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The science behind essential oils and sleep.

Each essential oil has a completely unique chemical profile, as each one comes from a different part of the plant.


Some chemical components can provide softening and soothing properties, while other constituents can make a cleansing, refreshing and invigorating oil. Since each essential oil contains a different combination of various chemical properties, each one has unique benefits. To use essential oils to improve sleep, the user simply needs to select those with calming and relaxing chemicals, and promote a suitable sleeping environment.


What chemical components contain properties that are useful for sleep?


Alcohols: Commonly present in essential oils, alcohols are chemical groups made up of a hydrogen atom and an oxygen atom. Essential oils containing alcohols may have several potential benefits, including cleansing properties, protection against environmental threats, support for a healthy cardiovascular system*, mood enhancement, and of course, restful sleep. Alcohols that have the potential to promote restful sleep generally include the chemicals santalol and linalool.


Essential oils containing alcohols that support restful sleep

• Amaro Oil -> Chemical constituent: linalool

• Lavender Oil -> Chemical constituent: linalool

• Sandalwood Oil -> Chemical constituent: santalol


Ketones: Characterized as a chemical group featuring an oxygen with a double bond always somewhere in the middle of a carbon chain, ketones are frequently found in essential oils. Oils containing ketones can help improve the appearance of skin, may support healthy respiratory function*, sometimes promote healthy digestion* or provide helpful calming properties to aid sleep. Ketones with calming properties include the chemicals carvone, camphor,

frenchone and octanone.


Essential oils that contain ketones with soothing properties:

• Dill Oil -> Chemical constituent: carvone

• Lavender Oil -> Chemical constituent: frenchona


Esters: Formed when a reaction occurs between an alcohol and a carboxylic acid, esters are a chemical group that provides essential oils with various benefits. The main ones include calming and relaxing effects on mood, helping to reduce the appearance of skin blemishes, and a calming, warm feeling when applied topically. The calming and relaxing properties of esters may make essential oils from this chemical group useful for promoting sleep.


Essential oils containing esters with calming, relaxing and calming effects on mood

• Roman Chamomile Oil -> Chemical constituent: isobutyl acetate, isoamyl angelate

• Amaro Oil -> Chemical constituent: linalyl acetate

• Lavender Oil -> Chemical constituent: linalyl acetate

• Bergamot Oil -> Chemical constituent: linalyl acetate


*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


How the chemical components make essential oils useful for sleep?


When an essential oil contains the chemical properties discussed above, or any chemical property with a relaxing or calming nature, it will cause a positive response in the brain and body. By inhaling an essential oil with calming properties, the brain will process the aroma and an effect will be produced.


Once you experience a restful night's sleep after using the calming oil, your brain will make what is called a positive association with that aroma, so the next time you smell that particular oil, your brain will have a similar reaction. After successfully using an essential oil to promote a good night's sleep, that oil can be used continuously as part of a healthy sleep regimen because of the positive connection your brain has created between the smell of the oil and a good night's rest. .


As discussed, each individual has different sleep patterns, preferences, and needs, and each person reacts to an essential oil differently. That's why essential oils are so helpful in promoting a sleep-friendly environment; you can find an oil that works for you and your sleep needs. If you find that an essential oil does not promote quality sleep as expected, you can try another oil that contains chemicals known to support sleep, and see if that particular oil is better suited to your needs.

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