Your alarm clock sounds, and you’re up like a flash. You get yourself going and then systematically ready everyone else in your family. After breakfast, you’re constantly on the move: working, cleaning, chasing, driving, cooking, bath-time, bedtime …go, go, go until finally, your head hits the pillow.
After running your palace, your body is completely exhausted, yet there you lie. Mind spinning and swirling, trying to plan out tomorrow’s agenda.
You can’t sleep.
Does this sound familiar? Do you need some help relaxing and getting some well-deserved, or in my case, super-needed, beauty sleep? Give aromatherapy a try. What could be easier than putting a diffuser with a carefully chosen, relaxing scent beside your bed and taking some deep, soothing breaths of aromatic splendor?
Sounds nice, doesn’t it? It’s a simple indulgence which offers sweet rejuvenation as its reward. Find some inner peace, and drift off to dreamland by enjoying these fragrances at bedtime:
Lavender. Lavender is popular in perfumes and relaxation products for both children and adults. Why? Because it has such a calming effect on the nervous system and can leave your muscles relaxed and tension-free. Added sniff bonus: It’s great for your digestive system and has natural anti-depressant qualities in its fragrance.
Chamomile. You’ve probably heard about chamomile tea, but the aroma itself has fabulous drowse-inducing qualities.
Sandalwood. Also known for relieving nervous tension, sandalwood will help your mind and body relax so you can score a date with the elusive Mr. Sandman.
Sage. It’s not just a yummy stuffing ingredient! Sage has a calming effect and can soothe you to sleep. And they’ve been blaming the post Thanksgiving coma on the turkey all these years. For shame.
Jasmine. Jasmine is found in perfumes, but also can lull you into a sweet slumber. Added sniff bonus: Jasmine also has an aphrodisiac quality to it. If you’re looking for a romp before a rest, try this scent first.
There are different ways that you can use aromatherapy. Your chosen method is a matter of personal taste. Some women like to add a few drops of these oils to a relaxing bath, while others like a diffuser beside their bed. Other options include massage (I’m thinking jasmine…wink, wink), misting some in the air, sprinkling some on your pillow (you can get some specifically made for this so it won’t stain) or some eye masks even come with fragrance beads sewn right in.
If you’re an on-the-go gal who could use some extra help getting to sleep, give some consideration to aromatherapy. There are a variety of scents that can aid you in grabbing the ‘zs you need tonight, so you can keep up with your daytime routine tomorrow. Get a whiff of some fragrant serenity and you’ll be getting your beauty rest in no time.
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