FRAGRANT CONVERSATION- RUTAVALA ESSENTIAL OIL AND SLEEP

by Lynn Kwitt on January 15, 2011

Induces sleep, promotes relaxation, soothes stressed nerves

Induces sleep, promotes relaxation, soothes stressed nerves

If you claim to be a “morning” or a “night” person you may want to re-think that contention. Experts at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic declare that our ups and down- wakefulness and sleep- are guided by these circadian rhythms.

4:00A.M. -7:00A.M.  The body begins to awaken from sleep, signified by a rise in  temperature, increase in heartbeat, and shifts in the balance of body chemicals.

7:00A.M.–2:00P.M.- The first peak period of alertness during the day.

2:00PM-4:00P.M.- Regardless of what- if anything-was consumed at lunch, this is one of the body’s “gateways to sleep”. An interesting and challenging environment may deter the temptation to sleep- but not if you are in awarm, cozy lecture theater with the lights dimmed. Then you will want to sleep.

4:00-P.M.-9:00P.M.- A second peak of wakefulness takes hold.

9:00P.M.-4:00P.M.- Alertness declines through the evening toward normal sleep time, then plummets in the early morning. A person still awake at 4:00A.M. or 5:00A.M. may experience what appears to be a “second wind”, but what it really is is the body implacably starting the circadian cycle all over again.

That brings us to January 2011’s featured product- Rutavala. It comes in the form of a roll-on (not a bad idea since the smell can be less than pleasant) or in an essential oil bottle. Rutavala stands for Ruta Geraveolens- an oil Gary Young discovered and distilled in Ecuador, Va- for Valerian and La- for Lavender. Together they create relaxation and sleep!

Ruta- When Gary Young came to San Francisco a couple of years ago he brought Ruta Graveolens with him. He had us apply the oil to the brain stem . Ruta has an unusual chemical  profile, containing compounds that modulate brain function. Gary stated this oil was marvelous for balancing those with psychological and brain function illnesses such as bi-polar disorder, dyslexia, Ausperger’s and Tourette’s Syndrome to name a few. This was the oil he recommended for getting off prozac and similar medications permanently.

Valerian- Although this oil can smell as unpleasant as the Ruta it blends well with Ruta because of the esters(a chemical property) that create a calming effect. This oil is a central nervous system depressant, calming to both the voluntary and involuntary nervous system. Other possible uses include insomnia, nervous indigestion, migraine, restlessness, sleep disturbances and tension.

Lavender- A universal oil and the best smelling of the three in this blend lavender contains aldehydes ( another chemical property) to create a balanced blend. Lavender used in small doses is wonderful to help one relax to fall asleep.

Rutavala- balances sympathetic override, a factor in diseases. The root cause of the decline in estrogen and testosterone in both men and women is related to sympathetic override. Both estrogen and testosterone increase after suppressing the sympathetic override.

Maladaptive stress syndrome-Stress allergies-allergies that show up after so much stress that the body reacts-are alleviated through use of this blend!

Lowers cortisol levels naturally to help one sleep!

It is a great oil to come in a roll-on as it can be self contained.  The fragrance can be really offensive until one adapts. Apply to brain stem or on base of skull, rubbing clockwise, 3, 4, or 5 times. At night I would also suggest rubbing Rutavala just above the navel, clockwise for 3 or 4 rotations.

For more information regarding the chemical components please contact me.

Excepts taken from: Mental Health Association Newsletter-Buffalo New York.,  notes taken from 2007Young Living Convention, notes taken from Gary Young’s Conference call 1/6/11, Reference Guide for Essential Oils by Connie and Alan Higley
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