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HERBAL REMEDIES FOR SOUND SLEEP

Sunday, December 20, 2009

MANY HERBS CONTAIN NATURAL SEDATIVES, BUT TO EASE INSOMNIA YOU WILL ALSO NEED TO IDENTIFY THE CAUSE OF THE PROBLEM.
THERE ARE MANY CASES OF INSOMNIA, AND NOT EVERYONE'S SLEEPLESS NIGHTS ARE CAUSED BY THE SAME THING. AN OVERACTIVE MIND BROUGHT ON THROUGH TOO MUCH EXCITEMENT LATE IN THE EVENING, OVER EXHAUSION, POOR INDIGESTION, NEGATIVE THINKING AND WORRY CAN ALL PREVENT US FROM GETTING A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP.
RATHER THAN TAKING A SLEEPING PILL~EVEN AN HERBAL ONE~IT'S IMPORTANT TO IDE4NTIFY WHY YOU'RE NOT GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP.
IF YOU FEEL IRRITABLE, TIRED AND DRAINED IT MAY HAVE MORE TO DO WITH STRESS THAN LACK OF SLEEP, IN WHICH CASE CASE A STRESS-RELIEVING HERB WILL SERVE YOU BETTER THAN A SEDATIVE ONE.
LEARN HOW TO RELAX AND UNWIND AS WELL AS BE ACTIVE~BALANCE IS THE KEY, AND A CALMING AND BALANCING HERB SUCH AS LAVENDER MAY BE WHAT YOU NEED.

RESTFUL HERBS~ADD TO FOOD, TEAS OR SEW THEM INTO A LITTLE PILLOW.

CHAMOMILE: SOOTHES DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS THAT MIGHT INTERFERE WITH RESTFUL SLEEP.
AND ALSO EASES TENSION, PERIOD PAINS AND IRRITABILITY. ITS GENTLE NATURE MAKES IT IDEAL FOR TREATING CHILDREN. THIS MILD SEDATIVE HERB IS HELPFUL FOR ANYONE SUFFERING FROM NERVOUS TENSION. BEFORE BED, SIP AN HERBAL INFUSION OF 2 TSP OF DRIED CHAMOMILE PER CUP.

DILL: THE ANCIENT EGYPTIANS USED DILL IN PAIN-KILLING MIXTURES, AND THE GREEKS COVERED THEIR EYES WITH IT TO INDUCE SLEEP. ITS NAME COMES FOR THE NORSE "DYLLA"- TO SOOTHE, ITS ANTI-INFLAMMATORY PROPERTIES MAKE IT ESPECIALLY USEFUL IN CASES WHERE INDIGESTION MAY BE INTERFERING WITH SLEEP.

JASMINE; A CALMING AND SEDATIVE HEB THAT EASES TENSION. JASMINE TEA IS OFTEN USED IN BUDDHIST CEREMONIES TO PROMOTE PEACE AND TRANQUILITY.

LAVENDER; SOOTHING AND SEDATIVE LAVENDER CALMS THE MIND AND EMOTIONS. IT IS AN IDEAL SCENTED CANDLE TO BURN IN THE BEDROOM, OR TAKE A LONG SOAK IN A LAVENDER BATH JUST BEFORE BEDTIME.

LEMON VERBENA; LEMON VERBENA SHARES CALMING AND SEDATIVE PROPERTIES WITH LEMON BALM. GOOD FOR LIFTING THE SPIRITS AND EASING THE DEPRESSION THAT MAY BE KEEPING YOU AWAKE DURING THE NIGHT.

HOPS; CONTAINS THE NATURAL SEDATIVE VALERIANIC ACID, WHICH IS IDEAL FOR CALMING AN OVERACTIVE MIND. HOPS SHOULD NOT BE USED IF DEPRESSION IS A CAUSE OF INSOMNIA, HOWEVER, AND ITS US IN BEER IS NOT AN EXCUSE TO DRINK YOUR SELF ASLEEP!!!

MUGWORT; A GENTLE HERB THAT AIDS DIGESTION, ESPECIALLY OVER A PERIOD OF TIME, MUGWORT HAS BEEN USED FOR CENTURIES THROUGHOUT EUROPE AND ASIA. ITS ACTION AS A TONIC AND DIGESTIVE HERB CAN HELP SETTLE STOMACHS BEFORE BED, AND BECAUSE OF ITS MILD ACTION IT CAN BE TAKEN IN LOW DOSES OVER A PERIOD OF TIME. DO NOT USE MUGWORT IF PREGNANT.

THYME; HEAD-CLEARING AND EXPECTORANT THYME CAN HELP TO EASE SLEEP THAT IS DISTURBED BY HAY FEVER OR BRONCHIAL COLDS. ALTHOUGH THYME WILL HELP CLEAR CHEST COLDS IT CAN BE STIMULATING SO DON'T TAKE IMMEDIATELY BEFORE BED - INSTEAD TAKE IT DURING THE DAY TO FIGHT OFF YOUR COLD BEFORE BEDTIME.

WHITE CHESTNUT; THE BACH FLOWER REMEDY WHITE CHESTNUT, WHICH IS AVAILABLE FOR MOST HEALTH FOOD STORES, CAN HELP TO SOOTHE A MIND TROUBLED WITH REPETITIVE THOUGHTS. IT IS USED PRIMARILY TO EASE MENTAL AGITATION AND WORRY, AIDING RESTFUL SLEEP.

THE BEST SEDATIVE AROMATHERAPY OILS; ONE HOUR BEFORE GOING TO BED, PUT A RELAXING AROMATHERAPY BLEND INTO AN OIL VAPORIZER WITH FRESH SPRING WATER AND LEAVE ALIGHT TO INFUSE YOUR BEDROOM WITH THE FRAGRANCES. WHEN YOU RETIRE REMEMBER TO BLOW OUT THE NIGHT LIGHT.

A GOOD SEDATIVE AROMATHERAPY BLEND IS: 5 DROPS OF LAVENDER, 3 DROPS OF JASMINE, 2 DROPS OF BERGAMOT.

TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR FIRST .
I WANT TO GO OUT NOW AND GET SOME, BUT THE STORES ARE CLOSED. RATS.
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