Monday, November 21, 2011

SLEEPING BEAUTY BY VALERIE HOULD-MARCHAND

Sleep is as vital as exercising and healthy eating to our overall health. For the overactive mind however, sleeping can be difficult or even impossible, sometimes leading to a state of insomnia. Resorting to sleeping pills is tempting as a quick fix, but it is an unhealthy habit. Over time reliance on pills can alter the body's circadian rhythm, making sleeping naturally even more difficult to achieve in the future.
 So if you are sleep starved beyond the self-induced effects of a double espresso, there are a few natural tricks to help achieve a good night sleep.
 Of course you should limit caffeine, invest in a high-quality bed and establish a regular sleep schedule. But my favourite way to charm the sandman is with a cup of tea… But, not just any tea, one that contains Valerian root.
  Valerian is a perennial flowering plant that is native to Europe, South Africa and Asia. It has been used for centuries for sleeplessness, hysteria and nervousness. Today, Valerian is most commonly used as a remedy for insomnia. It also improves circulation, muscle cramps, and is good for irritable bowel syndrome and ulcers.
  There is a variety of Valerian teas to choose from, and you will have to explore to find the one that fits your beautiful self. I would advise a combination with other herbs as well including chamomile, passion flower, skullcap, cardamom and cinnamon.
 FUN FACT
When was the last time you sipped on a cup of warm milk before heading to bed ? It turns out that this childhood ritual could still be useful it your older years ! Milk contains tryptophan, an amino acid shown to enhance sleepiness. So, why not add a drop of milk to your tea? 
  Valerian tea is safe for most people, except if you are pregnant or nursing. So next time you find yourself staring blankly at the ceiling, prepare yourself a cup of Valerian tea for a natural, marvellous sleep.
 Until next time,
Heal yourself
Heal the planet
Sources :
Insight Journal, Valerian Root (http://www.anxiety-and-depression-s...)

2 comments:

  1. To be honest, I even could not imagine how hard it is to find decent piece of info on the above topic. Damiana

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  2. Such an interesting story to read and I enjoyed reading it as well. Keep up the good work. tekken

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