Gayvoronskaya_Yana/Shutterstock You probably associate this herb most with tea, since it’s one of the most popular sipped soothers. It’s been long praised for centuries for its high dose of flavonoids and has been particularly useful for treating digestive and stomach issues. “Its calming effect makes it a salve for stress-related gas, indigestion, and acidity, as well as for peptic ulcers, Crohn’s disease, and irritable bowel syndrome,” says Dr. Jones. “Millions also enjoy the fragrant flowers for gently calming the nerves and soothing stress and tension.” As a mild sedative, she recommends brewing a cup of chamomile oil tea and enjoy it 45 to 60 minutes before bedtime to help relax and drift off to dreamland.” Find out more secrets to falling—and staying asleep—tonight.
Anna Ok/Shutterstock There’s a reason this floral scent has been used in everything from perfumes to night creams. It’s not only relaxing, but it’s been shown to relieve anxiety, stress, and depression. In fact, a recent study, published in the Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal, demonstrated this exactly. “They found that aromatherapy with rose oil can reduce anxiety by reducing sympathetic stimulation,” says Elizabeth Trattner, AP, DOM, National Board Certified Doctor of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture with a private practice in Miami Beach. “I recommend it for bedtime use because it helps you feel grounded, centered and secure before bedtime.” Here are the most impressive benefits of using roses for skin care.
Madeleine Steinbach/Shutterstock This all-around essential oil has been used since Biblical times to treat just about everything under the sun—from physical ailments to mental illnesses. “The complex resinous base note of Frankincense helps establish rituals, which makes it particularly useful at nighttime,” says Sara Panton of essential oil and diffuser brand Vitruvi. “We love using this oil when we are wanting to implement a new wellness habits like a new sleep ritual that will help ground and prepare for sleep.” She recommends adding three drops of Frankincense to the palms of your hands and rubbing them along the bottoms of your feet.