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Aromatherapy: Scents for Sleep

While all five senses play an important role in your quest for better sleep, your sense of smell may be more significant than expected. Smell is directly linked to the cortex where cognitive recognition occurs in the deepest regions of the brain. In the time it takes you to pinpoint a particular aroma, the scent has already activated the limbic system, thus triggering a deep emotional response in the exact location where our emotions are born and developed.

Studies have shown that specific aromatherapy essential oils can help relieve stress, relax the body, and promote better sleep. Here are five scents that can help you breathe, relax, and sleep:

  1. Lavender:
    The scent of lavender has been used for centuries to help calm, soothe, and sedate restless sleepers. Modern research has found that lavender increases slow-wave sleep, the very deep slumber in which the heartbeat slows and muscles relax. The brain is thought to organize memory during this phase as well.
  2. Jasmine:
    Derived from the phrase “heavenly felicity,” the scent of Jasmine has intrigued poets and perfumers for thousands of years with its rich, warm floral scent. This aroma is often used to sedate the nervous system, relieve headaches, and ease insomnia.
  3. Mandarin:
    Tangy and sweet, the zesty fragrance of mandarin will lift your spirits and tingle your senses. Breathe deeply and allow this rejuvenating scent to relieve tension and invigorate the mind and body.
  4. Sandalwood:
    The soft, warm fragrance of sandalwood relaxes brain waves and calms the nervous system. With an age-old reputation as an aphrodisiac, mood lifter, and mild sedative, sandalwood is a time-tested companion for relaxation.
  5. Eucalyptus:
    Rid the clouded mind of mental fatigue and exhaustion with the refreshingly crisp scent of eucalyptus. Known to aide in the relief of sinus and lung congestion, the reviving aroma of eucalyptus helps to clear blocked nasal passages and bestow a calm, peaceful sleep.

 

So why not add a little olfactory oomph to your schedule—breathe in and catch back your calm today. Are there any scents that bring you sleep success? Comment below or visit our Facebook page!

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