Applying Essential oil to Acupuncture Points for Sleep:
Sometimes I like to apply peppermint essential oil or lavender essential oil to the bottom of the feet on K-1 acupuncture point.
Using a cotton ball or a cotton swab can avoid getting the oil into your eyes later! Trust me-this will not help you to sleep.
I can attest to this.
Where: Massaging the essential oil into the soles of your feet at this point helps bring the “Qi” or energy down from the head
(over-thinking) and into the feet. This can help us to feel more grounded and relaxed and ready for sleep.
When: Also, I believe the sheer ritual of rubbing oil into the feet can be soothing to the mind.
It is almost like the mind can relax in knowing we are taking care of the body and it is okay to stop thinking now.
This is why it is part of my bedtime routine.
What: Many of my patients ask which brand I use…I like to use Aura Cacia brand for essential oils since they are mostly organic and are a local MN company (support local). I also really like Posumon Chinese herbal peppermint oil and this is what I use in treatments and can order for purchase, if you would like.
Carrier Oils to use with essential oils:
- Olive oil
- Coconut oil
- Grapeseed oil
- Sweet Almond oil
- Castor oil (hexane-free)
I like to use castor oil for feet and hair (watch for future post on hair) and sometimes add a bit to my facial oil.
You can always add a drop or two of natural vitamin E oil (natural preservative) if you do not plan to use the oil within a week. Be sure the vitamin E oil is natural and not synthetic.
Use unrefined and organic oils and cold-pressed when available.
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Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc
Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.
She became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of debilitating migraine pain after an auto collision with a semi-truck.
Aleesha specializes in treating acute and chronic pain and Women’s Health. Women come to her everyday with issues such as stress, hot flashes, mood, Insomnia, low energy and for Cosmetic Acupuncture for wrinkles, crow’s feet, laugh lines and improvement in overall skin tone . Read more about Aleesha and what she specializes in Here.
Patients at Aleesha D Acupuncture say they feel listened to and taken care of.
They are happy to get the much-needed pain and stress relief from their treatments!
Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 229 Jackson Street just off Highway 10 with free parking.
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