How to Use Essential Oils for Better Sleep?
Poor sleep, interrupted sleep, deep insomnia, light sleep, can’t fall asleep. These issues of poor sleep are an epidemic and not to be taken lightly. Essential oils for better sleep is a no-brainer and I’ll explain more below.
As an acupuncturist, I have treated hundreds of patients over the past nearly 20 years who complain of poor sleep as a “secondary” issue, or insomnia as a primary issue. As I’ve mentioned in the past, when it comes to TCM, Traditional Chinese Medicine practices, we do not treat every patient or symptom the same. We always have to dig a little deeper to discover what the underlying cause and imbalance is to ensure we are treating a person from a holistic viewpoint.
“Treat the person, not just the symptom”
So, whether due to stress, digestive issues, menopause, poor sleep hygiene, eating late, or too much alcohol at night, poor sleep ia a big problem in this country of ours. Insomnia is at an all-time high, and the price can be devastating to your health. The good news is, there are several essential oils to support a good night’s sleep.
Some common essential oils that support sleep are:
- Roman Chamomile
I also love the doTERRA blends Serenity and Balance, both of which support a restful night’s sleep. You can mix and match these oils in a diffuser at bedtime, or make a spray for your pillow and linens, or even your child’s stuffed animals.
If there are issues with congestion, breathing, sinus issues etc., I highly recommend adding oils to support opening up your nasal and sinus pathways, such as Breathe blend from doTERRA. Essential oils for better sleep just makes sense!
There are also a couple of common acupuncture points you can choose to use the oils on that will support a restful night’s sleep.
The first one is called AnMian (it’s an extra point, meaning not on a primary acupuncture meridian that is translated as “peaceful sleep”) I recommend lavender here for it mind calming effect. We humans tend to have a lot on our minds these days.
Also consider HT 7 (medial aspect – pinky side, of the wrist crease– when sleep is due to feelings of anxiousness. For this, I would probably choose cedarwood or sandalwood for its ability to gather and center qi which tends to get scattered with Heart qi imbalances such as when you’re feeling a sense of anxiety. This point will soothe those anxious feelings. (These essential oils for better sleep work great — flower oils such as Neroli and Ylang Ylang would also be lovely here as well).
KI 1 – located at the center of the bottom of the foot, when insomnia is due to hormonal imbalance, specifically menopause. Vetiver is great on this point. Has a very energetically descending quality, to support grounding, menopausal symptoms, and quieting the mind and feelings of anxiety.
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