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Can I use essential oils to help with pain and sleep?

Can I use essential oils to help with pain and sleep?

Yes: But they are unlikely to help especially if you have an organic cause of pain. Aromatherapy helps with relaxation which helps with minor pains and sleep problems. Chronic pain will affect sleep. Talk to a pain specialist. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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How safe is it to use essential oils and to sleep with a diffuser on? Could I be exposed to too much?

How safe is it to use essential oils and to sleep with a diffuser on? Could I be exposed to too much?

Very safe, possible: Essential oils tend to be very safe when inhaled by a diffuser. Problems are more likely if applied to skin (due to irritation) or if taken internally. But too much of anything can be hazardous and too inhaling too much essential oils could irritate your nose or lungs or cause nausea, headaches, dizziness or fatigue. See http://www.floracopeia.com/education/how-to-use-essential-oils-effectively/ ...Read more

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Which essential oil can I apply to the bottom of my feet to help me sleep?

Which essential oil can I apply to the bottom of my feet to help me sleep?

I do not: Know of any with any medical proof of working. If i was choosing one according to folklore i would go with something with lavender in it. (is there such a thing?). ...Read more

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What is the best way to deal with insomnia when nothing seems to work, melatonin doesn't help and lotion with chamomile and lavender essential oils didn't help. Got only 1-2hrs of sleep maybe. I think stress may have contributed to it. ?

What is the best way to deal with insomnia when nothing seems to work, melatonin doesn't help and lotion with chamomile and lavender essential oils didn't help. Got only 1-2hrs of sleep maybe. I think stress may have contributed to it. ?

Insomnia: First try to identify causes and get sleep routine. No alcohol at all, No caffeine 8-6 hours before bed, no food or drink 2 hours before bed ,turn off all electrical equipment , quiet dark room, stay in bed.Warm milk 2 hours before bed. Besides melatonin can try valarian 200-400 mg 2 hours before bed. Check for sleep apnea. f/u with urgent care doctor., ...Read more

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I sleep with lavender essential oil on my pillow for sleep, but lately I wake up every day with a stuffy nose. Is this normal or an allergy to it?

I sleep with lavender essential oil on my pillow for sleep, but lately I wake up every day with a stuffy nose. Is this normal or an allergy to it?

Not normal: It is not normal to have a stuffy nose every day. Whether this is due to allergy or not requires an examination and evaluation. The lavender oil per se is unlikely to be the cause for your congestion although the scent may potentially trigger sneezing and even a runny nose. The easiest way is to use another pillow not touched by lavender oil and see if the congestion goes away or not. ...Read more

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I'm 52. Can't sleep. Chronic. Severe. Know homeopathy, stretches, athletics, tea, vits, mins. Essential oils. Omega 3s, potassium, some ch med. bad sc?

I'm 52. Can't sleep. Chronic. Severe. Know homeopathy, stretches, athletics, tea, vits, mins. Essential oils. Omega 3s, potassium, some ch med. bad sc?

Many treatments: There are many treatments to insomnia. I would start with a sleep hygiene. Pick one time to sleep and stick with it every night. The room should be dark, and cool. The bed is only for sleeping and not watching TV, computer etc. No meals 2 hours before bedtime. No stimulants (coffee, dark tea, chocolate). This this does not work there are sleep studies. Recently the FDA cleared suvorexant ...Read more

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Sever outer infection we no help Meds not working can't sleep or lay down please help ASAP would sweet oil help or hurt? Can't sleep can't lay

Sever outer infection we no help Meds not working can't sleep or lay down please help ASAP  would sweet oil help or hurt?   Can't sleep can't lay

Head to the ER: Otitis Externa can be very painful & debilitating. You might want to resubmit your question with what "meds not working" - as there is a difference between fungal and bacterial treatments. Also, you want to ensure that your tympanic membrane does not become more inflamed. If it's so bad that you can't sleep, I'd suggest going to the ER to be evaluated, probably your best bet. Hope you feel better ...Read more

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Just began fish oil, in perimenopause, will it help me sleep better in time?

Just began fish oil, in perimenopause, will it help me sleep better in time?

Sorry: But fish oil wlil not help, or hurt, you with perimenopause. Talk w/your doctor if you're having any problems. Avoid the internet scams that will only take your money. ...Read more

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Why do I get such a deep, great nights sleep when I use tea tree oil as aroma therapy?

Why do I get such a deep, great nights sleep when I use tea tree oil as aroma therapy?

SIMPLE: You found something that induces levels of mental and pphysical relaxation that triggers the right environment to help you have a restful sleep! i'm jealous... ...Read more

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Since stopping fish oil I am sleeping better. Will taking it less often not cause the insomnia it was obviously causing me when i took it daily?

Since stopping fish oil I am sleeping better. Will taking it less often not cause the insomnia it was obviously causing me when i took it daily?

Fish oil ; insomnia: There are very rare reports of fish oil being associated with inability to sleep, and 1 case of hypomania. You seem very sure fish oil caused you to have insomnia. In that case, you might be better served to simply eat fish such as wild alaskan salmon at least 2-3 times a week. That should give you the omega-3 fats your body and brain need -- without depending on a supplement. ...Read more

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Analgesia is the decrease or absence of pain sensibility without a loss of consciousness. Experiencing pain relief may happen without a person ...Read more