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There was a research study done in the the UK, at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital which suggests that yes, essential oils can help with people suffering from snoring.
The research recruited 140 snorers from a snoring clinic who were given a gargle mixture or a spray made from essential oils.
A variety of essential oils were used to make the spray and the gargle mixture.
The gargle was a mixture of 6 drops of essential oil in a glass of water which was gargled for a full 3 minutes before bed time.
In this study, both the snoring patients and their partners were quizzed before and after the application of essential oils.
An astonishing 82% of patients using the essential oils had partners reporting a reduction in snoring.
The partner is most suited to be interviewed for this study as they would be the ones that could reveal a possible change in snoring after treatment.
Here are the best essential oils to use for snoring.
1. Marjoram Oil
Marjoram is particularly effective because it delivers support to the respiratory system.
To boost its effectiveness, you can mix sweet marjoram essential oil with other oils. One particularly potent paring is lavender essential oil.
Lavender essential oil is great at relaxing tension and easing anxiety. You’ll often find these two essential oils in recipes to treat snoring.
2. Thyme Essential Oil
In case of extreme fatigue, your snoring at night may worsen.
Sleep deprivation and fatigue can cause our muscles to become more lax, which elevates volume of snoring.
A traditional remedy for snoring involves use of thyme essential oil, diluted or neat, for achieving relief from snoring.
Thyme oil has anti-aging, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, anti-viral, and anti-parasitic properties.
It’s soothing effect on the mind is what helps snorers the most because it helps in giving you a peaceful night’s sleep.
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3. Lavender Oil
An extremely versatile essential oil, Lavender is known to help with calming and relaxation.
When diffused in the air this can not only help the person snoring, but also the person who is bothered by the snoring!
Lavender is useful for skin care, headache, sleep issues, and as a mood enhancer.
4. Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus is a herbal decongestant that helps to open your air passages.
Apart from help for snoring, eucalyptus is also commonly used as a home remedy treatment for the common cold for the same reasons – because it opens up your nose for better breathing.
It can also help with clearing of mucus in your nose, further opening up your ability to breathe more freely.
Eucalyptus is best taken via steam inhalation. It really works wonders and smells amazing!
5. Tea Tree Oil
One of the most extensively researched essential oils, tea tree is a home run when it comes to the vast amount of ailments it can help.
Tea tree has been found to be a potent antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, all the while fighting bad breath, deodorizing your pits, reduce itching in all the wrong places, ease psoriasis and more!
When it comes to sleep, it can help aid a snorer’s breathing, improving the quality of the air they get. And for those of us who snore when we have a stuffy nose, it’s tea tree to the rescue.
There you have it.
Give a combination of these essential oils a try.
Personally I like to use tea tree oil every night. I spray a little bit on my pillow before bed time to sleep like a baby.