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The orange blossom, a natural solution against insomnia.

The orange blossom, a natural solution against insomnia.

A study conducted by INSV / MGEN in 2015 and corroborated by sleep centres revealed that 16% of the French population suffer frominsomnia. This disorder is particularly concerning as it can exacerbate the symptoms of certain illnesses (chronic pain, hypertension, depression...). There are natural remedies to combat insomnia, one of which is orange blossom hydrosol. Let's delve into this.

Insomnia, in brief.

Insomnia manifests as a poor quality of sleep characterised by difficulties in falling asleep, recurrent night awakenings and/or waking up with the feeling of not having sufficiently recovered. This disorder weighs heavily on the daily lives of those who suffer from it, making them more irritable and less focused. Its main causes are anxiety, stress and even certain mental illnesses such as depression. If sleep disturbances occur more than 3 times a week, it is considered chronic insomnia. This condition generally affects adults and, to a lesser extent, children. To treat this disorder, certain non-medical approaches have proven to be very effective, such as the spray of orange blossom hydrosol.

The orange blossom hydrosol: its effects on insomnia.

The orange blossom comes from a shrub known as the Bitter Orange tree. Its distillation through steam distillation provides a hydrosol with numerous benefits. In skincare, it is used to revive dull complexions and combat skin ageing thanks to its antioxidant and regenerative properties.

It is also recommended for combating insomnia. Indeed, the monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes it contains, such as linalool and limonene, alleviate tension and calm the nervous system (palpitations, stage fright, mood dips, panic attacks), promoting relaxation conducive to sleep. To benefit from its effects on sleep disorders, this hydrosol can be used by spraying or inhalation. You can also mix a few drops of orange blossom hydrosol with a vegetable oil. Then apply the mixture to the solar plexus, the arch of the foot and along the spine, and gently massage.

Note : The essential oil of orange blossom contains the same active molecules as the hydrosol but at higher concentrations. For this reason, if the orange blossom hydrosol proves ineffective against insomnia, it may be appropriate to resort to the essential oil. You can then apply a few drops to the inside of your wrist. However, be aware that this essential oil is contraindicated for topical application during the first three months of pregnancy, as well as in infants and children under six years of age.

The orange blossom hydrosol from Typology.

Theorange blossom hydrosolis obtained by distilling dried flowers of the Bitter Orange tree, sourced from organic farming and harvested inMorocco. It is composed of99%natural ingredients and is suitable for all skin types.


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