Insomnia

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2 teaspoons of cocoa, hot water, honey and a pinch of cayenne. Add a little almond milk for better taste. – Listed by Brenda Faught, 12 October 2020

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Compounded Melatonin. – Listed by Jo Bartholomew, Australia, December 17, 2017

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The two best natural sleep aid treatments are valerian and melatonin. Valerian is a sedative herb that has used for centuries to address insomnia. You can find standardized extracts in health food stores and pharmacies. Take one to two capsules a half-hour before bedtime. Melatonin is a hormone that regulates the wake/sleep cycle and other daily biorhythms. Try sublingual tablets (to be placed under the tongue and allowed to dissolve); take 2.5 mg at bedtime as an occasional dose, making sure that your bedroom is completely dark. A much lower dose, 0.25 to 0.3 mg, is more effective for regular use.

Sourced from Dr. Weil, December 16, 2017

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Burdock

USES/BENEFITS

Can assist with the following:

  • Increases urine flow
  • Kills germs
  • Reduces fever
  • “Purifies” the blood
  • Treats colds
  • Treats Cancer, Anorexia and Nervosa
  • Joint pain (Rheumatism and Gout)
  • Bladder infections
  • Skin conditions including Acne and Psoriasis

APPLICATION/DOSAGE:

1-2 Capsules per day or as recommended by your health care practitioner

CONTRAINDICATIONS:

  • Burdock might slow blood clotting
  • May cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family
  • Diabetes: Some evidence suggests that taking Burdock might lower blood sugar levels

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Essential Oils

We would suggest the following:

  • Lavender Essential Oil

Massage – Buy a base oil: coconut, sweet almond, grape seed for example. If you have 20ml of base oil, add half the amount of Essential Oil drops. In this case, you will add 10 drops of Lavender. Apply the blend over the chest, neck, shoulders, wrists, feet and any other areas, as required. Especially effective after a bath.

Bath – Your skin is the most absorbent part of the body. The heat of the bath assists in the absorption. There are 2 ways to do this:

  1. Diffusing 5 drops (maximum) of Essential Oils into a teaspoon of milk. Or a cup, if you would like more of a Cleopatra style bath. Use 5 drops of Lavender to relax. Add Epsom salts.
  2. Or simply add 5ml of your massage blend.

Close all windows. Soak for 15-20 minutes minimum. Avoid splashing in the eyes.

Diffuser/Burner – Add 5 drops of Lavender to a diffuser/burner for relaxation.

Inhalation – Add 1-2 drops onto a tissue/cloth and inhale as necessary.

Pillow – Place only 1 drop on your pillow to aid sleep.

** A patch test is required – 1 drop of aromatherapy oil to 4 drops of base oil. Apply a coin size amount to a patch of skin on the inner arm **

If sensitivity occurs, apply more base oil to soothe the area. Possibly avoid use for a further 10 days. If you wish to continue, dilute to ¼ of the original amount and test on a small area of skin. If there is no further reaction, continue with that dosage.

** Lavender is the safest of oils, if on a rare occasion you react, apply more base oil to the skin to soothe it and dilute the massage blend with more base oil **

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