If you have trouble sleeping, or if you don’t get enough sleep, you can find yourself suffering from headaches, high blood pressure, and even weight gain… considering that most people skimp on sleep and then pump their body full of coffee the next day, it’s not surprising why many suffer from migraines as often as they do.
You also risk a compromise of your immune system (leading to the normal winter flu & cold).
Thankfully, with a few simple changes you can sleep easier at night.
This sleep rub is wonderful to slather on your kids at night – or, the bottom of your feet under a thick pair of socks.
The bottom of the feet, wrist and behind the ears are 3 of the best places to apply essential oils to your body. You should aim to apply essential oils to the feet over any other part – for many reasons.
Less Sensitive: The bottoms of the feet are the least sensitive part of the body – making them the perfect place to try out essential oils. When you are applying essential oils to the bottom of the feet, they are absorbed quickly because the feet has larger pores.
Since the feet are the least sensitive, they are the best place for those hot oils like Oregano, Peppermint, Thieves and Clove.
Easy Absorption: The feet have the largest pores of the entire body – this allows the essential oils to be absorbed more quickly and to reach the bloodstream faster. There are only two places on your body that have sebaceous glands – these glands cover the body and help waterproof the skin.
The feet and hands are the only two places on the body without sebaceous glands – because of that, items applied to those areas are absorbed more quickly.
Reflexology Points: The feet are full of reflexology points – you can find reflexology charts online that show pictures of the feet with corresponding internal organis or body parts. Reflexology allows for each reflex point of the feet to act as a sort of mirror to correspond to a particular organ in the body.
This sleep rub combines several essential oils to include Cedarwood, Lavender and Peace and Calming. ‘
You can use all 3, or if you prefer, keep it simple and use Lavender on it’s own – which is incredible for helping them relax at night.
If you are struggling with rest at night, Cedarwood is one of the best essential oils to use to achieve support. We usually combine Cedarwood with Lavender in the diffuser for the bedrooms, and within just a few minutes we are sleeping soundly. But you can apply topically, too.
The scent of Cedarwood can induce the release of serotonin, which is converted into melatonin in the brain. Melatonin induces fatigue and calm, restorative sleep.
If you are using for your kids, you can forego the Cedarwood and use Lavender – it’s gentle for children and will help support a healthy rest when applied to their chest, back or bottoms of their feet.
The rub is relatively easy to put together – it only takes a few minutes! This is how we put ours together.