Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Aromatherapy in the Bedroom!!

The bedroom is where you are likely to spend seven to eight hours out of every twenty four. You may think the ambiance of your bedroom is not that important as you are asleep in there most of the time but that is so far from the truth! The quality of your sleep plays a large part in your general well being.

Some people seem to have the ability to sleep almost anywhere at any time (and I must confess I am one of these!) but for most of us the environment needs to be right for really deep and refreshing sleep.

Keeping your bedrooms clear of clutter is important for encouraging restful sleep as it is thought to smooth the flow of 201Cchi201D and create a harmonious atmosphere. Make sure you hang up your clothes and put your shoes away at the end of the day.

If you are having problems sleeping use essential oils in a nice, warm bath before you go to bed or use them in a burner. Remember though that even soothing aromas can stop you from sleeping if they are too strong including Lavender!

You can give your bed linen a lovely fragrance by adding essential oils to your laundry routine. Add 2 drops of Lavender to water in a plant spray and spray your pillowcases before ironing remember to shake the mixture well before each use.

Do be aware when using the oilier, thicker and more deeply coloured oils with any fabric they may stain and are also more difficult to wash out.

Dream oils

Clary Sage, Vertiver and Helichrysum essential oils all have a reputation for bringing on vivid dreams and helping you to recall dreams. This may not help you get a good nights sleep but some people like to use their dreams to access what is going on in their subconscious.
However, if you suffer from bad dreams or nightmares avoid these oils and use Roman Chamomile instead. This oil is frequently used for relieving nightmares and can be use in a warm bath or on a cotton wool ball tucked under your pillow.

A place for peace

You may really value your bedroom as a place to be alone in or to chill out in especially if you share your home with others. Choose oils which help you to wind down use quiet time in your room to help re-balance your energy and to help release negativity. Your state of mind when you go to bed has an effect on the quality of sleep and your mood when you wake up. If you are finding life difficult remind yourself of what you have achieved during the day (no matter how small it may seem) and let go of any difficulties you have faced. This will help you make a fresh start the following day.

Room for romance
A top tip from holistic therapy in Spain: Essential oils such as Jasmine, Neroli and Sandalwood have been used as aphrodisiacs for many years but there are many others you can use. Put them in a burner or buy fragranced candles.

(sourced by AromatherapyChoice.com)

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