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ZZZZZZZZZZ – Yes Please

This is an article I read, about herbs that will assist you in having a good night sleep. If you suffer from insomnia like I do at times, you are grateful for any information that will help you with this condition. The first herb she writes about (Zizyphus) sounds interesting so will be off to Whole-foods tomorrow to see if I can find it. The reason I like it is that it is nourishing your body at the same time. I don’t have all those symptoms but I do find it hard to quieten the mind and fall asleep. Another thing that I am always afraid of is becoming to reliant on a sleeping aid. As usual I like to be in control.

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The sleepytime herbs
by Toni Green, ND 02 Jun 2014

Insomnia can be a real nightmare as the clock ticks on and you’re awake to notice. Thankfully, herbs can help.

Zizyphus (Zizyphus spinosa)

Long used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for its mild sedative action; from a TCM perspective, zizyphus nourishes the heart and calms the spirit, thus assisting with palpitations, irritability, dream-disturbed sleep, night sweats, or shallow, wakeful sleep. An International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, Therapy, and Toxicology study showed that it improved mood and decreased nervous symptoms, while one in Clinical Therapeutics showed a significant improvement in sleep quality.

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)

Traditionally used for treating nervous unrest, stress and anxiety, as well as insomnia, this herb contains several therapeutic constituents which may account for its sedative activity. According to a double-blind study in the European Journal of Medical Research, a group receiving 600mg of valerian extract showed comparable results to a group receiving 10mg of Serax, a pharmaceutical insomnia drug. Even better, those taking valerian had far fewer side effects.

Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)

An important herb for insomnia caused by overwork, mental worry, or nervous exhaustion, it is wonderful for people who tend to wake frequently, and is excellent for children. Passionflower has also been traditionally used as an antispasmodic for treating neuralgia, seizures, hysteria, nervous tachycardia, and asthma. According to a Natura Medica study, a passionflower and valerian combination resulted in significant improvement in insomnia in 82 percent of patients, after just three weeks of treatment.

Lavender (Lavandula officinalis)

This is a gentle strengthening tonic for the nervous system. A few drops of lavender oil added to a bath before bed time is recommended for all types of sleep disorders. The oil may also be used in a compress, or simply inhaled. A Lancet study found that people suffering from insomnia and depression had beneficial results with lavender. Lavender is also available as a tincture for internal use.

Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)

According to a Journal of Medical Research study, this herb effectively reduced both anxiety and insomnia by creating a marked increase in alpha brainwave activity, which is associated with relaxation. It also increased the brainwave activity associated with attention, suggesting that it helped subjects cope with psychological and emotional stress. In another clinical trial, participants were given lemon balm for 15 days; at the end of the trial period, they reported a 72 percent reduction in anxiety, and a 39 percent decrease in insomnia.

D-I-Y with Toni: Nighty-night balm

40ml olive oil
10g beeswax
1 vitamin E capsule
20 drops lavender oil
10 drops lemon balm oil
10 drops chamomile oil
10 drops marjoram oil
Melt oil and wax together over low heat. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Add contents of capsule and oils. Stir thoroughly. Pour into glass jars. Label and cap when cold. To use: Rub a small amount into temples before bed.

SOURCE; Toni Green is a Newcastle-based naturopath, herbalist, and iridologist. www.naturalhealthsolutions.net.au

The Night-night balm would make a great gift to any friend you know that has a problem with sleeping. Mind you some of those oils are not cheap to buy but if they work its worth it.

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Some Sleep With A Teddy Bear This Boy Sleeps with His Golf Clubs

This little boy is an inspiration to all children that say “I Cant”

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The Three Stages Of Sleep

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October 5, 2014 · 9:17 PM

Caught Napping!

An Australian Blue Heeler goes to sleep on top of the flock it has herded

An Australian Blue Heeler goes to sleep on top of the flock it has herded

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Did You Know – This Information On Health

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1. According to Annals of Internal Medicine 30% is the percentage decrease in response to insulin by fat cells in people who are sleep-deprived, suggesting sleep loss can cause weight gain.

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2. Danish researchers have discovered that ginger can help to prevent migraines by blocking inflammation-causing prostaglandins.

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3. According to Fred Hutchinson Cancer research centre there is a 17% reduction in inflammation markers seen in people with arthritis who took glucosamine.

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4. According to a Kaiser Family Foundation study the average numbers of hours daily that kids between eight and 18 spend 7.5 hours looking at a screen of some kind.

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5. The environmental Science and Technology says that there is a 60% reduction in harmful air pollutants on city streets where trees bushes and ivy were planted.

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Did You Know – 07/08/2013

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1. According to Zhou-Feng Chen, Ph.D., Director of the center for the study of itch at Washington University in St Louis, Scratching is sort of like a mini-orgasm. He says “it can activate your reward system”.
If scratching hurts your skin the pain can help quell the itch because the two sensations are competing.
Too much scratching can cause injury or infection and if that is the case and the itch is driving you crazy try firmly rubbing the area with a chilled cotton T-shirt instead

2. Humans and dogs.

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3. Upper and lower case letters are named ‘upper’ and ‘lower’ because
in the time when all original print had to be set in individual letters,
the upper case’ letters were stored in the case on top of the case that
stored the smaller, ‘lower case’ letters.
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4. In the 1500’s Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw, piled high-with no wood underneath.
It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the dogs, cats and
other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it
became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof, thus
came the saying, “It’s raining cats and dogs.” ?
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5. Cranberry Jello is only sold in November and December, and is the only jello flavor that comes from real fruit, not artificial flavoring.
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6. In Shakespeare’s time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes…when
you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep
on. That’s where the phrase, “good night, sleep tight” came from.

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The Dangers of Sleep Deprivation

Double click on this picture to get a larger view. This is a very important info-gram because it does affect your health.

The dangers of sleep deprivation.

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