Do you recall a time when you got a lousy night of sleep?

I don’t have to tell you how you felt the next day, do I? Imagine not getting a good night sleep night after night.

Did you know?

That sleep deprivation can dumb you down, on top of other serious health problems.

Before you reach for your Ambien try some of this natural alternatives first:

Valerian oil:

Valerian root pills are one of the most common herbal sleep aids used today. It acts as a sedative. It’s used not only to improve your sleep quality, it’s beneficial for overall mental health.

I remember growing up my grandmother used Valerian root regularly and I really liked it’s smell.

How to use it: Apply to the bottom of your feet before bed, you can mix it with a carrier oil, such as almond oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, and massage it into your feet. If you use diffuser put couple of drops in your diffuser

Lavender oil:

We’ve all heard of the health benefits of lavender, it’s been used for pain relief, respiratory complications, and sleep aid. It has calming and soothing properties.

How to use it:  If you love your nightly bath then few drops of lavender oil in your bath water would help you sleeping like a baby (not sure where this saying came from, don’t babies wake up every couple of hours?). Before bed put a drop or two on your wrists or on your temples.

Bergamot oil:

Studies have shown that Bergamot oil has stress reducing and calming qualities. It may help slow down your heart rate and blood pressure.

How to use it: Same as above suggestions, use it in your diffuser, mix it with a carrier oil and put on your wrists or bottom of your feet.

Frankincense oil:

I’m sure you’ve all heard of Frankincense oil and it’s many health benefits, from anxiety and depression, pain and insomnia.

How to use it: You can use it as a stand alone oil or combine with other oils. Be creative and create your own scent.

There are several other oils that help with sleep such as Marjoram, Roman Chamomile, Hawaiian Sandalwood, and many more.

Not every essential oil created equal. This is not the place to look for cheap.

I found this great article on how to choose an essential oil , me personally, I get my essential oils from South of France, I have been at their manufacturing facility and it’s surrounded by lavender fields. Next time you come by the office try some of them and maybe take one home with you.

About the author 

Ani Papazyan

Ani is a pain relief specialist and an educator. She utilizes advanced pain relief manual therapy techniques, functional nutrition, genetics, and education to help people overcome pain and do what they love.

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