Lavender Oil: Using lavender oil for insomnia May 28 2014
Chances are, you have experienced a night of insomnia at some point in your life. The body’s natural circadian rhythm (also known as the internal clock) can easily become disrupted based on life’s constantly evolving nature. Insomnia is clinically defined as habitual sleeplessness and/or the inability to sleep, and can be both mild and periodic or more severe and chronic. Regardless of severity, the experience of insomnia can be utterly frustrating.
Lavender oil (lavandula angustifolia) has long been used to treat insomnia, induce relaxation, and has powerful properties that transpire on both emotional and physical levels. It impacts the nervous system to combat mental and physical tension to help the body create a relaxing sense of calm and assist in restful sleep.
How to use lavender oil to help relieve insomnia
Before bed, add 5-10 drops to a warm bath or shower. The heat and steam penetrate the skin and cells to absorb oil and circulate it throughout the body.
For an effective quick fix, rub a drop of this soothing oil on the base of the neck to immediately induce calm and relaxation.
Apply 1-2 drops to additional points on the body, such as the temples, inside of the wrists, between the toes, and in the armpits.
Room diffusers that produce a vapor mist are also an easy way to disperse lavender oil. Add 3-5 drops, sit back, and inhale.
You can also create your own vapor treatment by boiling a few cups of water and adding 3-5 drops of lavender oil. Place a towel over your head to keep the steam concentrated around your face, bend (carefully!) over the pot and slowly inhale.
When combined with massage, lavender oil can be extremely effective for relaxation. Add 3-5 drops to a teaspoon of unscented lotion and slowly rub into skin for a full body effect.
This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe, treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. As always, before you begin any sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with your physician, naturopath, or aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very empowering and effective in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own discretion; the medical community is there to help us when oils can't.
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