Sunday, December 14, 2008

Insomnia - How Simple Aromatherapy Can Help Banish Those Seemingly Endless Sleepless Nights

The main function of aromatherapy is to produce an odor which induces an effect on the body. Human senses such as olfaction - the sense of smell - work on subconscious, as well as physical levels.

Smell can affect the way human beings react to various stimuli, stressors and organisms on emotional and mental levels as well as affecting bodily processes and reactions. Various smells can stimulate the brain and evoke feelings which are then associated with that smell.

Aromatherapy is typically used for mental and emotional well-being in addition to being beneficial for many physical ailments and complaints. Using aromatherapy for relaxation and insomnia can be a very effective and natural way to help the mind and body relax so it can be rejuvenated with quality and restful sleep. Some of the aromatherapy essential oils we recommend for this purpose are Chamomile, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Neroli, Ylang-ylang, and Marjoram.

There are several ways you can enjoy the smells and therapeutic effects of aromatherapy including putting a few drops in your bath water, using oils in a massage, diffusing a blend with a cold-air essential oil diffuser, wearing as a perfume, or sprinkling a few drops on your pillow at night. If you research aromatherapy for its benefits of treating insomnia there will be many recipes you can easily make and which are very effective.

Aromatherapy candles are also available in various scents and are a great added touch but likely don't release enough odor molecules to help in battling something as stubborn as insomnia. Aromatherapy is a natural way to fight insomnia and has been used for centuries with great success.

In conjunction with aromatherapy, meditation and yoga work very well as ways to relax and center your mind and body - allowing you to release worries and stressors which may be causing you to lose precious sleep. In addition to helping insomnia these practices will help lead you into a more healthy lifestyle.

Here are several blends to try on those restless nights:

Insomnia- Nightmares Wake You

* Lavender 15 drops
* Roman Chamomile 5 drops
* Mandarin 10 drops

Insomnia- Noise Wakes You

* Lavender 10 drops
* Lemon 15 drops
* Vetiver 5 drops


* Vetiver 10 drops
* Clary Sage 10 drops
* Lemon 10 drops


* Marjoram 5 drops
* Lavender 15 drops
* Lemon 10 drops


* Chamomile Roman 10 drops
* Sandalwood 15 drops
* Lemon 5 drops


* Cistus 5 drops
* Lavender 15 drops


* Valerian 5 drops
* Lemon 10 drops
* Mandarin 10 drops

Prepare the blend of your choice and follow usage instructions below.

How to use:

* Add up to 10 drops of a blend in a warm bath
* Use in a Diffuser
* Add blend to 1 oz. Carrier Oil and use for massage
* Place 1-2 drops on a cotton ball and place under your pillow

Recipes are from the Fragrant Mind by Valerie Ann Worwood

Dee Braun is a Cert. Aromatherapist & Dr. of Reflexology who teaches Aromatherapy, Reflexology & Color/Crystal Therapy at
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