Aromatherapy and Insomnia:
Using Essential Oils can support healthy sleep for the whole family. With everyday stresses, sometimes falling into a restful sleep at night can seem impossible. With the right blend of oils and the right method to use them, you will be able to relax at night, switch everything off and drift off in a pleasant slumber.
I have a few oils that I would recommend and use regularly on clients, some are obvious, like Lavender and Chamomile, but some may surprise you……
How oils help with Insomnia and sleeplessness:
Sleep is as essential to your health as food and water, lack of sleep can play havoc with your immune system, opening you up to coughs, colds and flu. If you haven’t had a good nights sleep, you can feel stressed, lose concentration easily, be less alert which can be hazardous when driving, gain weight, and it can even age your skin.
Essential Oils have a variety of health benefits, but there are a few that are well-known to help you sleep better. You can use these oil blends in various ways to help you sleep at night. Oils can be massaged into the body either by a professional therapist or even by yourself at home provided the oils are diluted in a carrier, or they can be inhaled through a room spray sprayed in your bedroom and on your bed linen before you go to bed, a roller oil on the soles of your feet or a blend for use in your oil burner or room diffuser before sleep.
Recommended Oils for Insomnia:
Lavender: Lavender essential oil is well known as an all rounder oil but it is especially good when it comes to sleep. It is well-known for its relaxing and calming effects on the body. Check with your GP if you are pregnant before use, especially in the first trimester.
Chamomile: Chamomile is a powerful calming agent, helping stress-related conditions, such as nervous tension and insomnia. Check with your GP before using if you are pregnant.
Bergamot: Bergamot helps to balance emotions so if you are feeling anxious it will calm you before you sleep. Contraindications is it is phototoxic for 48 hours so don’t go out in sunlight or under a sunbed after use.
Frankincense: Frankincense is perfect for balancing emotions and calming your mind, supporting a healthy sleep. Frankincense has no contraindications.
Cedarwood: Cedarwood oil is often used as a calming agent to help alleviate stress and anxiety. It helps release sleep hormones. Cedarwood has no known contraindications.
Sandalwood: Sandalwood helps reduce anxiety, promotes a meditative state, and helps to relieve chronic insomnia. Sandalwood oil has no contraindications.
Clary Sage: Clary Sage is a powerful aid to easing depression, melancholia, anxiety, stress and chronic general dissatisfaction. It is deeply relaxing, euphoric and revitalising. Do not use if you are pregnant, are planning to drink alcohol or are driving directly after use.