Ever had trouble falling asleep because your partner snores loudly? If you could find a remedy that would help you or your partner stop snoring, I bet you’d try it.
I’m happy to report that there IS a natural way to deal with snoring, and it’s through using essential oils. Yes, there are essential oils for snoring! Treating snoring with essential oils is a natural alternative to other medications and procedures.
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In this post, I’m going to share with you which essential oils help with snoring. As we’ve seen, essential oils can be used to help with all kinds of health problems: there are essential oils for hair loss and to combat stress. But firstly, are there any studies that support the use of essential oils for snoring?
Back in 2004, a study by the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital in the U.K. found that using essential oils helped stopped snoring in many of its 140 subjects. Subjects were given an essential oil mixture either as a throat gargle or a spray. Both methods were effective- 82% of subjects using the spray and 71% of subjects using the gargle reported that their snoring reduced. You can read more about that study here.
What causes snoring?
Snoring can be caused by different things, but one common cause is nasal congestion. Do you find yourself only snoring if you have a cold or flu? Now you know why. Other causes include ageing, obesity, and dehydration before sleep.
Some people snore if they have hay fever or other allergies, while some people snore because of dry air. This is when a humidifier might help- you can read more about humidifiers here.
What’s the best essential oil for snoring?
There are several essential oils to stop snoring.
Sweet marjoram essential oil is the best essential oil for snoring issues. But don’t confuse sweet marjoram with wild marjoram (which is also known as oregano). The two oils have different properties.
Sweet marjoram helps the respiratory system, which plays a role in snoring. Snoring occurs when your throat muscles relax and your tongue moves back towards your throat. The walls of your throat vibrate, which is the snoring sound you hear. When you inhale the scent of sweet marjoram, you help open the airways, which will reduce snoring.
A muscle relaxant, sweet marjoram is also great for helping headaches, shingles, chronic fatigue, cold sores, and other fungal and viral infections.
Sweet marjoram is a natural antiseptic and analgesic, and is also antiviral and antibacterial. It’s used as a remedy for irritable bowel syndrome and can ease menopausal symptoms.
In short, sweet marjoram is a versatile essential oil that is a must-have for anyone practising aromatherapy!
If you’re using sweet marjoram essential oil to help with snoring, remember that it might take you a few weeks to see results. Some people report quick results within a couple of days, while for others it may take a few weeks.
Other great essential oils to help with snoring
Thyme essential oil for snoring
Thyme is another great essential oil to help with snoring, because it helps support the respiratory and immune systems, and helps muscles and joints. If you prefer using natural cleaning solutions, thyme is great to use because it has purifying qualities.
Valor essential oil for snoring
Young Living has created the perfect blend of essential oils to help with snoring, known as Valor. Valor is a blend of spruce, frankincense, rosewood, and blue tansy.
Spruce is quite a powerful and effective essential oil. It has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anti-viral, antiseptic, and expectorant properties. This makes it another great essential oil to help with snoring, as well as helping with muscle aches and pains. There have been studies showing that spruce is effective for reducing snoring.
Eucalyptus essential oils to help snoring
Eucalyptus is another great essential oil for many different ailments, and is something that I use regularly. It not only smells fresh (and reminds me of the Australian outback), but helps reduce common cold and flu symptoms.
It’s also an effective essential oil snoring remedy.
Eucalyptus is a decongestant- it helps clear congested airways. It clears any mucus in your nose and helps open your nasal passages, which reduces snoring. Eucalyptus essential oil helps you breathe better!
Best essential oil for snoring recipes
As with all essential oils, there are three main ways to use them, and I’m going to outline the different recipes and mixtures you can try.
Massage oil to reduce snoring
4 drops Sweet Marjoram essential oil
8 drops Lavender essential oil
3 drops lemon essential oil
¼ cup carrier oil such as jojoba oil
Mix ingredients in a glass bottle, and let it sit overnight before using. Rub the oil onto the soles of your feet or on your chest.
Store the mixture in a cool, dark place. Use within 3 months of making it.
8 drops Sweet Marjoram essential oil
8 drops Geranium essential oil
8 drops Lavender essential oil
3 drops Cedarwood essential oil
2 drops Frankincense essential oil
2 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
Mix with a carrier oil such as jojoba oil, and store in a 10ml bottle in a cool, dark place.
Essential oil diffuser recipes to help with snoring
10 drops Frankincense
10 drops Citrus Bliss
10 drops Ylang Ylang
30 drops fractionated coconut oil
Mix in a glass bottle, and add a few drops to your essential oil diffuser.
Other diffuser recipes
You can add 4-6 drops of any of the essential oils for snoring I’ve mentioned, to your essential oil diffuser. Leave your diffuser running overnight, and soon you’ll notice a difference.
Whether it’s massaging an oil blend directly onto your skin, using an essential oil diffuser or even creating a steam vapor using a bucket of hot water, there are different ways to use essential oils to help you sleep better.
You don’t need fancy nasal sprays, tubes, or anything else- try using essential oils to help stop snoring. Essential oils can play a great role in kicking the snoring habit and helping everyone sleep better!
Have you had success with using essential oils to help with snoring problems? Let us know in the comments below!
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