Sleep Series: Melatonin

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Melatonin…? I think I’ve heard of that!

Melatonin is actually a hormone produced in the pineal gland. For those of you that don’t know, the pineal gland is in the brain. In simpler terms: Your brain regulates your sleep patterns. While melatonin is produced naturally by the body, sometimes we need to supplement* to help with our sleep cycles. And like everything else, source matters. You want to be sure your supplements are pure and of the highest quality. I have super high standards for what I want from a company, so I choose Young Living products for my sleep support.

A quick note– there are many lifestyle factors that affect melatonin production, release, and function. I encourage you to research the topic further if you are having trouble sleeping often. A good place to start: The Paleo Mom

Why is it important?

Melatonin helps your body naturally regulate the wake and sleep cycles. It is the thing that makes you feel sleepy at night before bedtime and what wakes your body up when its morning! Your body releases melatonin about 2 hours prior to going to sleep.

ImmuPro & SleepEssence

Support for Sleep with Young Living

SleepEssence

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With “sleep” directly in the name, its no shocker that Young Living’s SleepEssence is my first choice for getting a good night’s rest. Inside: lavender, valerian, vetiver, and melatonin. I like to take one about an hour before I know I’ll be getting into bed. The melatonin in the SleepEssence helps support your body’s natural wake & sleep cycles. The essential oils promote rest and relaxation, and creates a calming environment to naturally support sleep.

ImmuPro
ImmuPro

ImmuPro might not immediately come to mind when thinking about sleep support, but it is such an amazing product with multiple benefits! There is melatonin inside, which helps to regulate your body’s natural sleep rhythm. Not to mention all the support ImmuPro provides for your immune system & against oxidative stress. They come in chewable tablets, and have a slight wolfberry taste. There are other minerals- including zinc and selenium- that our bodies need for proper function. In colder months, I like to swap my nightly SleepEssence for the added immune support of ImmuPro. I’ll chew one about an hour or so before I go to sleep, and I get the powerhouse benefits and a restful night of sleep.

What have you done to support your sleep? Have you tried melatonin?

 


*ALWAYS consult your trusted healthcare professional or physician. None of the information in this post is intended to diagnose, prescribe, or treat. This article is for education purposes only. I am not a doctor, just a faithful product user.*

How Many Drops Per Bottle?

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How Many Drops?

Two of the questions I get asked a lot: How many drops will I get out of my bottles? How long will the bottles last?

The answer to the former question is easy: One 15ml bottle contains an average of 250 drops of essential oil. Start off with one drop, and you will find that one drop is often all that you need. So, 250 drops really is a lot! The 5ml bottles have around 75-80 drops of oil.

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The latter question is more complicated, and there really is no answer! Depending on what you are using the individual oils for will determine how long they will last you. Using Lavender every night means that you will use that oil more quickly than something like DiGize that you are “saving for tummy troubles.” (Which- bonus tip- have you tried diffusing DiGize? Not just for “bad bellies” anymore!)

Price Per Drop

If you’re like me, you will want to know the price per drop of all your oils. Once you join the Oiling in New England Team, I will share with you this document- yes, I went through and priced out all the Young Living oils! (If you can handle basic math and a spreadsheet, this is an easy task.) I was shocked to find what an incredible deal they are. Because they are so concentrated, essential oils are a great value, especially when you stick to the “start-with-one-drop” rule. You can rest assured that not only are essential oils a great value for your health and wellness, but they are also an amazing value for your wallet and budget!

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How Do You Use Your Bottles?

I use three drops of Lavender in my diffuser each night. Since there are 250 drops in each bottle, one 15ml bottle of Lavender will last me about 83 days, if this were the only way I was using it! EIGHTY THREE DAYS. That’s a pretty darn good deal, if you ask me. I use my Lavender for a million other things, but I do have a designated “bedroom bottle” that will be lasting me this long. Check out these other uses, shared by Young Living:

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How about you? How do you use your bottles?

Share below- I’d love to hear your favorite uses for your oils!