Insomnia And Aromatherapy
Insomnia is such a common problem! Aromatherapy and essential oils can definitely help and support you on all levels. It is very important to understand and know the source that is causing your insomnia.
What is causing it?
There are numerous reasons, here are a few examples:
~Stress which there can be many causes
~Inability to switch off your mind which can be caused by over stimulation
As an aromatherapist I will focus on essential oils and methods of application that have been and still are very supportive for me on a personal level and for my clients. Firstly here is a list of some essential oils that assist in relaxation, calming a racing mind and insomnia.
Frankincense, Sandalwood, Clary Sage, Sweet Marjoram, Geranium, Patchouli, Lemon, Mandarin, Bergamot, Sweet Orange, Neroli, Rose, German Chamomile, Lavender, Ylang Ylang and Vetiver.
Please keep in mind that each of us is individuals and we may respond better to different essential oils/blends. Also some of these essential oils may be contra-indicated to those that have severe depression and feel that they want to sleep all of the time.
There are many essential oils to choose from. Some essential oils that can also be incorporated here are ~ Basil, Cypress, Juniper, Grapefruit, Tea Tree and Peppermint. These oils are strengthening to the mind and nervous system. they are also stimulating essential oils which can give you energy to support you through your day.
It is very important that you seek the advice of a fully qualified practitioner to receive the most appropriate treatment.
Aromatherapy and essentials oils can work extremely well with Eastern or Western herbs and it is very important to have someone that you can talk to, for this will help to release any pent up feelings and emotions.
Methods of applications that can be incorporated in to your life to support and improve your health and well-being.
~Inhalations are very effective and fast acting as they are a direct link to your brain.
~Anointing a blend or single oil on to the in step of your foot can be done morning and evening. I find 3 drops is sufficient.
~Regular massage will always be beneficial, start weekly and drop down to monthly for maintenance.
~Foot baths are wonderful and of course full body baths and you only want to sit in them for no more than 15 minutes otherwise you may not achieve your desired result.
~Room and body sprays are wonderful and one of my most used applications.
It is important to consult with your aromatherapy practitioner to ensure you have no contra-indications to any of the essential oils!
Tips~ where ever you sleep, make sure your space is conducive to supporting you.
For example: having a comfortable mattress and pillow, sheets that feel beautiful and soft on your skin. The weight of your bed covers, some like heavy covers, some prefer light covers.
Do you prefer a dark room, so that no light enters? Create a beautiful safe space, one that when you enter you feel so comfortable in that you will instantly begin to feel relaxed and nurtured. You may like soft music, soft lighting and fragrance to begin with. Whatever appeals to you is what you should do!
If you have any questions you can contact me via email: Julie@aromatiqueessentials.com.au or visit my website and subscribe to my newsletter to receive tips, recipes for the oil burner and articles on specific conditions http://www.aromatiqueessentials.com.au