Aromatherapy and Insomnia, by Joe Alexander, owner and Chief Nestologist at Nest Bedding and www.NestBedding.com
The primary purpose of aromatherapy is to produce an odor that induces an affect on the human body. Human senses in the body and smells work on a subconscious level. Smell can affect the way that human beings react. Different smells can stimulate the brain and evoke feelings that are then associated with that smell. Aromatherapy is used for mental and emotional well being. So the oils of aromatherapy are then used to stimulate or relax the person as needed.
Aromatherapy oils come in Chamomile, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Neroli, Ylang-ylang, and Marjoram.
There are a few different ways that you can enjoy the smells of aromatherapy such as putting a few drops in your bath water, the oils can be used for massage, or you can even sprinkle a few drops on your pillow at night. Chamomile is a bit more versatile as you can drink it in the form of tea or use the oils in something similar to an incense burner. If you look into aromatherapy for the sole purpose of insomnia there will be actual recipes that you can make yourself that act very well for insomnia. One in particular is a mixture of two drops of Jasmine, three drops of Jasmine, four drops of Lavender, and six drops of Spikenard. This can be used in a nebulizer or you can place drops of it surrounding your bed. Just make sure that it is in a place that you will be able to smell it best. This mixture can also be used for a massage.
Aromatherapy candles are also available in the various scents that are mentioned above, they are a great added touch but likely do not release enough fumes to assist in combating something as tough as insomnia. Aromatherapy is a natural way to fight insomnia and has been used for centuries, proving that it does work. In conjunction with aromatherapy, meditation and yoga work excellent as a way to free the negative energy from your body that is causing you to lose precious sleep. Besides helping with just insomnia it will lead you into a more healthy life in general.
Aromatherapy provides such a natural way to deal with insomnia, relaxation, anxiety, and many other non medical diagnoses. The aromatherapy oils come from natural plants, they are priced very reasonably, and they are available without a prescription almost anywhere. It does seem that the most popular aromatherapy oil used today is Lavender. Most people claim that they really appreciate this, not only because they can grow it in their own back yard but also because it works great for digestive related issues and as a very effective anti depressant. Further, it calms nerves, relaxes the body, and promotes sleep. In our store, we give out small satchels of organic lavender, just stop by and ask!
Sometimes the everyday stresses of life can build up in a person such as frustrations of work, family or marriage
problems, death or illness, so many different things. A combination of some of these aromatherapy oils can be literally magical in creating a harmonic balance, a sense of well being and relaxation, therefore promoting sleep.
Thank you, and rest well.