My Favorite Essential Oils for Sleep

Are you looking for a natural sleep aid? In addition to numerous other health benefits, essential oils provide calming, soothing and stabilizing effects to your body that will help you to get all of the sleep that you need!

 

Clary Sage

The linalool and linalyl acetate in Clary Sage will provide feelings of calmness after a long day. In the Middle Ages, Clary Sage was used to soothe the skin.

This essential oil smells alluring and intoxicating. When I open a bottle of Clary Sage, I feel like I am being transported to a world of captivating beauty, similar to the world created by Monet, in his painting, “The Artist’s Garden at Giverny.” After diffusing Clary Sage in the living room, I discovered that it puts me into a sleepy trance!

 

Vetiver

Vetiver contains isovalencenol and khusimol which help to stabilize emotions. With its slightly sweet and enticing herbal scent, this thick essential oil is often used in perfumes. Tranquility in a bottle!

 

Cedarwood

Cedarwood contains cedrol and alpha-Cedrene which provide soothing benefits. Cedrol will also help to stabilize your mood. You can find Cedarwood in the biblical books of Leviticus and Numbers.

When I open a bottle of Cedarwood, it’s easy to imagine that I am under the stars and tall Red Cedar trees. The woody scent provides feelings of peace.

 

Ylang Ylang

Ylang Ylang contains carophyllene and germacrene-d which is a soothing chemical combination. Ylang Ylang has been used in perfumes (it has been called “The Perfume Tree”), weddings and religious ceremonies for centuries.

The floral scent of Ylang Ylang is sweet and uplifting. One whiff of it makes me feel happier and more relaxed. Ylang Ylang is like a healing balm for crazy emotions!

 

What are your favorite natural sleep aids?

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Frankincense is King

And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. Matthew 2:11

As a child, I knew that frankincense was given to baby Jesus, but I didn’t know what it was. I didn’t really give it a second thought until I received my first box of essential oils in the mail. I was really excited to break open each bottle. When I picked up the frankincense, I thought, “This one was given to baby Jesus. It will smell good for sure!”

Unfortunately, it didn’t really smell that good to me. In fact, it smelled kind of odd to me.

A few weeks later, I put the bottle away. I was in my first trimester of pregnancy and many smells made me really nauseous.

After a few months, when the nausea went away, I decided to give the oils another shot. One person advised me to put two drops of frankincense into my facial moisturizer. So I did. Wow! If the skin on my face could talk, it would’ve said, “What was that?! That felt amazing!” I also used coconut oil and frankincense on my baby when he had irritated, oozing skin around his ears. It worked like a charm. I also discovered that frankincense combined with lavender, melaleuca and coconut oil made an effective “Owie Spray” that smelled like fresh flowers.

I now know why frankincense was given to baby Jesus and why it is called “The King of Oils.” I encourage you to go on PubMed and read about all the new research being done on frankincense. It is a powerful, yet gentle oil that rejuvenates the skin and helps to lessen skin imperfections. Also, two drops under the tongue or on the roof of your mouth will support your immune, nervous and digestive systems (please note that oral and internal use is not recommended with every essential oil brand).

Looking for a natural health and beauty boost? Try the King of Oils! As always, for the sake of your health, choose pure essential oils of the highest quality.

DIY: Foaming Hand Soap

In a previous article entitled “Toxic House,” (click here to see the article) I wrote about the harmful chemicals that are lurking in our homes. My family has been using safer, eco-friendlier products since 2012. To save money this past year, I started to make some of my own products. Here is a very easy recipe for foaming hand soap!

Here’s what you need:

  • Soap Dispenser with Foaming Pump 250 mL/8.5 oz
  • Castile soap: 2 tablespoons
  • Vegetable glycerin or olive oil: 3 generous splashes (optional)
  • Essential oils: 5 drops (optional)
  • Water

Here’s where you get:

  • Soap Dispenser with Foaming Pump 250 mL/8.5 oz: Amazon
  • Castile soap: Thrive Market (click here to see my article that includes Thrive Market)
  • Vegetable glycerin or olive oil: Thrive Market
  • Essential oils: Contact me for the highest quality oils.
  • Water: Use filtered water if desired (click here to see my article that includes the Berkey filter)

I used to buy body care and supplements on Amazon, but I don’t do that anymore because I can’t be sure that I am getting what I am paying for. I ended up in the hospital with a bad allergic reaction and I think it was due to tainted products that I bought on Amazon.

Here’s what you do: 

Pour the castile soap, vegetable glycerin and essential oils into your dispenser. Fill the rest of the bottle with water, but do not fill it to the top because you need room for the pump. Shake the ingredients. You’re done!

The vegetable glycerin is optional, but I have found that the soap dries out my skin without it. You can use olive oil, but if you do, be aware that the soap dispenser will have a very noticeable yellow substance floating around inside of it. Also, if you use a plastic soap dispenser with essential oils, please note that the essential oils might degrade the plastic over time. If you are using essential oils for your soap, I recommend ylang ylang or geranium. Ylang ylang contains beta-caryophyllene which is soothing for the skin and geranium contains citronellol which is also good for the skin. Many people also love lavender which contains linalyl acetate and linalool. These chemical compounds provide a calming aroma.

Do you make your own hand soap? What ingredients do you use?

 

More Water, Better Water

Feeling thirsty? Instead of choosing sugary drinks that raise your blood sugar and sabotage weight loss efforts, reach for water! Here are a few tips about water.

Drink high-quality water. Tap water contains pharmaceutical residue, heavy metals and other contaminants that wreak havoc on your gut. For water purification, I highly recommend the Berkey filter. The main filters in the Berkey can last up to 15 years and the fluoride filters can last up to two years. The water from this high-performing filter tastes wonderful!

Don’t drink from plastic water bottles. I have read that water from store-bought plastic bottles are sometimes more contaminated than tap water because the water is not properly purified or regulated. Furthermore, if the plastic was sitting out in a hot warehouse or in the hot sun, the heat might have compromised the plastic and the plastic might be leaching into the water. This is a health hazard! Instead of buying water from the store, I filter my water and use Klean Kanteen water bottles.

Drink more water. I have seen conflicting research on the daily recommended intake of water. Therefore, instead of worrying too much about meeting a “water quota” everyday, just try to drink as much as you can. Try to choose water instead of any other drink.

If you don’t like the taste of water, add something to it. You can add some organic lemon to your water. Just make sure that you rinse your mouth after ingesting lemon because it can damage your teeth. You can also put a drop of lemon essential oil into your water. If the essential oil has been extracted from the lemon’s rind, you don’t have to rinse out your mouth as the rind will not erode your teeth. Lemon essential oil is great for cleansing the body! Please ensure that the essential oil that you use is pure as ingesting an essential oil that is not pure can be dangerous for your health.

Contact me if you are looking for pure essential oils!

Why I Love Essential Oils

In 2012, I read the book, “Healthy Child Healthy World: Creating a Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home” which motivated and empowered me to make some major changes in my life. This is where my passion for natural wellness started and it was this passion that led to my recent discovery of essential oils. I was a skeptic at first, but I later became a daily user of essential oils for five main reasons.

The history. Essential oils have been used by many cultures throughout history. I have read that they have been used in Egypt, Greece, Rome, Iran, India, China and France. Also, there are more than 300 verses in the Bible that reference essential oils!

Versatility. Essential oils can be used for health, beauty, personal care, cleaning and cooking. When I use frankincense on my face, not only does it nourish and soothe my skin, it also promotes feelings of relaxation. When I use melaleuca to clean the bathroom, not only does it remove dirt and soap scum from the bathroom, it also purifies the air.

Beauty. When I switched to non-toxic skin care, I tried three new brands. The first brand caused irritation to my skin. The second brand was not effective. The third brand was very effective, but it was very expensive. In comparison, skin care with pure essential oils is nourishing to the skin, extraordinarily effective and affordable.

The aroma. I never used to appreciate perfume or scented candles very much. Admittedly, I don’t love the smell of all of the essential oils and I avoided all of them while I had severe morning sickness. However, after my morning sickness passed, I gave the oils another chance. It took awhile, but after I began to add oils into my daily routine, I started to love and savor the aroma of these precious plant oils. The last oil that I tried was clary sage. When I open up a bottle of clary sage, I feel like I am being transported to a world of captivating beauty, similar to the world created by Monet, in his painting, “The Artist’s Garden at Giverny.” To me, clary sage smells alluring and intoxicating. Please note that everyone’s body chemistry is different and that your response to a particular oil might not be the same as mine. For example, I don’t really appreciate the smell of lavender oil, but you might enjoy it as many others find that that the smell of lavender oil instantly promotes calming feelings.

Physical health, emotional health and the science of essential oils. If you look on PubMed, you will find numerous articles related to essential oils and their amazing health benefits. I encourage you to take a peek at some of the current research and ongoing clinical trials with essential oils. I bet you didn’t know that these oils are slowly being integrated into hospitals across the U.S.! Each time you open up a bottle of a pure essential oil, you are potentially improving your overall wellness. There is an essential oil for almost every ailment and problem!

It took me about two years to give essential oils a chance. Have you tried them yet? If not, I hope that you don’t wait two years like I did. Contact me if you want to learn more!