Aromatherapy to aid sleep
Unfortunately many of us will at some point in our lives experience insomnia or at least difficulties with our sleep patterns and/or getting to sleep. With the demands and stresses of modern living it’s no wonder our bodies become tense and our minds overload. An overactive mind and a tense body is not an ideal formula for a restful nights sleep.
As an Aromatherapist, Actress and Mum, like so many others, I don’t always finish my to do list or drag myself away from a screen early enough of an evening.
If you know you suffer with sleeping difficulties at stressful times in your life then a bedtime routine is as important for you as it is a young child.
Of course Essential oils (EO’s) play a huge part in my routine and I would like to share with you a few sleepy tips;
My absolute favourite ‘sweet-dreams blend’ is a combination of Roman Chamomile, True Lavender and Orange which can be used either as a bath or massage oil.
Lavender and Roman Chamomile are perfect bedtime partners as they’re both naturally high in Esters which help us to relax. Both calm the heart and mind, alleviating any nervous energy or anxiety.
I always introduce my clients to Orange as ‘the oil of happiness’, its sweet, sunny aroma transports us to an almost childlike, nurtured state.
So, how do we apply this sleepy blend?
- – The simplest quickest way would be 3 individual drops of the blend on a tissue under your pillow or even better, via a diffuser.
- – Add the blend to a base oil such as Sweet Almond and massage your wrists, temples and back of neck.
- – If time is not an object, then how about an Aromatherapy bath? Add up to 10 drops of essential oils to your bath water just before you submerge, making sure the door is closed to get maximum effect from steam inhalation.
- Remember less is more in Aromatherapy, don’t over do the aroma.
EO’s are highly concentrated plant extracts but even natural products can be a skin irritant so never use them undiluted. For massage, mix EO’s in a base oil such as Almond or for the bath mix into a base product like bath or shower gel. If you don’t have a dispersant, simply mix into a little milk.
The use of EO’s through massage or bathing is nothing new, Hippocrates noted way back in 500 BC that ‘the way to health was to have an aromatic bath and scented massage every day!’
With modern life as hectic as it is, of course this isn’t realistic but we do have to start somewhere. You never know, an aromatic bath or scented massage might just give you that restful undisturbed nights sleep your body and mind have been crying out for.