If you’ve been having trouble sleeping, with just a few simple ingredients you can make your own aromatherapy patches to help overcome insomnia. By using essential oils you can get to sleep naturally and avoid taking over the counter sleep medications.
Essential Oils In Ancient Times
The Ancient Chinese and Greeks used various essential oils for healing purposes and in their religious ceremonies, though their use goes back further still, even predating medicinal herbs. Hieroglyphics found on some walls of Ancient Egyptian temples describe many oil recipes and show the blending of essential oils.
Using Essential Oils
The two safest and most common ways of using pure essential oils is by inhaling it or absorbing it into the skin. By making your own aromatherapy patches at home you get both benefits. The patch will keep the oil from rubbing off onto your sheets and clothing, while allowing it to be absorbed into your skin. You’ll also smell the oil, so it will enter your body by inhalation as well.
You can make essential oil patches that will help with tension, nausea, headaches, and other minor complaints. The following instructions are for a sleep patch using lavender oil that can help with relaxation, anxiety, tension, and insomnia. I’ve used these many times myself and so have my family and friends. I’m always pleased with how well these work!
What You’ll Need
Pure lavender essential oil (My favorite brand is Aura Cacia and I typically purchase it on Amazon)
Olive oil, or any oil you prefer
Small mixing bowl
Set of measuring spoons
Spoon for stirring
2 inch by 3 inch flexible adhesive bandage
Making Your Aromatherapy Patch
Add one tablespoon of olive oil and five drops of the lavender essential oil and mix well. The reason you’re adding the lavender oil to the olive oil is to dilute the potency of the aromatherapy oil. Although lavender is one of the safest, to avoid a potential allergic reaction it’s best to dilute it rather than applying it directly to the skin full strength.
Using one of the adhesive bandages, peel back the plastic strips so that the cotton pad is exposed but the adhesive is still covered. Measure out 1/2 teaspoon of the oil blend and pour it onto the cotton pad so that it’s saturated.
Take off and discard the plastic strips and put the bandage on a clean, dry, hairless part of your body. A few areas that work best are your forearm, front of the shoulder, abdomen, and upper thigh. After applying, rub the bandage so be sure you have good contact with your skin. You can replace the patch each night before going to bed and take it off in the morning.
Store the rest of the lavender oil mix in a small glass bottle with a lid or simply make a new batch of it each time since it’s quick and cheap to make.
By making your own aromatherapy sleep patch you can overcome insomnia safely and easily.