Are your hormones depriving you of sleep? Hormonal fluctuations and sleep are closely linked, e.g. during the menstrual cycle, during pregnancy and especially during menopause.
When hormone levels rise or fall, many women notice more or less serious effects on their night's sleep. During menopause, problems with temperature regulation due to the altered estrogen and progesterone balance also prevent many women from sleeping through the night. Painful menstruation is another typical female complaint that makes restful sleep difficult. Sleep disturbances, in turn, cause hormone levels to rise and fall - an unhealthy cycle.
Studies show that women are at increased risk for sleep disorders.
Essential oils are secondary plant compounds, some of which are closely related to the body's hormones. They affect our bodies through the skin and through the sense of smell. When inhaled, their scent molecules hit the olfactory mucosa and there, millions of olfactory cells and cilia. There they are converted into an electrical impulse that is transmitted to the limbic system.
The limbic system is a very important regulatory system in our brain that is removed from our consciousness. It is the area in which we develop feelings, and at the same time the control centers for the autonomic nervous system (responsible for bodily functions such as breathing or sleep-wake rhythm) and the production of messenger substances and hormones are located in it. The sense of smell is closely linked to the limbic system - and selected essential oils can exert their balancing properties on our gender and stress hormones, regeneration and relaxation processes through this pathway.
The power of plants essential oils for women's health
Bot. Melissa officinalis. A time-honored medicinal plant for sweet dreams. Applications with its essential oil promote relaxation, harmony and a relaxed sleep.
Bot. Citrus bergamia. Bergamot essential oil contains many active constituents, including so-called esters, which reduce feelings of stress and anxiety and elevate mood. Unlike most citrus oils, its theme is relaxation.
Bot. Salvia sclarea. This essential oil is very relaxing and has hormone-regulating properties due to its ingredient sclareol - that is why it is indispensable for women's topics from menstruation to menopause. Due to its high content of linalyl acetate, it soothes painful period cramps and also has a psychological "decramping" effect. Oil that gives the necessary serenity to women.
Essential oils for women's health
Essential oils that have balancing and regulating properties on our body's messenger substances and also support their interaction are called hormone modulating. That's why selected, often time-honored women's medicinal plants can be very beneficial to our hormonal balance. But also with pain-relieving, antispasmodic properties, certain essential oils can promote women's health and well-being on certain days - and thus also improve sleep.
The ability to individually select essential oils and AromaCare products is one of the many benefits of aromatherapy for women. For example, menstrual pain can be on top of a busy schedule and exam stress. A poor night's sleep often has many aspects that can be addressed with aromatherapy.
Fragrant rituals for restful sleep despite hormone drama
Depending on the individual cause, holistic measures and aromatherapeutic rituals are beneficial. Beneficial rituals take the pressure out of the fully charged everyday life, signal to the environment that we need a break and do good, simply because we give space to the physical and the mental side.
"put the world on hold"
Women take on a lot of responsibilities, feel responsible for everything, thoughts revolve incessantly on relationships/family/job. Prepare a warm bubble bath or footbath for yourself and imagine putting the world on hold.
Retire to bed early and allow plenty of time for a relaxing abdominal massage: massage some Monatswohl massage oil into the belly area in gentle circular motions. Place other aids such as tea, etc. in your moon kit for the night.