What Are Sesquiterpenes? And Why Should I Care?

A few weeks ago I woke up at 2 A.M. worrying about something, and feared it would ruin the rest of my night’s sleep. You know how it goes – you wake up, toss and turn, and then fall asleep 20 minutes before your alarm goes off. If you take prescription medicine to help you go back to sleep, good luck waking up when the alarm starts blaring.

Every night when I go to bed I diffuse Cedarwood Essential Oil in the diffuser next to my bed. The diffuser runs for four hours and then shuts off. For some reason, I had enough wits about me at 2 A.M. to put more Cedarwood in to the diffuser and start it again. I fell back to sleep immediately, and woke up easily the next morning.

I knew Cedarwood could help me fall asleep, but fall back to sleep after waking up with a lot of things on my mind? I could hardly believe it.

I then found out that Cedarwood is high in sesquiterpenes (98%). This intrigued me and I had to find out more.

Sesquiterpenes are hydrocarbons found in most essential oils, although in different amounts depending on the oil. Here are the amazing qualities of sesquiterpenes:

  • They deliver oxygen molecules to cells.
  • They increase oxygen surrounding the pineal and pituitary glands. The pineal gland regulates melatonin, which regulates your sleep. The pituitary gland regulates blood pressure, metabolism, temperature regulation and pain relief.
  • They can erase or deprogram miswritten codes in the DNA.

As David Stewart, Ph.D.,R.A., writes in The Blood-Brain Barrier, “Sesquiterpenes are thought to be especially effective in fighting cancer because the root problem with a cancer cell is that it contains misinformation, and sesquiterpenes can erase that garbled information. At the same time the oxygen carried by sesquiterpene molecules creates an environment where cancer cells can’t reproduce. Hence, sesquiterpenes deliver cancer cells a double punch-one that disables their coded misbehavior and a second that stops their growth.”

Wow – here I thought I was just helping myself get back to sleep. I may also have been increasing oxygen to my brain, and fixing my DNA.

Want to learn more about using Essential Oils to improve your sleep, and other aspects of your life? Send an email to me at healingwithkristen@gmail.com.

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