Has the Insomnia Fairy been visiting

Are you having issues going to sleep , Or staying asleep. Is counting sheep not working for you?

I know where you are coming from , I am a third generation Insomniac and have had many bouts of sleeplessness and me and the sandman seem to be on no visiting terms but the insomnia fairy and I are old friends.

Its not unheard of in our busy lifestyle now to be having bouts of insomnia and as our electrical devices start following us to our bedrooms it is starting to get worse.

Study’s have even shown that a mild bout of sleep deprivation is as bad as being drunk when you are driving.

 

Herbs For Insomnia & To Promote Better Sleep

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)

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This is one un impressive plant when you see it flowering but it’s the  root  that hides its potential. When its dried it is used as a calming agent and sleep aid. According to numerous studies, valerian, native to Europe and Asia, may help reduce the amount of time it takes a person to fall asleep and also help increase the duration and quality of sleep.

If you are using our  capsule form, it is recommended that you take 2 an hour or so before bed. The impact should last about four hours. If you find yourself waking up in the night, unable to return to sleep, take another two. Most people find this an effective dosage.

You can also take it as a tea –

To use as a before-bedtime tea, it’s best to make a cool-water infusion to prevent the volatile oils from escaping: Add one to two teaspoons of valerian root to one cup of room-temperature water. Cover, and let steep for eight hours.

For a hot-water infusion, steep one to two teaspoons of valerian root in one cup of hot (not boiling water). Cover, and let steep until cooled.

We also have this in fluid extract  form and  It is best to email Jackie to discuss this one with her personally but you can read about the product on our website

Skullcap

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This plant has a beautiful flower and is an exceptionally effective tool in helping on to relax mind and body.

Skullcap forms one of the key ingredients in a formulas use for anxiety it is wonderful to help people that have the racing mind .

Don’t think that Skullcap is some kind of drug-like tranquiliser though. Its effects are much more subtle and accumulative. It is unwise to use any substance, natural or pharmaceutical, to bludgeon the mind into quietness because there will be hell to pay for it later! Skullcap is certainly suited to long term use and will not create dependency or lethargy in the user. Over a period of about a week you can visibly see the reduced agitation in a person taking Skullcap. It is one of our best allies in the modern world when we are beset by stress and stimulation whilst our minds and bodies crave some inner peace.

We have this in fluid extract  form and even mixed with Passionflower,  It is best to email Jackie to discuss this one with her personally but you can read about the product on our website

Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)

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This plant has an outstandly beautiful flower and is an exceptionally effective tool in helping on to relax mind and body. Interesting fact for one – This plant was given its name because the Pope V  say the vine as a symbol of the passion of Christ back in 1605.

When prepared as a herbal product passionflower has a long history of being used to ease mental stress, slowing down a busy mind and is historically used as a sleep aid and stress reliever.

When used appropriately, passionflower is safe for children and persons with health conditions

We  have this in fluid extract  form and  It is best to email Jackie to discuss this one with her personally but you can read about the product on our website

California Poppy ( Eschscholzia californica)

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California poppies are happy little plants with fern-like foliage and brilliant yellow, orange and red flowers that thrive in dry conditions. Very early Spanish explorers called the plant “Copa del Ora,” meaning “cup of gold.” because of the legend that said that the orange petals were gold filled.

Although not filled with gold, the California poppy is not only a good food source but also has some potent medicinal properties. Historically used for such illnesses as toothaches, headaches and sores, this perky little plant has also earned a reputation as a strong sedative. It can ease insomnia that results from restlessness and anxiety.

Often taken in conjunction with valerian,

We  have this in fluid extract  form and  It is best to email Jackie to discuss this one with her personally but you can read about the product on our website

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This is a prepared product that we have available on our website that will also assist you in getting those hours of slumber you desperately seek. It’s a capsual that has passionflower, Valerian and Hops premixed together so some prefer this due to its conveniance.Generally taken 2 capsules about an hour before bed time.

 

Herbs For Early Morning Awakening

If you have a pretty easy time going to sleep but find you wake up way too early, you could have early morning awakening or morning insomnia. The cause of morning insomnia may be related to a spike in cortisol, a stress hormone.

In addition to adopting a healthy, whole food diet, and exercise program, there are several herbs that can be used to help with this type of insomnia.

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)

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Considered one of the most powerful herbs in Ayurvedic practice, ashwagandha, native to India, has been used since ancient times for a number of conditions.

The plant itself is in the same family as the tomato and has tiny, red, raisin-like fruit. Although the leaves and the fruit of this plant have therapeutic value, it is the root that is most potent and the most valued herbally.

Used commonly by people to strengthen their immune system after an illness, or for Thyroid issues,  research published in the Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine shows that this herb also reduces chronic stress, by reducing cortisol levels, without taking away energy.

Those who took the herb also experienced feeling more relaxed, mentally calm, had reduced anxiety, less depression, and reduced insomnia.

Most people take 300mg twice a day over a long period to experience all of the great benefits of this totally amazing  herb.

We also have this in fluid extract  form and  It is best to email Jackie to discuss this one with her personally but you can read about the product on our website

Magnolia Bark (Magnolia officinalis)

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Magnolia bark, used extensively in Chinese medicine, is known to reduce cortisol levels and promote relaxation of both the body and the mind. Not only can this have a positive impact on improving duration and quality of sleep but it can also help reduce the risk of obesity and type ll diabetes.

Italian studies found that magnolia bark eased anxiety and when bark extract was combined with magnesium it improved sleep, mood, reduced anxiety and depression in menopausal women.

It’s best to take this herb just before bed since it promotes rapid drowsiness.

We also have this in fluid extract  form and  It is best to email Jackie to discuss this one with her personally but you can read about the product on our website .

 

Herbs For Infrequent Insomnia

If you suffer from infrequent bouts of insomnia where you have a hard time getting to sleep or awaken and can’t fall back to sleep you may want to try the following herbal teas:

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia, Lavandula officinalis)

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Lavender is a woody shrub with a very pleasant aroma and lovely purple flowers. Although this herb is native to mountainous areas of the Mediterranean, it is now grown all over the world including the United States, Australia, and southern Europe.

A cup of warm lavender tea before bed is a great way to promote relaxation which can help with anxiety, depression, stress and insomnia. In addition to drinking tea, try spraying your pillow with lavender pillow mist or soaking in a hot bath with a few drops of lavender essential oil and either Dead Sea or  Epsom salts.

Chamomile ( Matricaria recutita )

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The tops of these pretty daisy-like flowers are have been used to make a calming and soothing tea for hundreds of years. Its tea is an ideal drink to have if you have had a very stressful day and you are still wound up.

 

Calm  and Restful

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Though this product is marketed and is commonly used on children its is able to be used by adults. Its is great for those of us that have children that have been wound up and all excited from a day at school or who have had a very stressful day and need to relax.

Rescue Sleep 

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This is part of our rescue remedy range Rescue Sleep calms your restless mind providing natural relief of occasional sleeplessness caused by stress and repetitive thoughts.

All-natural, non-narcotic, and non-habit forming, Rescue Sleep provides relief for occasional sleeplessness that is safe for the whole family. Certain sleep difficulties may be better treated by using one of the other 38 Bach Flower Remedies.

Calms your restless mind providing natural relief of occasional sleeplessness caused by stress and repetitive thoughts.

Other Natural Tips For Getting A Great Sleep

Besides calming herbs, there are a number of things you can do to promote a restful night’s sleep including:

  • Turn off your electrical Devices half an hour before
  • Go to bed and get up at the same time each night
  • Grow sleep enhancing plants in your bedroom – These are things like Jasmine , Lavender , Snake plant( mother in laws tounge) , Aloe vera , English Ivy – We will do a blog on this next week for you all.
  • Sleep in complete darkness
  • Keep a window open for fresh air
  • Use a Himalayan Salt Lamp
  • Take a warm bath before bed – Add some Dead sea or Epson Salts and Lavender essential Oil Drops
  • Meditate – you can even burn some Lavender essential Oil Drops in the oil burner to help you relax
  • Exercise ( but not late in the day)
  • Keep a journal of things you are grateful for
  • Reduce caffeine and alcohol intake
  • Eat a whole food diet but don’t eat about 2 hours before bedtime.
  • Eliminate sugar – find out how on this blog

 

We hope that you how have a few more handy things to help fight off the insomnia fairy and that Mr Sandman will be visiting you more often from now on. Have a restful night and a more refreshed morning.

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