Since the beginning of time humans have always used essential oils or more commonly known as aromatherapy for many reasons. From religious rituals, to cosmetics and medical natural remedies were very effective.
Many of our ancestors used plant based oils to help promote deep sleep and relaxing. Today the practice is widely used as holistic medicine and is becoming mainstream. Essential oils are an inexpensive highly effective way to sleep better, reduce anxiety and improve your overall well-being.
The science of natural oils
When we smell anything familiar, our brains are wired to link the specific smell to a specific memory or moment. This is because our sense of smell is directly wired to out amygdala, the part of the brain that holds and processes memories and emotions. When our noses smell anything, the cells follow the olfactory nerve which is connected to the anagdayla. Whereas other senses such as touch, hear or sight go directly to the thalamus, our sense of smell is unique as it goes directly to the amadgldaya. This in turns links smells to memories which in turns affects our mind and body. Many plant based oils have natural chemicals that promote relaxation and calm within our system. This is extremely helpful for people who experience stress and anxiety, insomnia, depression and other issues.
Lavender is the most popular amongst essential oils for reducing anxiety and improving sleep. Lavender has sleep inducing chemical properties known as linalyl acetate and linalool. These two chemical elements inhibit neurotransmitters. They are also absorbed more rapidly by your bloodstream than other sleep inducing chemicals. Lavender also increase slow - wave sleep which is vital for resting state. During this resting state slow-wave sleep lowers heart rate which ultimately increase relaxation. Many studies have found that people who used lavender have slept more soundly and also have less feelings of anxiety.
Another popular essential oil is chamomile which has been used has a natural remedy to treat inflammation, anxiety and insomnia. This is because chamomile is highly concentrated with a chemical called apigenin that links to your brain receptors that promote sleep and reduce anxiety. Insert study
The earthy smell of sandalwood takes anyone to a rich, lush forest filled with trees. This essential oils has a property called santalol that promotes a calming effect. Santalol lowers the heart rate and increase mood stability throughout out body. Studies found that those who used sandalwood has a more restful sleep. In addition to help calm the body, sandalwood also has many benefits for healthy looking skin.
Although citrus is used for energy, it can actually be a powerful tool when trying to sleep. Citrus is rich in vitamin C which is highly effective in reducing anxiety and depression. If you are having trouble sleeping before bed because of your anxiety, citrus, grapefruit or any plant in the family group will help lower your anxiety.
Rosemary is an ancient herb with so many benefits such as reducing anxiety, insomnia and depression. Rosemary has a unique compound called cineole which helps promote learning and memory retention. As a result, Rosemary helps produce vivid dreaming and increase REM state in the sleep cycle.
Germanium / Rose are known to produce a sweet smell which is why it’s found in many bath bomb, soaps and other fragrance. Germanisms also have may powerful chemical compounds that increase sleep while decreasing stress. Chemicals found in germaniums are Linalool, Geranyl formate, Citronellol, and Geraniol which all contribute to overall wellbeing.
Resty Sleep Spray is a sleep inducing all natural product that includes all the oils mentioned above.