CBD is a powerful addition to your wellness routine, no matter your goals. But when is the best time of day to take CBD oil?
by Stacy Mosel, LMSW
You probably already know that CBD can be a beneficial supplement to your existing wellness routine, but when should you incorporate it to achieve the best or desired effects?
Keep reading to learn more about when might be the best time of day to take CBD and how to create a CBD routine that can help support your health and wellness goals.
When Is the Best Time To Use CBD Oil?
The short answer is, it depends on your ultimate goal. The dosage and timing that’s right for your needs can vary, and different people can respond in different ways to CBD and herbal tinctures. We advise following the guidelines on the product label and adjusting as needed. A CBD tincture is very easy to use — take a full dropper of the product and drip it into your mouth right under your tongue, then hold it there for 2 minutes before you swallow. Most people tend to experience results within 15 to 20 minutes.
Here are a few common wellness goals and accompanying CBD routines that can help you achieve improved well-being so you can feel your best.
Promoting Deeper Sleep
We all know that deep, restful sleep is crucial for maintaining health and achieving well-being, yet why is it so elusive for so many of us? The Sleep Foundation reports that 35.2% of all American adults report sleeping less than 7 hours per night, yet most adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep for wellness and optimal functioning. Stress, tension, worry and other concerns can prevent us from fully relaxing and unwinding at night, which can keep us awake until the wee hours. But how can you improve your sleep in a natural and holistic way?
A Daily Sleep Routine
Our STOP tincture is designed to promote natural, restful sleep so you can fall — and stay — asleep. It contains hemp CBD as well as chamomile, valerian and lavender, Ayurvedic herbs that are believed to have relaxing and sleep-promoting properties. Try taking a soothing, warm but not hot, bath around an hour before bed. Then take a dropper full of our STOP tincture around 15 to 20 minutes before you turn in for the night. Turn off your devices, dim the lights, maybe read a paperback book for a few minutes, and get ready to experience a naturally restful night’s sleep.
Stress takes its toll on all of us at times. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that long-term stress can cause harm to your physical health and lead to ailments that affect your immune, cardiovascular, digestive and respiratory systems. But it’s not just long-term stress that can have an impact; we can also become overwhelmed by the daily stress that accumulates and often gets swept under the rug. You can’t always control what life throws your way, but you can be proactive about making changes to things that are under your influence.
A Daily Stress Management Routine
Taking charge of your stress levels might mean making adjustments to your attitude, your relationships, your dietary choices or your work life, in addition to making sure you have enough time to relax, unwind and de-stress every day. This is where our SLOW tincture can step in. It’s designed with hemp CBD as well as sweet fennel, orange and basil, Ayurvedic ingredients that are traditionally valued for their relaxing properties.
You can use this tincture in a variety of ways — you can use it anytime you need some extra support, but many of our customers also use it prior to meditating to help them achieve improved balance and a sense of comfort. Use one full dropper under your tongue and hold it there for around 2 minutes before swallowing. You should start to experience the effects within 15 to 20 minutes.
Soothing Aches and Soreness
Exercise and daily life can take their toll on your body. While we all know that exercise provides numerous benefits for your physical and mental health, we have all experienced the aches that can come from a good workout or even times when we’ve pushed a bit too hard. Daily life also presents many opportunities for bodily aches and pains to sneak in; you know the feeling when you’ve spent all day at your desk and your shoulders and neck start to ache or your lower back starts signaling that it’s had enough. Taking care of your body each day means slowing down, tuning in and paying attention to what your body needs.
A Routine To Naturally Ease Tired Muscles
Taking a warm bath after a workout with a cup or two of Epsom salts is a time-honored way of easing sore, tense muscles. Getting a regular massage and applying heat may help improve blood flow, release accumulated toxins and ease tightness. Our RECOVER tincture can also assist your body with natural recovery, provide comfort and help promote post-workout muscle health. It contains hemp CBD as well as turmeric, black pepper and clove, which are valued in Ayurvedic medicine for their ability to support your body’s natural healing processes and promote muscle relaxation. Use one to two droppers — you can take up to 2 full droppers at a time, depending on your individual needs — and the benefits should start to appear after 15 to 20 minutes.
Boosting Energy Levels
It’s not always easy to maintain consistent energy levels. We’re all familiar with the afternoon slump when we might reach for our third, fourth or fifth coffee of the day. Energy levels naturally ebb and flow throughout the day, and they can also be affected by how much you’ve slept, your stress levels, what you’ve eaten and your overall mood. Sometimes, when you need an extra boost, you don’t want to suffer from the caffeine jitters or the disruptive effects that a mid-afternoon sugary snack or caffeinated drink can have on your sleep later on.
A Routine To Naturally Enhance Energy
You can take steps to improve your energy levels naturally, such as getting enough sleep, managing stress, not smoking, avoiding or limiting alcohol, eating foods with a low glycemic index and exercising regularly. When you need a natural pick-me-up without the risk of a caffeine or sugar crash, we advise trying our GO tincture for focused energy. It contains hemp CBD as well as cardamom, ginger and rosemary, Ayurvedic herbs traditionally used to promote energy and feelings of alertness.
The Root of It All offers a complete range of Ayurvedic essential oil tinctures infused with CBD designed to support all of your wellness needs. You might also want to check out our topical product line, which contains CBD infused with Ayurvedic herbs to provide comfort to your skin, muscles and joints when you need some extra care.
Stacy Mosel, LMSW, is a health and wellness writer as well as a licensed social worker, yoga enthusiast, certified Reiki practitioner and musician. She received a bachelor’s degree in music from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1999 and a Master of Social Work from New York University in 2002.
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