Monday, January 10, 2011

Exhausted Nation: Essential Oils and Aromatherapy

Sleep, like an elusive lover escapes the embrace of 40 million Americans  a year.  Americans' lack of sleep runs up $16 billion dollars in medical costs per annum.   If you are among those tossing and turning at night, it may be some small consolation to know that you are not alone.

There are many reasons for insomnia. Depression and stress are key culprits and medical evaluation and psychotherapy may be called for. However there are times when we experience disturbed sleep due to life situations.   Aromatherapy can help.

Lemon balm or Melissa officinalis is an essential oils dispensed by aromatherapists that mimics the action of a benzodiazapene which is a category of sleeping pills that stimulate the neurotransmitter gamma-amniobutyric acid (GABA). GABA is essential for the proper functioning of the brain and the central nervous system.  It has the effect of reducing excessive brain activity and promoting a state of calm leading to sleep.  GABA produces endorphins the feel good hormones which are secreted during exercise.

So next time you find yourself tossing and turning, don't panic.  Aromatherapy offers many you many options for potential relief. 

A qualified aromatherapist can expertly blend an aromatic sleeping potion including Melissa along with other essential oils such as sandalwood, frankincense and neroli.  If you are allergic to Melissa let your aromatherapist know.  There are many other oils which can work very effectively on insomnia.  Your essential oil synergy for sleep may serve double duty and be blended into your face or body cream or lotion.  You can also choose to diffuse the oils in an electric diffuser, or you can spritz your room and linen with your customized blend.  Your aromatherapist may decide to create a roll-on for you or recommend a cool compress steeped in water infused with essential oils. Visit for professionally custom blended essential oils to promote sleep.
This article is intended for informational purposes only.  It is not intended to diagnose or treat.

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