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Shift Worker Now Packs A Diffuser In His Work Bag

Author: Nina W.
Skill: Clergy
Date: 05-14-2015
Views: 1,370
Word Count: 259
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 10630-OR
Scientific Studies: 7

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When I was first introduced to therapeutic-grade essential oils, I had become fascinated with Lavender oil. So of course it was the first essential oil that I tried and used. In fact, I diffused it in my bedroom the very night that I got home with my Premium Starter Kit.

I followed the instructions on the diffuser that I received in my kit, adding 3-4 drops of Lavender essential oil to some tap water in the tank. Then I began to diffuse. I fell in love with the aroma and the feeling of peace that it gave me. I also slept very well that night.

When I woke up in the morning, I could not wait for my husband to get home from his regular 7-day shift. He suffers from shift work sleep disorder (a.k.a. SWSD or SWD). Every 10 days his shift changes from nights to days. Therefore he has much trouble getting a good night's rest. Now you can see why I could not wait for him to come home!

So when my husband finally did get home, I told him all about my Lavender experience. He then graciously lent himself to a trial. I proceeded to implement the same regimen for him that I had used on myself.

When my husband woke up the next morning, he said, "I think I am still asleep. I did not get up once last night!" We were both very excited about this. Needless to say, I now pack his work bag with a diffuser and a bottle of Lavender essential oil.

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1."Valerian may be an alternative treatment for the symptom management of [restless legs syndrome] RLS with positive health outcomes and improved quality of life, [including improved sleep quality and decreased daytime sleepiness]."Link
2."This double-blind study suggests a significant reduction in snoring reported by bed partners in a group of snoring volunteers using either an essential oil spray or gargle formulation."Link
3."Women [with insomnia] receiving aromatherapy experienced a significant improvement in sleep quality after intervention."Link
4.Valerian improves the sleep of insomniacs after benzodiazepine (tranquilizer) withdrawal. "Valerian subjects reported significantly better subjective sleep quality than placebo ones...."Link
5."[T]he lavender fragrance had a beneficial effect on insomnia and depression in women college students."Link
6."Lavender, mint [peppermint], orange, rose, chamomile, rosemary, and sage were used.... Depression levels in the touch-music-aroma therapy group... showed a larger decrease than in the... control groups [that did not include aromatherapy].... [FMS] symptoms such as restless sleep, headache, morning fatigue, exhaustion, feeling like crying, and bowel complaints were also significantly reduced."Link
7."Lavender essential oil has been used as an anxiolytic [anxiety] drug, a mood stabilizer, a sedative, spasmolytic [muscle spasms], antihypertensive [high blood pressure], antimicrobial, analgesic [pain] agent as well as a wound healing accelerator.... The present study suggests that inhalation of lavender essential oil may be an effective and safe treatment modality in acute management of migraine headaches."Link

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