Sound sleep is the basis of health. For most adults 6-8 hours is enough for a good night’s rest. But, unfortunately, in the rhythm of big cities (and small ones too) due to stress, frequent use of various gadgets, coffee, street noise and hormonal system failures, many have difficulty falling asleep, often Wake up in the middle of the night and feel broken in the morning.
Do you want to sleep without artificial and expensive sleeping pills? Then turn to the power of plants. Natural products have been used for centuries for medicinal and recreational purposes. “The doctor treats the disease, but nature cures it,” the famous ancient Greek healer and philosopher Hippocrates claimed. Consider some of the gifts of nature, which are able to provide a good night sleep.
1. Valerian root
Valerian-one of the most famous remedies for insomnia. Numerous studies have shown that it improves the speed of falling asleep, depth and quality of sleep. However, in order to achieve a positive result, it is necessary to take this remedy for a long time, since the nutrients in the body accumulate gradually, but two months is the maximum period of daily use of Valerian root.
Infusion: insist in a thermos 1 tbsp. spoon chopped Valerian roots in a glass of boiling water for 12 hours. Take before meals three times a day for 1 tablespoon.
Broth: 1 tbsp. spoon chopped Valerian root pour a glass of boiling water and boil on low heat for 15 minutes. Take as well as infusion.
2. Matricaria chamomilla
The healing power of Matricaria chamomilla has been used to combat insomnia and anxiety since ancient times. This proven sedative can be used by both children and adults. Chamomile tea contains apigenin, a bioactive flavonoid that reduces anxiety and acts as a sedative.
Infusion: insist in a thermos of dry inflorescences (4 tablespoons per Cup of boiling water) for 3 hours. Strain, take 3-4 times a day for 2 tablespoons.
Broth: 4 tablespoons of dry inflorescences and a half cups of boiling water, boil in a water bath for 30 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes, strain. Can be stored in the refrigerator for no more than two days.
3. Mint and lemon balm
Tea with mint and Melissa helps well in achieving a peaceful state, it is easy to find both in the pharmacy and any grocery store. But if you want to make the original tea yourself, it is perfect recipe from Morocco.
Tea: 2 tsp. of dry or a few fresh leaves of peppermint or Melissa (you can mix them in equal proportions) on a glass of milk, boil, remove from heat, cover the dishes with a lid and leave to infuse, strain and add honey to taste in the cooled drink. Drink before bed.
Another known natural remedy that reduces stress and promotes deep sleep is lavender. The essential oil of this delicate flower has antidepressant, soothing and sedative properties and has been used for therapeutic purposes for centuries.
There are many ways to use lavender. Relax help bath procedures-now you can easily find in stores or make a home lavender soap and bath salt. Essential oil can be added to the aroma lamp or drip a few drops on the edge of the pillow. Cotton or linen bag with dried flowers can be put in the closet with bed linen or under the pillow.
Tea: Lavender is perfectly combined in tea compositions with chamomile and mint, but you can prepare and just tea from lavender — 1 tsp of dry flowers pour 250 ml of boiling water, cover, let stand and strain. This tea will improve the quality of sleep and help in the treatment of headaches.
Drink: when overtired, it is good to prepare milk with lavender and honey — in 500 ml of milk, add 1 tablespoon of dry flowers, stirring to bring to a boil, remove from heat and let stand under the lid, strain and add honey to taste. This unusual drink will appeal to both children and adults. It will balance the mood, free the mind from disturbing thoughts and give good dreams.
Oregano is a symbol of maternal love and health. This fragrant herb remarkably relieves nervous tension and helps to fall asleep even after a hard day’s work.
Broth: 2-3 tsp crushed dry leaves on a glass of water, boil, insist and strain. Drink before bed.
6. Thymus serpyllum
Thymus serpyllum has a pronounced hypnotic effect, helps with stress, neurasthenia, in the treatment of depression and migraine.
Infusion: 1 tbsp. spoon chopped dry grass pour a glass of boiling water, let stand and strain. Take three times a day for 1-2 tablespoons.
It has many useful properties, so the scope of its application is quite wide.
7. Salvia officinalis
Hippocrates called Salvia officinalis “sacred grass”. This plant has a calming effect on the nervous system, helps to fight stress, irritability and increased nervous excitability.
Broth: 1 tablespoon crushed dried leaves pour a glass of boiling water, boil on low heat for 10 minutes, to insist and strain. Drink 1-2 tablespoons three times a day.
Hop cones have a sedative effect, help with neuralgia and neuroses with increased irritability. It is recommended to sleep on a pillow stuffed with dried hops.
Infusion: And for oral administration it is necessary in the evening pour 1 tbsp. spoon crushed hop cones Cup of boiling water and insist night. Strain, drink in the morning and in the afternoon before eating 50 ml of tincture, and in the evening before going to bed to finish the rest. It is worth noting that the treatment of hops is not recommended for men aged 30 to 45 years.
Also, hop cones can be put in a sieve and shake it well over a wide dish — it will pour yellowish-green powder. This is lupulin, which is used for insomnia, strong nervous excitement and neurasthenia. Take the powder 3 times a day in extremely small doses.
Able to return deep sleep and hop baths-just not as you thought:) Pour a glass of cones 5 liters of boiling water. Let it brew and strain. Pour the infusion into a bath filled with warm water. Taking such a soothing bath will be helpful before going to bed.
9. Celery root
Even in ancient hospitals of ancient Egyptians and Greeks described its healing properties. The composition of celery includes many nutrients-vitamins, amino acids, trace elements, fiber and essential oils, which helps to reduce the level of stress hormones in the human blood. The use of celery root improves health, relieves nervous overexcitation and promotes muscle relaxation, which helps to fall asleep easily.
Infusion: 30-50 g chopped celery root put in a glass or ceramic bowl and pour 1 liter of chilled boiled water, close the lid, infuse for 8-10 hours and drain. Take 1 tablespoon 3 times a day for 1.5-2 hours before meals.
In the flesh of the pumpkin is a lot of minerals necessary for the body, and the presence of b vitamins has a beneficial effect on the Central nervous system and has a mild sedative effect.
Here is one of the simple recipes — 200 g pumpkin cut into pieces, over low heat to boil until soft (or bake in oven), drain the water, cool, add honey to taste and take daily in the evening at 100; before bedtime drink a glass of pumpkin juice with honey — this drink will help relieve the stress, the sleep is calm and deep.
Pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of magnesium, which helps relieve stress and serves to calm the body. Only one handful of these seeds contains about 150 mg of magnesium, which makes them one of the richest foods in magnesium. Pumpkin seeds can be eaten just like that or added to a salad, vegetable stew or cottage cheese.
Of course, all is well in moderation. And in proven over the years, even for centuries, medicinal plants in excess of concentration, individual intolerance or concomitant diseases, side effects are possible. Any sign of intolerance should be stopped immediately.
What are the secrets to a good night’s sleep you know? What natural resources do you usually use?