Hello again! We’ve been chatting about essential oils and how they can help support sleep in your littles!
A fascinating part of the brain is called the limbic system. This system controls your emotions and memories. Your olfactory system (your ability to smell) links directly to the structures of your limbic system.
Close your eyes and think about your favorite place or your favorite memory. Can you smell it? The fresh air at the beach or mountains, the smell of your newborn baby, or your favorite food? Because the system that allows us to smell runs so closely to the part of our brain that registers emotions and memories, aromas are tightly wound to those emotions and memories! I still remember the aroma of my childhood daycare. All I have to do is think about that room and that aroma comes wafting back.
Creating a routine at bedtime with essential oils can help support sleep by engaging your child’s limbic system. Find an essential oil that your child enjoys the aroma of. Use that oil every night in their bath with epsom salt, diffuse it in their room, or apply it to their temples or feet, properly diluted.
That routine aroma will trigger their brain to think it is time to wind down and to go sleep. Basically their brains think, “I know when I smell this smell it’s time to go to bed!”.
Kids thrive on routine. Creating a routine of aromas from essential oils that not only work at the cellular level but also at the emotional level, will help them fall asleep and stay asleep!
Sleep well! Janelle
Janelle is a momma of two and a RN at a local hospital! She has been using Young Living Essential Oils for almost three years and loves educating on how they can support your health and wellness. If you would like to learn more about Essential Oils contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or find her on Facebook at janelle.stoltzfus.onedroptowellness.