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lValerian extract. On nights when you can't get to sleep, a gentle herbal extract can do the trick. Take two teaspoons of valerian liquid extract (Valeriana officinalis) mixed in 1/4 cup warm water. As you wait for the herb to take effect, read a book. You can safely take two more doses of valerian throughout the night if you wake up again. Be aware that valerian makes some people jittery. If you have that reaction, try skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) or passion flower (Passiflora incarnata) instead.
lAnother valerian tea can be made by combining one cup of water, one ounce of lemon verbena, one ounce of lemon peel and one ounce of valerian herb in a pot. Bring water to a boil. Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients. Let steep for 3 to 5 minutes; strain, and drink slowly.
lChop a yellow onion and put it in a jar with a lid. Place on your night table. When insomnia hits....open the jar and take a few good whiffs. Lie back and think lovely thoughts. You should be asleep within fifteen minutes.
lAniseed and water. Mix about 1/4 cup of aniseed in one cup of water and bring to a boil. The aniseed should relax you and help you fall asleep.
lRed clover sleep tea:
1 cup water
Bring water to a boil. Remove from heat and add herbs. Let steep for three to five minutes; strain, and drink slowly.
lHot pack and towel. Heat the hot pack up in the microwave for about a minute and a half then wrap it in the towel, put it on your neck and go to bed. It should help you relax and fall asleep
lMelatonin. Take two three mg tablets about 45 minutes before bed. Do not take during the day. Melatonin is a natural substance produced by the body itself.
lDarkness. Any amount of light on any part of the body can interfere with sleep. Take measures to darken your sleeping area as much as possible.
lChamomile tea with milk. Before going to bed, drink chamomile tea with milk. No sugar Ė if you must sweeten, use Stevia. Often, warm milk by itself works well.
lTurkey. Turkey contains a natural ingredient that makes you drowsy. And you always wondered why you felt like nodding off after Thanksgiving dinner, didnít you?
lLettuce and water. Stevia (optional) and lemon (optional). Boil water, place a few lettuce leaves in a mug and then add boiling water to the mug. Cover until cool. Add Stevia and/or lemon to taste. If you have no Stevia, you may use a little honey, but not too much or the sugar high may interfere with your sleep.
lOpen your mouth and try to yawn. Bring on a yawn... another....another...keep going...chances are you'll be asleep in no time.
Lie in bed and listen to
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