Festival of Sleep Day is a day to catch up on sleep.
Have you ever laid awake at night unable to find the Sandman? Sung lullabies in hopes of helping your child find peaceful rest? Stared at the ceiling for hours? Or maybe counted that endless rotation of sheep?
There are many options for sleep aids that come with many different side effects. What if there was another way? A natural way to help the mind and body relax?
Essential Oils provide the perfect solution to a common problem. The Essential Oils that we are going to discuss here can help soothe, calm, and relax your mind and body. We’re going to show you which Essential Oils to use and multiple ways to use them so that you and your family can find rest easily.
Grounding oils are similar to each other chemically as they start with the same “backbone.” Sesquiterpenes are found abundantly in Essential Oils. This constituent is soothing to irritated skin and tissues, is calming, and some have analgesic properties. Some research has shown that sesquiterpenes have the ability to pass the blood brain barrier. They are also known to have stronger aromas.
Sandalwood, Vetiver, and Cedarwood all fall into this category. You can diffuse these oils or apply them topically to the bottoms of your feet.
With properties that help to soothe the mind and body, the warm, woody scent of Cedarwood Essential Oil promotes a relaxing environment when used topically or aromatically.
Soothing Oils can be found among the sesquiterpenes and the monoterpenes. What are monoterpenes? They are the most common class of terpenes in Essential Oils. They have other constituents such as esters, containing properties that are very calming, relaxing and balancing to the central nervous system.
Monoterpenes can also contain aldehydes; containing properties that are calming not just to your emotions, but also to your autonomic nervous system. These aldehydes usually have a strong floral aroma.
Some Soothing Oils of both the sequiterpenes and monoterpenes are: Ylang Ylang, Melissa, Lavender, and Roman Chamomile.
Roman Chamomile provides a sweet, floral aroma while soothing body systems as it supports calming effects for the skin, mind, and body.*
Fun fact of the day:
Construction began on the Brooklyn Bridge January 3, 1870.
Roman Chamomile grows close to the ground, reaching only up to a foot in height. It has gray–green leaves, flowers that resemble a daisy, and smells like apple. The plant has been nicknamed the “plant’s physician” because it has positive effects on plants growing nearby. Ancient Romans used the oil for courage during war. While the most common use of Chamomile is in teas, Roman Chamomile can also be found in face creams, drinks, hair dyes, shampoos, and perfumes. Roman Chamomile has a calming effect on the skin, mind, and body.* It soothes body systems.* It is steam distilled from the flower of the plant.