You Are Getting Sleepy... Using Essential Oils for Sleep Support
As I mentioned in an earlier post there are many essential oils that can be used to support sleep in adults and children. But often people join an MLM or buy essential oils they've read or heard about and aren't exactly sure HOW to use them.
Basically essential oils can be inhaled, used topically, and under the guidance of an aromatherapist, health care provider well informed about essential oils, or via pre-formulated product used internally.
Sleep is necessary for good health. When we sleep our bodies take care of many house keeping functions. Memories are stored, bones rebuilt, repair and restoration take place. Lack of sleep is linked to many problems. And who doesn't wish they could sleep more (except our toddlers trying to fight naps).
But for many getting enough sleep is a challenge. There is so much to do and when we finally do hit the sack our minds are spinning.
While many people long for quick fixes finding one can be elusive. However one can use essential oils (and herbs) as part of good sleep hygiene.
If you are under a lot of stress, eating late, drinking too much coffee and hoping that diffusing a little lavender will help you sleep like a baby -- well it can help, but there's more work to do.
Improving sleep means taking a look at our lifestyle, our diet, our habits to determine what the underlying issue may be. And it won't be the same for everyone.
However for most people creating a sleep routine can be quite helpful. We often do this with our kids but as adults neglect it for ourselves.
A good sleep routine includes avoiding electronic devices about 30 minutes prior to bed and engaging in relaxing activities such as reading, taking a bath, or drinking some tea. What is relaxing for one person may differ from another. Perhaps you do like to watch a funny show or take a walk. Whatever it is a way to wind down sets the stage for sleep.
Is your bedroom comfortable? What temperature feels best? Do you prefer white noice, quiet, or nighttime sounds? Does your partner's snoring or your own sleep issues interrupt sleep? If so what can you do about them? Often making your room and bed more comfortable can help facilitate sleep.
Essential oils can be added to a bedtime routine to help relax, soothe, and comfort. Is your mind racing at night?
Relaxing essential oils can help calm and quiet the mind as can journaling. Do you suffer from muscle aches that keep you awake?
A soothing bath or analgesic ointment can help ease aches and support sleep. A regular routine with essential oils can help set the stage for sleep and aid in addressing roadblocks to sleep.
Here is one of my favorite nighttime diffuser blends:
Relax, Breathe, and Sleep Well Blend:
To a diffuser add:
2 drops lavender essential oil (Lavendula angustafolia)
2 drops Eucalyptus radiata
1 drop green mandarin (Citrus reticulata)
You can triple this recipe and use to create an inhaler or double (for adults) and add to an ounce of lotion to use as a chest or neck rub.
If you'd like to learn more about using essential oils for sleep stop by the apothecary at 28636 Old Town Front St Suite 200, Temecula, CA 92590 or contact Tricia.