Hard work, stress, problems in family life affect the nervous system, and, first of all, affect the quality of sleep. A strong, healthy sleep lasting 7-8 hours a day is a pledge of good mood for the next day. The night spent in painful meditations and vain attempts to sleep, can not pass for the body without a trace. And if insomnia is a chronic problem that plagues a person daily, then his life becomes dull and sad.
In the fight against insomnia, all means are good, and everyone chooses for themselves what suits him best. Of course, it is better to visit a neurologist to diagnose nervous system diseases, as a possible reason for sleep disorders. He will find out if there are any specific diseases that do not allow a person to fully sleep, and will give recommendations for treatment. If insomnia occurs due to overstrain of the nervous system and increased emotionality, the doctor prescribes various sedatives or hypnotics. For those people who are not inclined to take medicines in cases when they do not have a vital need, but at the same time suffer from insomnia, aromatherapy comes to the rescue.
Rules for the use of essential oils
The use of essential oils in sleep disorders is a rather ancient method of alternative therapy. However, aromatherapy is a real science, and essential oils are complex substances, therefore there are certain rules for their application.
Each person individually perceives the aromas of essential oils, so there are no clear fixed combinations that suit absolutely everything. Anyone can choose for himself the perfect combination by experiment.
If the combination of oils is unpleasant to you – you should not tolerate this only because you have read this recipe on the Internet or heard good reviews about it.
Do not experiment with new essential oils at night. There is a chance that instead of a sound sleep, there will not be any.
Do not combine more than 5 essential oils at the same time.
The optimal amount of essential oils in a single mixture is 3-4.
If you experience any discomfort or signs of allergies: skin rash, watery eyes, coughing, sneezing and discharge from the nose – stop the aromatherapy immediately, take an antiallergic remedy and ventilate the room well.
Essential oils are contraindicated in children under 3 years old, pregnant women, people with severe diseases of the nervous system (epilepsy, neoplasms of the brain) or mental illnesses, suffering from respiratory system diseases (chronic bronchitis or bronchial asthma).
How can you carry out aromatherapy
Ways of using essential oils for insomnia are different. Everyone can choose for themselves the one that will best help him relax and plunge into a sound sleep.
Application of the aroma lamp.
It can be purchased at special stores or a pharmacy. Thanks to the slow evaporation of the oils, the room will be filled with a fragrant fragrance that will create a feeling of comfort, coziness and give a feeling of complete safety and tranquility.
Application of essential oils to various materials.
If you do not have an aroma lamp or you are not sure that you are ready to spend money on it, you can apply a mixture of oils on a napkin or a piece of cloth and put it near the bed. The most ideal option is to place them on a battery, then the rate of their evaporation will be greater.
These are special bottles in which you can drip a few drops of one or a mixture of essential oils and hang it next to the bed, or wear around your neck, inhaling their magical fragrance.
Bathroom with aromatic oils.
This is one of the most pleasant ways of aromatherapy and it is great for people who have an opportunity to relax in the bathroom in the evening. For this, the oil can be dripped directly into the water, or diluted in a base cosmetic oil (olive, peach, jojoba) and add this mixture to the bathroom. In this case, the effect will be double, both for the skin and for calming the nervous system.
Massage with aromatic oils.
The main principle of essential oils: in no case can they be applied directly to the skin, as this is fraught with a burn. These are highly concentrated substances, so they are not suitable for direct application. It is best to take one or more cosmetic oils (peach, grape seed, jojoba, almond, etc.) and enrich them with a combination of essential oils. After cooking, you can proceed to massage using this mixture. Massage can be done by yourself, involve someone from home (optimally, if it’s a spouse) or a specialist.
What essential oils are suitable for insomnia
Sleep disorders are different, and for each case, certain essential oils are more effective.
In order to relax after a long and hard working day and calm the nervous system, vanilla essential oil, juniper, ylang-ylang, muscatia sage will do.
If there are problems with falling asleep, and during the night a deep and prolonged sleep, you can try using aromatic oils of citrus fruits (mandarin orange, lemon, grapefruit), myrrh, cedar, cypress.
If there are no problems with falling asleep, however during the night you repeatedly wake up and can not fall asleep, then the ideal solution will be essential oils of incense, lavender, chamomile, neroli.
If insomnia hurts for a long time, it can be one of the symptoms of a serious illness, for which a doctor and medicines are needed. Be sure to consult a specialist.
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