Sooth Insomnia and Put an End to Sleepless Nights
Have you ever had that moment when you’ve gone to bed, thinking you’ll sleep beautifully only to find that you are still awake hours later as your brain cannot shut down? It’s frustrating isn’t it?
The more you want to go to sleep, the harder it is for you to relax. And no amount of counting sheep helps you to drop off! So what can you do?
Apart from asking someone to knock you out – believe me I nearly did this once – overcoming insomnia isn’t as simple as closing your eyes.
In fact you need to overcome whatever obstacle which is blocking you – stress, anxiety, depression…
Fortunately I have come across a unique recipe which may be able to help: Insomnia milk bath.
What is Insomnia milk bath?
Now before you panic I’m not suggesting your drink bath water – ewww. No, this recipe essentially contains a combination of sweet almond oil, lavender oil, marjoram essential oils and powdered milk all of which are reputed to help you relax and clear your mind.
And it works – honest.
Simply pour 1tbsp sweet almond oil, 4 drops of lavender oil, 3 drops of marjoram essential oils and 2 drops of benzoin essential oils into a small bowl, mix, then stir in 1 cup of powdered milk, and finally pour this mixture into a bath of warm water, and insomnia milk bath can help to calm your mind and eliminate stress.
I found this particular recipe works best right before bed, as this removes any chance of you getting stressed out again.
What else can I do?
If the thought of sitting in milk and essential oils doesn’t sound appealing, then there are a few other tricks you can do to ensure you experience a restful night:
- Deep breathing – lying comfortably, close your eyes and breathe in from your diaphragm, both slowly and deeply. With each breath you should try to clear your brain of any thoughts until all you can hear is your breathing.
- Progressive muscle relaxation – starting from your toes and working up your body, stretch and relax your muscles until you feel light and rested. At the same time breathe slowly and deeply.
- Meditation – similar to the 2 methods above, focusing on your breathing and the movement of your body should help you to relax
- Valerian – this simple herb has mild sedative qualities which can help you to sleep better
- Chamomile tea or chamomile oil in your bath (5-6 drops) – both can help you to overcome your nerves
- Lavender oil – normal lavender oil can be added to your tea, however lavender essential oil can only be inhaled, massaged into your skin (10 drops) or added to your bath (3-10 drops)
- Passion flower – is commonly used as a sedative, helping you to overcome mental worry and exhaustion caused by insomnia. You can either take it in tea (1 cup threes times a day) or as a tincture 30-60 drops, three to four times a day.
- Kava kava – usually served in tea, kava kava creates a feeling of calmness and enhances relaxation and dreaming.
- St. John’s Wort – you can take this herb is a manor of ways: tincture (1/2tsp two to three times a day) or 1-2 tablets two to three times a day
- Bedtime – containing a mixture of many of the herbs I’ve listed above – 30% valerian, 20% linden, 20% kava kava, 20% chamomile and 10% catnip – essentially blend these herbs together loose and add 1tsp to a cup to make your tea.
You don’t have to let insomnia rule your life, so don’t let it. Incorporate any of the above remedies into your day to day routine, and you can benefit from a restful, full nights sleep.
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