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The Surprising Effects of Aromatherapy for Sleep

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The Surprising Effects of Aromatherapy for Sleep

The Surprising Effects of Aromatherapy for Sleep

“You smell is like a secret language, speaking directly to my heart” - Anonymous


Imagine you come home after a daunting work day to a good smell and a made up bed. Isn’t that something that’s extremely luring and comforting at the same time? There is something about the smell, the sweet fragrance that calms our mind and soothes our body. Ayurveda considers aromatherapy to be an epitome of cure for the mind and body. The impact of aromatherapy has been studied extensively and been shown to improve mood and decrease stress. But before you add the aroma oil to your cart, let me convince you, why it’s a miracle oil? Of course, we are going to learn facts. 


Smell and sleep tend to have a bidirectional effect. What do I mean by that? They tend to have an effect on each other and influence each other. Early ayurvedic medicine is based on the concept of 5 elements: air, water, earth, fire and space. And a combination of these elements may give rise to doshas. These doshas were believed to be physical, mental and emotional characteristics of a person. So, where does aromatherapy come? The aromatherapy were believed to address these doshas and bring homeostasis by resolving these doshas. There are various specific essential oils which are aimed to address specific doshas such as lavender essential oils. 


The smell of lavender has time and again studied extensively to provide a sense of balance, calmness, relieve stress and improve sleep. Fun fact: Queen Elizabeth loved to use the lavender essential oil in her perfume and added in her tea for its flavour. These lavenders belong to a mint family, which was in early times used in world war I as an antiseptic. It’s a power packed oil beneficial for beauty and also, medicinal purposes. 


 


Where does it come from? The healing beauty lavender flowers originate from the so called ‘Paradise on Earth’, i.e., Kashmir. The home to beautiful Himalayan lavenders. These flowers contain sleep enhancing sedative properties that directly affect the central nervous system through the olfactory (smell) pathway. Essential oils are used in various forms like as, inhalers, topical applications, diffusers, bathing salts, facial steamers and compressors. 


How to add them to your routine? 


  1. You can add a few drops in your bucket and make it as part of your night shower routine. It’s good for your skin, body and mind. In addition, an antiseptic. Doing it as part of your nighttime routine would relieve stress, pain and calm your mind in turn inducing sleep. 

  2. You can use it as a bed side diffuser and add few drops to it and place a candle underneath. This would spread the aroma around your room and serves as a great addition to your bedtime routine. This would also help you have a sound sleep. 

  3. If you feel stressed and agitated, you can add few drops to your handkerchief and keep smelling them throughout the day or you can take few drops rub them on pressure points like inside of your wrists, inner elbows, below your belly button, behind your earlobes and the back of your knees. 

  4. Finally, you can add a few drops to your body lotions when applying on your hands and legs. This can also be a great way to let the fragrance stay around you. 


Hope this article helped you learn more about aromatherapy and check out our product in our website and remember to add them to your cart.

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References 

Fismer, K. L., & Pilkington, K. (2012). Lavender and sleep: A systematic review of the evidence. European Journal of Integrative Medicine, 4(4), e436-e447.

Her J, Cho MK. Effect of aromatherapy on sleep quality of adults and elderly people: A systematic literature review and meta-analysis. Complement Ther Med. 2021 Aug;60:102739. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2021.102739. Epub 2021 Jun 21. PMID: 34166869.

Koulivand PH, Khaleghi Ghadiri M, Gorji A. Lavender and the nervous system. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013;2013:681304. doi: 10.1155/2013/681304. Epub 2013 Mar 14. PMID: 23573142; PMCID: PMC3612440.

Song X, Peng J, Jiang W, Ye M, Jiang L. Effects of aromatherapy on sleep disorders: A protocol for systematic review and meta-analysis. Medicine (Baltimore). 2021 Apr 30;100(17):e25727. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000025727. PMID: 33907165; PMCID: PMC8084014.

Tags: Aromatherapy , lavender , sleep

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