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.

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.

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!


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.

Snoring 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.

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!!!”

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