The Power of Smell - Sleepy Time

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The Power of Smell - Sleepy Time

Oils that will help you fall asleep in 5 minutes flat.

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The right blend of aromas can even soothe you to sleep. With rest being directly tied to our sense of smell, we think it deserves more attention.

Scents are an underutilized tool for rest and relaxation. While noise, light, and room temperature all play a role, the right aroma or essential oil might be the key to unlocking the sleep your body needs to regenerate.

The olfactory nerve, which controls the sense of smell, connects directly to the brain. That’s why scents can trigger memory, alter your mood and prompt physical responses. Certain scents may cause your breath to quicken or heart rate to rise (lemon), while others have the opposite effect, calming the body, reducing anxiety, and relaxing the mind and muscles. Using the right essential oils at bedtime can induce those tranquil effects and help your body get the deep sleep it needs.

The Best Essential Oils for Sleep

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**Lavender and Geranium Flower Oil **

Lavender is much more than a pretty garden flower; it’s the source of one of the most powerful essential oils. Lavender oil calms the nervous system and makes brain waves more relaxed, two beneficial states when you need to sleep. The evidence isn’t just anecdotal. Various studies support the anti-anxiety properties of lavender, while others revealed that the essential oil can lower blood pressure and reduce heart rate and skin temperature. Geranium Flower oil Alleviates Anxiety promotes emotional wellness, it relieves stress, improves circulation and depression.

Ylang Ylang and Valerian Root Oil

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Ylang Ylang hails from the flower of a tree that grows in Southeast Asia. Studies support the theory that the floral, aromatic fragrance works as a stress reliever and lowers heart rate and blood pressure. The scent helps relax the body and can even serve as an antidepressant, an ideal essential oil for sleep. Valerian Root Oil has long been known to help sleep difficulties, along with restlessness, stress and even mild tremors. One of the best sleep aids available.

Bergamot and Tangerine Peel Oil

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A cross between a lemon and an orange, bergamot is a hybrid fruit with a sweet citrus scent. Studies have shown that when bergamot essential oil is used in aromatherapy, and on the skin can relieve anxiety, reduce stress and calm the body and mind in preparation for sleep, couples with Tangerine oil peel which also relieves muscle spasms, and is great for insomnia relief, along with other benefits.

Cedarwood Oil and Frankincense oil

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As the name implies, cedarwood oil comes from the wood of the cedar tree. According to studies, the rich, woody scent has a sedative effect that promotes restfulness. This essential oil is also great for insomnia as it helps the body release melatonin, which aids in sleep. Frankincense oil in aromatherapy, inhaling the scent of an essential oil (or absorbing it through the skin) is thought to send messages to the limbic system, a brain region that influences our emotions and nervous systems. Proponents suggest that essential oils may affect a number of biological factors, such as heart rate, stress levels, blood pressure, breathing, and immune function.

Frankincense essential oil is also used as an ingredient in perfume, incense, and skin care products. Frankincense essential oil is also used to alleviate stress and relieve pain.

Roman Chamomile

Roman chamomile is a plant native to northwestern Europe and Northern Ireland. It has long been used in the treatment of insomnia, but most reports of its effectiveness are anecdotal. Though the essential oil hasn’t been studied in depth, some findings indicate it reduces stress and anxiety and promotes relaxation, so why not try it for insomnia?

How to Use Essential Oils for Sleep

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To use these and other essential oils for sleep, release the scent into the air with a diffuser or gently rub a few drops onto pulse points on the body, like the back of your neck, center of your wrists, or soles of your feet. Regularly use these essential oils as part of your bedtime routine, and you may finally enjoy the full nights of deep sleep you’ve been missing. mail

9 Essential Oils That Will Make You Fall Asleep in 5 Minutes Flat

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If your beauty sleep is in need of a serious boost, we've got just the remedy: essential oils. Sure, they smell amazing, but their benefits go beyond their scents. These incredible concoctions provide an all-natural alternative to the average sleep supplement. Not only do essential oils with a sedative effect promote sleep, but they can also diminish anxiety, lower blood pressure, and relieve stress that builds up throughout the day. Apply them in a variety of ways: through a diffuser or rub on pulse points as discussed above. You may also add them to a cream for hydration of the skin as well. SLEEP WELL!

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This offer is only valid today, July 3rd, through Thursday July 5th at 11:59pm.

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Wet Wraps for Eczema?

"Wet Wraps" for Eczema have as their purpose to get the skin wet by bathing for 20 minutes or more, and then applying a moisturizing cream and wrapping the skin with moist or wet cloth.  The theory is that this is the best way to "trap" moisture in the skin of the Eczema victims.  

Wet Wraps Warning! - The problem with wet wraps is that the results are not much better than with other conventional treatments and the risk of bacteria leading to infection is higher (see study: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2082699/ ).

Trying wet wraps at home - If you want to give wet wraps a try, lets start by not putting chemicals in the bath tub you are bathing in.   First way to mess up this process is adding high PH soaps or suds to the bath water.  This is a no no.  Next, don't add any shampoo, conditioner, body wash or bubble bath which contain sulfates.  Finally, put something in the bath that can actually help the skin, like aloe vera, shea butter, hemp seed oil, olive oil etc.   

Finally, what is the best product to use for a Wet Wrap?   GoodOnYa Skin Treat Cream of course!  It contains every vitamin, mineral, trace mineral and amino acid the skin needs for cellular regeneration as well as shea butter, aloe vera, hemp seed oil, coconut oil, etc.  Add in the Manuka Honey and you can help fight the bacteria that makes the wet wrap an infection risk.    

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Microdermabrasion vs chemical peel

Microdermabrasion or chemical peel?  Which is better?  Safer?  Most effective?

Microdermabrasion or dermabrasion typically consists of using tiny grains of salt, sugar or nut shells to take away the top dead layer of skin cells.  Chemical peel does the same thing buy using acid to burn it off chemically.  

In either case, you can help diminish fine lines, wrinkles, skin discoloration, dark spots, and minor scarring.  But, depending on the strength of the acid used in the chemical peel, you can sometimes go too far.  It is a sort of minor surgery in that you wind up with a 2nd degree burn which can cause infection, swelling, pain and even crusting.  Some patients report redness, skin discoloration (lighter or darker) or scarring.  

The best course of action would consist then of a microdermabrasion combined with a very light acid.  

Remember, your skin PH is slightly acidic anyway at 5.5 PH (water is neutral at 7).  So, if you bring the microdermabrasion PH down to say, 4.5 with natural fruit acids, and don't use large grains, but microscopic natural powders, you would have the best of both worlds.  

If an organic natural version of this could be made, and one could do microdermabrasion at home in just 5 minutes, that would be amazing.  

Guess what?  That's what we did with the GoodOnYa Microdermabrasion Scrub!

 

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