Sleep better, naturally…

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I read a news story recently that made me very sad. Sleep and anxiety pills are contributing to hundreds of deaths in Australia each year, according to a report released in August by the Penington Institute, which also highlighted that:

  • Drug deaths in Australia have hit a record high, at 142 fatalities a month, according to a report released in August by The Penington Institute.
  • Annual drug deaths almost doubled in the decade to 2016, in which more than 13,000 people lost their lives as a result of unintentional drug overdose. Drug deaths have overtaken our road toll.
  • Legal pharmaceutical drugs are the leading killer, though most people are dying with a combination of substances in their systems, one dangerous combination is prescription painkillers, sleeping tablets and alcohol (each one of these alone can depress the respiratory system).

It is mind-boggling and utterly devastating, isn’t it? 

I used to always have a packet of Temazepam handy, to help break the sleep deprivation cycle when life got stressful.  I found my last packet a few weeks ago, it still had three tablets left.  I looked at it for a good minute or so as I pondered whether I really needed to keep it, but I couldn’t even remember the last time I had one, so I gladly threw it in the bin.

I used to be one of those people that would lie awake for a good hour or so, or sometimes hours, trying to get to sleep.  I’ve always been a very light sleeper, guaranteed to be woken by the slightest noise.  However, recently my housemate commented about a car alarm that had gone off outside my window at 2am, I didn’t believe him, because I didn’t hear a thing!

What’s my secret?  Lavender and Frankincense essential oils my friends.

Essential oils love fat, and our bodies are made up of fat, so when you mix these with a carrier oil and apply topically it carries the essential oil molecules into your bloodstream so they can do their magic.  It’s rare now for me to be lying awake more than half an hour, and I get a much deeper and more restful sleep.  Oh, and I don’t wake up feeling groggy like I did after a Temazepam.

All essential oils are not created equal and the importance of using a high quality, 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oil, cannot be underestimated if you want this blend to have the desired effect.

For this reason the only oils I use and recommend are doTERRA oils, because  the purity and potency is guaranteed, unlike many essential oil brands that claim to be pure but are often adulterated, which impacts how the oil works in your body.  Synthetic essential oil molecules are bigger, so they can’t penetrate our cells in the way that 100% pure essential oil molecules can.

doTERRA essential oils are independent third party tested and for any single doTERRA essential oil you can go to www.sourcetoyou.com.au and enter the batch code to find out the exact chemical make up of that bottle of oil.  Talk about taking transparency to the next level, hey? If you would like to order doTERRA oils wholesale, you can purchase them through me here.

What you will need:
10ml coloured glass roller bottle*
8** drops lavender essential oil
8** drops frankincense***
Fractionated coconut oil

* I recommend coloured glass because it doesn’t allow sunlight in, which destroys the therapeutic benefits of the oil. Metal roller balls glide on more easily than plastic ones.

** This dosage is for adults. For babies, use 1 drop essential oil to 10ml carrier oil, and children aged 2+ use 2 drops.

*** You can use lavender on it’s own if you don’t have frankincense, or substitute with/add Vetiver or Roman chamomile, which are also great for sleep.

If you’d like to learn what the world’s leading medical database has to say about frankincense and lavender essential oils head to PubMed to check out countless studies.

Lavender and Frankincense both come in doTERRA’s Home Essentials Kit, which is the kit most people start their essential oils journey with (it comes with the top 10 oils every home should have + a diffuser + your wholesale membership fee).

If you’d like to get started on your essential oils journey and would like my support, feel free to email me at zara@ohmygoodness.net – we can arrange a time to chat about what you’d like to use essential oils for and I can offer suggestions on the best way to get started, provide you with resources and ongoing support.

Note:
The information share on Oh My Goodness is based on my own personal experience and beliefs and what I do may not be right for everybody.  I encourage anyone with health concerns to seek advice from medical professionals, nutritionists, explore natural therapies and do your own research too.

 

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Zara is a healthy home consultant, author and keynote speaker on a mission to empower 1 million people to takes steps towards a healthier home. Zara learned about the link between our homes and our health after going through two different types of cancer. Zara is passionate about shining the spotlight on what she believes to be the least understood health challenges of our time, and sharing the things she wishes she had known, that could have prevented the illnesses she has been through. Recognised as one of Australia’s leading health influencers, Zara was a finalist in the 2014 Bupa Health Influencer of the Year Awards. She has appeared on TEN News, Today Show and The Project, been featured in the Herald Sun, I Quit Sugar, and contributed Medibank’s Be. Magazine and Fairfax health online publications. Zara contributed to the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s first comprehensive report on breast cancer in young women in Australia.

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