All essential oils that could be used for better sleep are not always affordable to everyone. Today, I break down some of the oils that won't hit your pockets but will allow you to hit the sheets more relaxed and less stressed. Most oils come at a reasonable price, to say the least. Purchasing from wholesale online dealers has been the best avenue for me. There are still times when I find an oil I'd like to try, but it turns out to be too expensive. If you've gone through an online shop for oils I'm sure you've seen the prices of some oils. With the increase in health and wellness alternatives, it's my job to make sure people get the oils they want. What I won't do as a business though, is jack prices up for retail purchases because my oil supplies are costing me an outrageous amount. Therefore, I want to share 5 affordable essential oils you can use for better sleep.
What causes some oils to be expensive?
Many reasons can be a factor in the price of oil. Supply versus demand, how vigorous the process of extracting the oil from the element is, or even the fact that the element is hard to come by or only found in a small region of the world can play a role. These factors non the less can make a 1/2 ounce bottle of oil cost well over $100 dollars, and that's a low number for some oils. For instance, neroli oil which is one of the popular essential oil within the perfume industry costs $227.08 for a half-ounce bottle. Neroli is truly an expensive oil even though it is produced from an orange tree.
I've wanted to add it to my collection but found it to cost too much for me. Besides, think about how long that 1/2 bottle would last. There are 295 drops in that size bottle, making each drop of oil cost approximately .77 cents. Hence why people would be hesitant to invest in these expensive oils.
One of the best things about essential oils is that one can be substituted for another.
5 cost-saving oils that will help with better sleep
With no knowing every oil isn't geared towards the average person's pockets, I've found 5 essential oils you can purchase that will help you with sleep, just as much as their more expensive counterparts. The good thing here is that you also won't have to buy these in their smallest bottle size. These 5 oils are priced based on 3.3-ounce bottle size. Giving you about 1,951 drops to work with.
1. Cedarwood essential oil - priced at $4.38 for a 3.3-ounce bottle
This is one of the best oils used the help with sleep as the oil includes natural sedatives. Though it is not the only wood oil that can be used for sleep, it is way cheaper than its other family member sandalwood. That one would cost you $386.36 for the same 3.3 oz. bottle. Both oils can be used for relaxation and sleep, while sandalwood is known more for reducing wakefulness during sleep.
2. Sweet Orange essential oil - priced at $4.38 for a 3.3-ounce bottle
A perfect example of how one can substitute an expensive oil. Since neroli comes from the orange tree, it provides similar benefits as sweet orange. In terms of sleep, sweet orange is known to be one of the safest ways to treat insomnia, especially insomnia caused by anxiety. Don't get it twisted, citrus oils are mostly known to provide an uplifting mood and reduce stress. Though it all varies based on the individual.
3. Lavender essential oil - priced at $14.09 for a 3.3-ounce bottle
No other essential oil or fragrance for that matter is known as much as lavender. Every major home, beauty, and wellness brand has a product featuring the aroma of lavender. Tide definitely has a lavender detergent currently on shelves. You would think that because it is in such high demand, the cost wouldn't be as reasonable as it is. Hey, it is what it is...so get it while you can. Lavender is one of the ultimate relaxers and generally everyone says the same thing about its smell. Hence why it was a no-brainer for big brands to include it in mainstream products. You'll find lavender to help with insomnia, depression, anxiety, and even menstrual cramps.
4. Lemon essential oil - priced at $11.59 for a 3.3-ounce bottle
Lemon is another one of those ancient oils. Used for thousands of years in medicine. English sailors were said to apply lemons to treat bacterial infections and scurvy. When you diffuse the oil, it helps with anxiety and depression. You can blend it with other citrus oils or something within the floral category like lavender or geranium. With lemon being sort of a commodity, I understand why it may cost a little more. I'm sure you can gauge by now how much some of these oils go for.
5. Geranium essential oil - priced at $21.25 for a 3.3-ounce bottle
For all of its benefits, geranium's price is a steal. There is scientific data indicating it is beneficial for many conditions. Anxiety, depression, pain management, and infection to name a few. Essential oils that deal with anxiety and depression can directly affect a person's ability to sleep. Geranium is also a flower, so you'll enjoy the sweet smell it brings to the table.
Aromatherapy is becoming more mainstream, even in hospital settings. A randomized clinical trial from NBCI showed that women in labor found that inhaling geranium essential oil had a calming affect and was able to reduce the anxiety associated with first-stage labor.
As we introduce more essential oils that aren't readily available in current store products, you'll find that many oils whether costly or reasonably priced, share the same properties and sometimes smell. The point is, when finding an oil you like, always search for similar oils within that family. It will not only introduce you to something new, but it may cost you less at the end of the day.