I had to wrestle with a lot of personal issues the past couple of days, and one of its side-effects was the inability to fall asleep. I'd toss and turn at night, unbidden images and thoughts invading my mind, when all I really wanted to do was to rest. I think it was after the third hour lying awake that I searched for my little vial of lavender essential oil and dabbed it on the sides of my forehead. I covered myself with my blanket and inhaled deeply, and before long - and thankfully - I awoke the next day.
I think the power of essential oils seem too good to be true until it's proven right. This other time, I had to do a sound recording at my internship but was so nervous that it showed in my voice. My editor passed me his vial of Hope Gillerman True Relaxation Stress Remedy to sniff, and instantly I felt calmer (seriously, my voice was ridiculously zen and perky after I inhaled). The one pictured above is from Young Living, which offers a variety of oils on its website. If you've ever felt frustrated and helpless about your inability to fall asleep, give it a try.
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