These Beauty Products Might Just Cure Your Insomnia

In the first scene of the third act of the second part of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, the titular king cries, “O sleep, O gentle sleep / Nature's soft nurse, how have I frightened thee / That thou no more will weigh my eyelids down / And steep my senses in forgetfulness?”

You see, like many people, Henry struggled with getting to sleep — and seeing as how he spent a significant portion of his royal tenure defending his life and political standing against rebel coups and assassination attempts, lying awake at night probably wasn’t the worst idea.

That particular King of England’s reign ended in 1413, which means that over 600 years have passed and we still haven’t had a eureka moment resulting in a surefire cure for insomnia. We have, however, sussed out a few ways of making it easier to ease into gentle sleep, whether it’s by fostering well-being through meditation or filling a prescription for Ambien. There is also one very simple method that people have sworn by since the beginning of time: aromatherapy.

Perhaps the word makes you think of patchouli and burning cones of nag champa — in which case you are wrong and actually thinking of a head shop — or maybe you’re already on board with the world of essential oils, herbs, and plant extracts that put a person right to sleep. Either way, the secret to getting some much-needed rest might have been hiding inside your nose all along.

Ahead, some of our favorite products for alleviating insomnia and encouraging sleep. If all else fails, just put yourself in Henry of Bolingbroke’s weird shoes, and thank your lucky stars that nobody is currently plotting to kill you. Probably.

This calming hand and body lotion was originally launched as part of a limited-edition holiday lineup, but that plan didn’t last long: Lush didn’t have a choice but to add it to the permanent collection after frenzied fans swore that Sleepy was the one and only product that actually helped them, well, get to sleep. Lavender-scented lotions are a dime a dozen, but Sleepy is different — the comforting blend of lavender with sweet, creamy tonka is like a cashmere blanket for your overactive brain. (Good luck getting your hands on it, though. It's almost always sold out.)

Lush Sleepy Hand and Body Lotion, $9.95, available at Lush.
Modern-day sleep problems are no match for this Ayurvedic oil blend, which the brand says was inspired by the potent herbal formulas rulers used to help them get to sleep while “plagued with worries of building and preserving their empires” in aristocratic old India. Tossing and turning all night just because you have a meeting first thing in the morning seems like a real luxury now, doesn’t it?

Uma Pure Rest Wellness Oil, $85, available at Uma Oils.
Peace and tranquility are two relatively unheard of concepts these days, but perhaps you might have some luck finding them in this aromatherapy blend, which has an earthy, almost spicy scent that eases tension on the first inhale. All sleep-aiding properties aside, this one smells so good, some fans actually wear it as perfume.

Tata Harper Aromatic Bedtime Treatment, $60, available at Nordstrom.
Yoga is great for creating a sense of mind-body balance and promoting a centered mindset, but apparently you have to attend a class more than once for that to happen. Fortunately for those who don’t have the time, money, or general proclivity to practice corpse pose every day, you can get instant gratification in this easy roll-on concentrate, which contains a blend of stress-relieving essential oils — sage, neroli, bergamot, and ylang ylang — to lift your spirits and soothe your mind.

Yuni Pocket Savasana Aroma Concentrate, $26, available at Sephora.
When delicately dabbing oil on your pulse points just isn't enough, douse yourself and everything around you — face, body, hair, sheets, whatever — in this soothing mist. The calming blend of ylang ylang, frankincense, lavender, Roman chamomile, vetiver, and sandalwood makes for a soft, warm scent that will actually make you look forward to going to bed.

Vitruvi Sleep Face & Body Mist, $24, available at Vitruvi.
The road to sleep is an especially rocky one for insomniacs who neither want to mess with sleeping pills or risk smelling like the back room of a soap shop. But for even the most fragrance-averse, there’s this straightforward blend of palmarosa, sandalwood, vetiver, and ylang ylang, which is light, pleasant, and easy to love — never overpowering or in-your-face.

21 Drops Sleep Essential Oil Blend, $33, available at 21 Drops.
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