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Essential Oils for Insomnia

Essential Oils for Insomnia

Lack of sleep is regarded as both a result and a cause of stress. Whether you have insomnia or are deliberately depriving yourself of sleep, the results are the same. A short term lack of sleep can make you groggy, unable to concentrate, depressed and irritable.  Long term insomnia can have serious health implication. According to Dr. Kavey, director of the Sleep disorders Center at Columbian Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, sleep affects performance, blood pressure, heart rate, insulin levels and various hormone secretions.

Evidence shows that using essential oils for insomnia works as well as, or possibly better than, conventional sedative drugs.  In one study on elderly patients, diffusing lavender ensured the same amount of sleep as medications such as temazepam and clomethiazole. Patients were also reported to be less restless when using the lavender. In another study on elderly patients using lavender, nocturnal sleep increased only slightly, but daytime wakefulness and alertness improved significantly; indicating an increase in the quality of sleep.

Many essential oils have been shown to have sedative or calming effects, promoting natural, restful sleep. Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has been the most extensively researched and is a good general sleep enhancer, which appears to help with sleeplessness no matter what the cause.

 

SINGLE ESSENTIAL OILS FOR INSOMNIA

Lavender, Chamomile, Bergamot, Clary Sage, lemon, Frankincense, Nutmeg, Orange, Rose, Neroli, Ylang Ylang, Cypress.

 

ESSENTIAL OIL BLENDS FOR INSOMNIA

Sleeptime, Stress Relief, Calm & Relaxing

METHODS OF APPLICATION

In a bath (water temperature relaxing warm, not stimulating too warm or cool)

Never put essential oils directly in the bath water; blend 4-8 drops essential oils with a teaspoon of carrier such as: Jojoba,  Fractionated Coconut Oil or liquid soap or 1/2 cup Epsom salts, whole milk or heavy cream.

In a diffuser/nebulizer. Follow diffuser manufacturer’s instructions to fill the air with therapeutic aroma.

Easy alternatives when you don’t have a diffuser:
Place 2-4 drops of essential oil on several cotton balls or tissues; place nearby or tuck into the grate of fan or air vent in your home or car.

A spritzer used on the bed linens or around the bed

A couple of drops placed on a tissue or cotton ball tucked under the pillow or in the pillow case.

Essential oils blended in a lotion or carrier oil. Add 6-30 drops of essential oil in 1 ounce of fragrance-free, natural moisturizing lotion. Apply to feet, neck, arms, chest, etc., before getting into bed and or bath.

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