The Healthy Way to Sleep Soundly
Better Sleep for Better Health
Have you ever spent a night tossing and turning, while your mind raced with thoughts of how you would tackle everything the next day would bring? Sometimes if feels impossible to get a good night’s sleep. Thankfully, there’s a special blend of high quality essential oils that can help quiet your mind and promote deep sleep and overall relaxation. Try it tonight and you’ll want to thank me in the morning!
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is another natural sleep aid. Long promoted for its effects on feelings of well-being, lavender flowers were commonly placed under pillows to help promote sleep. The very scent of lavender is calming, so much so that one study in the Journal of Research in Pharmacy Practice found it helpful in relieving the anxiety of patients in dental offices. Scientific studies suggest that lavender oil works to relieve anxiety and as a mild sedative, increasing deep sleep. People who use lavender also experience more energy and alertness in the morning.
Mandarin (Citrus reticulata) is traditionally used to help settle the nervous system and induce sleep. The dried peel, or zest, of mandarin has been recorded in the Chinese Pharmacopoeia, which describes most Chinese and Western medicines and preparations. Mandarin owes its name to the Chinese Mandarins who traditionally received this fruit as a gift. It is a close relative of the tangerine. Mandarin peel is widely used to fight stress because of its exceptional soothing and calming effects. Scientists believe that the compounds in mandarin peel, including limonene, work synergistically to promote relaxation and sleep.
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Ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora), a rainforest tree with very fragrant leaves, bark, and nuts, has long been used as an all-around health tonic in Madagascar. I recommend ravintsara leaf oil because of its powerful effects for relieving insomnia, reducing depression, and alleviating nervous tension. As a traditional remedy, ravintsara is remarkable for its efficacy and healing potential.
You might be asking yourself, “what about valerian?” Valerian is a well-known herbal sleep aid, used alone or in combination with other natural compounds. I believe that some people do sleep better with valerian, but for others, valerian is a stimulant. For this reason, it’s not the first herb I recommend for sleep. I believe the herbs I’ve recommended here will work effectively for everyone.
The Wonders of a Good Night’s Sleep
It’s truly amazing what sleep can do for you. It helps us be happier and more productive. Science is finding that sleep is even more important than we thought. According to a study funded by the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, our brains may use sleep to flush out toxic molecules (like beta-amyloid that’s associated with Alzheimer’s disease) that can build up during the day. We know that our brains get smaller as we grow older, leading to cognitive decline. Research shows that getting too little sleep could affect how fast our brains shrink, particularly after we reach age sixty.
I’ve always believed that sleep was incredibly important to our health. Thankfully, when our busy lives get in the way, natural sleep aids like lemon balm, lavender, mandarin, and ravintsara, can help all of us enjoy more restful, sound sleep.
I recommend taking lemon balm, lavender, mandarin, and ravintsara to help fall asleep gently and wake up refreshed.
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