aromatherapy for sleep

Essential oils to better sleep

We all need to sleep. Sleep is indispensable to intellectual functions. Indeed, even lying down without sleeping can allow us to recover from physical fatigue but only true sleep is essential to recover our intellectual abilities (learning, adaptation and memorization) … and for having a good day. Sleeping better is a dream for most of us. To fight against the insomnia or any other sleep disorders, you can opt for proved, effective, and natural solutions, like essential oils.

aromatherapy for sleep

Insomnia and sleep disorders, what is it?

Insomnia is a non-restorative sleep: it shows through having trouble falling asleep, and waking up several times during the night, or waking up very early in the morning without being able to go back to sleep. Insomnia problems would affect one in five people. With consequences such as irritability, persistent fatigue, decreased physical performance…

Often insomnia begins with an external stress, work, death, divorce … This stress usually generates anxiety and / or depression. In the adult, personal worries, too heavy dinners, irregular schedules. Obviously, reasons for bad sleep are not lacking in our daily life, but it is important to preserve its sleep regarding its importance in the physical and mental health. It is therefore important not to allow sleep disorders to become so chronic as to become chronic.

Insomnia – How to act with aromatherapy?

Above all, it is important to cherish one’s sleep by adopting a healthy lifestyle. This involves eating habits (light dinner, no alcohol, and quiet activities at night) and bedding (comfortable to change every 10 years). To sleep well, we can also use natural methods, which have proven effective without adverse effects: eucalyptus essential oil, for example.

In bath, at the end of the day, or in diffusion, they will prepare you to fall asleep gently by their double action via the ENT system and the skin. Acting on the physical, nervous and emotional levels, essential oils have calming, relaxing or even sedative properties that will allow you to chase physical and mental tensions to better sink into a restful sleep. Many of them thus are very useful in the fight against insomnia.

Basil essential oil

This essential oil is recommended in cases of insomnia with nervous roots, intellectual overwork, spasms, anxiety, or even spasmophilia and depression. Basil essential oil is a very powerful antispasmodic, acting to calm gastrointestinal spasms, facilitates digestion and soothes gastric pain. It is an essential oil suitable “businessmen” who are continually in a hurry and stressed, becoming insomniac due to many concerns worries.

Clary Sage essential oil

Clary sage has been used for centuries in China, Egypt, South America, etc. Its traditional applications were diverse: to increase fertility, to cure snake bites, to cure warts, etc.

It helps soothe and calm down so you can fall asleep. Its sedative property is quite powerful, which is why it is not recommended to use it if you are going to drive or work. Hypertensive, nervous and stressed people will have it as an effective remedy to help them relax and put themselves in a good sleep situation.

Beware, this essential oil should not be confused with the sage officinal, which is used in the kitchen. If your insomnia is caused by stress or anxiety, you can mix 2 drops of this essential oil with a little vegetable oil and massage your solar plexus.

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Aromatherapy diffuser, what is it?

A diffuser is a small device that spreads essential oils in the air. As the essential oil is liquid, we must find a solution to disperse it in the air and transform it into gas, so that we can breathe the particles and enjoy its benefits.

Do not let an atmospheric diffuser run continuously because the active ingredients of the oils are very concentrated. The duration of the diffusion will be determined on the basis that the essential oil will be pure, and according to the mode of diffusion adopted.

How to choose your essential oil diffuser?

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Choosing a diffuser is above all choosing a diffusing technology. Because, depending on the broadcasting technology that you have chosen, your diffuser will be more or less noisy, powerful, robust and durable, or effective from a therapeutic point of view.

There are several major diffusing technologies: nebulized diffusers, the foggers, or ultrasonic diffusers, the diffusers by ventilation.

Each of these diffusion technologies has a specific utility: to propel particles of essential oils into the atmosphere, without heating them to more than 40 ° C! Because beyond this temperature, the aromatic molecules that make up the essential oils and essences are degraded and could become toxic.

Nebulization, what is it?

Nebulization is the most advanced diffusion technology to date. With the fogger, the essential oils are propelled by a pump, vertically through a thin glass nozzle. It is advisable to use it if you want to diffuse essential oils for a therapeutic purpose (disinfection of ambient air, Zen atmosphere, prevention of winter diseases, etc.). In this case, nebulization is indicated! Also if you want to on a large surface, it is the only one that allows a diffusion as powerful, can fill spaces up to 100 m². In a living room, for example, they work very nicely.

In addition, this diffusion is completely cold, and the particles of essential oils are particularly well dispersed during their projection: they are therefore lighter and remain longer than with other technologies.

The foggers, what is it?

Misting diffusers have a much simpler operation than nebulizers. It is particularly indicated if you want to effectively diffuse essential oils, but with minimal power. It is ideal for infusing small areas, in a perimeter of 30 m² for therapeutic effects, or 50 m² to have just an ambient smell.

Fogging is an effective diffusion technology, and they are often cheaper than foggers. And finally, they are very pretty, especially thanks to the fog that emerges.

Ventilation diffusers, what is it?

Ventilation is a very simple diffusing technology that combines robustness and reasonable price. Most ventilation diffusers work with a disposable blotter, on which the essential oils are deposited, and through which a powerful breath of air is passed. It is usually used if you want a small portable diffuser, to accompany you everywhere.

In addition, the fact that the essential oil impregnates the blotter makes this technology essential for all mobile uses of the diffusers. Nomadic broadcasters, car, etc., are very often diffusers by ventilation. Finally, they are very discreet, and their noise is almost inaudible, most of the time.

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The place of candles in Aromatherapy

Atmospheric diffusion is one of the best options for diffusing essential oils, because it diffuses the essential oils continuously in the atmosphere, and allows to pleasantly aromatize the rooms of the house while taking advantage of the benefits of essential oils. There are now candles with essential oils, which allow a warm and gentle diffusion of oils.

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Candles in aromatherapy, a requirement of purity

Beeswax, soy wax, and perhaps also bay laurel wax are often chosen by environment caring people, or by aromatherapy practitioners. People who want to make their own natural candles face some difficulties at choosing the wax. It is advisable to weigh the pros and cons for each variety, taking into account the price matter.

How to choose your candle for aromatherapy?

When buying natural candles for aromatherapy, pay special attention to labels: what type of wax is used? Check that the candle is well scented with essential oils and not scented oils or other synthetic products. Manufacturers of 100% natural or almost 100% natural candles generally highlight the fact that their products are natural.

The quality of the wax: First criterion of choice of a candle of quality
The wax used, the first quality criterion of a candle. There are three types of waxes used in aromatherapy candle making.

Vegetal Wax: It is mainly composed of soy wax, palm, carnauba or jojoba. This wax is ecological and comes from renewable materials. In addition, it contains no herbicides or pesticides. These properties guarantee the absence of toxic emanations. This wax is therefore particularly suitable for people prone to allergies or asthma.
On the other hand, in a temperature too cold, lower than 0 degrees, it can freeze an If it is too hot (over 35 ° C), it begins to melt. Avoid leaving it exposed to the sun in summer. Storage in the refrigerator may be desirable.

Animal Wax: Once widely used, animal waxes are almost no longer used in the manufacture of candles. The first reason is the respect of the species: The whale and the sperm whale from which these waxes were derived, are today species whose hunting is forbidden internationally. The second reason is the cost, especially for beeswax. It is now available only in limited quantities. It is intended primarily for a craft use.

The wick: There are different types of wicks: wicks made of synthetic fibers, cotton, or wood. Avoid synthetic strands. Instead, prefer 100% cotton wicks, which will protect you from toxic fumes and guarantee optimal ignition and durability. There are also candles with several wicks: those ones will allow you an almost instant diffusion of the scent! In addition, you can regulate the combustion according to your desire.

The wooden wicks are very trendy! More particularly adapted to vegetable waxes, they provide the charm of the crackling wick, and add a note of fire to your candle, creating a winter atmosphere.

The fragrances: There are scented candles with essential oils or scented oils. They are mixed with wax during their design. It all depends on this mixture. If you see that a candle does not diffuse its scents during the whole first hour, leave it there! Some manufacturers apply perfume enought perfume on the surface ust to make you smell beautiful at the opening of the box … but nothing after!

Candles hold a very important place in aromatherapy. They stand as a practical source of light or heat, and are capable of diffusing a wonderful therapeutic aroma. It can also be the extra touch that will make a romantic dinner unforgettable. When arranged around a bathtub, they fill the air with their relaxing and soothing smell, and make the bathing experience even more enjoyable. There are even excellent scented candles that turn into massage oil when they melt.

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Aromatherapy alarm clock

Most of the alarm clock that are encountered in our life have focused on our sense of hearing. But more and more, the new generation of alarm clocks seem to be interested, for our greatest pleasure, in other senses such as the sight, or the smell, with the essential oils which we are going to address.

Imagine How good it could be to wake up naturally with a ray of sunshine or the smell of a good coffee, or right? If you are the kind of person who stimulated by a scent, the aromatherapy function of these new alarm bells should interest you, this could be the solution for a more dynamic and balanced awakening!

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Are the aromatherapy alarm clocks really effective?

There are several types of aromatherapy alarm clocks that available on the market nowadays. The first ones incorporates a diffuser to help you wake up, using a dawn simulator in addition to your favorite essential oils, all without any sound. Some models will also simulate a sunset to help you fall asleep by airing your favorite essential oils.

The second model incorporates a standard audible alarm in addition to the aromatherapy option.
Both will allow you to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy at the beginning of the day. This means that you are giving yourself the opportunity to reduce anxiety, increase your energy level, stop potential headaches and strengthen your immune system. You also get an alarm clock that can serve as a bedside lamp and clock.

How to use aromatherapy alarm clocks?

Its use is very simple. You just need to pour a few drops of the essential oil mixture into your diffuser, respecting the number of drops indicated on the leaflet. Broadcast by beach of 30 minutes, in the morning waking preferably. To get up and have some peach in the morning, here are some essential oils that you can use with your aromatherapy alarm clock.

Black pepper scent to start the day!

Yes, black pepper is not just a spice that we use to enhance the taste of our good dishes, it is also an essential oil particularly famous for its tonic properties. It promotes a good general state of form. Do not panic, you arent going to sneeze if you use the right diffusion synergy. The essential oil of black pepper brings a woody and slightly spicy touch to any good mixture.

Peppermint to refresh your mind!

Peppermint is an indispensable tool when it comes to fatigue. Indeed, this essential oil has enough virtues to help you start the day. It is effective against hangovers, and the day after party for example and will also help you to overcome your headache. In addition, menthol found in Peppermint essential oil helps stimulate the heart muscle and increases alertness and concentration!

It is especially handy if you have trouble waking up with your aromatherapy wake up. The smell alone will make your nostrils quiver and naturally trigger a waking cycle. It is a powerful essential oil that has many benefits, including being a pest control.

Fragrances for the morning!

One of the best fragrances to wake up is eucalyptus essential oil, but contrary to a popular belief, ginger does not act only as an aphrodisiac. It is important to know that the essential oil of Ginger is a very good tonic and it has the faculty to stimulate the nervous system. This will allow you to be fully energized in the morning. This essential oil brings to the synergy a fresh and lemony scent; that is ideal to wake up in joy and in a bright mood.