Do you suffer from poor sleep? Do you fall asleep easily but wake up unexpectedly in the middle of the night, unable to get back to sleep? Or perhaps you get into bed at your normal hour, and then toss and turn restlessly for hours. In any case, insomnia sucks. In both situations, essential oils, herbs and certain supplements and habit changes can help. Really. I know you want to reach for the Tylenol PM (or stronger) but please, don’t. It will only make your problem worse. Trust me.
Essential Oils (these are all available through Young Living). Join as a member to get wholesale pricing.
- Lavender: best used in a diffuser or topically on the bottom of the feet. Apply 2-3 drops on each foot, right under the base of the second toe in the indentation next to the ball of the foot.
- Goldenrod: especially useful in instances when the insomnia is coupled with feelings of helplessness, fear or loneliness.
- Orange: when stress or anxiety or racing thoughts dominate in the evening, diffuse Orange by your bedside.
- Rutavala Roll On: contains Lavender, Valerian, Ruta (“rue”).
- Peace & Calming blend: contains Tangerine, Orange, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, Blue Tansy. A long-time Young Living best-seller, Peace & Calming smells wonderful and can be used in all instances of restlessness and anxiety, not just for insomnia.
- Surrender: Lavender, Lemon, Roman Chamomile, Spruce, Angelica, German Chamomile, Mountain Savory
- Hope: Melissa, Juniper, Myrrh, Spruce. Useful in instances where your sleeplessness is caused by depression and a sense of being overwhelmed by life.
- Humility: Coriander, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, Geranium, Melissa, Frankincense, Myrrh, Spikenard, Neroli, Rose.
Young Living Supplements
Immupro: This chewable supplement contains melatonin to aid in sleeplessness, and also contains reishi, maitake and Agaricus blazei mushrooms contain some of the highest sources of immune supporting polysaccharides. Wolfberries, found in Ning Xia Red, not only support a healthy immune system but provide a high level of antioxidants and essential vitamins and minerals.
Megacal: a cal/mag supplement that can relax the musculature and promote relaxation. I often recommend a magnesium supplement before bed to my insomnia patients, and this is one of the best ones out there.
No electronics for 2 hours before bed. This means television, too. Seriously. Turn off the electronics.
Wake up and go to bed at the exact same time each night and morning. No matter HOW hard it is, do NOT sleep in when you have a bad night’s sleep. And no naps, not even a cat nap.
No caffeine after 12 noon.
Exercise vigorously 3-5 times a week. Yoga is superb for many of us.
Decrease the amount of processed foods in your diet; better yet, eliminate them!
Focus on getting a lot of water in the earlier part of the day, so at night you just need to sip water before bed.
Turmeric milk, also known as “golden milk”. This helps with joint inflammation, and also helps restless sleep.
Time-release melatonin if you tend to awaken in the middle of the night.
Read and apply Say Goodnight to Insomnia by Gregg. This is an excellent book, but must be followed to the T in order to be effective. And it can be hard to do. But I have achieved excellent results with clients who use this book along with my other suggestions.
Insomnia is not the death sentence it feels like. You CAN fix this problem. But as with many chronic problems, you often need a multi-pronged approach. Please, do not resort to OTC sleep aids or prescriptions. They worsen the problem in the long run and you don’t achieve deep sleep with them anyways.
Good luck. And if you do want to order essential oils wholesale, I trust Young Living and therefore became a distributor. Just contact me and we’ll get you all set up with your first order.