My Favorite Essential Oils for Sleep

Are you looking for a natural sleep aid? In addition to numerous other health benefits, essential oils provide calming, soothing and stabilizing effects to your body that will help you to get all of the sleep that you need!

Clary Sage

The linalool and linalyl acetate in Clary Sage will provide feelings of calmness after a long day. In the Middle Ages, Clary Sage was used to soothe the skin.

This essential oil smells alluring and intoxicating. When I open a bottle of Clary Sage, I feel like I am being transported to a world of captivating beauty, similar to the world created by Monet, in his painting, “The Artist’s Garden at Giverny.” After diffusing Clary Sage in the living room, I discovered that it puts me into a sleepy trance!

Vetiver

Vetiver contains isovalencenol and khusimol which help to stabilize emotions. With its slightly sweet and enticing herbal scent, this thick essential oil is often used in perfumes. Tranquility in a bottle!

Cedarwood

Cedarwood contains cedrol and alpha-Cedrene which provide soothing benefits. Cedrol will also help to stabilize your mood. You can find Cedarwood in the biblical books of Leviticus and Numbers.

When I open a bottle of Cedarwood, it’s easy to imagine that I am under the stars and tall Red Cedar trees. The woody scent provides feelings of peace.

Ylang Ylang

Ylang Ylang contains carophyllene and germacrene-d which is a soothing chemical combination. Ylang Ylang has been used in perfumes (it has been called “The Perfume Tree”), weddings and religious ceremonies for centuries.

The floral scent of Ylang Ylang is sweet and uplifting. One whiff of it makes me feel happier and more relaxed. Ylang Ylang is like a healing balm for crazy emotions!

What are your favorite natural sleep aids?

This post was originally published on January 24, 2019; it was updated on November 1, 2019.

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Frankincense: The King of Health and Beauty

And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. Matthew 2:11

As a child, I knew that frankincense was given to baby Jesus, but I didn’t know what it was. I didn’t really give it a second thought until I received my first box of essential oils in the mail. I was really excited to break open each bottle. When I picked up the frankincense, I thought, “This one was given to baby Jesus. It will smell good for sure!”

Unfortunately, it didn’t really smell that good to me. In fact, it smelled kind of odd to me.

A few weeks later, I put the bottle away. I was in my first trimester of pregnancy and many smells made me really nauseous.

After a few months, when the nausea went away, I decided to give the oils another shot. One person advised me to put two drops of frankincense into my facial moisturizer. So I did. Wow! If the skin on my face could talk, it would’ve said, “What was that?! That felt amazing!” I also used coconut oil and frankincense on my baby when he had irritated, oozing skin around his ears. It worked like a charm. I also discovered that frankincense combined with lavender, melaleuca and coconut oil made an effective “Owie Spray” that smelled like fresh flowers.

I now know why frankincense was given to baby Jesus and why it is called “The King of Oils.” I encourage you to go on PubMed and read about all the new research being done on frankincense. It is a powerful, yet gentle oil that rejuvenates the skin and helps to lessen skin imperfections. Also, two drops under the tongue or on the roof of your mouth will support your immune, nervous and digestive systems (please note that oral and internal use is not recommended with every essential oil brand).

Looking for a natural health and beauty boost? Try the King of Oils! As always, for the sake of your health, choose pure essential oils of the highest quality.

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This post was originally published on December 20, 2018; it was updated on September 29, 2019.

More Water, Better Water

Feeling thirsty? Instead of choosing sugary drinks that raise your blood sugar and sabotage weight loss efforts, reach for water! Here are a few tips about water.

Drink high-quality water. Tap water contains pharmaceutical residue, heavy metals and other contaminants that wreak havoc on your gut. For water purification, I highly recommend the Berkey filter. The main filters in the Berkey can last up to 15 years and the fluoride filters can last up to two years. The water from this high-performing filter tastes wonderful!

Don’t drink from plastic water bottles. I have read that water from store-bought plastic bottles are sometimes more contaminated than tap water because the water is not properly purified or regulated. Furthermore, if the plastic was sitting out in a hot warehouse or in the hot sun, the heat might have compromised the plastic and the plastic might be leaching into the water. This is a health hazard! Instead of buying water from the store, I filter my water and use Klean Kanteen water bottles.

Drink more water. I have seen conflicting research on the daily recommended intake of water. Therefore, instead of worrying too much about meeting a “water quota” everyday, just try to drink as much as you can. Try to choose water instead of any other drink.

If you don’t like the taste of water, add something to it. You can add some organic lemon to your water. Just make sure that you rinse your mouth after ingesting lemon because it can damage your teeth. You can also put a drop of lemon essential oil into your water. If the essential oil has been extracted from the lemon’s rind, you don’t have to rinse out your mouth as the rind will not erode your teeth. Lemon essential oil is great for cleansing the body! Please ensure that the essential oil that you use is pure as ingesting an essential oil that is not pure can be dangerous for your health.

Don’t forget about the water in your shower. Just like the water that you drink affects your health, the water that gets on your skin and hair will affect your health as well. Therefore, you might want to buy a shower filter to avoid some of the toxins in the water. I’ve heard good things about Aquasana filters.

Do you use a shower filter?

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This post was originally published on November 6, 2018; it was updated on September 24, 2019.

DIY: Foaming Hand Soap

In a previous article entitled Toxic House, I wrote about the harmful chemicals that are lurking in our homes. My family has been using safer, eco-friendlier products since 2012. To save money this past year, I started to make some of my own products. Here is a very easy recipe for foaming hand soap!

Here’s what you need:

  • Soap Dispenser with Foaming Pump 250 mL/8.5 oz
  • Castile soap: 2 tablespoons
  • Vegetable glycerin or olive oil: 3 generous splashes (optional)
  • Essential oils: 5 drops (optional)
  • Water

Here’s where you get:

  • Soap Dispenser with Foaming Pump 250 mL/8.5 oz: Amazon
  • Castile soap: Thrive Market
  • Vegetable glycerin or olive oil: Thrive Market
  • Essential oils: Email me at contact@inspirationforwellness.com for the highest quality oils!
  • Water: Use filtered water if desired

I used to buy body care and supplements on Amazon, but I don’t do that anymore because I can’t be sure that I am getting what I am paying for. I ended up in the hospital with a bad allergic reaction and I think it was due to tainted products that I bought on Amazon.

Here’s what you do: 

Pour the castile soap, vegetable glycerin and essential oils into your dispenser. Fill the rest of the bottle with water, but do not fill it to the top because you need room for the pump. Shake the ingredients. You’re done!

The vegetable glycerin is optional, but I have found that the soap dries out my skin without it. You can use olive oil, but if you do, be aware that the soap dispenser will have a very noticeable yellow substance floating around inside of it. Also, if you use a plastic soap dispenser with essential oils, please note that the essential oils might degrade the plastic over time. If you are using essential oils for your soap, I recommend ylang ylang or geranium. Ylang ylang contains beta-caryophyllene which is soothing for the skin and geranium contains citronellol which is also good for the skin. Many people also love lavender which contains linalyl acetate and linalool. These chemical compounds provide a calming aroma.

Do you make your own hand soap? What ingredients do you use?

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This post was originally published on December 13, 2018 and updated on September 12, 2019.

What’s Lurking in Your Essential Oil Bottle?

Whenever I talk about health supplements and essential oils, I try to emphasize the importance of obtaining them from a reliable source. Many health supplements and essential oils on the market contain harmful synthetic substances. Because of this, if I wasn’t able to find a reputable source, I would skip them altogether! Luckily, when it comes to essential oils, I know who I can trust.

Transparency

Because essential oil particles are so tiny, and because they can penetrate the cells of my body, I need to know that I am buying a product that is 100% pure and organic—it cannot have contaminants or adulterants. Unfortunately, according to scientists at the Aromatic Plant Research Center, approximately 80% of the essential oils on the market have been contaminated or adulterated. These essential oils contain fake plant oil, they have been watered down with other substances, and/or they contain contaminants (like pesticides).

For the brand that I use, each batch is rigorously tested for purity and potency; I know this because each essential oil bottle that I buy has a lot number on the bottom. When I enter the number into the company’s database, I can see the testing that has been done on my particular essential oil batch—this testing has been signed off by a third party biochemist.

Indigenous Sourcing

If I try to grow lavender in my backyard, it will have a different chemical makeup than lavender grown in Bulgaria or France. Plants grown in different climates will not have the same chemical components and health benefits. Research has shown that plants are most potent when they are grown in their natural habitats. The company that I use searches the earth for plants with the most beneficial chemical profiles—and they only grow those plants in their natural habitats. This results in pure essential oils that provide the greatest health benefits!

Fair Trade, Sustainability, and Charity

I buy essential oils from a company that pays farmers a fair wage, and gives back to the farmers’ communities through various community improvement projects. When I buy essential oils, I am also helping to improve the lives of people in impoverished communities throughout the world!

Email me at contact@inspirationforwellness.com for the essential oil brand that I use!

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Reference

Demasi, S., Caser, M., Lonati, M., Cioni, P.L., Pistelli, L., Najar, B., & Scariot, V. (2018). Latitude and Altitude Influence Secondary Metabolite Production in Peripheral Alpine Populations of the Mediterranean Species Lavandula angustifolia Mill. Frontiers in Plant Science, https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpls.2018.00983/full