When it comes to all-natural remedies for soothing slumber, lavender usually gets all the accolades. (But we’re fine with that, because it really works!) Essence of Vali’s SLEEP formula contains lavender, of course, but it also includes the essential oils of three unsung heroes: marjoram, cedarwood, and ylang-ylang.
Marjoram: The Ancient Greeks regularly gave marjoram to irritable people to help them “chill out.” The bushy shrub was also planted on the graves of their deceased to ensure a peaceful sleep in the afterlife. Sweet, herby Marjoram essential oil has been used for centuries to calm nerves, relieve minor pain, lower blood pressure, and improve digestion. When your body is calm and ready to settle down for the night—without fighting against inner turmoil like high blood pressure or digestion issues—you’ll fall asleep faster and stay asleep.
Cedarwood: The mighty and majestic cedarwood tree can grow more than 100 feet in height and live more than 1,000 years. King Solomon’s temple was built with cedarwood because its fragrance was thought to lead worshippers to prayer and therefore closer to God. Cedarwood essential oil is a bit woodsy, and it’s commonly used in aromatherapy for sedating nerves and improving circulation—two more ways your body will sleep more comfortably.
Ylang-ylang: Originally from the Philippines, ylang-ylang name means “flower of flowers” or “fragrance of all fragrances.” In aromatherapy, ylang-ylang is used to help stabilize feelings of depression or fear. It makes sense, then, that ylang-ylang would help your body fall asleep, since no one wants to toss and turn all night because they’re anxious or stressed out.
If you’re having trouble sleeping, or if you just want to relax after a busy day, try the SLEEP formula that arrived in your winter Yuzen box. Then check out Essence of Vali’s other aromatherapy blends—like REFRESH, UPLIFT, and PASSION. www.essenceofvali.com.