I have had a hard time sleeping over the past couple weeks. I've also had some back/neck pain which resulted in nasty head aches, but whenever I took pain killers I would get really bad stomach aches (because I am pretty sure I have stomach ulcers), worse pain then the head ache or back pain. So I started looking into herbal options to help with all of it.
I have a muscle rub that I bought at Good Earth that I rub on my neck whenever it's really bad, and that helps. For helping sleep I was taking melatonin each night but I felt like it wasn't doing much. So I started researching essential oils. I got peppermint and lavender from Young Living. I have used them all week and they have been great!
Lavender helps so many things; aching muscles, by adding a few drops to a hot bath, acne, by mixing it together with a moisturizer cream, headache, by messaging a few drops to your temples or neck, insomnia, by adding a few drops on your pillow (I just rub a drop on each wrist), for stress by applying a few drops to your temples. (Click here for a list of 20 uses)
Peppermint can help your digestion by adding a drop to herbal tea, help nausea by running a drop on your wrists, help with colds or congestion by rubbing on chest, helps aching muscles and pain by rubbing onto area and will give a cooling sensation, boost energy when rubbed on neck and shoulders. (lots of info found here)
Also all of this....
"For emotional healing, peppermint encourages regeneration, self-acceptance, concentration, vitality, and vibrancy.
The Fragrant Heavens by aromatherapist Valerie Ann Worwood offers the following suggestions:
Uh, yeah. But all in all it's been really wonderful and I highly recommend it. Each night I take two melatonin, rub a little lavender on each wrist, and a little peppermint on my neck back. It's been a while since I have slept so well! In the morning I rub a little peppermint on my chest and/or neck and it helps me wake up.
Also over the past two weeks my acne has been the worst ever! I feel like I have to try new products every month, but I have been using a combination of things and by the end of this week my acne is much much better, at least for this week.
In the morning I use a little bit of Sibu Beauty (a Utah based company!) Sea Buchthorn Seed Oil. I bought this a while back and stopped using it but found it and decided to start it up again. The price for it has gone down a lot since I bought it last! (was $13, now $8.50). It doesn't smell great, but it's helping!
When I do my make up I mix a drop of lavender oil and moisturizer together. I always moisturize before doing my make up, it helps as a great primer for your foundation!
After moisturizing I rub on Neosporin (I'm a guilty picker =/)
And finally before going to bed I rub on Burt's Bees Acne Solutions Spot Treatment. The smell is not great and it was $9, a little on the pricey end of things, a little smaller then the Seed Oil, but it's one of the things that's working so I will keep it up till it doesn't work any more!
And Avengers came out this week! You know I added it to my movie collection, did you? (movies are always cheaper the first week they come out!)