Essential Oils for Sleep

Essential oils for sleep, clam, meditation

How do essential oils help sleep?

Choosing scents that promote relaxation can help get our bodies into a restful state ready for sleep. Essential oils also just smell nice and can be a pleasant way to enhance the sleeping experience. Making essential oils part of your bedtime routine can also help train your mind to associate the specific scent with falling asleep.

Many people prefer to use essential oils because they’re natural and don’t create the common side effects associated with many sleep medications, such as daytime drowsiness or more serious health risks. For example, a 2010 study found smelling jasmine to be just as effective at calming the nerves as a sleeping pill or sedative, but without any adverse side effects. 

Many essential oils are adaptogens, which means they adapt to the person taking them and have different effects on different people. For instance, vetiver oil relieves insomnia for some people, while creating a feeling of refreshment and alertness for others during times of exhaustion. Of course, some oils are known precisely for their activating effects, like energizing tangerine or lemongrass, and should be avoided as a sleep aid.

The best essential oils for sleep fall into two main categories: oils that stave off insomnia by calming the mind and reducing anxiety, and oils that alleviate snoring and sleep apnea by clearing the airways.

Overall, more research is still needed regarding essential oils and sleep. However, the studies done thus far do suggest that using essential oils before bedtime can help alleviate mild sleep problems.

How to use essential oils for sleep

There are many ways to use essential oils for sleep. Some of the most common include:

•Diluting essential oils with an air diffuser

•Massaging a few drops onto a specific part of the body, such as the forehead, neck, chest, wrist, hands, or toes

•Rubbing a few drops into your hands and taking a few deep breaths

•Mixing the oil with Epsom salt or baking soda to add to a hot bath while you’re filling the tub

•Creating a spray to spritz into the air or on your pillow

•Adding a few drops to a pot of boiling water, and then sitting with your face over the pot and a towel over your head to create a tent effect (this is known as facial steaming and can provide relief for sleep apnea or nasal congestion)

Topical application of essential oils can be especially beneficial, since the oils will actually permeate your skin due to their transdermal properties. As a result, not only will you smell them through your olfactory nerve, but they’ll also enter your bloodstream more quickly.

Enhance Spiritual Awareness

Incense and essential oils from plants have always played an important part in religious and spiritual ceremonies, helping participants transcend the trivial and connect with something larger than themselves. The pure constituents in these oils stimulate olfactory receptors and activate regions in the brain’s limbic system associated with memory, emotion, and state of mind. To enhance your spiritual practice, dilute and apply empowering essential oils directly to wrists, feet, and behind the ears or diffuse the oils in a quiet space. Popular essential oils and blends for spiritual focus include:

– Sacred Frankincense essential oil

Inspire a positive emotional state

Love the way the fragrance from a fresh orange peel brightens your day? Each essential oil’s complex, pleasant, and unique scent triggers emotions and memories, which can help in your search for a more fulfilling and balanced life. To help you rediscover peace, balance, and joy, use these essential oils and blends for diffusion, soothing baths, massage, inhalation, or topical application.

– Joy™ essential oil blend

– Lavender essential oil

– Orange essential oil

– Peace & Calming II®™ essential oil blend

– Peppermint essential oil

– Jasmine essential oil

– Tsuga Essential Oil

Best Essential Oils for Sleep

  • Lavender Essential Oil.
  • Valor Essential Oil.
  • Clary Sage Essential Oil.
  • Marjoram Essential Oil.
  • German Chamomile Essential Oil.
  • Bergamot Essential Oil.
  • Neroli Essential Oil
  • Cedarwood Essential Oil
  • Peace & Calming Essential Oil
  • Vetiver Essential Oil
  • Sacred Frankincense & Frankincense Essential Oil
  • Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
  • Jasmine Essential Oil
  • Stress away Essential Oil

Lavender calms the nervous system by lowering blood pressure, heart rate, and skin temperature – all processes which take place during the body’s natural transition to sleep. Lavender essential oil alleviates mild insomnia and reduces anxious thoughts by altering your brain waves in order to produce a more relaxed state. Well-tested and affordable, this Lavender oil from Plant Therapy is among our top choices for essential oils to help you sleep.

Valerian root is often taken as a sleep aid and is a common ingredient of many sleepy time or bedtime herbal teas. The essential oil contains valerenic acid to produce the sedative effects the root is known for. Multiple studies have shown it improves sleep quality.

Clary sage is different than regular sage and better for sleep. Additionally, One study found clary sage essential oils had antidepressant effects for menopausal women. It has sleep-inducing properties.

Once a staple fragrance of upper-class ladies, sweet marjoram is one of the most pleasant and classy scents around. There are multiple forms of marjoram, sweet marjoram being recommended specifically for insomnia due to its calming qualities.

There are several types of chamomile, but Roman Chamomile oil is known as the best for relieving insomnia and anxiety. Research has even shown that the light floral oil can reduce nightmares. This, coupled with its versatility and quality, puts this product among our top picks for best essential oils for sleep.

Bergamot is a citrus fruit that got its start in Italian folk medicine. Unlike most citrus oils, which are stimulating, bergamot is calming. Multiple studies have found bergamot essential oil both induces the physiological changes that accompany sleep – like reduced heart rate and blood pressure – as well as reduces the thoughts that keep people up at night, like feelings of stress and anxiety. However, bergamot is photosensitive and makes your skin more sensitive to the sun, so topical applications should be avoided before going outside.

Peppermint essential oil is anti-inflammatory. Before bed, rub a drop on the bottom or inside part of your nose, or try steam inhalation. This product is quality, undiluted and free of synthetic ingredients, making it among our favorites.

Neroli is an often-overlooked essential oil for sleep, but we’re looking to change that. The oil is extracted from the blossom of a bitter orange tree, and its spicy, citric scent makes it a popular ingredient in perfumes. One study noted neroli’s ability to produce a calming effect, particularly when combined with lavender oil and chamomile. It’s also effective on its own in reducing stress and blood pressure levels, particularly in women.

One of the most grounding essential oils for sleep, cedarwood has a comforting, woodsy scent that is perfect in a diffuser before bedtime to help you drift off. Cedarwood is proven effective as a sedative and has been shown to decrease heart rate and blood pressure, not only maintaining its usefulness as a sleep aid but also in alleviating hypertension and anxiety.

Best Essential Oils for Sleep Apnea

Peppermint Essential Oil

Olive Essential Oil

Olive oil. This product is marketed for your hair and skin but is also great for relieving sleep apnea. Drinking a few sips of this olive oil can moisten and relax the muscle tissues below the palate, allowing air to flow freely and reducing symptoms of snoring.

Best Essential Oils for Baby Sleep

Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

Lavender Essential Oil

Roman chamomile essential oil reduces insomnia, relieves anxiety and depression, and can even minimize symptoms of colic. This oil is probably the most traditional oil to aid babies to sleep, its use dating back at least centuries.

How to safely use essential oils with children

Only using pure essential oils free of additives or synthetic ingredients is especially important when using essential oils to help your baby sleep. Check both the oil and the carrier oil’s lists of ingredients to ensure they don’t contain anything your baby is allergic to, such as peanut oil. Although it can be safe for adults, you should never apply undiluted essential oils directly to your baby’s skin or allow them to ingest the oil.

You should not use essential oils before your child reaches 6 months, and you should always consult your pediatrician first. Before regular use, apply a small dime-sized or smaller amount to your baby’s arm or leg and wait 24 hours to see if there is a reaction. If there is, don’t use the oil.

Essential oils for babies should always be diluted using a carrier oil. The carrier oils help ensure the essential oil doesn’t irritate your baby and is more evenly distributed. Just as adults react differently to different essential oils, so do babies, but on the whole they are more sensitive. The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy recommends a dilution ratio of .5 to 2.5 percent, and avoiding some oils overall. Diluting essential oils for children sleep

Source: Young Living Essential Oils

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Steam distilled from flowers of trees grown in Ecuador and Madagascar, Ylang Ylang essential oil has a sweet, romantic aroma and moisturizing properties, making it a key ingredient in many luxury skin and hair products. Ylang Ylang is often classified as a heart note because it emerges just as the top notes begin to dissipate. Add it to your daily moisturizer, a steamy bath, or homemade hair mask for a relaxing, luxuriously aromatic at-home spa day.

WORKS WELL WITH

Geranium essential oil

Frankincense essential oil

Grapefruit essential oil

Sacred Sandalwood essential oil

The real story on thread count. High vs low

If you are looking for your sheets to be as soft possible to the touch and cool, a lower thread count is probably the best. If you are looking for very warm sheets that are thick and more durable, you need to go with the highest thread count sheets possible.

Many people assume that the highest thread count is the softest sheet. This is actually the opposite of the truth! In fact, a sheet of a better-quality fiber with a lower thread count will feel softer and stand up to washing better than a sheet of a lower-quality fiber with a higher thread count.

Low thread count Egyptian Cotton Sheets, 100% Cotton Sheets, Bamboo Sheets and a high quality microfibre are the lightest, which are great for warm seasons or climates. Sets, like the 400 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton, are popular for the summer months as well, as they are very breathable and help you to stay cool at night. The lower thread count sheet sets are extremely soft straight out of the packaging without any need for many washings and long-term use to help soften the fibers, which makes for a great sleeping experience immediately!

 

Lets go Shopping

Well a girl can not live on curtains and blinds alone!

 

With in days of obtaining the curtain and blind inventory opportunity came knocking again so I answered the door.

Once again Sears was liquidating a variety of items. They were auctioning off an entire semi truck full of lawn mowers, fitness equipment, household goods, vacuums, BBQ’s, outdoor furniture and so on. As I looked through the manifest I could really see a fit into MyHome’s inventory.

One reason I named the company MyHome is because our homes are full of different rooms and we use each of these rooms differently. For example, some people have one room that is a dedicated home gym, many people really enjoy their back yards or sunrooms and some people may have a full entertainment area or office set up. To make a house a home you need to add personalized items that when combined create your personal style but we can not stop there because we need to add items that contribute functionality to our lives. With all this in mind the truckload opportunity seemed to be one we needed to act on and we did!

Next came Bamboo sheets. This one is not Sears; however, it was the same auction site that I had bought the truckload from. I did a bit of research and discovered that Bamboo sheets provide an astounding abundance of benefits over even the best-quality traditional sheets. I believe you will find yourself getting a restful night of sleep on these comfortable bed sheets so I needed to bring them to you.

Well that is the current inventory and how MyHome started.

In future posts, I will be talking about the specific products, home decorating and design, colour palettes, how to put décor items together, sharing personal stores about contesting and MyHome’s patrons and so on.

I look forward to hearing your comments and engaging with you.

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” Melody Beattie

Carrie Larose

From MyHome to yours

Welcome home, MyHome, hot chocolate, fuzzy blanket

Brent and Carrie at terracotta warriors
Carrie & Brent Larose with the Terracotta Army east of Xi’an in Shaanxi province of China.

 

Welcome!!

Since this is the first post I wanted to take the time to introduce myself and tell you more about me personally and more about MyHome.

MyHome is a brand-new start up company in the infancy stage. Our mission is to provide individuals with products and pieces for their home. We are here to help you add personal style and great functionality to you home. The products we offer will be forever adapting and changing, depending on what we can source. We look for good quality items that can support our mission of providing you with products that provide excellent functionality and personal style to your home.

MyHome is strictly an online business that also does pop up stores and trade shows. Trade shows and pop up stores will be the only time we will have the opportunity to interact with the public face to face, so our online communication is going to be vital in understanding what you need and want from us.

My name is Carrie Larose and I am the founder and President of MyHome.

I started MyHome because I was looking to do something for myself. I have always been very passionate about my work and I pour all that I have into it, but it was time to put all that energy into creating my own company.

My interests are far and wide. I started out leaving school with a very creative side. I worked as a graphic designer, photographer and as an interior designer intern. Life is funny though and it lead me down a business path. I have been a manger for a high-end women’s clothing store, a Business Consultant/Store opening and set up for M&M Meat shops, the Director of Operations for a residential renovation and rental company. Finally into the hotel business I went and that is where I have stayed since 2003.

When you look at all these positions there seems to be no real common thread but I can see one and that is a constant love for design, set up, and making people happy/comfortable in their environment.  During my time in the hospitality business I have been involved in building hotels, renovating and redesigning hotel rooms and residential properties. I have been sourcing products, choosing the correct décor and product for functionality and design. In the end giving the customer the finest quality at a fair price which all boils down to what I want to do for you. I want to bring my skills to the home of my fellow human beings. So, I look forward to introducing my first line up of items for your home and to connecting with you.

I hope you can take the time to look MyHome’ s new web site and social media. Stay tuned as I am constantly adding new items 😊

Until next time, from MyHome to yours.

Carrie Larose

The first days and how it began

A flurry of activity has been happening since July 2017 when this great adventure started.

You know the old saying “When one door closes, another opens” well that exactly what happened and I leaped at that open door. My husband worked for a logistics company and their only client was Sears. Sears decided that it did not make sense to keep this centre in Calgary Alberta where we live so they were closing the operations. In the end, he was going to be out of a job ☹

In speaking with Sears Brent (my husband) discovered that they did not want to move this product and wanted to sell it off locally. Specifically, Division 24 (curtains and blinds). This division was extremely large and there would be huge start up cost to get it going. In the end, I did not believe I could generate all the capital needed within the short time fame Sears needed. Sears at this point decided to break up the division and sell it off in smaller pieces. Yippy, I can handle that.

In July, I successfully obtained 1/6th of the original inventory. (which is still massive) as seen here.

So, it began…

I secured a few storage facilities, a small warehouse space, help to move it all and a large truck to transport it all.

All in all, it took weeks to move the product and for me to learn how to maneuver large “gaylord” boxes stuffed full of product off the truck and into our new space. We erected industrial shelving, new lighting, and security. Finally came time to put the product away; 29 boxes in total and each box took 1 full day to unload.

The real touch stuff came when we had to unload the blinds as many of them a wood they are quite heavy leaving me exhausted (as seen in the picture), battered and bruised for a couple of weeks. ALL worth it though 😉

At this point in time I am going through each of the products doing inventory, creating descriptions, creating collections and identifying the variation to each product in regards o colour and sizes.

There are over 5000 curtains and blinds so please come back and look frequently as I am always adding inventory as I get through it.

To end this post, I would like to give a shout out to my mother Bonnie Nelson. My mom has been so helpful! Every day I need her she shows up and helps me in every way she can and I really have needed that second person- THANK YOU MOM

from MyHome to yours

Carrie Larose