Home Remedies For Insomnia

Home Remedies For Insomnia

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  1. Insomnia simply meaning lack of sleep. It has been referred to as sleeplessness also, and can be caused by a variety of reasons. Lack of sleep deprives persons of being able to function properly with life’s daily activities. Luckily instead of depending upon sleeping pills to help us fall sleep and also can deliver an impact of side effects such as headaches, stomach pain and uncontrollable shaking. Luckily we have alternative remedies that we can make at home to help us sleep.

    Fruit

    Bananas

    Take one banana and mash it in a bowl.  Next add in roasted cumin seeds and mix well. Consume this mix right after you finish dinner. It promotes a restful night of sleep.

    Oranges

    Use the juice of two oranges. Mix in a little bit of hot water and sweeten with honey. You can also purchase orange leaf tea and drink one cup before bedtime. This remedy works good for mild insomnia.

    Herbs

    Kava

    Kava which also is used to treat migraines. The effects from Kava gives off a very serene feeling that aides in getting a deep mode of relaxation reducing sleeplessness. It does not alter concentration or cause drowsiness. Take 180 mg per day for only three days in a row. Kava is a very potent herb. Large amounts can lead to negative side effects on the liver. Do not exceed the dosage.

    Camomile

    Purchase camomile tea. It has been used as a sleep aide for centuries. It has no specified usages so you can have a cup to help whenever insomnia strikes. Sip on the tea one half hour or forty five minutes prior to bedtime.

    Recipe to make your own

    Yields on cup

    Ingredients: One cup water, 1 teaspoon dried camomile flowers, lemon juice and honey

    In saucepan bring water to boiling point. Add flowers directly into the water or you can use a tea infuser (sphere size ball, two ends fasten together and attached to chain). Boil thirty to four five seconds with lid on saucepan. Remove tea from heat and let stand for one minute. Using a strainer remove flowers if you did not use infuser. Add in some honey and lemon juice for flavoring. You can even add in some sugar instead of honey. The effect of tea takes one half hour from drinking. For added strength replace lemon juice with two or three lemon balm leaves. Drop in tea and stir.

    Aniseed

    In saucepan put in one and half cups of water and one teaspoon of aniseed. Bring to boil. Then cover and simmer the tea for 15 minutes. Strain the tea. Then drink. You can add honey, milk or sugar to taste. Take at least one half hour before bedtime.

    Tarragon Leaves

    In saucepan boil four cups of water. In another pot place one ounce of leaves (crushed leaves equal one tablespoon). Pour boiling water over the leaves and let stand for ten minutes. Strain the tea. Drink two cups in the morning. Refrigerator reminder of tea. Usual recommendation is two cups in morning and two at night time.

    Alternate Method

    In saucepan boil four cups of water and leaves. Let stand for about 40 minutes. Strain tea. Drink tea warm each night about half hour before bedtime.

    Milk

    We all remember being small and not able to sleep. There would be mom with a cup of warm milk to help us off to dreamland. There was a real reason for this, it actually does work.

    In saucepan heat one cup of milk just to point before it boils (frothy on top). Mix in one level teaspoon of sugar and vanilla. Sprinkle cinnamon on top and stir well. Drink while it is hot. In 15 to 20 minutes you should be off to dreamland. Milk is a natural sedative. The rest of ingredients is just for flavor.

    Almond extract in place of vanilla can also be used to help induce sleep.

    Melatonin

    Is a natural supplement that aides in sleep. Is effective only in short term use. Basically melatonin tells your brain it is time for sleep and needs to get ready for slumber. However, melatonin can cause opposite effects. Never use this during the day time. It has been shown to cause depression when used in daylight hours. Do not use for more than two consecutive weeks. Place one tablet of 2.5 mg under your tongue one half hour prior to bedtime. You can purchase this at most department and natural health stores. Most common brand is Source Naturals. Always try to find the lowest dosage available. If using the time release brand, do not cut in half. They are coated to provide slow release and cutting them will ruin the potency.

    Vanilla Aromatherapy Bath

    The scent of vanilla has been used in aromatherapy to reduce stress and anxiety. Brings you to a relaxed state. Vanilla bath salts is wonderful to use in a nice warm bath about hour before bedtime.

    Easy Vanilla Bath Salt Recipe

    Supplies:

    Vanilla Fragrance Oil
    Epsom Salt
    Sea Salt
    Resealable Plastic Bag (about quart size)
    Food Coloring
    Decorative Container (optional)

    Directions

    Place one half cup of Epsom salt in plastic bag. Add one half cup sea salt. Seal the bag and shake moderately till well blended.

    Open the bag and add in 20 drops of vanilla fragrance oil. Reseal the bag. Shake the bag again so the fragrance is mixed throughout.

    Reopen bad and add in 10 drops of any food coloring you desire. Close bag and shake once more till color is distributed throughout the salt mixture.

    You can either store them in a decorative container in your bathroom or just leave in the plastic bag.

    Add desired amount of vanilla bath salts to running bathwater.

    Special Notation:

    The amount of essential can be changed to suite your own aroma scent. You can decrease if it is too strong.

    Food color can be added for more or less coloring if you desire. Some persons do not even color it. The color is just used to make it look nice.

    Essential oils in lavender, chamomile and rose can also be used for relaxation and sleep.

    Almond Essential Oil

    Massage some of the almond oil into your temples and forehead at nighttime to increase quality of sleep. Add a few drops of almond oil into warm water and pour over head, this has been known to increase relaxation and sleep.

     

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