Last week I decided to change up my usual blog post, but this week we will back to our usual discussion of aromatherapy scents! This week I want to talk about one that I have been itching to try but haven’t gotten the chance. Therefore, this post will result in a lot more research rather than personal experience. My “aromatherapy of the week” is the Sleep edition! Yes… you read that correctly, it’s a scent that can put you to sleep! Do you have trouble falling asleep at night and find yourself scrolling through social media at three o’clock in the morning?
The Aromatherapy: Sleep is a fragrance that has essential oils that include lavender and cedar wood. Lavender is proven to initiate tranquility. Surprisingly, lavender oils have an enormous amount of health benefits! These benefits include things like it’s ability to eliminate alleviate pain and nervous tension, sterilize the scalp and skin, increase blood circulation, and treat respiratory problems. The reason lavender oil helps you sleep is because it helps your muscles relax and your heart rate to go down which is included in the first stages of your deepest sleep.
Cedar wood is a scent that you don’t hear as often but it has been proven to help you sleep! This scent comes from and is provided through the process of steam distillation from pieces of a cedar wood tree. The scent of cedar wood essential oil motivates the release of serotonin, which is switched into melatonin in the brain. Melatonin is what induces your usual deep sleep and helps you feel relaxed/calm. Cedar wood, like lavender oil, also has many health benefits besides helping you sleep. Scientists have proven that it relieves symptoms of eczema, prevents infections, and reduces inflammations and spasms.
Clearly, the reason people use these essential oils is not only to help them fall asleep but also to help them feel calm. People will often spray these essential oils on their pillows or put oil diffusers in the room which will fill the entire room with the scent. You can also buy this product at Bath and Body Works in a body lotion, a shower gel, a candle, etc. I know I will be investing more money, yet again, on this product because I am intrigued to see if it actually works. Studies have shown that most people who use the sleeping oil products say that it has worked for them.