Effects of sleep loss on the Immune system.

SLEEP LOSS AND THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

Recall the last time you had the flu. Miserable, wasn’t it? Runny nose, achy bones, sore throat, heavy cough, and a total lack of energy.

You probably just wanted to curl up in bed and sleep. As well you should.

Your body is trying to sleep itself well. An intimate and bidirectional association exists between your sleep and your immune system.

Sleep fights against infection and sickness by deploying all manner of weaponry within your immune arsenal, cladding you with protection.

When you do fall ill, the immune system actively stimulates the sleep system, demanding more bed rest to help reinforce the war effort.

Reduce sleep for even a single night, and that invisible suit of immune resilience is rudely stripped from your body.

Studies show that less than 5 hours of sleep, 5-6 hours of sleep, 6-7 hours of sleep and 7-8 hours of sleep that there is a clear, linear relationship with infection rate.

The less sleep an individual was getting in the week before facing the active common cold virus, the more likely it was they would be infected and catch a cold. In those sleeping 5 hours on average, the infection rate was almost 50%. In those sleeping 7 hours or more a night in the week prior, the infection rate was just 18%.

Considering that infectious illnesses, such as the common cold, influenza, and pneumonia, are among the leading causes of death in developed countries, doctors and governments would do well to stress the critical importance of sufficient sleep during the flu season.

For more on this subject I heartedly recommend you read a book by Matthew Walker ~ Why we Sleep.

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Essential oils can be an overwhelming topic if you’re trying to learn everything and anything, as quickly as possible. 😰

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1. Choose a few favourites 😍 – Diffusing essential oils becomes a lot easier if you’re not stuck there choosing between all 94 types and feeling like you have to research them all. But if you find out what you can get a hold of and which scents seem familiar/interesting to you, then take a look at the benefits and use them! This makes it so much easier for you to actually get stuck into using essential oils, rather than getting pulled into all the information that’s out there.

2. Follow a guideline – An essential oil chart is a great place to start if you’re worried about what will smell right with what when figuring out how to make blends. So stick to the guidelines and do what’s tried-and-tested until you get a gist of how it all works. Then you can get the most out of your oils without being put off by something that smells way too strong or just awful.

3. Get a good quality carrier oil 💧 or oil diffuser – All the benefits of essential oils are either from diffusing them or applying them onto your body. So if you use a good quality carrier oil, such as jojoba oil, and invest into a diffuser, you can get all the benefits you could dream of without any complicated recipes. Sure, those recipes will be useful later on but for now, just learn which essential oils are working well for you by simply diluting them before use.

4. If you’re trying to solve a specific problem, concentrate on how you feel 😌 – Essential oils aren’t one size fits all. Different oils work for different people and do different things. So if you’re using them to ease the headaches you get whilst working, to ease your insomnia or to make it easier to wake up 😴 then you’ll need to experiment a little until you find what works best for you. And if you’re doing it just to make your home smell nice, help you feel relaxed and to add an ambience to your rooms, then you need to think about what smells best rather than the therapeutic benefits.

5. Make sure it’s the real deal – There are a lot of fake essential oils out there that are diluted with vegetable oils or just don’t contain any of the real thing at all. Anything that’s casually called a fragrance oil or has more than one ingredient on the list won’t be pure, so keep an eye out for that. If you already have essential oils, then try adding a drop to some tissue paper and see if it leaves a stain once dried. If it does then it’s been mixed with other ingredients and if it doesn’t, it’s most likely pure (some essential oils are thicker than others and can still leave a stain, but this should help you in most cases). 😃

So there you have it!

These 5 tips should help you out whether you’re new to essential oils or not, but if you want to know more about anything in particular just send me an email julie@holistichealthandwellbeinggroup.com

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Bedwetting Habits? Essential Oils for Enuresis Correction

Bedwetting can be very embarrassing, especially when it’s out of control. It is very common among children, but it can happen to adults too.

There can be lots of causes and Aromatherapy can deal with some of them. Check out what the best essential oils for bedwetting are, and why.

In this post, you’ll be learning more about:

  • The way essential oils can help you control your emotions or bladder movements.
  • When to use them, because they’re not for every age and person. It takes a lot of caution, especially when they’re used on children.
  • Some of the best aromatic oils for enuresis, with pros and cons.
  • How to use your oils safely.
  • Recipes for bedwetting to try on your child or whoever needs them.
  • Facts and details about child and adult bedwetting. They’re both different situations because of the age.

 

Best Essential Oils for Bedwetting (Enuresis), How to Use Them & Recipes

 

Medicines usually have a ton of side effects. Those that can suppress the production of urine, for example, can mess up the body quite a lot.

It’s because of this reason that more and more people look for natural remedies for bedwetting.

The causes for this condition can be very diverse and there’s no definite treatment for it yet. What doctors do know though, is that the central nervous system plays a major role.

This is where Aromatherapy plays its part.

How Can Essential Oils Help with Bedwetting

Aromatherapy is a form of complementary and alternative therapy (CAM).Alternative therapies, along with:

  • Medication,
  • Bladder training,
  • And lifestyle modifications,

They’re all are part of the usual recommended treatment for bedwetting.

Essential oils are plant extracts with unique and complex chemical profiles. They represent the very essence or immune system of a plant.

The best method for their extraction is steam distillation. Once the steam passes through the plant material, it opens the oil glands. The oil molecules will then collect in a separate recipient.

Essential oils are not true oils. They’re called so simply because they have a heavier molecular weight than water. That makes them float and not mix with water.

Vegetable oils are the only true oils (fatty). Aromatic oils are volatile and highly fragrant because of it. They evaporate into the air or absorb into the skin almost instantly.

Being volatile makes them so useful in Aromatherapy. Their tiny molecules enter our bodies very easy and fast. The best way to do so is inhalation.

The molecules enter the body through the nose and cross the blood-brain barrier (BBB). This gives them the power to influence and change our mood and central nervous system.

They communicate with the olfactory system (memory centre) of the brain. They can send signals to the brain to start producing various neurotransmitters. These neurotransmitters will then boost the activity of all the organs.

That’s how some of them can help control the urinary bladder and boost kidney function.

Aromatherapy is also great for bedwetting caused by psychological problems (secondary enuresis). There are many studies on this subject.

Some essential oils can relieve many mood disorders that may have severe consequences. Stress, anxiety, and depression can be improved with aroma oils. Thus, Aromatherapy can improve the quality of life.

When to Use Essential Oil Remedies for Enuresis

First, it’s very important to know the cause of your chronic enuresis.

It will allow you to find the right therapy and treatment. As I said, Aromatherapy is not only an alternative therapy but also complementary. This means you can use it along with other prescribed medicines, to enhance their effects.

Unfortunately, essential oils for bedwetting can’t work for each case. For example, they don’t achieve much in case of urinary tract malformation.

Essential oils can help with an overactive bladder, urine production and emotional causes only.

Also, these aroma oils should not be used on children under 6 years old. When it comes to children, you must always talk to a doctor about it. Ask for his opinion about using essential oils, especially if the child is on medication.

Children don’t have their bodies fully developed and formed. Aromatic oils can harm them more than you think. Even if they seem so harmless and come in small packages.

Of course, the doctor’s advice is mandatory for everybody else, regardless of gender and age.

Next, I’ll be giving you the pros and cons of some great essential oils for bedwetting. They are Cypress, Cinnamon, Lavender and Marjoram among others.

 

1) Cypress Essential Oil

Botanical name: Cupressus sempervirens.

Pros:

  • Cypress is extremely popular for bedwetting habits. But how does Cypress oil help with bedwetting, right? First, Cypress essential oil can balance the central nervous system (CNS). This one controls almost every function and action, especially bedwetting habits. It is responsible for all those uncontrollable nervous reactions of the urinary system. During nighttime, the nerve signals related to urine production don’t function properly. That’s why the bladder muscles stay contracted, leading to uncontrollable urination.
  • Cypress essential oil can limit these uncontrollable muscle reactions. Thus, Cypress is great for nighttime enuresis and incontinence in adults.
  • Overactive bladder is more common in elderly people. It’s characterised by the frequent and urgent need to urinate. Since it can influence the NS, Cypress oil can also be used for overactive bladder.
  • Cypress essential oil is also great at stimulating the lymphatic system. It can decongest blood vessels too. Thus, your body will be able to eliminate toxins better and improve circulation. It all adds up to a better functioning of the urinary tract.

 

Cons:

  • Make sure the oil variety you use is sempervirens. Other types may be toxic.
  • Cypress oil has hormone-like effects. This means it should not be used with treatments that use hormones. It should also be avoided in case of cancer. You’d best talk to your doctor about the intent of using it.
  • It may raise the risk of epileptic seizures or asthma attacks.
  • Large amounts of Cypress oil can be toxic to the kidneys.

 

Why I like it:

Cypress smells very fresh and resinous. It can send you back thinking about a forest walk, which is very relaxing. Cypress oil is good for bedwetting, but it’s also good for skin care and respiratory problems.

 

2) Cinnamon Essential Oil

Botanical name: Cinnamomum cassia/zeylanicum.

Pros:

  • Recent studies have found that cinnamaldehyde is useful against stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Cinnamaldehyde is the main constituent in Cinnamon essential oils (70 – 85%).
  • It reduced blood pressure and the physical signs of SUI. Cinnamaldehyde did that without causing high blood pressure.
  • Cinnamon oil is a very potent antibacterial and antiviral.
  • It is also antispasmodic and general tonic. A general tonic boosts the activity of all organs.

 

Cons:

  • The oil is phototoxic. It should not be applied to the skin before sun exposure.
  • People with asthma should be cautious around Cinnamon oil.
  • The oil needs to be diluted with other milder essences. It may burn or irritate the mucous membranes.

Why I like it:

Cinnamon can reduce hyperacidity and improve digestion. On top of being a good essential oil for bedwetting, it can also boost collagen production. This makes Cinnamon oil a great anti-aging ingredient.

3) Lavender Essential Oil

Botanical name: Lavandula angustifolia.

Pros:

  • Besides being a great oil for the nervous system, Lavender is also antispasmodic. This means it can reduce bladder contractions and lessen those toilet visits.
  • It is high in linalool and linalyl acetate. The first substance is responsible for the oil’s strong antispasmodic effects. When you need to go, your bladder contracts. Relaxing those contractions can prevent bedwetting or at least lessen their frequency.
  • The oil is great against anxiety, insomnia, and depression. Strong emotions and the lack of enough sleep may also cause enuresis.
  • Lavender also diminishes the blood pressure, which is what contributes to relaxation.

 

Cons:

  • Avoid using Lavender oil if you have cardiovascular problems.
  • You should also use it carefully or not at all if you have asthma.
  • Large doses of Lavender oil have the opposite effects (nervousness, agitation, insomnia, etc.).
  • There are several other types of Lavender essential oils, so read their Latin names before buying. It’s the only thing that sets apart different oil species.

 

Why I like it:

Lavender essential oil for bedwetting works great with Cypress. They complete each other’s beneficial effects. The oil of Lavender is also great for skin care (scars, wounds, insect bites, etc.). Of course, it can also repel all sorts of insects.

 

4) Sweet Marjoram Essential Oil

Botanical name: Origanum majorana.

Pros:

  • Marjoram oil is an excellent sedative and relaxant. It helps the body and mind relax and it relieves tension from muscles. It is also antispasmodic.
  • It can balance the central nervous system. Thus, it can balance the physiological response of muscles.
  • It works great against anxiety and pain and can also stimulate the immune system. In case of urinary infections, Marjoram oil has antiviral and antibacterial properties too.

 

Cons:

  • Large amounts of Sweet Marjoram oil for bedwetting can cause drowsiness. Used for long periods of time, it can also cause addiction and kidney toxicity.
  • The oil has cortisone-like effects, which may interfere with hormone medication.
  • Avoid its use if you have high blood pressure.
  • If you have asthma, seek medical advice for its use.

 

Why I like it:

The oil is very aromatic and acidic, which makes its inhalation a pleasure. It can also improve digestion and boost all the physiological activities (brain, heart, kidneys, etc.). It can purify the air and relieve headaches too.

 

Other good essential oils for bedwetting:
  • Roman Chamomile – Chamomile is renowned for its calming properties. It is also antispasmodic and can help with sleep.
  • Bergamot – Studies show that Bergamot is an excellent sedative and relaxant for the nervous system. It can also soothe muscle spasms and boost digestion.
  • Sweet Orange – Good relaxant, uplifting and antispasmodic.
  • Copaiba – The plant is related to cinnamon cassia. If you want to use Copaiba oil for bedwetting, it has antispasmodic effects. It works great against anxiety also.
  • Cedarwood – If you’re interested in using Cedarwood oil for bedwetting, it’s a good antispasmodic also. It can also relax the central nervous system.
  • Lemongrass
  • Frankincense
  • Juniper

 

The doTERRA Balance blend of oils can also help with bedwetting. It is a mix of 6 essential oils, among which are Chamomile and Frankincense.

It is soothing for the nervous system and antispasmodic among others. This doTERRA blend can be used in all sorts of bedwetting blends.

How to Use Essential Oils for Bedwetting

I usually have some sort of measurement for your Aromatherapy blends. When it comes to children and bedwetting though, I cannot suggest a certain amount.

 

Only a doctor would be able to tell you the right amount to use and how often.

Lavender and Chamomile are among the safer essences to use on kids. But the amount recommended may be too insignificant for bedwetting.

The same goes for adults too. Only after you’ve talked to a doctor, you can decide how much and how often to use. Your bedwetting treatment depends a lot on the cause. It also depends on your age, gender, nationality and overall health history.

Yet, you could try using very small amounts until you get to see a doctor. Make sure you tell him what the oils contain, so he can assess the rate of success or danger accurately.

Mix no more than 15 drops of essential oils for bedwetting per Oz carrier oil for your blends. Apply on the lower abdomen and back (kidney area) and on the soles of the feet every night. You should also change your blends often, so the body doesn’t get used to the oils.

You can also diffuse a few drops of aromatic oils. You’ll inhale the oil molecules and start relaxing. Diffuse for 20 – 30 minutes, in a well-ventilated room to avoid air saturation. It may cause headaches and nausea among others.

Essential Oil Recipes for Bedwetting

Speaking of blends, here are a few simple ones. Remember though, that without a detailed medical exam, you’ll not know for sure what causes this condition. This influences the results you’ll also be getting with your natural remedies.

Cypress Oil Bedwetting Diffuser Recipe

You’ll need:

  • Cypress essential oil: 20 drops
  • Bergamot essential oil: 20 drops

Keep this blend stored in an empty glass bottle and use as suggested. The best Aromatherapy diffusers are nebulizers. They don’t use water or heat, which preserves the properties of the oils intact.

Best Essential Oil Diffusers for a Large Room! Pros, Cons and Recipes

Essential Oil Recipe for Bedwetting/Incontinence

You’ll need:

  • Marjoram essential oil: 5 drops
  • Lavender essential oil: 5 drops
  • Cinnamon essential oil: 5 drops
  • Macadamia or Sweet Almond oil: 1 Oz (30ml)

Give the blend a good shake before each use. Apply on the lower back and abdomen and soles of the feet each night, before bed.

 

Facts and Types of Enuresis to Help You Find the Right Solution

Nocturnal or nighttime enuresis is bedwetting, most commonly seen in children. In adults, bedwetting is known as incontinence. It means the lack of control over your urinary bladder.

Whatever it’s called, it affects both the children and adults, the same way.

The exact cause of bedwetting is not yet known, and very little progress for its treatment has been made. However, bedwetting can be caused by:

  • Excess urine production during nighttime. We have a hormone called ADH (antidiuretic hormone) that tells the body to produce less urine at night. Hormone imbalances are common and the ADH may not be enough. If that’s the cause, a person may produce the same amount of urine during the night as during the day.
  • Overactive bladder.
  • Not being able to wake up when the bladder contracts and wants to relieve its contents.
  • Sleep apnea and other sleep problems.
  • Bladder infections and diabetes. Can constipation cause you to wet the bed, you might wonder. Yes, constipation can also cause bedwetting.
  • This type of addiction needs medical attention and treatment. But there are also those who drink occasionally. In that case, you can read more about essential oils that are good for a hangover here.
  • Genetics.
  • Psychological problems (blockages, stress, etc.).

 

Many of these bedwetting triggers can be corrected and/or treated.

Aromatherapy and essential oils can help with some causes, but your doctor’s exam is still needed.

I was telling you about the two types of bedwetting. They’re enuresis and incontinence.

 

  • Nocturnal (nighttime) enuresis – uncontrollable and unconscious urination during the night. During daytime, there’s no problem. Those who suffer from nighttime bedwetting can control their bladder very well during the day. There are two major types here: primary and secondary enuresis. Primary refers to children who’ve always wet the bed, since they were babies. Secondary bedwetting develops a few months – years after the child has learned control over his bladder. This type is usually caused by emotional problems.

 

  • Urinary incontinence – involuntary urine leakage, which is common in adults. Various actions like laughing or sneezing can trigger these leakages. They’re often followed by the urgent need to go to the toilet.

Both these types of bedwetting should be closely investigated by a doctor.

Natural remedies can only help with certain triggers and/or causes.

But there are lots of medications available, as well as protection for bedwetting. Talk to a specialist to find the best treatment. He can also help you make the right lifestyle changes to correct your bedwetting habits.

 

Conclusion

Enuresis or nighttime bedwetting and incontinence are conditions related to the urinary tract. Age plays a big role here; children and elderly people being the most affected.Luckily, there are many solutions and remedies that can help you manage this problem.

 

One of those remedies are essential oils for bedwetting. They can help with psychological problems, as well as involuntary bladder contractions. Just make sure you have a nice chat with your doctor first. That is to enjoy only the benefits of Aromatherapy, not its side effects too.

 

First day of the new school year.

Fresh starts 💫🌿✨ Today is the first day of a new school year, and its the first day back to school for my youngest son. He’s back to school after the summer break to continue his A Level studies. October sees him turn 18. I can’t believe how quickly he’s grown up.

He plans to go to University September 2019, and do a Masters degree in Coastal and Civil Engineering. So you can imagine his subjects he’s studying at A level are quite intense. He’s doing A Level Maths, Physics and Geography.

This is the blend I diffused downstairs whilst we got ready:

🌿 Spearmint for gentle invigoration and focus

🍊 Wild orange to promote a positive outlook

🍋 Lime for confidence and energy 

The power of the olfactory system — our sense of smell — is wildly underestimated in the modern world.

Our olfactory receptors are incredibly complex and very closely linked to our emotional and memory centres in the brain 🧠 so it’s not surprising that aromatic plants can make a significant impact on our emotional wellbeing 💫

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What is your go-to essential oil  blend for momentous days?

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