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Menopausal Insomnia Has Been Resolved


Author: Jackie B.
Skill: Massage Therapist
Date: 08-02-2006
Views: 13,889
Word Count: 210
Questions Received: 2
Testimonial ID: 1626-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 8

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Since going through menopause, I've had constant insomnia, continuously waking around 3:00 am and not going back to sleep. I could rarely get to sleep without medication of some sort.

I did finally go on HRT to deal with the hot flashes and insomnia, but I continued to have problems with insomnia.

I put Vetiver and the Harmony oil blend on the bottom of both feet and toes -- 3 drops each, mixed with a bit of V-6 oil. I put a drop of the Peace & Calming oil blend across my shoulders.

Any oils remaining on my hands, I rub on my wrists and around my head and neck. When I lie down, I breathe in the oils from my hands for a couple of breaths. Then it's off to dreamland I go. Stretching a bit before bed also helps with getting to sleep.

Vetiver is very thick, so I mix it 50/50 with V-6 oil and keep the mix in a separate bottle. Mixed this way, it is still thicker than most oils, so I add a bit more V-6 to the drops that I put on my feet to help spread it on.

Since using the combination above, I almost always fall asleep easily and stay asleep until around 6:00 am.


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: breathing-/-inhale — "In confirming the presence of peripheral airways dysfunction in nonsmokers with uncomplicated common colds, our data imply that the changes can be modified favorably by short-term aromatics inhalation."Link
2.Associated topics: perimenopause-/-menopause — "The present study indicated that lavender aromatherapy as a potential therapeutic modality could alleviate premenstrual emotional symptoms, which, at least in part, is attributable to the improvement of parasympathetic nervous system activity. This study further implies that HRV could evaluate the efficacy of aromatherapy using various fragrances to relieve premenstrual symptoms, and ultimately, support the mind and body health of women."Link
3.Associated topics: breathing-/-inhale — "Cineole has mucolytic, bronchodilating and anti-inflammatory properties and reduces the exacerbation rate in patients suffering from COPD, as well as ameliorates symptoms in patients suffering from asthma and rhinosinusitis.... The effects of Cineole in the treatment of acute bronchitis were clearly measurable and could be proven after a treatment period of merely 4 days. This study corroborates the fact that Cineole actively and significantly reduces cough frequency after four days."Link
4.Associated topics: stress-/-tension-/-burnout — "After inhalation of clary sage oil, cortisol levels were significantly decreased.... Thyroid stimulating hormone was also reduced.... Clary sage oil has antidepressant-like effect...."Link
5.Associated topics: stress-/-tension-/-burnout,sleep,insomnia-/-sleeplessness — "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
6.Associated topics: stress-/-tension-/-burnout — "A number of essential oils are currently in use as aromatherapy agents to relieve anxiety, stress, and depression. Popular anxiolytic oils include lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), rose (Rosa damascena), orange (Citrus sinensis), bergamot (Citrus aurantium), lemon (Citrus limon), sandalwood (Santalum album), clary sage (Salvia sclarea), Roman chamomile (Anthemis nobilis), and rose-scented geranium (Pelargonium spp.)."Link
7.Associated topics: stress-/-tension-/-burnout,anger-/-frustration — "Most studies, as well as clinically applied experience, have indicated that various essential oils, such as lavender, lemon and bergamot can help to relieve stress, anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. Most notably, inhalation of essential oils can communicate signals to the olfactory system and stimulate the brain to exert neurotransmitters (e.g. serotonin and dopamine), thereby further regulating mood."Link
8.Associated topics: stress-/-tension-/-burnout — "The ylang ylang oil caused a significant decrease of blood pressure and a significant increase of skin temperature. At the behavioral level, subjects in the ylang ylang oil group rated themselves more calm and more relaxed than subjects in the control group. These findings are likely to represent a relaxing effect of the ylang ylang oil and provide some evidence for the usage of the ylang ylang oil in aromatherapy such as causing a relief of depression and stress in humans."Link

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