Sunday, October 13, 2013

Scents for Slumber


Scent has the ability to gently and powerfully induce a sense of peace and tranquility, easing the busy mind from accumulated thought, and sedating the body into a blissful slumber. 
            
Essential oils are powerful aromatic essences that are derived from the process of distillation or CO2 extraction.  Comprised of often over 200 molecules, many are therapeutically healing, with properties specific to each individual essential oil. 
            
The most popular relaxing oil is Lavandula x hybrida super or Lavandula angustifolia, commonly known as Lavender. Truly sedating to the nervous system, lavender can be safely used by adults and children alike to relax and induce a state of calmness. Chamomile nobilis, or Roman Chamomile is historically used for inducing deep relaxation and restful sleep. Mandarin, or Citrus reticulata peel, will promote peace as its frangrent citrus aroma seeps into the skin. Gentle, even for baby when blended with Lavender in a massage oil base, will soothe baby, ease colic and promote restful sleep. 
            
A hint of Eucalyptus citriodoria (lemon eucalyptus) wins the battle for those hard to fall asleep types. Just a drop or two in a teaspoon of vegetable oil applied to the inner arm, solar plexus and soles of the feet will bring down any high paced individual to a restful state. 
            
For optimal use of these oils, diffuse into the air thirty minutes prior to bed, have a hot bath with epsom salts, dry skin, then apply two to three drops of each oil in 30 ml of organic vegetable oil such as sunflower, and massage onto body. Tuck yourself into bed and sleep the night! 

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