Convention, Essential Oils

The Role of Sleep in Cognitive Fitness

Adequate REM sleep is critical to cognitive fitness — Here are more notes from a presentation at the Young Living Essential Oils Convention in June. 

LINALOOL and sleep– Sedative effect on humans of inhalation of essential oil of linalool: Sensory evaluation and physiological measurements using optically active linalool. “These sedative effects of linalool can be achieved even in low concentrations and may thus explain the efficacy of pure fragrance compounds and essential oils used as mild sedatives in folk medicine since ancient times.” – Heroshima University School of Medicine, Japan

Linalool in Essential Oils

  • Rosewood 87% (r)
  • Coriander 70% (s)
  • Melaleuca Ericifolia 45% (r)
  • Neroli 40% (r)
  • Lavender 32% (r)
  • Petigrain 25% (r)
  • Clary Sage 22%
  • Basil 19%
  • Ylang Ylang 13%
  • Bergamot 10%
  • Jasmine 7%


ROSEWOOD oil induces sedation and inhibits compound action potential in rodents “Rosewood at doses of 200 and 300 mg/kg could significantly prolong sleeping time and reduced sleep latency. Pentobarbital provoked similar latency at 100mg/kg. Both together caused a significant potentiation.” – Journal of Ethopharmacology – Paraiba Federal University, Brazil

OTHER ESSENTIAL OILS THAT AID SLEEP — Reduction of Benzodiazepine Requirements during mechanical ventilation in a child by topical application of essential oils (by Kamyar M Hedayat, MD) “A massage oil containing 7.5% Roman chamomile, sandalwood, and galbanum in a base of johoba oil was applied every six to eight hours. Significant relaxation was achieved within two hours.” – Lutheran Children’s Hospital, Chicago, USA.

It’s easy to oil

  1. Warm a cup, mug or glass (no plastic)
  2. Add 1-3 drops of essential oil to the bottom
  3. Remove any eyewear and close eyes
  4. Put face close to the mouth of mug; distance can vary depending on intensity of aroma experience
  5. Inhale through the mouth and nose for 1 to 2 minutes


  1. Add a small amount of warm milk to a glass or mug
  2. Add 1-3 drops of essential oil and stir
  3. Add additional warm or hot water as needed
  4. Sip as a tea

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information, products and/or techniques mentioned is provided for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with the health authorities of your choice. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. Don’t expect the same results unless you are using Young Living Therapeutic grade essential oils and supplements. The author, publisher and subscriber assume no responsibility to or liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use or misuse of any information provided here. 


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