The Best Essential Oils For Sleep And Relaxation

Are you getting enough sleep? 

When a doctor conducts a physical exam, one of his or her most frequently asked questions is, “Are you getting enough sleep?”. There is a good reason for this. A person who is not sleeping well may have some underlying condition that needs addressed, and will not thrive in the same way a well-rested person will. 

Sleep is one of the most fundamental elements in leading a healthy lifestyle. It is also important to be able to relax and rest, at times, during waking hours. In today's fast paced world, this is easier said than done. 

A 2012 study by the Cancer Centers, indicates that Americans spent more than $32 billion on sleep aids during that year alone. In July of 2013, another study reported that 8.6 million people use some type of medication for sleep. According to WebMD, almost half of the population of America has insomnia, at some point, and/or complains about poor sleep. 

Sufficient sleep and rest helps heal damaged cells, boosts the immune system, helps recover the body and mind from the day's activities, and recharges the heart and cardiovascular system, preparing it for the next day. 

Stress, and the inability to relax when necessary, can contribute negatively to high blood pressure and heart problems. Surprisingly, people who do not get enough sleep often crave less healthful types of foods as well, which can lead to obesity. Sleep deprivation can cause feelings of drowsiness, and can also cause irritability and depression. 

Job performance can also suffer when one does not get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation can cause one to struggle to take in new information, can cause forgetfulness, or can make important decisions seem more difficult. 

In an article about the benefits of sleep, which was featured in Neurology, a medical journal about how the brain works, Jeffrey M. Ellenbogen talks about the importance of sleep in healthy brain function and development. He notes that a lack of sleep can adversely effect one's ability to formulate meaningful new thoughts, and that it can also cause memory problems. 

An official diagnosis for a sleep disorder is not necessary for one to recognize when he or she has trouble sleeping. Most people are all too familiar with the experience of tossing and turning, unable to fall asleep in the middle of the night. 

Why can't I sleep?

Science suggests that the brain works by using two different systems. The first helps the person fall asleep easily, and aids that person in remaining asleep until it becomes necessary to awaken. The other system wakes the person normally, and keeps him or her awake so he or she can function throughout the day. This is the system that emits signals that place the brain into an alert, or more active state. 

It is important that these two systems stay in sync, however, at times, this can be difficult to achieve. When the two systems are out of balance and no longer complement one another, the wake system remains in its active state long past the time when it should be sleeping. This is considered as an overactive state, which can result in insomnia. 

Insomnia, or the inability to sleep, can impose the feeling that one is neither fully asleep, nor fully awake, and can adversely affect everything about one's lifestyle. 

There are many different causes for sleep disturbances, from noise, to stress, to pain, and there are just as many remedies. Doctors regularly prescribe drugs to treat the symptoms of sleep disorders. However, these types of drugs can be fraught with side effects. Some are even addictive. The same can be said for the over-the-counter versions. 

Essential Oils as a Safe, Natural Alternative Treatment

Essential oils can be used as a safe, natural alternative treatment for sleep difficulties. In a review of the effects of essential oils on sleep published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, the majority of studies suggested a positive effect of essential oils on sleep, with lavender being the most frequently studied essential oil. 

Pros and Cons of Using Essential Oils for Re​​​​​​​​​​laxation and Sleep

Pros:
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    Essential oils can be used in place of harsh medications that can be addictive or that have dangerous side effects.
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    Essential oils are much more economical than pharmaceuticals or other artificial therapies.
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    Essential oils can be used as sleep aids without resulting in groggy or drowsy sensations upon awakening. 
Cons:
  • Before using essential oils, it is wise to familiarize oneself with each oil, and to be aware of its properties and potential side effects. Some oils can trigger allergies. Talking to a licensed aromatherapist or physician who is familiar with essential oil usage can help in making the right decisions about which oils to use or avoid for individual users. 

Essential Oils that Induce Sleep in Children 

There are a wide variety of oils that can be used to help promote relaxation and sleep. Whether or a the person using them is an adult or a child plays into which of the oils are better than the others to use for these purposes.

Adults with fully formed immune systems can safely use a wider variety of essential oils. The choices of oils used to safely calm or treat children who have difficulty sleeping is more limited. However, the oils that are safe for children tend to work well. 

When using essential oils with children, it is important that they be kept stored out of their reach. All bottles should be kept tightly sealed, and the eyes, ears and nose should be avoided during application. Only use high quality oils with children. 

Children have been known to respond favorably to the following oils:

How to use essential oils with children

It is a good idea to check with a pediatrician prior to using essential oils with children so that he or she can determine whether the child has an allergy or other conditions under which the oils should not be used. 

In her article about using essential oils on children safely, aromatherapist Kristie Martin suggests that essential oils not be used on children until they are at least six months old. From ages 6 months to 2 years, child-safe oils may be diffused for specific purposes, and for brief periods of time. After age 2, essential oils may be applied topically, using carrier oils to create low dilution levels. 

Lavender is known for properties that promote relaxation and sleep. A drop or two in the bath water of a child over the age of two can work wonders in helping calm the child, and is conducive to helping the child get a good night's sleep. 

If the child is prone to having nightmares, Cedarwood can help eliminate them, and like lavender, can help produce a restful, relaxing state. Cedar Wood essential oil works well with children when it it diffused for short periods of time.

Most children respond well to the aroma of sweet orange, which has a comforting, relaxing effect. A few drops can be placed in the child's bath water, or diffused, or placed into a spritzer, and sprayed on the child's bed linen. 

Your eating habits are essential to a good night sleep

Read our amazing article about "what you eat", and what it can do to your body below

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT

Let's say you eat unbalanced, nutrient-poor and processed food; there is a significant chance that your energetic vibration will be drastically reduced. You may feel tired, sad, maybe even angry after a sleepless night. 

You may react to situations differently than you usually do, and this will again be picked up by other human beings around you. We may underestimate how we portray ourselves to the world, and how people perceive us. Remember, it is all energy, and energy is vibration. 


General Instructions for Using Essential Oils 

The use of essential oils by adults for sleep and relaxation often utilizes the following methods:

Bath

Place a few drops of oil into hot bath water, keeping in mind that a little goes a long way. Soak in the bath, deeply inhaling the aroma of the oil for an extended period of time. 

Diffuser 

Diffusers come in many different variety, from electric types, to those that work with the heat from a candle, to nebulizers. The most commonly used diffusers utilize a mixture of oil and water, which is disbursed throughout the room in a fine particular mist. 

Massage 

Massage helps one enter the previously mentioned stage of mental restfulness. It can be administered professionally, by a specially trained massage therapist, or it can be administered less formally, by a friend or partner. If no one is available to give a massage, one can easily massage essential oils into the palms of the hands, or onto the bottoms of the feet.

Spritzer

Drops of essential oil can be released into water, until the desired strength is attained. The mixture can be placed inside a spritzer or spray bottle and dispensed into the air over one's bed, or directly onto the bed linens. 

Storage of Essential Oils

Essential oil users tend to keep their favorite oils on hand throughout their houses, in their gym bags, in their cars and in other easy-to-access locations.  However, many remain unaware of the proper way to protect the potency and longevity of the oils by storing them correctly. Here are a few tips that can help make your oils last longer while retaining their optimum strengths.

Keep Away From Heat

Exposing essential oils to heat or sunlight for extended periods of time, can change their chemical composition, and can also cause them to evaporate more quickly. They should not be stored in the car, close to windows, or next to any type of heater, stove or hot areas for prolonged periods of time. 
If you use essential oils for cooking, mix the oil drops in with the drink or meal itself, rather than putting them directly into the hot pan or other source of heat. 

Packaging 

It is best to store essential oils in amber colored glass bottles. This type of bottle helps to protect the oils from ultraviolet light rays, which could damage them, and lessen their potency. Plastic containers should be avoided, as certain types of essential oils, such as those with citrus bases, have the potential to melt some types of plastic. 

Oil Gear 

Do not store essential oils in your handbag nor in plastic bags. Leading oil manufacturers and other manufacturing companies produce specially made gear to help you easily transport your essential oils. Not only do these storage containers help protect your oils from impacts that could shatter their glass bottles. They also help keep them organized and easily accessible. 


Essential Oils for Adults With Sleep Difficulties

The list of essential oils that help with relaxation and sleep difficulties in adults contains a larger number of oils than the list used for children. It includes, but is not limited to, the following oils:

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    Chamomile
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    Cistus
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    Clary Sage
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    Lavender
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    Marjoram
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    Spikenard
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    Valerian Root
Chamomile Essential Oil

Chamomile essential oil comes in many different forms, but the type most often used for sleep disturbances is Roman Chamomile oil, also known as anthemis nobilis. Despite its name, it was first cultivated in Hungary. This oil has been found effective in fighting anxiety and depression, as well as in promoting deep and restful sleep. Anxiety can be both a cause and a symptom of sleep difficulties. 

A 2006 case study published in the International Journal of Aromatherapy, explored the effects of Roman Chamomile essential oil on sleep and its effects on overall mood. The study suggested that participants who used Roman Chamomile essential oil, experienced a greater tendency toward drowsiness and calmness, which substantiates the oil's potential for improving sleep, and helping subjects enter a more restful state. 

Chamomile essential oil is safe for adults to ingest in very small amounts. 1-2 drop added to herbal teas or other hot drinks can soothe the mind and body. It can also be diffused effectively, or applied to the bottoms of the feet at bedtime to help promote a restful night's sleep. Women who are pregnant should avoid using Roman Chamomile until after their pregnancies end. 

Cistus Essential Oil 

Cistas essential oil, also known as Rockrose, or Labdanum, is derived from the cistus ladanifer plant, which is part of the rose family. It was originally harvested in Spain, Greece and Italy. The oil is distilled using the steam distillation method. 

Cistas essential oil is noted for being especially effective in the treatment of sleep difficulties. It is often used in meditation practices, and spiritual ceremonies, and mixes well with sandalwood or frankincense. The aroma associated with Cistus essential oil is said to evoke deep, peaceful emotional states, and to ease the process of meditation. 

Cistus oil should not be used by women who are pregnant or nursing. When used for sleeping, a 1% dilution can be mixed with massage oils or any type of carrier oil and massaged on the soles of the feet or elsewhere on the bod, avoiding the genital area. Diffusing is the best way to take advantage of the oil's meditative qualities.

Clary Sage Essential Oil 

Clary Sage, also known as Muscatel, is native to the northern Mediterranean Basin, Central Asia and Africa. Its essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves and buds of the salvia sclarea plant. The oil has long been used to treat depression, and is also effective in the treatment of anxiety. Clary Sage is classified as a nervine, and can help one attain deep sleep via its relaxing properties. 

Clary Sage essential oil can be applied to the feet or pulse points before bedtime, or diffused or applied to one's pillow at night. 1-2 drops added over the heart and/or brow prior to meditation or periods of relaxation can help one more easily access a meditative state. If lack of sleep is caused by menstrual discomfort, clary sage can help. Simply rub from 3-5 drops on the abdomen. When combined with Roman Chamomile, its potency is increased.

What You Need to Know About Essential Oils

Essential Oils have been used for thousands of years in various cultures for medicinal and health purposes. Essential oil uses range from aromatherapy, household cleaning products, personal beauty care and natural medicine treatments.

The particles in essential oils come from distilling or extracting the different parts of plants, including the flowers, leaves, bark, roots, resin and peels. In ancient times, Jews and Egyptians made essential oils by soaking the plants in oil and then filtering the oil through a linen bag.

Essential oil benefits come from their antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.

​Frankincense Essential Oil 

Frankincense, also known as oliganum, comes from four different species of the Boswella Sacra or Boswellia carterii tree, each yielding slightly different properties. The tree can grow in dry, desolate conditions, and requires very little soil. Frankincense essential oil is known to have been traded in Somalia, on the Arabian peninsula and in North Africa for as many as 5,000 years. The oil is extracted from the plant using the steam/distillation method.

Frankincense essential oil is an effective sleep aid, because it is capable of inducing feelings of relaxation, mental peace and contentment. It is also said to awaken insight, making users more introspective, while lowering their stress and/or anger.
Frankincense oil for stress relief works best in a diffuser or a vaporizer. It can also be mixed with a carrier oil, and applied to the abdomen, or to the bottoms of the feet at bedtime for an effective sedative, or dropped into a hot bath for steam inhalation.
So long as large quantities of Frankincense essential oil are not ingested, the oil has no known harmful side effects.

Lavender Essential Oil 

Lavender, also known as lavandula angustifolia, essential oil is one of the top essential oils used in the treatment of sleep disturbances, and for all other essential oil treatments. It was first cultivated in Bulgaria, and comes from the flowering tops of the lavandula plant. The oil is extracted using the water/steam distillation method. Noted for its distinctive, sweet aroma, the oil is acclaimed for its capacity to promote a relaxing atmosphere, which can also lead to a more restful night's sleep. 

Lavender essential oil can be used in a hot bath, diffused, spritzed or sprinkled on bed linens. Another was to use Lavender essential oil, is to rub from 2-3 drops in the palms of the hands, then cup each hand, holding it to the nose and inhaling deeply, to draw the scene into the amygdala gand, which immediately works to calm the mind. It can also be rubbed on the soles of the feet, at the temples, (taking care to avoid the eyes), wrists or on any other pulse point. 

Marjoram Essential Oil 

Marjoram, also known as “Goose herb,” is an essential oil produced from the origanum majovana plant, and is related to oregano. It symbolizes happiness in some cultures, and is also known as “joy of the mountains,” or “wintersweet.” According to Greek mythology, Aphrodite, the goddess of love used it to create her famous love potions. 

Marjoram produces an oil that is highly acclaimed for its calming properties, as well as the positive effects that it has on the nervous system. Classified as a nervine, Marjoram essential oil strengthens and tones the nervous system, and keeps users active while protecting them from a number of nervous disorders. 

Marjoram essential oil can be mixed with carrier oil and applied to the back of the neck to decrease feelings of stress. If achy muscles are the reason for one's lack of sleep, a Marjoram essential oil massage can help relieve the pain, and also promote relaxation of the muscles. 1-2 drops of Marjoram essential oil can be added to hot water or herbal tea and ingested internally. It can be diffused, or massaged into the soles of the feet prior to bedtime, to help promote a good night's rest. 

Spikenard Essential Oil

Spikenard, or nardostachys jatamansi essential oil hails from the same family as Valerian root. It comes from high elevations in the Himalayas of Nepal, India and in China, and is mentioned in the Bible. 

Spikenard essential oil has been used for centuries for its healing and sedative properties, and to uplift the mood. It works as a natural coolant, and therefore, rids the mind of aggression and anger that can upset sleep. This oil is extra potent as a sleep aid when mixed with Sandalwood essential oil. 

Spikenard can be added to a hot bath to unleash its calming effects. 2 drops inhaled, or 5 drops added to a diffuser can have a similar effect. 5 drops of Spikenard essential oil added to a carrier oil makes a relaxing massage compound that is known to relieve stress headaches and sore muscles, as it helps one overcome sleeping difficulties. 

Valerian Essential Oil

Valerian, or valeriana officinalis, essential oil is another oil that is known for its calming properties. It is best known for its rather pungent, musky aroma, which is considered an acquired scent by some individuals. Valerian essential oil comes from a perennial flowering plant, and was first cultivated in Greece and Italy, but is currently cultivated in Europe and Asia. 

One of the best uses for Valerian essential oil, is in the treatment of insomnia. It also helps improve the quality of sleep, evoking a state of deep sleep that results in feeling more rested and refreshed. Valerian contains active components that optimize the release of hormones, and that also balance the cycles of the body to stimulate this thorough level of sleep. 

Women who are pregnant or nursing should avoid using Valerian essential oil. The best way to utilize Valerian essential oil's beneficial properties, is to diffuse as many as 30 drops of the oil up to 3 times daily. It should be kept away from the mucous membranes and eyes. Users who have medical conditions should consult with their physicians prior to using Valerian essential oil. 

Try these six amazing Blends to better your Sleep and relaxation

Blend one
  • 12 drops Orange
  • 8 drops Lavender
  • 4 drops Cedarwood
  • 3 drops Valerian
  • 2 drops Roman Chamomile
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    Blend six
    • 3 drops lavender
    • 2 drops Vetiver
    • 2 drops Marjoram

    Blend well together in a clean glass jar or bottle. Use in diffuser, inhale, topically, or in a warm bath mixed with epsom salt.

    ALWAYS check if the essential oil you use can cause allergic reactions. Check with your doctor before use.



    Summing up

    Just as it needs water, food and air, the human body needs sleep in order to function properly. Sleep is the time when the body heals itself and works to repair any chemical imbalances. During sleep, the brain also forms new connections, as it restores its capacity for memory retention. Without sufficient sleep, the systems in the brain, and in the rest of the body, cannot function as they should. Sleep deprivation can also significantly lower the quality of one's life, and can even lead to an earlier death. 
    People who struggle with being able to relax, or to fall asleep deeply, can be helped tremendously by using essential oils. However, one should never ignore the potential for any underlying causes of these conditions. If you suffer from insomnia or have difficulties relaxing, it can be a good idea to undergo a physical examination by a qualified physician to eliminate any unforeseen problems that go beyond normal standards.

    Each person responds to essential oils differently from every other person. An oil that might remedy sleep disorders for one person, might be less effective for another. Therefore, it is suggested that the person using the oil try a variety of types, and under different circumstances, to help determine which one works best. For instance, some people respond better to essential oils that are applied directly to the skin, while others find that inhalation through a diffuser works best. 

    When purchasing essential oils for sleep disturbances, or for other reasons, it is important to look for pure oils that do not contain any synthetic ingredients that could result in their own chemical reactions in the body. It is important to purchase oils from a reputable vendor who understands the oil's applications, ingredients, properties and purposes, and that can explain these things, and answer any questions that you may have about them. 


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    10 Things You Need to Know About Essential Oils Before You Buy by Adrienne Urban

    Essential Oils for Calcium Deposits

    What are Calcium Deposits?

    Calcium deposits occur when excess calcium builds up in blood vessels, body tissue or organs. This buildup of calcium can eventually harden and has the potential to disrupt one's body's normal processes, such as walking or exercising movement through muscles.

    Calcification can occur in virtually any part of the body that overlies a bony surface. For instance, one can find calcium deposits in fingers or at the joints. One might even find a calcium deposit on eyelid areas.

    What Causes Calcium Deposits?

    Although a common myth states that calcium deposits are related to getting excess calcium in the diet, this assertion is not based on fact.

    Calcium deposits can develop when the kidneys do not eliminate excess calcium levels in the bloodstream, and by an overly stimulated thyroid gland. They can also form a response to trauma or a constant irritation.

    Natural Ways of Dissolving Calcium Deposits in the Body

    Calcium deposits can be dissolved using many different natural modalities. The following natural remedies for calcium deposits is a partial list that contains some of the most frequently used:

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      Magnesium sulphate (Epsom salt)
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      Flax seed oil
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      Anti-inflammatory diet
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      Essential oils for dissolving calcium deposits in the body

    Healthy human cells contain lower levels of calcium and elevated levels of magnesium. Boosting the magnesium in the system assists in breaking down the calcium deposits, while it restores the natural mineral levels. Bathing in Epsom salts several times a week can aid in this process.

    Ice packs applied directly to the affected area can help reduce swelling, and can bring temporary relief. Baking soda, when applied as a paste and brushed, can help break down calcium deposits on the teeth. Flaxseed oil works by helping increase calcium absorption by the body. Additionally, because of its anti-inflammatory properties, flaxseed helps eliminate calcium buildups that cause osteoporosis and arthritis. The same holds true for an anti-inflammatory diet.

    Anti-inflammatory Diet 

    Eating an anti-inflammatory diet can go far to help prevent calcium deposits, and to help eliminate existing calcium deposits. Foods that are included in an anti-inflammatory diet include:

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      Olive oil
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      Tomatoes
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      Leafy green vegetables, such as collards, spinach or kale
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      Fatty fish
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      Fresh fruits, such as oranges, cherries, strawberries and blueberries

    Applecider Vinegar

    Does Apple Cider Vinegar Dissolve Calcium Deposits?

    Using apple cider vinegar for calcium deposits is one of the condition's most widely-used natural remedies. However, this method does have some disadvantages.

    Apple cider vinegar contains a substance called malic acid, which helps the body dissolve the deposits, and can help ease related arthritis. The malic acid also helps the body to oxygenate the blood, and to attain balanced acid-alkaline pH levels, providing digestive aid, and boosting the immune system.

    The suggested dosage for using apple cider vinegar to treat calcium deposits is 1 Tablespoon of high-quality apple cider vinegar in an 8-ounce glass of spring water, 2-3 times per day.

    Disadvantages of using Apple Cider Vinegar to Treat Calcium Deposits 

    While effective for most people, there are those individuals for whom the treatment does not work well. The substance is highly acidic, and when used in moderation, can have antiseptic properties. However, when used in excess, it can cause damage.

    Unless apple cider vinegar is appropriately diluted, it can contribute to the erosion of one's tooth enamel. It has also been known to burn the gums and esophageal tissues. People who have a sensitivity to vinegar can experience burns to the skin if the concentrated liquid comes into direct contact with the skin.

    Potassium is one of the primary electrolytes and effects the body's nervous system and balanced hydration. Low potassium levels have been associated with the over-consumption of apple cider vinegar. Bone density loss has also been associated with the long-term use of apple cider vinegar. Therefore, it is prudent to consult with one's doctor before treating calcium deficiencies with apple cider vinegar, particularly for those individuals with osteoporosis or arthritis.

    Essential Oils for Calcium Deposits

    Bottles of essential oil with rosemary, thyme, creeping thyme, echinacea, wintergreen, lavender, myrrh, frankincense and rose buds on a dark background


    Wintergreen

    When applied externally, wintergreen essential oil quickly penetrates the skin surrounding the muscles and tissues. This stimulates circulation of blood and helps to clear obstructions, such as calcium deposits, in the flow of blood. Wintergreen essential oil does not allow toxins, such as uric acid to accumulate in the area where it is applied.

    Although it is absorbed through the skin, wintergreen essential oil ultimately reaches the bloodstream, where it acts as a diuretic. This speeds up the removal of toxins from the body.

    Application and Precautions

    Apply this medicinal oil to the bottom of the feet, and to any affected area of the body, avoiding the eye area and genitals. Wintergreen essential oil is poisonous because it contains methyl salicylate. This oil should never be ingested.


    Lavender has relaxation properties that can help eliminate or dissipate pain. It can be applied directly to the site of a calcium deposit or added to an Epsom salt bath.

    Application and Precautions

    Lavender oil can be applied externally to the area where the calcium deposit exists, but should not be applied near the eyes. It can also help to apply it to the soles of the feet.

    Pregnant and nursing women and patients who have diabetes should avoid using lavender essential oil. Those with especially sensitive skin should also avoid using lavender essential oil.


    Peppermint Oil 

    Peppermint oil, especially when blended with lavender oil, has been shown to reduce muscle and joint pain and to reduce the size of calcium deposits in the joints. It has as special cooling, effects. If your calcium deposit site is swollen, this oil can provide fast relief. It is quickly absorbed into the skin, reducing swelling, and joint pain. It also decreases fluid retention. The oil should be applied directly to the site of the calcium deposit, with the exception of the eye and genital areas, and can also be applied to the bottoms of the feet at bedtime.

    Application and Precautions

    Peppermint oil is safe when used topically at the site of the calcium deposit, so long as it is not near the eyes or genitals, or when taken orally in amounts that are commonly found in food.

    Oral ingestion of peppermint oil may possibly result in mild side effects for some, which includes flushing, heartburn, mouth sores or a headache. One should consult his or her physician, should any of these symptoms occur.


    Eucalyptus essential oil has properties that are similar to those found in peppermint essential oil. It contains anti-inflammatory properties that can help relieve pain at the site of a calcium deposit. It can be used in the same way as Peppermint essential oil.

    Application and Precautions

    Eucalyptus essential oil should be massaged in a circular motion on the affected areas of the body, avoiding the eye and the genital regions. It can also be applied to the bottoms of the feet, in small quantities, at bedtime, to be absorbed into the system.
    Taken internally, and in large quantities, Eucalyptus oil can be toxic. Additionally, those with allergic sensitivities may contract to a type of airborne contact dermatitis from using Eucalyptus essential oil.


    Myrrh oil

    Myrrh essential oil contains the components terpenoids and sesquiterpenes. These properties are both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant by nature. They also serve to stimulate blood flow to tissues, which can help reduce the possibilities of the occurrence of calcium deposits and can help reduce the size of existing ones by reducing swelling and increasing blood circulation in the areas of the body where the deposits occur.

    Application and Precautions

    Myrrh essential oil can be diffused or inhales, applied directly to the skin, used with a cold compress, or taken internally.
    Anyone taking anticoagulant heart medication should first consult with a physician before using Myrrh essential oil. People with especially sensitive skin sometimes experience inflammation at the application site. The oil may lower the blood sugar, so those individuals with diabetes or other blood sugar disorders should avoid using it.


    Frankincense is shown to reduce pain when applied directly to the site of the calcium deposit. This essential oil has also been shown to be effective in reducing the size of calcium deposits, and of breaking them up, so the system will absorb them.

    Application and Precautions

    Frankincense can be applied to the bottoms of the feet at bedtime, or rubbed in a circular motion directly at the site of the calcium deposit, except for the eye or genital areas. It can also be diffused into the air and inhaled.

    People who have skin sensitivities should avoid using Frankincense essential oil. Avoid using in the eyes, ears, nose or near the genitals.


    History of Lavender Lavandula


    Lavender

    Lavandula, or Lavender, is a powerfully aromatic shrub that is part of the Lavandula angustifolia subspecies Angustifolia, or the subspecies Pyrenaica, commonly referred to as the mint family. It's most widely cultivated species is Lavandula angustifolia, curiously known as English Lavender, although the species is not native to England. The plant is also known as garden lavender. Lavender is one of the most widely used of the essential oils. The lavender plant is best known for its multiple uses, its pleasant floral fragrance, and its visual beauty.

    Lavender shrubs grow as high as 6.6 feet tall. Its evergreen leaves are generally from 0.79 to 2.36 inches long, and up to .24 inches broad. The flowers of the lavender plant are a pinkish-purple color that is named after the plant. The flowers are produced on spikes that are approximately 3.15 inches long at the top of slender stems that do not have leaves.

    While best known as an ornamental plant, this hearty shrub is used as a herbal medicine, either in the form of herbal tea or as lavender oil. Its flowers are sometimes used as a culinary herb that is included in the French blend, herbes de Provence. 

    Lavender Oil History

    Lavender was first used for medicinal purposes in India, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean, some 2500 years ago. It was referred to as “nardus” or “nard” by the ancient Greeks, after the city of Naarda in Syria. The plant was revered as a holy herb, and was used in holy essences, referred to as “spikenard,” in the Bible, and is believed by Biblical scholars to have been used on the infant Jesus, and as an anointment after the crucifixion in preparation for his burial.

    Decorative urns containing lavender residues were found in Egyptian tombs, where the herb was used in the Egyptians mummification process.

    During the Renaissance, lavender was used during the Plague to protect people against infections. Lice carried the disease on rats, and lavender was used for its effective insect repellent properties.

    It was also used during the Victorian Era, when Queen Victoria appointed Sarah Sprules, as its official purveyor. Furniture and floors were washed in lavender, and the linens were perfumed with its scent. Its popularity quickly spread among wealthy English women who would scent themselves and their homes with the sweet scent. As its demand grew, it began to be cultivated through commercial farms to help maintain its supplies.

    The lavender used today was rediscovered by one of the founders of aromatherapy, who had burned himself, and plunged his arm into the lavender essential oil. He noted that the wound quickly healed, did not become infected, and did not scar. Lavender was also used during WWI, as an antibacterial dressing for wounds when soldiers would present with injuries.

    The word Lavender comes from the Latin “lavare,” which means “to wash”. Today, its largest producer is Provence, France. It is also commercially grown in the United States, Canada, Bulgaria, Australia, Japan, Spain, Russia, and in the Netherlands. It is generally distilled using the steam method of distillation.

    What is steam distillation?

    Extracting essential oils by steam distillation takes place three different ways:

    • Straight steam
    • Water distillation
    • Steam/water distillation

    Lavender is distilled using the straight steam method. This method involves forcing steam through the plant material, then collecting the essential oil. The steam is used to rupture the membranes in the plant, which releases the oil. The oil travels to a condenser where the lighter essential oil separates and floats to the top. The water is removed from the mixture and used as a hydrosol or floral water. The oil becomes essential oil.

    Uses for Lavender Essential Oil:

    A few drops of lavender oil can be added to virtually any recipe to enhance the flavor of the food. People add it to lemonade or tea, to cookies and other desserts, to salad dressings and to many other foods to impart a rich, herbal overtone that boosts the natural flavors of the ingredients. 

    In addition to being used as a culinary addition, Lavender essential oil can be used to enhance beauty products, such as shampoos, hair rinses, body scrubs, massage oils and beauty creams. It can be used as a natural deodorant, insect repellent, and as an antibacterial cleanser. Lavender also has many different therapeutic uses. The oil can be ingested internally in capsules, diffused or rubbed onto the body, as needed.

    It can be used therapeutically for the following purposes:

    • Pain relief
    • Mental clarity
    • Arrythia
    • Atherosclerosis
    • Bruises
    • Burns
    • Diaper rash
    • Ear infection
    • Gardia
    • Heat Stroke
    • Insomnia
    • Itching
    • Measles
    • Poison ivy
    • Rash
    • Skin allergies
    • Sunburn
    • Anti-fungal agent
    • Calming agent
    • Sleep aid
    • Pain relief
    • Promotion of respiratory health
    • Improvement of digestion
    • Insect bites
    • Cold sore
    • Dandruff
    • Hay fever
    • Chapped lips
    • Dry skin
    • Nosebleed
    • Motion Sickness
    • Eczema
    • Dermatitis
    • Minor cuts and scrapes
    • Minor burns
    • Bee stings


    A 2009 study published in the Journal of Peri-anesthesia Nursing found that lavender essential oil could effectively reduce preoperative anxiety as a simple, low risk, cost-effective intervention with the potential to improve preoperative outcomes, and increase patient satisfaction.

    Another study, published in Perspectives in Public Health, found that lavender essential oil helped patients who suffered from stress-related disorders and that it encouraged the healing process by causing the patients to relax, thus, relieving the stress.

    The study stated that essential oils, in general, have an effect on brainwaves and can also alter behavior. The effects of the oils are most likely transmitted through the brain through the olfactory system.

    Betts, Fox, Rooth, and MacCallum (1995) found that lavender oil was effective in treating Epileptic seizures.

    Buckles (1993) published evidence that lavender essential oil works to calm pregnant women in childbirth. An article in Modern Midwife (1995) noted lavender essential oil's effectiveness in perineal repair after childbirth.

    How to Use Lavender Essential Oil

    Aromatically

    • Affects niid
    • Cleanses the air
    • Opens airways

    Topically

    • Quickly absorbs through the skin
    • Full body benefit
    • Immune support
    • Immediate comfort

    Apply a few drops directly on the skin and rub in.

    Internally

    • Benefits mouth and throat
    • Supports digestive system
    • Supports immunity

    Place 1 to 2 drops under the tongue, or mix in a glass of water and drink, or place a drop in an empty capsule and swallow.

    PLEASE remember to check if the brand and type of essential oil you have can be used internally before using it.


    Lavender allergic reactions and precautions:

    According to the National Institutes of Health online medical encyclopedia Medline Plus, the most common symptoms of an allergic reaction to lavender include a skin rash, headache, burning sensations in the throat or eyes, blurred vision, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, difficulty breathing and chills. Should any of these symptoms present themselves, one should seek immediate medical assistance. 

    Resource links

    World Checklist of Selected Plant Families: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew". kew.org.


    http://www.lavendersense.com

    "Lavandula angustifolia". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 28 July 2017.

    http://everything-lavender.com

    https://www.mindbodygreen.com


    The use of the essential oil lavandin to reduce preoperative anxiety in surgical patients
    R Braden, S Reichow, MA Halm - Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing, 2009 


    Essential oils and 'aromatherapy': their modern role in healing 
    M. Lis-Balchin
    First Published October 1, 1997 


    Betts T., Fox C., Rooth K. and MacCallum R. (1995). An olfactory countermeasure treatment for Epileptic seizures using a conditioned arousal response to specific aromatherapy oils. Epilepsia; 36(suppl 3), S130


    Buckle J. (1993). Does it matter which lavender oil is used? Nurs Times; 89(20), 32-35 Burns E. and Blamey C. (1994). Using aromatherapy in childbirth. Nurs Times; 90, 54-58 Google Scholar


    Cornwell S. and Dale A. (1995). Lavender oil and perineal repair. Modern Midwife; 5, 31-33 


    http://www.livestrong.com


    Essential Oil Usage Guide -A-Z – Doterra Inc.