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Category: Sleep

Antianxiety Effects of Essential Oils in Children

  Childhood anxiety disorders are defined by excessive fear and worry caused by anticipation of future threat.  Significant symptoms of anxiety then significantly disrupt children’s lives and cause major impairment and distress in social, academic, occupational, and other areas of their lives.  Research shows that living in excessive fear, worry, and anxiety during childhood years strongly correlates with suffering from suiciadal ideation (1) and depression in later years.  (2) Childhood anxiety disorders are commonly divided into three major categories: Separation anxiety –  This disorder is defined by excessive fear or anxiety concerning separation from home or caregivers a…

Simple Relaxation Techniques to Help Your Child Sleep

According to National Sleep Foundation (NSF), sleep deprivation is a problem among children in America.  According to NSF’s 2004 Sleep in America poll, more than two-thirds of children experience one or more sleep problems at least a few nights a week.  (1)  At this time, little is known about the impact of sleep disturbances on the structural properties of the developing brain.  However, according to recent research, sleep disturbances from age 2 years onwards are associated with smaller grey matter volumes. Thinner prefrontal cortex in children with adverse sleep disturbances trajectories may reflect effects of sleep disturbance…

Why Chamomile Must Be in Your Pantry

  When I was a little girl growing up in the Czech Republic, my favorite stories were about a little mole named Krtecek who lived in a meadow with some of his other animal friends.  One day, his friend mouse became very sick.  Krtecek wanted to help her so he went to talk to a wise old owl.  The owl advised him to make a tea out of a mysterious plant called Matricaria Chamomilla.  This plant grows wildly in Czech meadows.  We call it, “hermanek.”  In English, it is known simply as Chamomile.  Confused Krtecek searched the whole…