Sleep, she can be an illusive minx at times but so incredibly important for our overall health. When we sleep poorly, our mood is impacted, we move through the day feeling sluggish and irritable. If you are anything like me, being tired will see me make really shitty choices when it comes to diet - hello carbs and sugar.
Without proper sleep, we put ourselves at risk for serious health issues that will impact our quality of life. Sleep deprivation:
·Can make it difficult for us to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight
·Can negatively influence our emotions and how we behave throughout the day
·Can impact how we learn or influence our motivation levels
·Can have a negative impact on nearly any of the body’s organ systems, which influences overall health
Just as sleep deprivation can negatively affect how we feel each day, getting quality sleep can help improve our quality of life.
So, what makes essential oils useful for sleep? How do they work? Well, every essential oil has a different chemical makeup with a unique combination of chemical constituents. These chemicals are what give an essential oil its benefits. Certain chemicals can make an essential oil useful for cleansing, soothing, or warming, while other chemicals might make an oil calming, invigorating, or cooling. Because each oil is taken from a different plant or plant part, each oil has a completely unique chemical profile, and thus a completely unique set of benefits.
By choosing essential oils with chemicals that hold relaxing, calming, or soothing benefits, it is easy to use oils to promote a peaceful environment for sleep.
Here’s how it works. When you inhale the aroma of an essential oil with calming properties, it can induce a response in the body or brain for relaxation. Typically, this type of reaction helps relax the body and promote a restful night of sleep. Once you’ve had a good night of sleep after using a specific oil, the brain makes a connection between the smell of the oil and the quality sleep. This is called a positive association. An established positive association promotes further use of the oil in your regular bedtime routine to help you repeat the practice of a good night’s sleep.
The following essential oils have calming, soothing, relaxing, harmonizing, and grounding properties. Try one or a combination of two or three that appeal to you - Bergamot, Cedarwood, Roman Chamomile, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Lavender, Lavender Peace, Marjoram, Melissa, Sandalwood, Vetiver, YlangYlangand dōTERRAPeace®
My best piece of advice is to experiment with different combinations as well as different application methods.
Set up an oily bedtime ritual, mine looks like this:
💖No tablet or phone time from 7pm onwards.
💖Magnesium flakes or epsom salt bath infused with my fave blend - aromatouch.
💖Post shower I love massaging Frankincense and Lavender onto my chest and into the soles of my feet
💖 If I am really struggling - doTERRA Serenity softgels - natural sleep aid...no groggy feeling the next day.
💖Reading, reading and more reading.
💖Life long vitality supplements - these were pivotal for me during the lead to Jason's heart surgery. I was pregnant and waking at 2am every single morning without being able to go back to sleep (this was actually WHY I turned to doTERRA in the first place) but 3 weeks of LLV and using calming oils...solid night of sleep right up until the Pud arrived.
💖Diffuse all the calming oils - lavender, cedarwood, Frank and Copaiba.
💖Vetiver on the back of my neck.
💖Meditation apps which I know are not meant to be used to fall asleep but sometimes it's necessary!
The important thing is to be consistent with your use of essential oils, frequent use is the key to unlocking their superpowers! Stay flexible and be switch things up if you are not seeing results.
If you would like to find out how you can obtain doTERRA essential oils at wholesale prices, join my oils family, please check the ‘essential oil’ and ‘workshop’ page of this website. Alternatively, drop me an email and I will be happy to chat xx
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Happy snoozing xx Kate