Thankful Thursday: Sleep, what’s that?

Something to know about Multiple Sclerosis is that us folks don’t tend to sleep well. There are lots of tips to naturally get and stay asleep. I do NOT my melatonin or ZzzQuil. I have been playing with a few things and I thought I’d share what has been working for me lately. I do have to change it up here and there, but for now, this is the routine.

 

I have been trying to keep a standard routine at bedtime. I have that MediSafe app that reminds me to take meds, do things at specific times. For me, bedtime is no place to skip routine. I take several Rx meds, none for sleep, but some could make me sleepy, at bedtime.   I use several essential oils at bedtime (and wake up) as well. This post will focus mostly on those.

Vetiver

From doTERRA’s site:

Vetiver

Vetiveria zizanoides

Vetiver is loved for its rich, exotic, and complex aroma. Used extensively in perfumes as a base note and fixative, Vetiver’s woody, earthy scent complements many other essential oils. Vetiver also has many beneficial uses and can be used for relaxation.

I prefer Vetiver over something like Lavender. Lavender is too flowery for me and is not at all a scent I want in my bedroom. I also have a husband to sleep next to and I don’t think he likes that scent either. I dilute this very thick oil with fractionated coconut oil and put into a glass roller ball bottle. Nightly, I roll this single oil on the bottoms of my feet, then rub my feet together to get it all over and rub into the skin. I do NOT expect this to kick in immediately and keep me asleep all night. I have realistic expectations that it will help me relax my body and brain so that I can fall asleep. Some people are skeptics. I will admit that I have been a skeptic more than most. When something works, I am amazed, but still don’t quite put all my stock in that one oil. At this point, the price to pay for this oil $46 / 15ml (at the time of this post) is worth it for a solid night’s sleep. I don’t care if it is a placebo effect or the oil is actually helping. I am also A-OK with it being derived from a natural source and not a pharmaceutical since I take plenty of those already.

 

Personal Foot Essential Oil pain blend

I found a recipe somewhere online for foot pain. It contains White Fir, Balance, and Basil. I’ll be honest, I need to make a new roller now, and I can’t find the dang recipe to know if it is equal parts or not. I love this blend as it’s been working great for my feet. I use it at night and in the morning, if I remember before I put on my socks. I don’t mind taking my socks off, but I’m usually running out the door about that time anyway, so no use in going back. I have a different blend I made for pain, but it is not as effective as that mix I love, so I won’t be making that one again.

 

From doTERRA’s Site:

Basil

Ocimum basilicum

Valued for its calming properties, Basil is commonly used as a cooling agent for the skin. For aromatic, topical, or dietary use.

 

White Fir

Abies alba

Derived from the soft needles of the tree, white fir is a favorite among essential oil users for its ability to relieve and soothe muscle aches and pains when applied topically. For aromatic or topical use.

 

dōTERRA Balance®

Grounding Blend

Everyone experiences moments of disconnectedness. The warm, woody aroma of doTERRA Balance® Grounding Blend creates a sense of calm and well-being. We perfectly blend Spruce needle/leaf, Ho wood, Frankincense, Blue Tansy Flower and Blue Chamomile Flower essential oils in a base of Fractionated Coconut Oil to offer an enticing fragrance which promotes tranquility and a sense of balance. For aromatic or topical use.

 

Deep Blue®

From doTERRA’s site:

Deep Blue® Rub

Deep Blue® Rub is a rich, topical cream infused with the popular dōTERRA Deep Blue Soothing Blend of CPTG® essential oils. With natural plant extracts (Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Blue Tansy, German Chamomile, Helichrysum, and Osmanthus) and other powerful ingredients, Deep Blue Rub provides a comforting sensation that is both cooling and warm. Deep Blue Rub is blended in a base of moisturizing emollients that leave your skin feeling soft, not greasy, and is the choice of massage therapists and sports practitioners for applying dōTERRA Deep Blue essential oil blend.

 

Deep Blue®

Soothing Blend

After a long day of work or physical activity, many of us could use some soothing comfort. Deep Blue® is dōTERRA’s soothing solution to this challenge. Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, Helichrysum and Osmanthus work together to provide a cooling effect and can be a comforting part of a massage. For topical use only.

 

Deep Blue Polyphenol Complex™

Deep Blue Polyphenol Complex™ is a nutritional supplement that contains powerful polyphenols to aid occasional aches and pains and support joint comfort and function.

 

Deep Blue® Rub has been my go to for years now when it comes to helping my body to let go of arthritis pain. This is “normal” arthritis pain created from a silly fall at the roller rink years back. It still helps my knees to feel better. I have aches and pains sometimes, especially if I don’t use it for a few days in a row. When I do use it — either in the rub (lotion) or the oil — my knees feel like rock stars! When I know I have to touch my eyes (I’m a contact wearer) I use the roll in a roller bottle. When it’s bedtime and I have taken my eye balls out already, it’s the Rub. During the day time, it’s the Polyphenol Complex™ with lunch to help me get through the day.

 

I’m sitting cross legged on a couch outside, enjoying the rare COOL breeze for this time of year, typing this and I currently have no pain. WHAT?! Yeah. It’s rare, I will admit, but I am a firm believer in this combination to help support my body to release those aches and pains.

 

PastTense®

From doTERRA’s site:

PastTense® Roll-On

Tension Blend

PastTense® provides calming comfort with the strength of CPTG® essential oils of Wintergreen, Lavender, Peppermint, Frankincense, Cilantro, Marjoram, Roman Chamomile, Basil, and Rosemary. These distinctive essential oils are known for their soothing effects and quickly promote feelings of relaxation and calm. PastTense comes in a convenient 10mL roll-on for easy application when at work, school, or home. Simply apply to the neck, shoulders, or behind the ears. For aromatic and topical use.

 

This has been amazing on my tight calves. I’m not sure why I have tight calves (maybe it’s the way I’m sitting right now?) but this is a mostly new phenomenon for me. It started after the MS diagnosis, but not immediately after. It could be a side effect of one of my meds or it could be MS, or it could be BOTH! Arg! What I do know is that when I roll this on my calves, massage it in a little, then stretch my legs feel better. I try to get this on twice a day also but it proves most useful at night so I don’t wake up as tight as I want to bed. I ran out not too long ago and I tried a different oil I had a substitute. I don’t feel it worked as well. Thankfully, my new roller arrived and I’m going to get back on track shortly!

 

Notice something about these oils? They all are about calm and grounding. To me, that makes sense to alleviate aches and pains. Do I still need an additional pain reliever or sleep aid every now and then? Sure. Is that less than I used to feel I needed them? Yep.

These support oils, in addition to trying to get in regular exercise, plenty of water (my MS Rx is a dehydrator), and stretching twice a day are my combination for getting a better night’s sleep, regularly.

Best of luck my friends!  May you sleep well and feel rested come the morning.

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