, I even had a bottle of the oil at home but had never used it to address sleep issues.  I had used it for years, it was the oil I had used previously to ground me.

My daughter did not sleep straight through the night until about age 3.  I could get her to go to sleep no problems at all.  All the sleeping routines were set and implemented but to get her sleeping right through the night seemed impossible.

Vetiver essential oil is incredibly useful when getting to sleep and staying asleep is an issue.  So when she was 3 years of age, I decided to give it a go and It worked.   I used it nightly for maybe a week and then let my daughter go to sleep without using it and she slept straight through.  Since that time I use it only when she is super active at bed time.   That was nearly three years ago and I have used it on me successfully and  on a chronic adult insomniac ( in combination with Passionflower and Californian Poppy herbal tea) and it has proven itself each time.

How to use Vetiver Essential Oil (Vetiveria zizanoides) : 

Vetiver Essential Oil is considered non toxic. It is classified as a sedative.

Vetiver Essential Oil can be diluted in a good vegetable oil from your kitchen or to your regular moisturiser.

How much? 

2 – 9years: 

1 drop of Vetiver Essential Oil diluted in a teaspoon of vegetable oil/moisturiser and applied to the back and soles of feet. ( These areas are preferred with children to avoid contact with their eyes)

10yrs old and up 

2 drops of Vetiver Essential Oil diluted in a teaspoon of oil and applied to soles of feet, behind ears, nape of neck, over throat

I use it neat on me and diluted on my daughter.  Please remember dilution is recommended with small children.  As with many products and even things found in nature, irritation may occur with sensitive skins, Please see note below.

Vetiver essential oil ( Vetiveria zizanoides) is one of my favourite oils and a staple in my house.  I find it very useful on those nights when I have way too much going on in my mind and just can’t seem to sleep.   I am not saying this will work for anyone else, I am simply sharing what I have discovered through personal use on myself and my family.

I reached for it last week as I had my nephew and niece staying for the school holidays.  The oldest at age 11 was attempting to sleep but tossing and turning and his legs were super restless.  I asked his dad and him if I could use the oil and they both were happy to give it a try.  Well in five minutes his legs stopped wriggling and within ten minutes he was fast asleep.

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Note on neat essential oils:  It is written in most literature on essential oils that no pure essential oil is to be applied neat to the skin.  A professional and fully qualified aromatherapist may recommend neat application based on the individual and the situation.  I tried it knowing the risks of using neat oils and I have had no problems at all.  Remember there are essential oils that should never go near the skin.  If you do burn your skin with essential oil, the best thing to do is put a really fatty oil on the area and keep doing it until it stops hurting. On the very rare occasion when I have burnt myself,  I have used unrefined pure shea butter as it works really well. I only ever use therapeutic high quality essential oils.  Any major skin irritation should be seen to by a qualified health practitioner.

*Essentials oils are not recommended for use on or around babies or small children under 2 unless under the strict direction of a qualified Aromatherapist.

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  • Reply JoyD October 13, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Just wanted to confirm your vetiver experiences with my own. I am a diabetic and have not yet suffered any major complications but after 40 years I decided I should take some preventative steps. Two night-time occurrences have been relieved by vetiver oil which I dilute with Macadamia oil as the carrier. I often could not sleep the night through – waking up at 3 or so and staying up for 2 or 3 hours at which time I would drift off for an hour or two before I awoke. The other may be a complication of diabetes and that is what some call, “restless” legs, (I’m not eleven) so mine are probably from a form of neuropathy – only guessing. I decided to rub my legs with the combination and sure enough, no “restless” legs and I slept through the night. I plan to do some experimentation, some days without, some with and see how that works. One thing I do believe is that simple is best with essential oils.

    • Reply aromatica October 14, 2015 at 11:35 am

      Thanks for sharing your experiences with using Vetiver oil. It is great to hear that it proved helpful with “restless” legs as well as helping you to sleep. I like to experiment on myself with essential oils as well. I have had so much success using Vetiver for sleep issues within my home and in my practice. I will remember to consider Vetiver next time I encounter someone experiencing “restless legs”. Feel free to share any future insights.

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