Sleep is something that some people take very seriously and others say “You can sleep when you’re dead” and don’t bother with it.
The CDC says that young adults and adults need 7+ hours, teens need 8-10, and young school aged children need 9+ hours of sleep for optimal health.
Although I don’t always fully agree with what the CDC says, this one I do. Sleep has an integral role with your immune function, mood, memory, metabolism and more. So if you aren’t getting optimal quality or quantity sleep, you aren’t getting optimal function of these systems.
There are various ways we can promote better sleep. By turning off electronics a couple hours before bed, wearing blue-blocker type glasses to allow our brains to start to relax and realize it’s night time, regular chiropractic care, a consistent bedtime routine and more. Another technique that has supported our family’s sleep is using essential oils. Here are a few recipes for you to try.
Remember, when using essential oils, not all oils are created equally, so look for the CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade) standard to show it’s been tested by a 3rd party and is pure and potent and ask for support and guidance when needed.
3 ways to use oils for sleep
Aromatically – add 2-3 drops of Lavender, Serenity or other oil of choice to diffuser starting 30 minutes before bed and as you get ready. Or simply add 1-2 drops in the palm of your hand, cup them in front of your nose and inhale for a few deep breaths then rub on your pillow.
Topically – rub 1-2 drops of Lavender or Serenity or other essential oil of choice in your hand and to the back of your neck, wrists and feet. A good rule of thumb is to also add 1-2 drops of carrier oil (fractionated coconut oil is my favorite) if you have sensitive skin or are new to essential oils (more carrier oil for kids).
Internally – Add 2-3 drops of Lavender, Copaiba and Marjoram to a veggie capsule at home and take with water. For children, someone with chronic disease or the elderly, start slowly and use less drops.
These recipes support calming the body and brain and promote a peaceful sleep.
For more support with your sleep please contact Dr. Brigitte Rossi, essential oil specialist and she will be happy to guide you along your path so you may not only improve your sleep, but your quality of life and health.