‘Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are…’ the words most of us heard in our childhood, sang by our parents, to get us to sleep. These soft words brought us calmness and nurtured our mind so strongly that we could fall asleep in a blink of an eye. Nowadays, we go back to nature to nurture our minds and help us sleep. Our senses, touch, sight, hearing, smell and taste have more impact on our sleeping quality than we might know.
In Nurture your Sleep we will talk about how sleeping oils impact our body and mind and help us sleep better.
‘Up above the world so high, like a diamond in the sky…’. Do you ever wonder what is out there when looking at the sky? Is it Heaven, where our souls go? Or maybe outer space when the aliens live? We are not too sure about that, yet we can thank our brain for the ability to look and to think about those things.
We all know that the brain connects the body and soul, but do you know which part of your brain is responsible for senses and emotions? The limbic system, a small part of your brain, has an incredible impact on us and is the answer you might have been looking for. It is responsible not only for how we feel and act but also for what we smell, see and hear.
The smell is the most sensitive of the 5 senses and nearly 75% of emotions are prompted by scent. Aromachology is the science that explores the influence of scent on human behaviour.
Studies have shown that scents have an incredible impact on consistent sleep at nights. Oils from plants such as lavender, basil, sweet marjoram and juniper were shown to improve the sense of general well-being and therefore they helped with the quality of sleep.
‘Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are…’ So, where does the nature connect to the nurture and help us with our sleep?
Anatomē. is a brand that believes that botanicals and essential oils have potential in supporting emotional and physical health. Their expert team of aromacologists and nutritionists combines the very best of nature and science to restore calm to our lives. Depending on your struggles with sleep, Anatomē, offers different sleeping oils to help you.
‘Hush, little baby, don’t say a word, papa’s gonna buy you a mockingbird…’ If these words no longer help you fall asleep, lavender oil could be your saver.
Studies done on lavender, have shown that its scent inhibits several neurotransmitters in the brain. This results in a sedative-like and pain-relieving effect. Moreover, it helps to lower the heart rate and reduce anxiety. Three types of lavender, French, Cornish and Himalayan, used in this essential oil blend promote relaxation and support a deeper, more restorative sleep.
‘And if that mockingbird won’t sing, papa’s gonna buy you a diamond ring…’ Some of us dream of diamonds, and some dream of a night full of good sleep.
We all work every day to our full potential, at a full speed. Sometimes we do not even realise that our minds are on 24/7. The constant circle of life can make it difficult to wind down before bedtime. Sleepless nights can increase anxiety levels up to 30% in the following day. This leads to stress, mental health issues and an unbalanced mood.
Somali Frankincense has been carefully chosen for its high concentration in terpenes, which are known to decrease cortisol levels. Because high cortisol levels delay the sleep process and fragment sleep, Frankincense is recommended to help overactive minds achieve a night of more restorative sleep.
‘And if that diamond ring turns brass, papa’s gonna buy you a looking glass…’ We have mentioned before that lavender oil can be helpful when you are struggling to fall asleep, but it is not the only one. There is one more essential oil worth looking at when this occurs. For people who have a hard time falling asleep, the chamomile sleep blend is proven to have calming properties.
German Chamomile is rich in apigenin, a phytochemical that binds to specific brain receptors inducing sleep. This enables the body and mind to relax and fall asleep. It also helps the brain achieve full sleep cycles and make you sleep soundly throughout the night.
Roman Chamomile is mainly composed of esters of angelic and tiglic acids. In medicine, it is used to treat nervous problems, headache and other health disturbances. Fun fact, for centuries, it has been used as a light sedative, so make sure you use it properly!
‘And if that looking glass gets broke, papa’s gonna buy you a billy goat…’ Just like a billy goat, some of us might be spending nights, constantly tossing and turning.
For light sleepers, Anatomē centred Japanese Seaweed essential oil blend for sleep and anxiety around natural botanicals which promote deeper sleep.
Japanese Seaweed contains great amounts of polyphenols, therefore the oil is capable of inducing sleep and decreasing sleep latency. Additionally, this sleeping blend has oils of English Peppermint. It is yet another botanical that is known for its positive impact on sleep. This blend encourages a night of continuous and unbroken deep sleep.
‘And if that billy goat won’t pull,
Papa’s gonna buy you a cart and bull
And if that cart and bull turn over,
Papa’s gonna buy you a dog named Rover
And if that dog named Rover won’t bark
Papa’s gonna buy you a horse and cart
And if that horse and cart fall down,
You’ll still be the sweetest little baby in town.‘
You can find our more about Anatomē’s Sleep Better collection here.
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