Sleepy Time Elixir
Rest. Release. Reflection. That is what the waning half moon is all about.
So lets talk about sleep.
I slept horrible for 10 years because of migraines and tension in my neck. Believe me, I know how important sleep can be. I woke up tired and in pain every morning. My nights were short and disturbed and sleeping in worsened my symptoms.
Sleep is essential, both for our physical and our mental health! We heal and and recharge for a new day during our nights.
It is important to have a bed time "ritual" that helps you to relax and to create melatonin. The hormone melatonin is created under the influence of light. A small pea-shaped gland - called the pineal gland - in the middle of the brain captures signals of light via receptors in the eye. When darkness falls, the melatonin production goes up so you will become tired and ready for bed. Artificial light (television, screens, iPads, phones and lightbulbs) will block the melatonin production. Using yellow light or candles after sundown and making sure you don't use artificial light at least an hour before bedtime will improve your quality of sleep significant!
I am still working on improving my sleep every day and I notice right away when I have had to much "screen time" or when I have been stressing out during the day. If you have trouble falling asleep or sleep through the night try some of these tips:
- If you sleep with a pillow make sure it is a good one
- No caffeine or black tea during the evening (take the sleepy elixir below instead!)
- Journal or meditate before bedtime to empty your mind
- Try sleeping grounded on a earthing mat (find out more about Earthing here)
- Take a bath with epsom salt and essential oils before bed
- Do some breathing exercises before you close your eyes
- Use herbal teas or tinctures that will improve sleep
- Install flux if you do have to be behind your computer at night
I love using herbal elixirs to support my body! I have a special "sleepy elixir" that will help me get relaxed during the evening. I use Chamomile and Rose as a base tea and mix it up with some superfoods to create a tasty nightcap! (If you are sensitive to cacao before bedtime you can leave that out)
Tea Base : Make a strong tea base from Rose Petals, Chamomile and Passion flower.
2 cups warm (not hot) tea
1 tbsp Coconut oil
1 tbsp raw Cacao powder
1 tsp Lucuma
1/2 tsp Rosehip powder
1/2 tsp Amla powder
1/8 tsp cinnamon
a pinch of ground vanilla bean
Honey or Stevia to taste
Blend all the ingredients together, relax and good night!