Do you ever suffer from “monkey mind”?
Especially at night when I’m winding down to snooze for 8-ish hours.
Per the almighty Wikipedia, Monkey Mind (or Mind Monkey) is a Buddhist term meaning “unsettled; restless; capricious; whimsical; fanciful; inconstant; confused; indecisive; uncontrollable”.
It’s basically like a monkey swinging from limb to limb in your brain with all of those pesky “to dos” that you didn’t get done that day.
Well, my friends – there’s an oil for that!
In my quest to quite that little monkey in my brain, I found a powerful, calming essential oil combo that does the job, and totally puts me into the zone, and – the best part, smells amazing.
Lavender and Cedarwood.
Here’s the nerdy breakdown:
Lavender, also known as the “Swiss Army Knife” of essential oils – because it DOES IT ALL. Not only is it amazing for skin (check it out in this DIY face serum), but it also supports a healthy mood and restful sleep, and helps the body adapt to stress (you don’t have any of that, right?!).
Cedarwood is cool because it stimulates the limbic region of the brain (the center of emotions) and the pineal gland, which releases melatonin – the “happy” hormone. It also helps to “switch” the brain off – IDEAL for those with “monkey mind”.
The thing to remember, though – while you can buy essential oils ANYWHERE these days, they are not all created equal. In fact, I heard an interesting statistic at a class I attended a while back, indicating that there is upwards of 1,200% MORE lavender essential oil being sold in the marketplace than being distilled. In other words, there’s a LOT of funny business going on there – with essential oils being cut with synthetic chemicals and other things that do WAY more harm than good. Because I want to know exactly how my precious lavender is sourced, grown, harvested, distilled, bottled, and sealed, these are the ONLY essential oils that I trust and use on my family. The Seal to Seal Guarantee is my litmus test for quality essential oils, ESPECIALLY when I’m using them on my kiddos.
So, how do I use this amazing combo?
Well, for starters I diffuse it at night in all of the bedrooms. I’ve also been known to add a bit of Stress Away in there – it’s a blend that has Lavender AND Cedarwood in it (among others) – and OMG, it smells so good.
I also concocted this Calming Essential Oil Pillow Spray recipe to seal the deal. I spray it on my pillow and sheets at night before I hit the sack. It’s also become part of our bedtime routine with the girls – they ask for this awesome DIY pillow spray – and frankly, how can I deny them?
Oh, and I should mention – when you enroll as a new wholesale member with Young Living and purchase a Premium Starter Kit in August, they’ll throw in a FREE bottle of Cedarwood! So very awesome. Learn more about that amazing deal and score yourself that bottle right here.
This is ALSO an awesome recipe for Back to School. I don’t know about you, but MAN – getting them back into an earlier bedtime routine is going to be a challenge. This will SURELY be my secret weapon!
Give it a try and let me know what you think!
- Pour alcohol into container.
- Add essential oils.
- Fill with water and shake well.
- To use: Spray on linens and pillows before bed for a restful sleep.