If you are or someone you love is a snorer, then it’s probably keeping you up at night. Snoring can be a sign of serious health problems, but if a doctor has ruled those out then you may be scrambling around to look for a cure for benign snoring. Although there really is no known cure for snoring, treatments certainly do exist that can minimize or even completely eliminate the sound of snoring. Natural treatments for snoring vary from physical ways to open up the airways to the use of aromatherapy for snoring.
Aromatherapy and Snoring
Used as a remedy for all different kinds of health problems, aromatherapy is an all-natural, homeopathic treatment using essential oils. Essential oils are extracted from parts of plants, including stems, leaves, roots, and they bring the powerful therapeutic benefits of plants into your home to provide health and well-being in various ways. Aromatherapeutic essential oils may be applied topically to the body (usually diluted with a mild carrier oil), essential oils may be diffused into the air, or they can be added to a soaking bath.
Snoring is the noise made when airways are restricted during sleep. When the airways are made smaller, breathing is compromised and made more ‘ragged’. As the air flows through the breathing passages, vibrations occur which cause snoring noises that can range anywhere from a light sound to a ghastly noise resembling a chainsaw.
Aromatherapy is an incredible, natural option to use the powerful effects of essential oils to open up the breathing passages and reduce or completely eradicate the snoring sounds that may have invaded your home. As healthy sleep breathing is restored, you and your family will sleep better and improve your quality of life. All with the help of these small-but-mighty essential oils.
Top 5 Aromatherapy Oils for Snoring
Most of the aromatherapy oils for snoring are effective because they are easy to use, affordably priced, and highly effective in certain case of snoring. Not all snoring remedies will work for all people, so determining how aromatherapy for snoring works for you may take some time and experimentation. If you know the cause of your snoring, then that will help you to narrow down the oils and choose the one that can impact your snoring the most.
It is important to remember that even though essential oils are completely natural, they are also very powerful and should be used with care and caution for aromatherapy purposes. Check with your doctor if you have conditions or take medications that essential oils may interfere with. Only 100% pure essential oils will work as aromatherapy for snoring.
Here are the top 5 essential oils used for snoring:
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
As a decongestant and expectorant, eucalyptus essential oil is one of the most popular essential oils for people whose snoring is caused by sinus problems, cold, allergies, and other nasal blockages. The reduction of inflammation in the airways help breathing to flow more easily and make less noise. Eucalyptus is safe for adults and children.
How to use eucalyptus aromatherapy for snoring: Apply a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil (diluted in a carrier oil) to the upper lip or on the chest. Another option is to diffuse this essential oil in the air with a cool mist humidifier prior to going to bed. The mist will also help to keep the airways from becoming dry and irritated during the night.
Thyme Essential Oil
A vital support of respiratory health and wellness, thyme essential oil is useful for more than just a cooking herb. This powerful plant extract is extremely useful in using aromatherapy for snoring.
How to use thyme essential oil aromatherapy for snoring. Mix a drop or two of thyme essential oil with a carrier oil (such as grapeseed oil or fractionated coconut oil) and apply to the bottom of the big toes each night before going to bed. Reflexology charts show that the bottoms of the big toes are critical points for promoting health in the neck area—which is often where snoring happens.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Useful for more than just flavoring gum or tea, peppermint is a powerful anti-inflammatory that soothes airways and reduces congestion. Its cooling properties make peppermint essential oil especially effective.
How to use peppermint aromatherapy for snoring: Add a drop to either side of the nose in the evening to help with improved breath flow through the nose. Peppermint oil may also be diluted in water and gargled with before bed, but be sure not to swallow any of it. If preferred, add a few drops to a carrier oil and apply to the chest.
Marjoram Essential Oil
This aromatherapy oil for snoring has been reported to open up the airways and reduce snoring. This remedy is not likely to work immediately (although it does for some people) and may require some patience. Some people report using the oil every day for six weeks before their snoring stops completely. Many people use this oil aromatherapy for snoring related to sleep apnea or other sleep related breathing disorders.
How to use marjoram essential oil for snoring: Inhale marjoram oil directly from the bottle prior to going to bed. The effects stay in your bloodstream for hours so there’s no need to leave your diffuser running all night long.
Tea Tree Oil
For snoring related to a winter cold, seasonal allergies, or a respiratory infection, tea tree essential oil may just help. Soothing respiratory passages, tea tree oil has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that may promote breathing, reduce mucus, and even fight off infections.
How to use tea tree oil in aromatherapy for snoring: Diffuse into the air through a cool mist humidifier for maximum impact on cold or allergy season. Or dilute with a carrier oil and apply to the top lip.
Essential oils may be used individually, blended together, used with massage, or combined with a humidifier to treat multiple issues related to snoring. And when combined with other effective lifestyle changes such as eating healthy, exercising, losing weight, limiting alcohol intake, and improving your sleep hygiene routine, you’ll find that you’ll kick your snoring to the curb and sleep quietly once again.
Using essential oils and aromatherapy for snoring is a natural, effective way to return to a better quality of sleep for you and your family—which means increasing your quality of life all around!