Essential Oils: A Soothing Addition to Healthy Sleep
Healthy sleep is vital for a healthy child and family. Like many families our family struggled with our children’s sleep. We worked, did our research and implemented a great plan to help our second child sleep well. He was sleeping through the night, but we still had a restless night here and there. It was the use of essential oils that added just that little something to help him sleep just a bit better.
The keys to helping your child obtain healthy sleep lie in a soothing bedtime routine, an age appropriate schedule, an independent sleeper, a safe sleep environment and a sleep conducive environment. Essential oils can be a helpful addition in creating a soothing bedtime routine, peaceful sleep environment with deep feelings of relaxation and calmness.
Why Are Essential Oils Helpful For Sleep?
Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for their calming and soothing properties that can help relax the body and mind. The unique properties found in certain essential oils make them useful for promoting an environment that is conducive for sleep.
There are a wide variety of essential oils, and each oil has its own set of benefits. With such a variety of oils that help sleep, individuals can find an oil that works best for them. Some chemical ingredients can give soothing or calming properties, while other ingredients can make an oil cleansing, cooling, or invigorating. Each person’s needs and rituals are a little bit different when it comes to sleep, which makes essential oils a useful agent for creating a quality sleeping environment.
When looking for essential oils for your family, it is important to know that your aromatherapy essential oils are pure therapeutic grade. Some store bought essential oils can have unwanted ingredients like fillers, pesticides, chemicals, fragrance and other synthetic additives, which don’t have the same healing benefits as pure oil.
What Essential Oils Aid Sleep?
Lavender has been used and cherished for centuries for its unmistakable aroma and myriad benefits. In ancient times, the Egyptians and Romans used Lavender for bathing, relaxation, cooking, and as a perfume. It is often considered a must-have oil to keep on hand at all times due to its versatile uses, including calming and relaxing properties that promote peaceful sleep and ease feelings of tension.
Petitgrain delivers calming and relaxing benefits to ease feelings of tension and stress. This essential oil is derived from the bitter orange tree, which has a long history of use in traditional health practices. Historically, Petitgrain has been used for cleaning purposes and it has been used internally to support healthy immune system and nervous system function.
doTERRA Serenity Restful Blend has a calming and relaxing aroma that provides a unique user experience. This perfectly balanced, tranquil blend can be felt immediately, transporting the user to a state of blissful repose. doTERRA Serenity combines essential oils renowned for their ability to lessen feelings of tension and calm emotions and support a restful sleep when used aromatically.
Known for its rich hue and warm, woody scent, Cedarwood essential oil provides a myriad of benefits. When applied topically, Cedarwood has clarifying properties. Cedarwood is frequently used in massage therapy to relax and soothe the mind and body.
Vetiver, a member of the grass family, is grown for many reasons. Unlike other grasses, the root system of Vetiver grows down, making it ideal for helping to prevent erosion and providing soil stabilization. Due to Vetiver’s calming, grounding effect on the emotions, it is an ideal oil to use in massage therapy. It can also be rubbed on the feet before bedtime to promote a restful night’s sleep.
Often called the “king of oils,” Frankincense promotes feelings of peace and overall wellness when used aromatically, while topical and internal uses provide modern health benefits.
Roman Chamomile grows close to the ground, reaching only up to a foot in height. It has gray-green leaves, flowers that resemble a daisy, and smells like apple. The plant has been nicknamed the “plant’s physician” because it has positive effects on plants growing nearby. While the most common use of chamomile is in teas, Roman Chamomile can also be found in face creams, drinks, hair dyes, shampoos, and perfumes. Roman Chamomile has a calming effect on the skin, mind, and body. It can soothe body systems as it supports calming effects for the skin, mind and body
How to Use Essential Oils with Children?
Any of the essential oils can be used aromatically, and there are great benefits to using them this way. Numerous studies have investigated the effect of aroma on reducing anxious feelings, alleviating stress, and improving mood. Placing an essential oil diffuser near your bed or in your bedroom will allow you to breathe in the relaxing aroma of the oil as you drift off to sleep. You can create your own bedtime diffuser blends by mixing a few essential oils together.
Adding essential oils to a warm bath can help calm and comfort your little one’s body and mind before bed. Simply add a few drops of an essential oil to a warm bath.
Another simple way to enjoy the aromatic benefits of essential oils and promote quality sleep is by applying oils to your pillows and bedding. Combine a few drops of an essential oil and a few ounces of water in a spray bottle and spritz the combination over your pillows and bedding. Your little one will be surrounded by the relaxing, comforting aroma of essential oils.
When applying on your child’s skin, always use a carrier oil and dilute appropriately when using essential oils on babies and children. Carrier oils help dilute the very concentrated essential oils. They help aid in distributing the oils evenly, and they prevent the essential oils from evaporating too quickly. A great way to incorporate this into your bedtime routine is through massage. This can be very soothing and comforting for your child.
doTerra offers a Fractionated Coconut Oil, which is an absorbent and light carrier oil that will help to increase essential oil distribution while leaving skin feeling smooth and soft. You may also use olive oil, almond oil, grapeseed oil, and jojoba oil. Dilution ratios are as follows:
Baby: approximately 1-2 drops per 2 tablespoons of carrier oil,
Toddler: 1-2 drops per 1/2-1 teaspoon for a toddler or preschooler.
Apply to the bottom of your little one’s feet, behind the ears and on the chest.
My Family’s Bedtime Routine
My kids love their nightly oil routine. I rub a couple of drops of lavender on the bottoms of their feet, chest and the backs of their earlobes. I then put a drop of Frankincense into my hands, rub together and massage into their foreheads and scalps. The massage itself relaxes both of my kiddies into a peaceful slumber. Afterwards, I diffuse with my own personal favorite blends.
Take it from me, I had my share of nightmares in the first several months (10 months to be exact), of my second baby’s life. After being consistent with my sleep routines as well as utilizing essential oils, my husband and I found our own form of zen.
In happy health and good sleep!
Sherisse Marion joined doTERRA in her search of more natural solutions to help support the health and wellness of her family. Upon learning more, she immediately recognized the powerful benefits of essential oils.
In addition to using essential oils for sleep, she uses it for just about everything; boosting immunity, more energy, gaining clarity during those foggy days, anxiety, non-toxic cleaning….the list goes on.
Besides sharing her love for essential oils, Sherisse enjoys yoga, running, cooking and going on fun adventures with her husband and two kids. You can lean more about essential oils on Sherisse’s website my.doterra.com/sherissemarion1 or contact her directly via email firstname.lastname@example.org.