If you arrived here, you either know someone who’s snoring or you’re the snorer. Regardless, we have to do something about it. Left untreated, snoring may cause serious health problems. Luckily, we have some really good essential oils for snoring that could help you with this problem.
Using them could slowly but surely ensure more silent and restful nights. This could greatly benefit the snorer and their partners. It could also resolve their intimacy issues as well.
In this article, you’ll read about:
- The reasons why you should try using essential oils to stop or prevent snoring.
- The best ways of using them to get good results, night after night.
- 3 of the best aromatic oils that can help with the problem of snoring, with pros and cons. And a list of other essential oils you could use in your snoring recipes.
- A few practical homemade recipes with your favorite oils for snoring.
- The causes and side effects of an untreated snoring issue. Plus tips to prevent it once you start sleeping better.
Did You Know?
- Almost 50% of the adult male population snores. Among the female population the percentage is around 30%.
- Personally, I find that to be a surprisingly high percent. If we assume most of them don’t sleep alone, that would result in more than half the adult population being affected in one way or another by snoring. Regardless if you’re the one doing it or the one putting up with it.
How to Use the Best 3 Essential Oils for Snoring, plus Recipes
On your own, it is a bit harder to tell if you are snoring or not. Most likely, your life partner or family members have told you so. If you wake up more tired than before going to bed, that’s usually a clear sign you do snore.
Snoring has many causes and it can be chronic or occasional. I will tell you more about this in the last part of the article.
The good news is that, for the most part, you can soothe and even prevent the annoying sounds of snoring with essential oils.
Here’s How Essential Work on Soothing Snoring Episodes?
First off, they do not represent a cure for snoring. They can only make it easier to breathe, and remove mucus and inflammation. These oils can also boost the function of the respiratory system.
When the nasal passageways are blocked, the air gets in and out with more difficulty. While sleeping, you’ll unconsciously open the mouth to breathe. That’s when the snoring sound happens.
Using essential oils for snoring can help lubricate the throat better. That leads to a relief from infections and inflammation. These oils can also reduce the vibration that causes the snoring sounds.
Essential oils can also relax the throat muscles and decongest the blood vessels. That will lead to less blood accumulation in the nasal and throat tissue.
They can also improve the quality of the sleep you’re getting, so you can feel better the next day. They are calming, soothing and relaxing.
Best Ways to Use Essential Oils for Snoring
There are many interesting ways in which you can use essential oils. The aromatic oils used to soothe snoring episodes are best applied topically, diffused or inhaled.
- Topical applications/massages
You can mix an essential oil (EO) with some carrier oil and massage your pulse points, chest and neck. You’d have to do so every night before bed. Another good spot for the application of an essential oil blend for snoring is the soles or under the big toe.
You can do a simple steam bath where you add 2 – 3 drops of an EO into boiled water. Cover your head above the water and inhale deeply for 10 minutes. This will also benefit your skin!
You could place 2 – 3 EO drops on a cotton pad and place it near your head/nose before going to bed.
Pour 10 drops of essential oils for snoring into the water recipient of your diffuser. Keep it on for 20 – 30 minutes in a well-ventilated bedroom before sleep. Turn it off while sleeping. Too much oil can give you headaches, cause nausea, dizziness, etc.
You can also use essential oils in gargles for 3 minutes, every night before bed.
Best Essential Oils for Snoring (Pros & Cons)
There are over a hundred different essential oils out there. Only a few of them could help with snoring, and from those few I selected only 3. I did so because they presented the most potential. They have many good qualities that can help with snoring.
1) Sweet Marjoram Essential Oil
Sweet Marjoram’s botanical name is Origanum majorana, and it is not the same as oregano. Though, they’re often confused. This oil’s impressive properties and qualities come from its unique chemical profile.
- Sweet Marjoram essential oil is great for snoring because it has decongestant properties. It can soothe the walls of your respiratory system and clear the obstructed nasal passage. This results in less or no vibration (snoring sounds) at all.
- The oil can also relax the throat muscles, thus preventing them from making it hard to breathe.
- The best thing about this oil is that it can be used on children above 3 years old, not that they would need it.
- Sweet Marjoram oil is not recommended to people who suffer from epilepsy/seizures or asthma.
- It should also not be used by pregnant women that pass the first trimester.
- Do not confuse this oil with Origanum compactum, a different kind of plant.
Why I like it:
I like Sweet Marjoram because it’s a good digestive and relaxing oil. It is great for muscle pain and throat infections among many other things. It smells herbal, so it’s easier to think of it as a natural remedy whenever used.
2) Eucalyptus Smithii Essential Oil
Why this species of essential oil for snoring? Because it is considered to be gentler than all the other Eucalyptus varieties. It should be the first option for people who want to stop snoring but never used essential oils before.
- The oil of Eucalyptus (smithii) contains 1, 8 cineole – a very potent decongestant. It will help you cough up the mucus of a respiratory infection.
- It’s great to use in essential oil recipes for snoring. It’ll clear the respiratory tract and limit their obstruction. That will lead to less snoring.
- Eucalyptus smithii is also a great antiseptic. It can protect against further infections like sinusitis or bronchitis.
- The cineole can trigger asthma attacks, so this oil should be avoided by those who suffer from asthma.
- While diffusing it, you should use only a few drops (2 – 3) and always mixed with a citrus essence. Some French Aromatherapists do not recommend its use alone in electrical diffusers.
Why I like it:
Eucalyptus smithii is a bit harder to find where I live, so I usually stick to other types of Eucalyptus that are easier to find. In any case, being so high in 1, 8 cineole (eucalyptol), it is similar in scent with Rosemary essential oil. I usually use it for digestive blends, but I’ve also used it for chest rubs when I had a cold.
3) Pine Essential Oil
This essential oil is renowned for its effects on the bronchi and lungs. It has a powerful yet very sweet and pleasant aroma. That makes Pine an excellent choice in most blends that use essential oils for snoring. It has impressive effects on the psyche, being able to improve your mood and tonus. It is very refreshing!
- The oil of Pine contains many beneficial active molecules. Some of them are cineole, menthol, and alpha pinene. All in a synergy, but especially the latter, can regulate the bronchial secretion (excessive mucus). In doing so, the oil can clear out the respiratory passages.
- Pine is also great for allergies, making a good option for occasional snoring due to allergic reactions.
- This aromatic essence has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties also.
- It is a bit too stimulating, which would make it not recommendable for nighttime use. But, if you use it in a small amount and combined with other essential oils for snoring, there shouldn’t be any problem.
- It is also not recommended to persons that suffer from hypertension and pregnant women in the first 5 months.
Why I like it:
I am in love with this forest-green essential oil! I love its fragrance and I diffuse a few drops every day. It freshens up the air and stimulates my working capacities. It’s a very pleasant way of protecting yourself and your family against viruses and bacteria.
Other great essential oils for snoring that can be used on their own or in various combinations:
- Wild Mint
- Clove bud
- Eucalyptus globulus
- Tea Tree
Some of these oils are safer than others, especially for people with seizures. Read more about the oils that are safe to use if you are suffering from this condition.
Essential Oils for Snoring Recipes (Simple and Practical)
Now comes the fun part! I always like to try new blends, especially when I learn something new. I hope the following recipes will help you deal with your snoring problem.
Or if you’re not the snorer, then I hope it’ll do him or her as much good as possible. That so you can both get peaceful nights from now on.
There is one famous study that proves the efficacy of essential oils for snoring. You can access it here and learn more about the experiment and their findings. The best thing about it is that aromatherapy proved efficient in a very high percentage.
Simple Essential Oils Recipe for Snoring
- Pine essential oil: 8 drops
- Sweet Marjoram essential oil: 8 drops
- Lavender essential oil: 8 drops
- Castor or Olive oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
Mix well and shake the blend before each use to activate the molecules faster. Apply on the chest, temples and forehead with massage movements before bed.
Anti-Snoring Essential Oils Diffuser Recipe
- Peppermint essential oil: 4 drops
- Grapefruit essential oil: 4 drops
- Eucalyptus smithii essential oil: 2 drops
Pour this mix in the water recipient of your diffuser (or a cotton pad). Diffuse for 20 – 30 minutes in a well-ventilated room, before going to bed.
Essential Oils Recipe for Snoring Room Spray
- Eucalyptus smithii essential oil: 20 drops
- Sweet Orange essential oil: 30 drops
- Pine essential oil: 20 drops
- Water: 3 Oz (90ml)
Agitate the spray bottle really well before spraying. You can use over the linens, pillow and throughout the entire bedroom. You should do so half an hour before going to bed. Complete the process by applying a few drops of a snoring blend on your chest, neck and soles.
Why is Snoring a Problem? Causes, Side Effects and Tips to Prevent It
Snoring is a problem, mostly because it doesn’t go away on its own. There are many factors that can contribute to this state. Some of them can even have serious underlying causes.
Unfortunately, while snoring, your body and mind don’t get the rest you think you’re getting. You can wake up feeling more tired than before going to bed.
If the snorer doesn’t sleep alone, his or her room or bed partner will not get the rest they need also. A moderate snoring sound is as loud as a car engine. A really loud snoring sound is as loud as a truck. You can imagine how such a noise could keep someone up all night.
When you sleep, the soft tissue that surrounds your respiratory tract relaxes. All this causes the palate, the base of the tongue and the throat to obstruct the usual route where the air passes. This is how snoring noises happen.
Did you know that the medical term for snoring is rhonchopathy? Well, now you know.
Snoring and all the above mentioned process can be influenced by:
- Weight gain or obesity.
- Sleep apnea.
I was telling you in the beginning of the article that there are two types of snoring. One is chronic, which means it’s a very serious health concern that needs medical attention. Perhaps even surgery (polyp removal).
The other type of snoring is occasional. These episodes may be caused by:
- A large meal consumed late at night,
- Too much alcohol and smoking,
- A congested nose,
- The flu and allergies.
There are visible physical side effects of snoring. Someone who snores can be very tired the next day. He or she can lack the focus and energy needed to do their tasks, or feel drowsy. A lack of good sleep on a long term can lead to mood swings and behavior changes.
But snoring can also affect the harmony of a couple. That being said, there are plenty of reasons for which a person must consider stopping their snoring problem.
Knowing the exact cause can help you find the proper treatment or natural remedy. You should also consider going to a doctor to rule out any chronic problems.
The use of essential oils for snoring could help you or your partner to enjoy more peaceful nights together (or alone).
Tips to Prevent Snoring and to Enhance the Effects of Essential Oils
- Avoid eating at night. Your whole body becomes slower and it is really hard for it to digest the food.
- Also avoid consuming too much alcohol and smoking, eating fats, or gaining weight. All these can make snoring harder to treat or prevent.
- Make sure your room has enough moisture to avoid drying the nasal passageways.
- If you suffer from sleep apnea, go to a doctor immediately. On a long term, this condition poses higher risks towards cardiac problems.
- Try to sleep face down more. That will also prevent snoring.
Snoring is indeed a problem and a social inconvenience. It can affect the snorer’s life on many levels, so it’s better to start treating it as soon as possible. A few lifestyle changes and some healthy habits and a visit to the doctor are usually a must.
Also, the use of the 3 best essential oils for snoring in this article could make all the difference. These things could take you from a tiresome night to waking up refreshed and energized again.
Did you try any other remedies or tricks for snoring before? How about essential oils? What results have you gotten so far? Can’t wait to hear more from you!