Did you know that 36% of our time is used for sleeping, 19% of our time doing general activities, and 16% at rest? So, what is happening during sleep that makes it important enough to take up 36% of our time?
Our sleep enhances our ability to process information, process our emotions, allows our bodies to remove waste products, replace energy reserves, rebuild our metabolism, develop our memories, while our brain regulates growth and repair of our bodies during the night.
Now that we know all about sleep and how important it is to get good quality sleep, we can use natural, pure, safe, relaxing Essential Oil aromas to help relax and calm our minds and bodies. Our body reaction to smell is well-studied and science has proven that aroma has a profound effect on our emotions and our moods.
For example, there is convincing evidence demonstrating that simply inhaling the aroma of an Essential Oil is effective for calming nervous or anxious feelings in a variety of settings. The smell receptors located on the upper surface of the nasal cavity make direct links with the limbic system of the brain, an area that governs the body’s emotional responses.
Intriguing new research has also helped us recognize that the benefits of AROMA extend far beyond just emotional regulation.
In addition to influencing the limbic region of the brain olfactory centers are also intricately linked with the hypothalamus, an area of the brain more familiarly nicknamed the “visceral control center” because it controls physiologic functions throughout the body. The hypothalamus exerts its powerful influence by interacting directly with the pituitary gland, or “master gland,” a small gland located in the brain.
The pituitary gland secretes hormones involved in the regulation of blood pressure, hunger and thirst signals, thyroid function, SLEEP cycles, production of sexual hormones, and MEMORY, among other things.
Because of the direct link of the olfactory system to this area of the brain, AROMA is capable of interacting directly with the hypothalamus, influencing neurochemistry throughout the body, and, in turn, potentiating POWERFUL health outcomes.
There are many acceptable ways to use Essential Oils for their AROMATiC properties. One method is to diffuse the oil into the air. Not only does diffusion make the oil accessible to the body, but research indicates that there are also air purification benefits when diffusing oils.
When diffusing oils, use of cold air or hydrodiffusion is best because burning or heating Essential Oils can alter their delicate chemistry. If a diffuser is not available, simply dropping Essential Oils into the palm of the hand and then cupping around the nose and breathing deeply is a convenient method for using Essential Oils at ANY time, in ANY situation.
Soothing and calming oils that can support and promote a restful night’s sleep through diffusion include: Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Roman Chamomile, Clary Sage, Wild Orange, Invigorating Blend, Vetiver, Geranium, Melissa, Sandalwood, Bergamot, and Rose.
QUESTION – WHICH OF THESE ESSENTIAL OIL SCENTS WOULD BE MOST SOOTHING AND CALMING TO YOU?