5 Ways to Catch some ZZZZZZs with Essential Oils

Night time struggles can be caused by many contributors including a decrease of melatonin, bowel or liver toxicity, poor heart function, negative memories or trauma, mineral deficencies, hormone imbalance, or underactive thyroid.   It’s not always easy to pinpoint the problem but the side effects of these conditions can definitely make it difficult for us to find as much rest as we need.

Essential oils promote healthy functioning of body systems. The best way for our body to work as it’s designed is for us to keep it as healthy as possible. The essential oils we’ll talk about today will help you keep your body healthy in a way which encourages restfulness and peace. Let’s look at some specifics.

1.  Lavender

Most people begin their oily sleep journey with Lavender. It’s one of the most versatile essential oils and is often referred to as the swiss army knife of oils. This popular oils is calming, relaxing, and balancing, both physically and emotionally.  When inhaled, lavender oil increases beta waves in the brain, suggesting heightened relaxation.lavender edit

2.  Stress Away

This essential oil blend is mixed by Young Living to promote a release of stress and tension. The sweet-smelling oil is comprised of Copaiba, Lime, Cedarwood, Vanilla, Ocotea, and Lavender oils.MEXICO-18

It increases a feeling of peace and tranquility for both children and adults. It helps relieve daily stress and nervous tension and restores equilibrium, promoting relaxation. While there are lots of reasons to use this particular oil, bedtime is a great time to see its benefits.

3.  Peace and Calming

Another favorite blend from Young Living is Peace and Calming. This mix of tangerine, orange, ylang ylang, patchouli, and blue tansy is used often to help calm children or to help relax adults. It promotes relaxation and a deep sense of peace and emotional well-being, helps to dampen tension and uplift spirits,  calms overactive children, and reduces stressors which often make bedtime difficult. Many people love to use this particular oil rubbed on their feet during their bedtime routines.peace and calming

4.  Cedarwood

Cedarwood is high in sesquiterpenes, which stimulate the limbic part of the brain, the center of emotions and memory.  It stimulates the pineal gland, which releases melatonin, thereby improving thoughts, cognition, and memory.  Cedarwood is very stabilizing and grounding. The relaxing aromatics of Cedarwood are a great complement to Lavender.cedarwood image

5.  Valor

The last blend we will look at is Valor. It, too, is highly popular   This combination of fractionated coconut oil, spruce, rosewood, blue tansy, and frankincense stimulates the limbic part of the brain, elevating the mind and helping to overcome stress and despair. These qualities of the oil blend help many people find a mental relaxation that aids in drifting to sleep easily. Many people use a drop of Valor on their big toe to help alleviate snoring!valor







How Should I Use These Oils at Bedtime?


Many people find great success using these relaxing oils topically. They take a warm Epsom salt bath in Stress Away or they bathe their children in a Lavender Epsom bath. Others create a Sleepy Time roller, combining several favorites with a carrier oil in a roller bottle. They will roll it behind their ears or on the bottoms of their feet. Others use a spray bottle to spray pillows or stuffed animals with Lavender at their kids’ bedtime.

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This is probably one of the most effective ways to find relaxation and restfulness throughout the night.   Many people choose two of their favorite nighttime oils and diffuse them in the night. I encourage you to begin diffuse approximately 30 minutes before heading to head. This allows time for the essential oils to begin working in the cells of your body. Please remember not to use these oils in a humidifier; they are not designed for essential oils, so you are risk damaging your humidifier. Also, essential oils lose therapeutic properties when heated.

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