Without a doubt, a promise is a promise. In our last article, “15 Sleeping Tips that will Make Your Doctor Unhappy” we promised that you will receive some very old recipes, recipes that are useful when you deal with what we call “insomnia”.
Of course, most people have had to deal with getting rid of insomnia at least once in their lifetime. It is often more likely to have this problem when you are a busy person.
The bad news is that your doctor and especially the pharmaceutical industry will accuse you of ruining their business. And this all because after reading this article, you will no longer run out to buy products, pills, drinks that may temporarily take away your insomnia but at the same time attack your internal organs, causing other more severe problems on a long term basis.
The good news is that over the centuries people have discovered natural remedies for almost all illnesses. Therefore, let’s not talk too much here and let’s just dive in and see what remedies they’ve revealed for us.
7 Plants & 2 Combinations
That Will Take Away Your Insomnia
The miraculous healing power of plants is well known even from the beginning of time.
For better results, if you choose the tea variant prepared from any of these plants, drink it half an hour before going to bed.
- Motherwort (Herba Leonuri)
- An infusion prepared from 2 teaspoons of the plant to one cup of water.
- A tincture prepared from 20g of the soaked plant, for 7-8 days, in 100ml alcohol 70%; take 10-30 drops, 3 times each day, the last before going to bed.
- Valerian root (Radix Valerianae)
- An infusion prepared from one teaspoon of roots to one cup of water.
- A tincture prepared from 20g of roots, soaked for 8 days, in 100ml alcohol 70%; take 20 drops, 3 times each day, the last just before going to bed.
- Flowers, leaves and fruits of Hawthorn (Flores, Folium et Fructus Crataegi)
- An infusion prepared from one teaspoon (flowers, leaves, fruits or mix) to one cup of water.
- A tincture prepared from 20g plant, soaked for 10 days, in 100ml alcohol 60%; take 20 drops, 3 times each day, the last just before going to bed.
- Cone hops (Strobuli Lupuli):
- An infusion prepared from one spoon of cones to one cup of water. Drink two cups each day.
- Linden Flowers (Flores Tiliae):
- An infusion prepared from 1-2 teaspoons flowers to one cup of water. Drink 2-3 cups each day.
- Lavender Flowers (Flores Lavandulae):
- An infusion prepared from one teaspoon of flowers to one cup of water. Drink 1-2 cups each day.
- Melilot (Meliloti Herba, Melilotus officinalis):
- An infusion prepared from one teaspoon of the plant to one cup of water.
Depending on your preference and personal reaction to each plant, you can enjoy a mix prepared from:
- 10g Hawthorn Flowers (Flores Crataegi), 20g Linden Flowers (Flores Tiliae), 20g Matac (Herba Dracocephali), 40g Motherwort (Herba Leonuri), 10g Oregano (Herba Origani):
- An infusion from 1-2 teaspoon of mix to one cup of water, drink 2-3 cups each day.
- 40g Valerian root (Radix Valerianae), 15g Chamomile Flowers (Flores Chamomillae), 30g Lavender Flowers (Flores Lavandulae), 15g Peppermint Flowers (Folium Menthae):
- An infusion from one teaspoon of mix to one cup of water.
Depending on the preparation, storing and mixing methods, the tea’s efficiency can increase or decrease.
10 Tips for a Perfect Tea
Always use water with low contents of chlorine because this influences the therapeutical properties of the plants.
When you boil the water, use enameled pots because enamel has antibacterial properties.
For storing and preparing use porcelain or glass pots, because these materials don’t have any chemical reactions in combination with the plants.
Avoid teas found in teabags. They are not recommended, and you can never know what, in fact, is inside them. Better to use fresh or dry plants to prepare your infusion or tincture.
Avoid metallic strainers because the metal usually causes chemical reactions between the active substances contained in the plants.
For drinking use porcelain cups. Avoid plastic or metallic cups.
Don’t drink more tea than is necessary. The excess will always cause negative reactions.
Avoid adding milk to the tea. According to recent studies, the casein protein contained in milk decreases the positive effects of the tea. If you still want to add milk, choose soy milk; it doesn’t have casein.
If you can’t drink plain tea, use honey; it’s always better for your health rather than adding sugar.
Remember what Henry James, the writer, said a long time ago, “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea”. Even if you are a busy person, allow yourself a few minutes for a tea ceremony, in the company of your loved ones. Who knows… maybe your insomnia will then fade away. 🙂