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Tired and can’t sleep? Get more vitamin D. This is why and how.

Let’s get the basics right to start with. Vitamin D is actually a hormone rather than a vitamin (1).  The body makes most of the vitamin D it needs; only about 10% comes from our food! Did you know this? I certainly didn’t. We get most of this vitamin from sun, so there’s no accident it’s called the […]

Chinese herbs for sleep

Chinese medicine has an holistic approach It is important to note that whereas Western medicine attempts to treat insomnia  as an isolated symptom, traditional Chinese medicine examines the condition of  the body as a whole system. It takes into consideration signs and symptoms ranging  from appetite, thirst, mood, tongue color, and the quality of the […]

Minerals for sleep

Important minerals for sleep Minerals have a critical role to play in the healthy function of our nerve cells. This means that they are also important for sleep. Every enzyme and process in body utilizes minerals. Enzymes also contain minerals. A healthy mineral balance is essential for sleep as minerals create balance in the nerve […]

Homeopathy and sleep

Homeopathy is a system of alternative medicine originated in 1796 by Samuel Hahnemann, based on his doctrine of similia similibus curentur (“like cures like”), in other words, a substance taken in small amounts will cure the same symptoms it causes if it was taken in large amounts. The effectiveness of homeopathy has been in dispute […]

Aromatherapy and sleep

Aromatherapy and sleep: Overview Aromatherapy works in a subtle way. Essential oils excite specific sensory nerve cells to induce unique neurotransmitter, hormone or enzyme responses. Experts tell us that some essential oils increase the availability of serotonin, dopamine, GABA and melatonin – all critical to better sleep. A couple of drops of one or more […]

Western herbs for sleep

Besides the most common western herbs for sleep (described on earlier pages: valerian, chamomile, kava, hops) there are also number of other herbs that are famous for their sedative and relaxing effects. Lavender Lavender is a gentle strengthening tonic for the nervous system. A few drops of lavender oil added to a bath before bedtime are […]

Kava for sleep

Kava for sleep The Kava plant is a member of the pepper family and has been a drink for thousands of years in the Pacific Islands. Kava is used for medicinal, religious, political, cultural and social purposes throughout the Pacific. The roots of the plant are used to produce a drink with sedative and anaesthetic […]

Hops for sleep

Hops for sleep Hops have been used by European and western herbalists for many centuries. Hops are known to reduce tension and anxiety-related sleeplessness. Hops are a member of the Cannabaceae (marijuana) family and the herbal remedy hops is related to marijuana and is legally sold in supermarkets, drugstores and health food stores across the world. Hops […]

Valerian for sleep

Valerian for sleep The ancient Greeks, Europeans and the Chinese have used valerian to induce sleep and reduce anxiety for thousands of years. Valerian is well-known for its sedative properties. Valerian is a plant native to Europe and Asia and it’s found in North America. Its therapeutic uses were described by Hippocrates, and in the 2nd […]

Chamomile for sleep

Chamomile for sleep Chamomile tea has been used for sleep for thousands of years. Studies seem to back up its calming effect. Chamomile leaves are best known for their ability to be made into an infusion which is commonly used to help with sleep and is often served with honey or lemon, or both. Chamomile: […]