Having trouble sleeping and wondering if there is an effective natural melatonin releaser?
Try cedarwood aromatherapy – using cedarwood essential oil at bedtime. It can actually help your brain release melatonin. That’s because cedarwood is very high in sesquiterpenes.
If you’re not sure what that is, in brief, sesquiterpenes are some of the naturally occuring chemical constituents in essential oils.* The combination of Sesquiterpenes and other constituents are what allow essential oils to have specific effects on your body.
Because the sesquiterpenes are at high levels in Cedarwood essential oil, they can stimulate the limbic region of the brain (the limbic region is the center of our emotions), having a calming effect.
Cedarwood oil also helps stimulate the pineal gland, which releases melotonin (an antioxidant hormone asociated with deep sleep).
And because cedarwood essential oil is so divinely scented, it’s easy to take advantage of it’s melatonin-boosting effects. Simply open a bottle of cedarwood, place it close to your nose and inhale deeply several times before going to bed.
Another way to take advantage of it’s melatonin-boosting effects is by diffusing cedarwood. Some people put their diffuser on a timer so it goes off for 10 to 15 minutes every hour thoughout the night.
Cedarwood aromatherapy is a lovely way to fall asleep.
*Sesquiterpenes are a class of terpenes that consist of three isoprene units and have the molecular formula C15H24. Like monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes may be acyclic or contain rings, including many unique combinations. Biochemical modifications such as oxidation or rearrangement produce the related sesquiterpenoids.