Have you ever experienced several nights of back to back insomnia? It happened to me recently and I wanted to die. Ok, not *actually* die, but you know what I mean. My brain was feeling stressed out and for the life of me, could NOT get it to shut up at night. It was awful. I kept waking up around 1-2 AM and couldn’t get back to sleep. Once I have a few sleepless nights, I become so tired that I feel wired and it’s hard to settle back into a normal sleep pattern. If only I had a Dr. Conrad Murray to sedate me…. *sigh* A girl can dream.
Some women want a knight in shining armour to save them, I long for Michael Jackson’s Doctor….
Since I’m not one to turn to sleep meds (or any drugs) to help me, I took a more natural approach by using this holy trinity of natural remedies:
-Epsom salt bath a couple hours before bed (magnesium has a calming effect on the body)
-Calcium & magnesium supplement
-Yogi ‘Restful Sleep’ tea
The tea contains all kinds of natural sedatives like valerian root (natures valium), chamomile, passionflower, skullcap, etc. A few years ago, when my Naturopathic Dr was helping me deal food allergies and IBS, he ‘prescribed’ valerian root to help support my adrenals. It made me feel verrrry nice.
Apparently, this is what valerian looks like. I’m thinking I should ditch next years vegetable garden and fill it with this instead?
Even though my insomnia is under control, I’m still drinking the tea before bed. This stuff is the next best thing to Valium. It knocks me out. I’m talkin’ full on DEATH SLEEP. If you try it, let me know if you slip into a coma too. Maybe it’s just me, but I think I’m overly sensitive to the effects of herbs and drugs. Advil makes me feel high. Sugar makes me feel high. Coffee makes me feel high. Kombucha makes me feel drunk. I can’t decide if this is awesome or pathetic. Oh my goodness, I sound ridiculous. How do I have friends.
That’s all for today. Before I go, lets take a moment to laugh at this photo of Lex. It’s one of my favourite shots of him. He’s so cute! And evil.
What’s your favourite natural remedy? Aside from this sleep aid tea, I swear tea tree oil is the best antiseptic and topical acne remedy money can buy. I’ll dap a tiny drop of oil on a breakout, and it dries it up in no time! I clean my makeup brushes with it, too. Remember that movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding and the Dad who was obsessed with using Windex on everything? That’s me! But with tea tree oil.
Do you drink any Yogi medicinal teas? Are there any that don’t taste gross?