Essential oils have been used for hundreds of years to treat a variety of ailments. These concentrated oils of medicinal plants possess a wide range of benefits. We call them essential oils because they possess the very essence of the plants they come from - what gives them their flavour, odor and medicinal properties.
Essential oils are produced from the leaves, bark, flowers or even roots of plants. They are most often macerated, fresh or dried, and then either cold-pressed or distilled most commonly. This removes all of the unwanted plant fibers and water, leaving nothing but the essential oils - the good stuff.
Clinical trials show that essential oils can help reduce the effects of many afflictions, including nausea, anxiety and helping people sleep. But what about snoring? While there’s no peer-reviewed scientific journal confirming the effectiveness of essential oils and snoring, many people swear by the positive effects of these compounds for reducing snoring.
Nearly half of all adults snore, and if you’ve found this article, it’s likely that you’re being affected by this too. Here’s a list of essential oils to try, and see if they help you get back to regular sleeps.
Because the consumption of alcohol - even a little bit - relaxes muscles, it can be a contributor to snoring. If you have a glass of wine at night it might increase your chances of snoring. Citronella is a detoxifying oil that could help you metabolize the alcohol and reduce the snore. Try diluting a small amount into a throat spray.
Lavender is often used in the treatment of insomnia, because the gentle and soothing aroma helps you relax, and it might even trigger the release of melatonin, the sleep hormone. Try a lavender bed spray, spraying your pillow down with diluted lavender oil before bed.
Sage oil is a bit of a workhorse in the essential landscape. It’s been used for centuries for various treatments, above all else, it’s typically used for respiratory conditions. Sage finds a balance between a bright and invigorating oil and one that is soothing making it great for night time use.
A lot of snoring is caused by blockages in the sinuses and nasal cavity. The anti-inflammatory and purging qualities of peppermint make it great for clearing out the sinuses and nose. Dilute the peppermint with a carrier oil and try applying a little under the nostrils or even inside the nose to help breath clearly.
Eucalyptus is another oil to try with similar effects to peppermint. It’s often used to reduce the symptoms of respiratory issues such as cold and flu, asthma or bronchitis. Eucalyptus is great for reducing inflammation, clearing your throat and sinuses, and helping to soothe the back of your throat. This is a great one for a throat spray or applying to the nose.
With antimicrobial and antifungal properties, pine is a go-to for many inflammatory issues. Snoring could be partially caused by spores in the air which pine oil can help to negate. Try a diluted oil in the nose, as a throat spray, or even just diffusing through the night. Just be aware that diffusing certain oils isn’t great for your pets. But, pine is a great oil to try for snoring, and makes it feel like you’re sleeping in the forest.
Other Oils to Try
There are many other oils you may want to try as well, as one size doesn’t always fit all in this world. Some other ones to try may be marjoram, clove, cedarwood, thyme, and valerian. And if those don’t work, just get in touch, we’ll find a solution for you.