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04-24-2010, 06:40 AM
my beloved wife wants to buy a calmative to have a better sleep, I would like to know, is there any natural herb she could use?
I also do not agree to take those stuff, but if, any suggestoins?
04-24-2010, 03:18 PM
lavender and chamomile will lull anyone to sleep :) very calming
04-24-2010, 04:23 PM
Many people swear by Melatonin.
04-24-2010, 05:44 PM
Essential oil, "Rosemary", just a dab of it on a kleenix or a cottonball and put it under her pillow might do the trick. (too much of it might smell very strong) I told someone I knew to try it when having a difficult time sleeping and told me that it really did work.
Sun Tea, get a jar and pour water in it with a tea bag in it and let the jar sit in the sun or under the moonlight. Keeps good in fridge for 4 days.
Chamomile is good for relaxation big time!!
04-24-2010, 05:49 PM
I know of someone who had great success with using valerian. That is something you may want to look into. Buy it as a tincture if you do not make it yourself.
04-24-2010, 07:22 PM
I second the melatonin.
04-24-2010, 11:28 PM
Have her thyroid and adrenal glands checked. If they are out of whack there may be nothing that will help until they are addressed. I had that problem years ago and it turned out that I had a really serious medical problem (that no doctor caught).
Meanwhile it is an expensive trial and error. For example melatonin makes my heart pound and jump out of my chest and makes me even more sleepless. Nobody can tell me why but I have learnt that I can take a sublingual melatonin and get the sleepy effect. Also Calms Forte' is a safe homeopathic preparation that works well. Taking magnesium baths with the proper product can help to replenish that nutrient which is depleted in most of us and that can help sleep. Others try to take calcium at that time of day. There are expensive liquid calcium drinks in the HFS that do have some help. However, with supplementing one must remember that you are creating yet another imbalance with isolated supplements. Excessive calcium can create very painful calcium deposits in the tissues and they don't go away easily. (I see lots of food products supplemented with calcium and I warn my family away from them because they may not be the kind of calcium that your body can utilize - instead your body will be working hard to find some place to put it.)
Personally I also have a 3rd product that I got from a holistic practitioner that helps me sleep. (Never seen it on a store shelf.) I alternate between these options because it is never good to take just one thing. For example, regular supplementation with melatonin can tell the body not to make any of its own at all anymore. Whereas really you just want to give your body the idea so that it will start producing enough on its own.
I tried everything and even tried to make my own herbal preparations years ago before I knew I had a tumor on my adrenal gland. Those herbs Valerian and Hops, that are supposed to help you sleep? They taste really really nasty. Nonetheless I made my nasty teas with them and other nasty tasting things trying to get some sleep. None of it worked until my body got in balance again many years after surgery for the adrenal tumor.
Doctors are getting more aware but they are still really backwards as far as testing for this kind of stuff. They are more likely to just take the easy route and send your wife for psychiatric meds. I have noticed that the TV commercials are now admitting that for many people the psych meds don't work - so they can market new stuff to you - but the fact is that they don't work because most likely its your/her thyroid thats out of whack and causing the symptoms. They adjusted the numbers for thyroid in the 70's to very narrow parameters that leave many sufferers undiagnosed and they're sticking to it. Because that way they can create all these new diseases and sell all these new Rx to you. And that is my truth and I'm sticking to it. :p
04-25-2010, 06:18 AM
My husband swears by Melatonin. He only takes half the recommended dose and he is absolutely comatose all night.
I, however, found completely by accident that the herb Lemon Balm does wonders for sleep. I'm usually a pretty good sleeper anyway but awhile back when I harvested some fresh Lemon Balm from my garden I decided to make a tea with it -- warm water, lemon balm, lemon zest, 1 inch vanilla bean and steep for 20 min. then add 1 tsp. honey. It knocked me out completely and I felt wonderful in the morning. I drink it quite often now and have the same results every time.
04-26-2010, 01:29 AM
I make a cup of chamomile tea every night. I can't say that drinking it relaxes me because I rarely finish it, and sometimes only take a sip or two. It is the process of making the tea that signals the end of the day and prepares me for sleep.
04-26-2010, 02:34 PM
Apparently 2 Tablespoons of soaked, brown, unhulled sesame seedsare just loaded with calcium. She could chew them up alone or add them to a smoothie, or a nut butter?:)
04-27-2010, 12:45 AM
Also flax and chia. . . .http://www.eatchia.com/flax.htm
I notice that different sites say drastically different things about the amounts of nutrients so maybe just observe your body reaction and follow your tastebuds?
04-27-2010, 03:04 AM
Not an herbal recommendation, but I like deep breathing to help fall asleep. A good workout or run in the early a.m. helps provide a peaceful nights sleep.
04-27-2010, 04:45 PM
Add some ear plugs to that deep breathing. They help drown out other extraneous noise that can wake you up but something shrill like a baby crying can still be heard. I have been known to attach hundreds of streamers of heavier plastic to a fan to create a stable soothing background noise but keep out of reach of kittens and small children! Then wrapping the blanket around your head helps drown out distracting noises too if you can stand to do it.
04-29-2010, 11:24 AM
Melatonin works great for me, but, I only take it when I'm having a bout of insomnia. Not on a regular basis.
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