High Strung and Wound Up – Use Lavender Essential Oil & Flower Essence

June Health Forecast: The Calming & Soothing Effects of Lavender!

As we enter June, the days are becoming longer, sunnier, and hotter, and we are spending more time outdoors. This change can result in less sleep and a feeling of being more in our heads than grounded in our bodies. We may struggle to wind down properly before bed and feel high-strung. In this month’s forecast, we will show you how you can use Lavender essential oil and Lavender flower essence for their calming and soothing effects. These remedies can help ground you and improve your sleep, especially if you are feeling anxious and depressed or suffering from a chronic illness. They can also help you enjoy the longer days as we move towards summer.

Are you High-Strung and Wound Up? Do these conditions lead to Insomnia?

I receive countless messages, calls, and emails from individuals saying, “I can’t sleep because my mind doesn’t shut down, and I feel wound up.” “My body starts feeling tense and stressed.” “My partner is high-strung and won’t wind down after coming home from work and goes on and on about what happened at work.” They say, once this vicious cycle begins, “I start feeling anxious and sometimes too depressed to get out of bed the next morning.”
The first question is, do you watch the news before bed? The second question is, are you on devices before bed? I also ask, do you have a chronic illness such as high blood pressure, diabetes, gastroesophageal reflux disease, pain conditions, and neurodegenerative diseases? Have you been diagnosed with primary sleep disorders such as restless legs syndrome, periodic limb movement disorders (PLMD), and sleep-related breathing disorders (snoring, dyspnea, sleep apnea)? My final question is, do you suffer from anxiety, depression, or PTSD? After we discuss what their situation is. I like to start with a simple and easy solution that Anna Oswu, Certified Aromatherapist and graduate of our school did in her case study, “The Use of Lavender for Sleeplessness due to Depression and Anxiety.”

The Use of Lavender Essential oil for Sleeplessness due to Depression & Anxiety!

Introduction

The client is a 92-year-old retired journalist.  He relocated to the Eastern United States from his hometown in the Western United States three years ago to live with his daughter because of his ailing health. His former career afforded him the opportunity to travel around the world, and his good nature and gracious personality earned him many friends during his travels. He loves reading, a glass of fine wine occasionally, storytelling, and spending quality time with his family.

History

I was first introduced to the client in June 2017 as his home health caregiver. His family felt he needed a companion to be with him and help him with his daily upkeep while they were at work due to his declining health. He and I got along right from the beginning. Some of the things we had in common included a shared love for reading, an appreciation of creative arts, and traveling.

My time with the client was helping him with his meal preparations, transporting him to his doctor appointments, library, and senior recreational centers, reminding him to take his medications, and whatever assistance he needed to improve his quality of life.

The medications he was on included Atorvastatin (to treat high cholesterol levels), Lisinopril (to treat high blood pressure) Donepezil (to treat light dementia) and Latanoprost, Dorzolamide, Brimonidine eye drops to treat glaucoma in his right eye.

In the fall of 2017, the client fell on his way to the bathroom at night. He broke his right femur as a result of the fall and underwent an emergency hip replacement surgery.  The surgery was successful, but the recovery took a toll on him physically, mentally, and emotionally. Daily physical therapy left him feeling exhausted and not being able to go out as he was used to. This left him feeling depressed and anxious. This new development greatly affected his sleep pattern, especially at night.

 It was at this point, that I asked and was granted permission by his daughter to help him have a good night’s sleep with aromatherapy.

Details of Essential Oil Blend

5 drops of Lavender essential oil in a diffuser filled with water at bedtime

Rationale:

I chose a single oil because of the client’s age and frail health. I did not want to shock or overwhelm him with different smells all at once.  I wanted to use an oil that was mild and safe and would not cause any contraindications with his health medications. Specifically, I chose Lavender because the client’s favorite hand lotion contains Lavender. I felt it would be a familiar and comforting smell for him.

The key chemical constituents of Linalool 39.1% and Linalyl acetate 36.2% (Tisserand & Young, 2014) found in Lavender, gives it its antidepressant and sedative properties (Lawless 2013). A study titled, “The Effect of Aromatherapy on Sleep Quality of Elderly People Residing in a Nursing Home,” (Faydali & Cetinkaya, 2018) revealed that there was an improvement in the quality of sleep quality of nursing home residents who inhaled lavender oil drops on their pillows every evening for a week before sleeping.

Client Response to Treatment:

The client responded very well to the treatment. The floral, sweet, and clean smell of Lavender proved to be relaxing and calming for him. His restlessness and anxiety gave way to relaxation and sleep a few minutes after he inhaled the aromatic treatment. The treatment was administered for a week. It helped to get him back on a sleep schedule. After the first week, aromatic treatment was given as needed.

Conclusion and Reflection:

The use of Lavender essential oil proved to be an effective treatment for sleeplessness as a result of depression and anxiety in an elderly client.  As a result of the client being able to get a good night’s sleep, his recovery drastically improved.

 He had more energy for physical therapy, and the symptoms of his anxiety became minimized.  I also introduced the playing of` soothing, relaxing, and meditative music in the background during his bedtime. This has helped greatly in setting his mood for a good night’s sleep.

This case study has been very rewarding for me as I saw first-hand how a single oil can be so instrumental in making such a huge difference in a person’s life. Less is truly more when it comes to Essential oils, and the power each oil possesses cannot be exaggerated.

References:

Faydali. S & Cetinkaya F. (2018) The Effect of Aromatherapy on Sleep Quality of Elderly People Residing in a Nursing Home. (Abstract)   https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29210873

Lawless. J, (2013) The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils. San Francisco, CA: Conari Press. Pg.122

Tisserand. R & Young R (2014) Essential Oil Safety. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier. Pg. 326

Roth T. Insomnia: definition, prevalence, etiology, and consequences. J Clin Sleep Med. 2007 Aug 15;3(5 Suppl):S7-10. PMID: 17824495; PMCID: PMC1978319.

Thank you to Anna for allowing us to share this case study and the benefits of Lavender essential oil for Depression and Anxiety!

Lavendula angustifolia
Lavender in Domaine de Castillou

Lavender Flower Essence Calms & Soothes the Mind and Body

Now let’s address afflictions of the head such as headaches, vision problems, and neck, and shoulder tension which can key up your energy like you are in a tight ball and leave you feeling exhausted, fatigued, irritable, and hypersensitive. This can be caused by being in your head too much which depletes your physical body. We can see how the signature of the Lavender plant and its flowers are exactly that – Top-heavy!

People who meditate and pray all day or read books all day can tend to absorb more energy than they can process causing them to not be fully in their bodies which can lead to the list of physical ailments listed above. I always remember my meditation teacher saying about individuals like this, ‘They are so highly minded, they are no earthly good.” As a meditation teacher, she knew that we needed to be present in our bodies to fulfill our soul mission here on earth. 

If you are suffering from what I just described; Try 4 drops of Lavender (Lavandula officinalis L.) flower essence under your tongue four times daily for 28 days and feel present in your body while enjoying the warmer days as Summer approaches.

 

Learn More About Lavender! Classes & Lavender Summer Camp!

“Lavender Oil the Comforter,” Presentation by Guest Speaker Andrea Bailey Tweed PA 

  Join us to learn more about Lavender essential oil with Andrea Bailey-Tweed, Professional Aromatherapist, and Clinical Aromatherapy Student
Tuesday, June 13th, 2024
1:00 to 2:00 PM EST

Click here

Lavender Summer Camp with Lorrie Hargis RA & Zoe Pichot RA

Learn How to Use Lavender Essential Oil & Lavender Flower Essence for Mental Health with Acupressure!

June 17th, 18th and 19th 

1:00 to 2:00 PM EST

Join us on our YouTube channel 

June Health Forecast: The Calming & Soothing Effects of Lavender!

As we enter June, the days are becoming longer, sunnier, and hotter, and we are spending more time outdoors. This change can result in less sleep and a feeling of being more in our heads than grounded in our bodies. We may struggle to wind down properly before bed and feel high-strung. In this month’s forecast, we will show you how you can use Lavender essential oil and Lavender flower essence for their calming and soothing effects. These remedies can help ground you and improve your sleep, especially if you are feeling anxious and depressed or suffering from a chronic illness. They can also help you enjoy the longer days as we move towards summer.

Are you High-Strung and Wound Up? Do these conditions lead to Insomnia?

I receive countless messages, calls, and emails from individuals saying, “I can’t sleep because my mind doesn’t shut down, and I feel wound up.” “My body starts feeling tense and stressed.” “My partner is high-strung and won’t wind down after coming home from work and goes on and on about what happened at work.” They say, once this vicious cycle begins, “I start feeling anxious and sometimes too depressed to get out of bed the next morning.”
The first question is, do you watch the news before bed? The second question is, are you on devices before bed? I also ask, do you have a chronic illness such as high blood pressure, diabetes, gastroesophageal reflux disease, pain conditions, and neurodegenerative diseases? Have you been diagnosed with primary sleep disorders such as restless legs syndrome, periodic limb movement disorders (PLMD), and sleep-related breathing disorders (snoring, dyspnea, sleep apnea)? My final question is, do you suffer from anxiety, depression, or PTSD? After we discuss what their situation is. I like to start with a simple and easy solution that Anna Oswu, Certified Aromatherapist and graduate of our school did in her case study, “The Use of Lavender for Sleeplessness due to Depression and Anxiety.”

The Use of Lavender Essential oil for Sleeplessness due to Depression & Anxiety!

Introduction

The client is a 92-year-old retired journalist.  He relocated to the Eastern United States from his hometown in the Western United States three years ago to live with his daughter because of his ailing health. His former career afforded him the opportunity to travel around the world, and his good nature and gracious personality earned him many friends during his travels. He loves reading, a glass of fine wine occasionally, storytelling, and spending quality time with his family.

History

I was first introduced to the client in June 2017 as his home health caregiver. His family felt he needed a companion to be with him and help him with his daily upkeep while they were at work due to his declining health. He and I got along right from the beginning. Some of the things we had in common included a shared love for reading, an appreciation of creative arts, and traveling.

My time with the client was helping him with his meal preparations, transporting him to his doctor appointments, library, and senior recreational centers, reminding him to take his medications, and whatever assistance he needed to improve his quality of life.

The medications he was on included Atorvastatin (to treat high cholesterol levels), Lisinopril (to treat high blood pressure) Donepezil (to treat light dementia) and Latanoprost, Dorzolamide, Brimonidine eye drops to treat glaucoma in his right eye.

In the fall of 2017, the client fell on his way to the bathroom at night. He broke his right femur as a result of the fall and underwent an emergency hip replacement surgery.  The surgery was successful, but the recovery took a toll on him physically, mentally, and emotionally. Daily physical therapy left him feeling exhausted and not being able to go out as he was used to. This left him feeling depressed and anxious. This new development greatly affected his sleep pattern, especially at night.

 It was at this point, that I asked and was granted permission by his daughter to help him have a good night’s sleep with aromatherapy.

Details of Essential Oil Blend

5 drops of Lavender essential oil in a diffuser filled with water at bedtime

Rationale:

I chose a single oil because of the client’s age and frail health. I did not want to shock or overwhelm him with different smells all at once.  I wanted to use an oil that was mild and safe and would not cause any contraindications with his health medications. Specifically, I chose Lavender because the client’s favorite hand lotion contains Lavender. I felt it would be a familiar and comforting smell for him.

The key chemical constituents of Linalool 39.1% and Linalyl acetate 36.2% (Tisserand & Young, 2014) found in Lavender, gives it its antidepressant and sedative properties (Lawless 2013). A study titled, “The Effect of Aromatherapy on Sleep Quality of Elderly People Residing in a Nursing Home,” (Faydali & Cetinkaya, 2018) revealed that there was an improvement in the quality of sleep quality of nursing home residents who inhaled lavender oil drops on their pillows every evening for a week before sleeping.

Client Response to Treatment:

The client responded very well to the treatment. The floral, sweet, and clean smell of Lavender proved to be relaxing and calming for him. His restlessness and anxiety gave way to relaxation and sleep a few minutes after he inhaled the aromatic treatment. The treatment was administered for a week. It helped to get him back on a sleep schedule. After the first week, aromatic treatment was given as needed.

Conclusion and Reflection:

The use of Lavender essential oil proved to be an effective treatment for sleeplessness as a result of depression and anxiety in an elderly client.  As a result of the client being able to get a good night’s sleep, his recovery drastically improved.

 He had more energy for physical therapy, and the symptoms of his anxiety became minimized.  I also introduced the playing of` soothing, relaxing, and meditative music in the background during his bedtime. This has helped greatly in setting his mood for a good night’s sleep.

This case study has been very rewarding for me as I saw first-hand how a single oil can be so instrumental in making such a huge difference in a person’s life. Less is truly more when it comes to Essential oils, and the power each oil possesses cannot be exaggerated.

References:

Faydali. S & Cetinkaya F. (2018) The Effect of Aromatherapy on Sleep Quality of Elderly People Residing in a Nursing Home. (Abstract)   https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29210873

Lawless. J, (2013) The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils. San Francisco, CA: Conari Press. Pg.122

Tisserand. R & Young R (2014) Essential Oil Safety. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier. Pg. 326

Roth T. Insomnia: definition, prevalence, etiology, and consequences. J Clin Sleep Med. 2007 Aug 15;3(5 Suppl):S7-10. PMID: 17824495; PMCID: PMC1978319.

Thank you to Anna for allowing us to share this case study and the benefits of Lavender essential oil for Depression and Anxiety!

Lavendula angustifolia
Lavender in Domaine de Castillou

Lavender Flower Essence Calms & Soothes the Mind and Body

Now let’s address afflictions of the head such as headaches, vision problems, and neck, and shoulder tension which can key up your energy like you are in a tight ball and leave you feeling exhausted, fatigued, irritable, and hypersensitive. This can be caused by being in your head too much which depletes your physical body. We can see how the signature of the Lavender plant and its flowers are exactly that – Top-heavy!

People who meditate and pray all day or read books all day can tend to absorb more energy than they can process causing them to not be fully in their bodies which can lead to the list of physical ailments listed above. I always remember my meditation teacher saying about individuals like this, ‘They are so highly minded, they are no earthly good.” As a meditation teacher, she knew that we needed to be present in our bodies to fulfill our soul mission here on earth. 

If you are suffering from what I just described; Try 4 drops of Lavender (Lavandula officinalis L.) flower essence under your tongue four times daily for 28 days and feel present in your body while enjoying the warmer days as Summer approaches.

 

Learn More About Lavender! Classes & Lavender Summer Camp!

“Lavender Oil the Comforter,” Presentation by Guest Speaker Andrea Bailey Tweed PA 

  Join us to learn more about Lavender essential oil with Andrea Bailey-Tweed, Professional Aromatherapist, and Clinical Aromatherapy Student
Tuesday, June 13th, 2024
1:00 to 2:00 PM EST

Click here

Lavender Summer Camp with Lorrie Hargis RA & Zoe Pichot RA

Learn How to Use Lavender Essential Oil & Lavender Flower Essence for Mental Health with Acupressure!

June 17th, 18th and 19th 

1:00 to 2:00 PM EST

Join us on our YouTube channel 

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