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How Some Of The Most Powerful Herb Mixtures Can Help You To Sleep Better
I was raised in a family where there was a kitchen cure for every Illness out there. My mom would stick garlic cloves in out pockets to keep illness and bugs away. If we brunt our self out came the aloe plant and lavender. Even when it came to sleeping she had her ways to help you fall asleep fast and sleep all night long.
So anytime I start to think of ways to sleep better my mind always dose to my mom standing in the doorway with her herbs.
naturally my first love is herbs , you can not walk into my house with out smelling lavender, and mint. My kids go to sleep every night with there teas, and scent socks; and every bedroom has its our sleep pillow.
I would like to share my tips of using herbs to aid in sleep.
Everyone knows that drinking herb tea can help with sleep the 2 most poplar is Mint, and Chamomile. Tea is great way to prepare your mind and body for sleep. And can be easy added to your nighttime routine.
Best Herbs For Tea
Chamomile.- This safe and yummy herb helps calm nerves, acts as a mild painkiller, and aids in digestion. Chamomile has been used for centuries as a cure for insomnia. It is safe enough that you can even give it children. Be careful if you are allergic to ragweed as it might cause a reaction.
For tea 3 tsp of dried herb in 1 cup of warm to hot water for tea before bed . Add a tsp of honey if needed
Lavender- Lavender can help in anxiety, stomach problem, mood swings, pain, and helps to calm nerves and promote sleep.
We all know the smell of lavender can aid in sleep that is why you can but everything from pillows to face mask with the sent, but most have never tried it in a tea. It also works well mixed with other herbs such as chamomile or even lemon.
For Tea 1 tsp dried herb in 1 cup warm to hot water. Add lemon other herbs or honey if needed.
Lemon Balm – Helps with nervousness, depression, insomnia and headaches. It has a nice mild flavor and also works well mixed with other herbs to make them taste better.
For Tea mix 2 tsp of herb to 1 cup of warm to hot water . Add honey or other herbs as needed
Valerian – is one of the most powerful but safe sleep aids as far as herbs go. It helps with anxiety, nervous tension, and insomnia. Valerian can have a mild sedative effects in some people.. But be warded it dose have a smell of its own.
For Tea mix ½ tsp to 1 c warn to hot water. Add honey or other herbs if needed
Sleep and or Dream Pillows
I love my sleep pillow, and my kids even takes theirs with them to sleep overs. They provide a lovely smell when you are trying to sleep along with helping to relax and clam you.
Here I will list good herbs and herb mixes to use in the making of your own sleep pillow along with a simple how to on making your own.
Lavender- one of the most poplar herbs for sleep pillows, and can be bought in some form of a pillow almost anywhere.
Sweet Marjoram, Spearmint, Lavender, Red Roses and Lemon Grass- make a wonderful smelling sleep pillow.
Eucalyptus- Make a grate sleep pillow when you have a cold or feel under the weather.
mint, thyme, lemon grass and lemon verbena – Is a bright smelling sleep pillow
Hops, Valerian , passion flower, skullcap, sweet marjoram, rosemary, catnip, lemon balm, lavender chamomile, roses – Smells wonderful and will aid in falling to sleep fast.
How To Make Your Sleep Pillow
Step 1 Select your herbs or mix of herbs. Mix together any herbs you have selected
For my pillow I used 1 part lavender, 1 part Red roses, 1 part chamomile, and 1 part Valerian
Step 2 Cut a 5″ by 5″ of piece of muslin.
Step 3 fold in half and by hand or with machine stitch up all side of the Muslin leaving a a small gap any one side. Insert a funnel in to gap and add herbs to pillow hand stitch the gap closed.
You can also add rice at the same time as the herbs if you want to keep pillow small.
Step 4 at this point you can add the dream pillow you just made to your pillowcase or a larger pillow to put it in for sleeping on.
If you choose to make a pillow pick colors of fabric you enjoy. Try to stay away from fabric that gets hot or sticky I like jersey cloth my self because of how soft it is
Fallow the step above only using a large fabric size leave a gap big enough for you to hand stuff with your filler. Add the sleep pillow and hand stitch close.
For bays put sleep pillow under the crib mattress or under the crib it self to prevent choking and or allergy.
Herb Sent Your Socks
I'm sure any mom can tell you that if you use vapor rub on your baby it goes on the feet. The same goes here. The smell of any herb scented oil can be placed in or on you socks to aid you in sleep with out being over powering
Best oils to choose from
Vetiver Essential Oil
Sandalwood Essential Oil
You can pick one or a mix any of these add 4-6 drops to your socks for a good night of sleep.
I hope you find these useful and helpful, and I hope they work as well for you as they have for me and my family.