||[Sep. 28th, 2006|05:39 pm]
hellooo :p what herbal teas/herbal usage can you vouch for when it comes to sleeping? preferably something quick and easy?! i always wake up late in the day but i have to go to bed early because my bf gets up early for work, so i find it difficult to get to sleep when i've only been awake for 12/13 hours after having 11/12 hours sleep! i love sleeping but i hate going to sleep
chamomile tea makes you drowsy.
sorry, that's all i got from memory. :/
that's okay! :)
thank you for the suggestion! :)
Valerian roots is stronger than Chamomille... chamomille is very mild and can even be used by children. Valerian roots is supposed to have a much stronger effects. I have tried fresh roots and also tea bags with some valerian, it seems to work, but it does not "knock me down". You probably have to change your whole schedule to really adjust your day. There are many other 'mild' herbs such as lemon balm, catnip, catmint, mint, .. that are relaxing and be used to calm and help fall asleep, but I think valerian is the strongest. There are even pills of valerian, as herbal supplements which you can take over the counter. Other wise look for herbal tea bags for "bed time" with "extra" valerian roots (e.g. Yogi teas), or you could of course grow valerian from seeds and maybe in spring get a cup of tea...
Also---passionflower is good stuff. I always experience the briefest sensation of euphoria right before falling asleep---it's a happy sleep.
I have found Vervain (Verbena officinalis) quite useful for sending me to sleep if I have things on my mind or thoughts needing 'let go of'. I find I personally get headaches when using Valerian, again because when the body has increased tension it is holding onto, (whether physical or emotional), and suddenly is in a relaxed state thanks to a nice herbal tea, this release can cause a sort of 'activity' to happen that is not desiried. I always recommend people start on lowish doses of Valerian and increase as they feel necessary.
Have you tried thinking about how you can change your pattern of sleep? sleepy teas are not going to be a solution forever. You should think about nourishing teas with adrenal suport during the day. Eating small regular meals, drinking plenty of fluids, and not eating heavy meals at least 2 hours or more before going to bed. Caffeine can also affect sleeping patterns so it's a good idea not to overuse coffee and tea, and not to drink caffeine drinks in the evening. Remember that some fizzy pop contains caffeine, such as coca cola.
Exercise during the day can help exhaust any 'surplus' energy making it easier to sleep. I find a good long walk by the sea or in the country, in the woods makes for a good nights rest and pleasant dreams.
Herbal medicine has no easy answers, generally with something like sleep as with our health, the answers and causes are complex and deep. We must address all aspects of ourselves to come to any solutions. Mind body and spirit.
What is causing your energy to be out of balance...how can you address this? These are questions you should be asking, for afterall, who better to heal you, than yourself. You hold all the answers deep within you and I am sure you can reach them in time like we all can.
I wish you well X