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Using Essential Oils to Treat Snoring

Using Essential Oils to Treat Snoring

This is a tricky issue because you first need to find out why the individual is snoring. Always get them checked for sleep apnea first. Sleep apnea is a potentially dangerous issue and you must rule that out before you start any alternative treatment.

According to the Mayo clinic:

There are a variety of factors that can lead to snoring, such as the anatomy of your mouth and sinuses, alcohol consumption, allergies, a cold, and your weight.

When you doze off and progress from a light sleep to a deep sleep, the muscles in the roof of your mouth (soft palate), tongue and throat relax. The tissues in your throat can relax enough that they vibrate and may partially obstruct your airway. And, the more narrowed your airway, the more forceful the airflow becomes. This causes tissue vibration to increase, which makes your snoring grows louder.

The following conditions can affect the airway and cause snoring:

  • Your mouth anatomy. Having a low, thick soft palate or enlarged tonsils or tissues in the back of your throat (adenoids) can narrow your airway. Likewise, if the triangular piece of tissue hanging from the soft palate (uvula) is elongated, airflow can be obstructed and vibration increased.
  • Being overweight. Extra weight can build up in your throat and contribute to narrowing of your airway.
  • Alcohol consumption. Snoring can also be brought on by consuming too much alcohol before bedtime. Alcohol relaxes throat muscles and decreases your natural defenses against airway obstruction.
  • Nasal problems. Chronic nasal congestion or a crooked partition between your nostrils (deviated nasal septum) may contribute to your snoring.
  • Sleep apnea. Snoring may also be associated with obstructive sleep apnea. In this serious condition, your throat tissues obstruct your airway, preventing you from breathing. Sleep apnea is often characterized by loud snoring followed by periods of silence when breathing stops or nearly stops. Sometimes, complete obstruction doesn’t occur, but rather, while still snoring, the airway becomes so small that the airflow is inadequate for your needs. Eventually, the lack of oxygen and an increase in carbon dioxide signal you to wake up, forcing your airway open with a loud snort or gasping sound. This pattern may be repeated many times during the night. To be diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, these periods when breathing slows or stops must occur at least five times an hour. (7)

 What to do

Here are a few oils you can use: Thyme, Marjoram, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Peppermint, Melissa, Lemon, Clove Bud, Pine, Fennel Seed, Sage,  Citronella, Lavender

According to the Mayo clinic, these are a couple of things you can do to train the muscles in your upper airway to hopefully help you stop snoring.

  • Didgeridoo. Playing the didgeridoo, a musical instrument that produces a droning sound, may help train muscles of the upper airway. A February 2006 British Medical Journal study evaluated use of the instrument by those with sleep apnea who complained about snoring. The research showed that those who played the instrument for about 25 minutes a day most days of the week experienced less daytime sleepiness — a complication of sleep apnea and snoring . However, this research is preliminary and needs more study.
  • Singing. Singing can help improve muscle control of the soft palate and upper throat. One preliminary study found some decrease in snoring in participants who sang prescribed singing exercises for 20 minutes a day for three months. These participants all began snoring as adults, had no nasal problems and were not overweight. More study of this technique is needed.
The Mayo clinic also says they aren’t sure that these will work, they are just suggestions. But I can say this, it would be fun to try them!

 

stop snoringRecipes

Here are a few recipes from some of my books and some websites that can be used to help stop snoring.  I have included references below. Each book contains a great many recipes that you might find very useful. As a caution, with any recipe that requires a large number of drops, try it out in the smallest amount possible first to make sure you like the formula before mixing the full amount.

Snoring Remedy Mist Spray #1

  • 50 drops Geranium
  • 50 drops Lavender
  • 50 drops Marjoram
  • 20 drops Cedarwood
  • 15 drops Eucalyptus Radiata
  • 15 drops Sweet Basil
  • 4 ounces pure water

Combine in a fine mist spray bottle. Shake vigorously before spraying every time. Mist room numerous times before going to sleep and have snorer inhale deeply. If necessary, mist again during night to quiet snorer. (6)

stop-snoringSnoring Remedy Mist Spray #2

  • 55 drops Spruce
  • 45 drops Myrtle
  • 30 drops Eucalyptus Radiata
  • 30 drops Bay Leaf
  • 20 drops Grapefruit
  • 20 drops Marjoram
  • 4 ounces pure water

Combine in a fine mist spray bottle. Shake vigorously before spraying every time. Mist room numerous times before going to sleep and have snorer inhale deeply. If necessary, mist again during night to quiet snorer. (6)

Snoring Remedy Massage Blend #1

  • 5 drops Lavender
  • 4 drops Marjoram
  • 4 drops Myrtle
  • 4 drops Geranium
  • 3 drops Cajeput
  • 4 teaspoons F.C.O.

Massage formula into the upper chest, back of neck, shoulders, and along the back before going to bed. (6)

 hair_beauty_sleepFor Snoring

  • 18 drops Marjoram
  • 12 drops Geranium
  • 12 drops Lavender
  • 8 drops Eucalyptus Globulus
  • 5 drops Cedarwood

Rub the mixture under your nose or around your sinus passage to help reduce snoring. (9)

Snoring Remedy Massage Blend #2

  • 4 drops Rosewood
  • 4 drops Geranium
  • 3 drops Basil
  • 3 drops Allspice
  • 3 drops Anise Seed
  • 3 drops Lemongrass
  • 4 teaspoons F.C.O.

Massage formula into the upper chest, back of neck, shoulders, and along the back before going to bed. (6)

Chest Rub for Snoring

  • 7 drops Lavender
  • 7 drops Eucalyptus
  • 3 drops Marjoram
  • 3 drops Sandalwood
  • 1 tablespoon of F.C.O.

Dab on small amounts as needed, rub briskly into your skin for approx. 30 minutes. Use right before going to bed. Try to create a relaxing atmosphere for yourself. (11)

Other Suggestions

  •  LA: “I’ve heard thyme on the bottom of feet is good. It’s supposed to be good for sleep apnea. But I haven’t tried it.”
  • CM: “Lavender. To relax the muscles.”
  • WCL: “I also heard thyme at the base of the big toe (bottom of foot). No evidence as I have not tried it. Plan to offer to friends whose hubby snores. Will report back.”
  • AH: “I have my husband putting 6 drops of Thyme in 1 oz. massage lotion on his feet every night. We have been able to sleep together blissfully for 6 months now!!!”

And finally,

What have you done to help you or someone you love stop snoring? Please share in the comment section below. There are so many people who would like to know!

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References

  1. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism by Julia Lawless
  2. Medical Aromatherapy: Healing with Essential Oils by Kurt Schnaubelt
  3. The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy by Chrissie Wildwood
  4. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood
  5. The Aromatherapy Bible: The Definitive Guide to Using Essential Oils by Gill Farrer-Halls
  6. 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol Schiller and David Schiller
  7. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/snoring/ds00297/dsection=causes
  8. http://dcscience.net/prichard-snoring.pdf
  9. http://www.escentsaromatherapy.com/Anti-Snoring-Essential-Oil-Roll-On_df_106.html
  10. http://www.healblog.net/top-5-stop-snoring-home-remedies
  11. http://www.sheabutter-skincare.com/Essential-Oils-To-Ease-Snoring_b_1.html
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About JC Shannon

I am a writer. I was first introduced to this world of natural health in 2005 when I was asked to write an article about using essential oils. Since I like to know what I'm writing about before I do it, I immersed myself in the essential oil and aromatherapy world and found I prefer it. I never left it. In a quest to educate myself and others in more alternative and safer ways to make our world a better place, I am always looking for good information to share.
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