Sleeping when you have a cold can be frustrating. Relax with these three essential oils!
Having a cold is annoying – especially when you’re trying to get some sleep!
This article covers three essential oils for sleeping with a cold and how they can help you rest.
This diffuse blend is called Breathe & Sleep! It is made with essential oils that help your body and mind relax, while also supporting respiratory health. It is very effective thanks to the natural ingredients found in the oils. I’ll be reviewing some of the science about these ingredients below, so that you understand how they work to help you sleep (even if you have a cold).
First, here’s the recipe!
Breath and sleep freshener blend
- 4 drops of tamala essential oil (Tamala cinnamon Ct. Linalool)
- 3 drops of sweet orange oil (Citrus sinensis)
- 2 drops of lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
Switch these essential oils to sleep when you have a cold
Tamala essential oil
Tamala cinnamon Ct. Linalool
Tamala oil comes from a broad-leaved evergreen tree in the Himalayan regions of Nepal. It contains many powerful ingredients.
The first is Linalool.
Linalool is one of my favorite essential oil ingredients to include in blends for relaxation and sleep. Countless studies have shown that it helps relax the nervous system, allowing the body to release tension and the mind to calm down. Linalool also helps reduce physical inflammation, which may be present if you have a cold.
The second ingredient in tamala is 1,8 cineole.
1,8-cineole is an important ingredient for respiratory health. It can help the body break down excess mucus, which supports clear and easy breathing. (1,8-cineole is also the main ingredient in eucalyptus oil, and is largely responsible for eucalyptus’s powerful respiratory benefits.)
Sweet orange oil
Sweet orange smells like freshly chopped fruit! Cold pressed from fresh citrus peels.
The D- Limonene Found in Sweet Orange can calm the body and mind, calm inflammation and be used to help reduce the presence of germs. This is the perfect trio of benefits for sleeping when you have a cold!
Lavender essential oil
I have already mentioned the many benefits of Linalool Under the Tamala department. Lavender contains over 20% linalool!
It also contains over 25% of Linyl acetateAnother ingredient that calms the nerves and helps the mind relax.
When linalool and linalyl acetate occur together (as in Lavender), they create powerful synergies, and enhance each other’s effects. This is why lavender is probably the most popular relaxing and sleeping essential oil.
I hope this mix of dispenser helps you get some sleep so your body can recover!
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