Natural Insomnia Cure

Ayurveda approach

Insomnia is caused basically by an increase of vata dosha in the mind or nervous system. It can also be a cause or a complicating factor in other problems related to constipation, stress, fatigue and could be a symptom of depression, and may heighten depression. Perhaps that’s enough reason to deal with insomnia effectively.

· Relaxing and massaging remedies

Hot Bath
Before going to bed, take a hot shower or bath helps to soothe vata and promote a sound and restful sleep. Add some relaxing aromatherapy oil like lavender in the bath if you like.

Warm Oil massage
Try getting a relaxing head or sole massage before bedtime, it may be all you need to induce sleep. Rub some oil on the scalp or the soles of the feet with slightly warm oil. Massage gently. Use any of the following oil:

- sesame oil
- jatamamsi oil
- brahmi oil

Nutmeg Eye Pack
Nutmeg is a common spice used to encourage sleep. All you need is some ghee and nutmeg powder to make a fine paste. Mix them well and apply the paste around the eyes and on the forehead just before going to bed. This helps you to ‘doze off’.

· Food Remedies
You may have heard mom say ‘ a glass of warm milk will send you to bed’. And it is indeed true that taking warm milk before bedtime encourages a peaceful rest. Take it plain or add some almonds or nutmeg for a more effective and delicious drink.

· Almond milk
Add some crushed almonds, a pinch of cardamom or nutmeg into the warm milk. You can grind them before adding to the liquid.

· Nutmeg in Milk
If you like it simple, just sprinkle some nutmeg, about 1/8 teaspoon, into a cup of warm milk.

· Milk & Garlic
If you don’t mind the pungent aroma, mix 1 cup of milk with a clover of fresh garlic, chopped, and ¼ cup of water. Boil over a small flame til 1 cup of the garlic milk is left.

· Soothing Chamomile
Tea can also have a soothing effect. The most popular for inducing sleep is chamomile tea.

· Herbal Formula
Here’s another effective drink to help you sleep better. You need:

1 part chamomile
1 part tagar
1 part valerian root powder

Add ¼ teaspoon of this powder mixture to some water and drink it just before going to bed.

· Tomato Juice
For a tangy drink before bedtime, take 1 cup of tomato juice with some natural sugar (according to taste) and a pinch of nutmeg. Take this drink around 4pm to 5pm and have dinner between 6pm and 7pm. It may be a little different but it should lullaby you to sleep soundly.

· Dreamy Cherries
You would have never thought that a bowl of cherries can get you set for a restful sleep. Cherries are great for relieving stress and mental fatigue, and a daily dosage of 10 to 20 cherries can help fight these conditions and send you on cloud nine, fast asleep. If you like, take it with some warm milk.

· Yoga Exercise
Meditation just before going to bed can help dispel sleep disturbances due to woe and anxieties that keep the mind occupied and difficult to relax and prepare for sleep. Try this exercise:

Sit in a comfortable position on your bed and put attention to your “third eye” – the area on your forehead between the eyes. Listen to your breathing and follow it inhale and exhale, or you can do the traditional So-Hum meditation. Think of the syllable “So” and when you exhale, think of “Hum”. Next lie on your back and continue with the breathing, focusing your mind on the “third eye”.

If you have a jetlag and find it hard to sleep, it’s usually a result of excess vata in the body. Ayurveda recommends this three step remedy to avoid jet lag:

· Swallow 2 capsules of ginger (00 size) with water an hour before flying off.

· On the plane, try to drink at least 3 cups of water, at intervals of 1 to 2 hours. Dehydration increases vata so drinking water is better than cafffeinated beverages.

· Upon arrival at your destination, if you reach there before nightfall: try drinking chamomile tea with equal portions of mint and jatamamsi (1/3 teaspoon jatamamsi). Steep in hot water for a bout 10 minutes. Served with your favourite biscuits or sandwiches, or drink it on it’s own.

· If you arrive before night, drink a cup of hot milk with a pinch of ginger and nutmeg, or rub your head with some warm sesame oil on the scalp and soles of your feet. When you arrive at your destination, you will fall asleep with ease at bedtime.

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