My husband is a snorer. Always has been. But, alas, I think I have finally found a way that he does not always have to be one. A few weeks ago, a friend introduced me to an essential oil called "Breathe" made by DoTerra, with the encouragement that it would solve my husband's snoring problem.
Reluctant, but willing to try anything (I'm 5 months pregnant and not getting much sleep these days), I decided to try it out. I was shocked! With just one drop of the oil on his cheek bones, he didn't snore at all that night. Sadly, I still found myself waking up due to the unexpected silence! I'd check to make sure he was still alive and breathing and rest assured, I'd go back to sleep.
Night 2: I didn't wake up once! Not a single moment of snoring!
Night 3: After waking up to help my son, I came back to bed surprised to hear a very faint snore coming from my husband. But, it lasted less than a minute and then disappeared again. I tucked back into bed and wasn't awakened again!
Night 4: Success again! Ahhhh the joys of sleep!
Night 5: You get the picture.
So, here's what I know about essential oils, though I'm just barely learning about them and their benefits. First, an essentail oil are oils are extracted from plants and can be 50-70 times more powerful than herbs. They have all sorts of medicinal properties and benefits, each one having its own special property. For example, Lavender has long been known to heal burns and cuts, help with insomnia, reduce stress, and work as an antihistamine (for allergies). Peppermint is great for nausea and digestive issues, can help reduce fever and can increase alertness and focus. The list goes on and on.
Basically, you can either diffuse the oils into the air or apply them topically or even, in some cases, take them internally, depending on the desired effect you want from them. I still have much to learn and am certainly not the expert, but it has peaked my interest greatly. I'm very curious about other experiences people have had, so if you use essential oils or know more, please comment and let me know!