Essential Oils to Aid Quality Sleep

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The inability to get the amount of sleep you need to feel rested and refreshed can have a big impact on your health and wellbeing. Let’s face it, it’s the quality of the sleep not the quantity that’s important.

Drinking too much caffeine or alcohol during the day, an underlying medical condition or feeling overwhelmed with responsibilities could all be contributing factors to poor quality sleep. Emotional issues such as stress, anxiety and depression cause half of all poor quality sleep cases.

Using essential oils in your daily regime is an effective tool in a holistic approach to improving quality sleep together with eliminating poor daytime habits, establishing a consistent sleep routine and taking steps to improve your physical and mental landscape.

Of all the natural remedies for improved sleep, essential oils have received the most positive attention in clinical trials and studies. The active molecular compounds in essential oils interact directly with the nervous and endocrine systems promoting calm, pain relief, balance and strength to the mind, body and spirit.

The wonderful thing about essential oils is that they are so easy and such a pleasure to incorporate into a sleep time routine. They are aromatically pleasing and versatile. They can be used in room scenting, diffused in the bedroom, used in an aromatic bath, inhaled from a nasal inhaler or simply put on your pillow, incorporated into a restful massage, added to a body lotion or carrier oil for a chest/body rub.

Creating a soothing ritual incorporating aromatically beautiful blends works on many levels to help you release stress and tension before bedtime.

A lovely essential oil blend for peaceful sleep is sweet orange, lavender, petitgrain, roman chamomile and sandalwood.

This sleep easy blend contains:
Lavender – to support sleep, reduce anxiety, calm and balance the nervous system
Sweet Orange – to reduce anxiety, ease stress, and sooth the nervous system
Petitgrain – to reduce nervous exhaustion, support sleep, and stabilise the nervous system
Sandalwood – to reduce anxiety, ease tension and relax the nervous system
Roman Chamomile – to support sleep, reduce anxiety, and calm the nervous system

Calming, balancing, soothing and stabilising the central nervous system evokes the relaxation response – Bonus, the whole family will love the smell of this amazing blend!

For a peaceful night’s sleep I use this blend with my family as a room and linen spray.

Add 20 drops of sweet orange, 5 drops of lavender, 5 drops of petitgrain, 5 drops of sandalwood and 5 drops of roman chamomile to 100 mls of distilled water in a PET spray bottle. Shake bottle well before lightly misting bed linen, curtains and room prior to going to sleep.

For more information about using essential oils for a peaceful sleep contact me here.

Yours in Living Well,

Kim

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