5 Essential Oils that help you sleep better...
Do you know that sleep is actually really IMPORTANT! Letting our bodies get the proper rest at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety. We have so many things that happen to us while we are awake that can put stress on our minds and bodies. Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout our life. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults get 7-9 hours a night so our bodies and minds can recuperate and function at our best.Did you also know that damage from sleep deficiency can occur in an instant or it can harm you over time? For example, ongoing sleep deficiency can raise your risk for some chronic health problems. It also can affect how well you think, react, work, learn, and get along with others. Remember there is no substitute for good restorative sleep. That is why I love my ESSENTIAL OILS because they help me get the most out of my sleep every night so that I can wake up ready to take on anything. The way you feel while you're awake depends in part on what happens while you're sleeping. During sleep, your body is hard at work to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health. In children and teens, sleep also helps support growth and development.
Falling asleep can also be very difficult for some people but for me it is a challenge almost every night. I love working from home and being with my kids during the day. But after a day of taking care of everyone but myself ( being a mom is so rewarding but we all can use some work on taking better care of ourselves) I am sooo exhausted and when I finally get to off to bed I roll over and my mind just doesn't want to shut off when I need it to. I got the kids off to bed and everything seems content but my thoughts and worries can be very overwhelming for my mind. That is until I use my oils! After using some calming oils (explained below) all my thoughts and worries seem to disappear and before I know it I'm asleep. The quality of sleep we get is also very important because it really can affect our health in many ways and no matter how hard you try you cannot achieve optimal health without getting enough sleep.
Many people know about how Lavender is calming and relaxing, but you may not know just how powerful the effect on the body can be. Lavender has been used and cherished for centuries for its aroma and many therapeutic benefits. In ancient times people used Lavender for bathing, relaxation, cooking and as a perfume; it's ability to calm and soothe the mind and body continue to be Lavender's most notable qualities. Lavender is frequently used to soothe skin irritations and help skin recover quickly. Applying Lavender to the back of the neck and temples helps reduce muscle tension. Inhaling Lavender promotes relaxation and a restful night's sleep, making it an ideal oil to diffuse at bedtime and when stress levels are high. Due to Lavender's versatility and soothing properties, it is considered the must-have oil to have on hand at all times.
Ways to use Lavender...
- Add a few drops of Lavender to pillows,bedding, or bottoms of feet for a restful night's sleep
- keep a bottle of Lavender on hand for minor burns, cuts, and scrapes.
- Freshen a closet, mattress, car, or the air by combining Lavender with water in a spray bottle.
- Add to bath water to soak away stress or apply to the temples and the back of the neck to ease muscle tension.
- *use in cooking to soften citrus flavors and add a flavorful twist to marinades,
baked goods, and desserts.
Roman Chamomile oil is well known for it's calming, soothing, and relaxing properties. It has a therapeutic calming effect on the skin, mind, and body. It soothes body systems and promotes a healthy inflammatory response. It has a light floral scent and is wonderful for creating a peaceful atmosphere in your bedroom.
Ways to use Roman Chamomile.....
- Add 1-2 drops to your favorite moisturizer, shampoo, or conditioner to promote youthful looking skin and hair.
- Add 1-2 drops to herbal teas or hot drinks to soothe the body and mind.
Diffuse or apply to bottoms of feet at bedtime for a restful nights sleep.
Vetiver essential oil is distilled from the roots of the plant. It is rich and earthy smelling. It took me a while to get used to the smell, so if you are a vetiver newbie, you might try mixing it with a "lighter" oil such as lavender or Roman Chamomile. Due to Vetiver's calming, grounding effect on the emotions and it's ability to promote circulation, Vetiver is an ideal oil to use in massage therapy. Vetiver helps to promote mental clarity and focus. It can also be rubbed on feet before bedtime to promote a restful nights sleep. When taken internally, it acts as a tonic to the body's systems ]and supports the body's immune system. I feel that this oil helps myself and my family to stay asleep.
Ways to use Vetiver....
- Add 1-2 drops to tea or hot drink during the winter time to promote immunity.
- Use as a massage oil to promote circulation and calm emotions.
- Add a few drops to a warm bath for deep relaxation.
- Diffuse it with Lavender to calm and lessen stress.
Known for its warm woody scent, Cedarwood provides so many health benefits that date back to biblical times. Cedar wood is native to cold climates, thriving in high altitudes and growing up to 100 feet. Cedar wood has a grounding aroma that promotes feelings of wellness and vitality. This oil is my favorite for putting me to sleep, and helps me fall asleep really fast! Diffusing Cedarwood also helps maintain healthy breathing and respiratory function and when applied topically promotes healthy, clear skin. I also love using this on my face at night, the feeling of my face in the morning is so soft that I can't keep my hands off of it!
Ways to use Cedarwood.....
- Diffuse after a stressful day to relax the mind and body.
- Use with a carrier oil in massage therapy.
- Add 1-2 drops to facial toner or moisturizer for added clarifying properties.
- Inhale directly or diffuse to promote healthy respiratory function.
Ways to use Marjoram...
- Apply to the back of the neck to lessen feelings of stress.
- Apply to a fussy child’s feet prior to a nap.
- Replace Marjoram essential oil in your next recipe that calls for dried Marjoram. Usually, 1 drop of essential oil is equivalent to 2 tsp. of dried herbs.
- Apply to muscles before and after exercising.