Tag Archives: insomnia

Lavender sweet lavender you changed my life

I have had a sleeping disorder for many years. On my last trip to the USA a friend of my sister Maria told me how her hubby and she slept like babies after massaging their feet with lavender oil.

My ears perked up. But due to my busy schedule i forgot all about it.

later on went to Kentucky to spend Christmas with my friend and her family.

Got o gift of lavender body lotion and body wash. It was called “sleep”..

I started using is and am so grateful to all those people who helped bring it to my knowledge.

Following is what my research showed me on Lavender.

It is a miracle herb!

Lavender sweet lavender
Peace to all mankind
Tranquility, purity

The name lavender comes from the Latin lavare, “to wash,” since it was often used in bath and laundry waters. Its calming and soothing properties make it unique. According to Nicholas Culpeper who wrote of the herb in 1653, lavender is especially of good use for problems of the head, colds, sluggishness, cramps, convulsions, weakness, and palsy. It strengthens the stomach and frees the liver and spleen from obstructions. It is also helpful in bringing about the menstrual flow.

The flowers of lavender, steeped in a little alcohol, effectively promote the flow of urine, and help ease flatulence and colic. A decoration made with these flowers plus horehound, fennel, asparagus root, and cinnamon can help lightheadedness. Gargling with this as a mixture is good for toothache, and taking two spoonfuls internally can help with a lost voice.

Lavender is recommended for any faintness or trembling of the emotional body, and can be applied to the temples or sniffed. It is not to be used where there is excessive blood or fever. Care should be taken with the oil drawn from lavender, usually called “oil of spike” because of its piercing potency.

Lavender’s tranquil properties make it an excellent mild sedative and painkiller, as well as in treating insect bites and small burns. Blended for use as massage oil, lavender works wonders with skin problems, rheumatic aches, insomnia, and depression.

It’s easy to see why Mercury is said to rule this herb which is so helpful to the head and brain, for Mercury rules thinking and the mind. Author Izaak Walton once said, “I long to be in a house where the sheets smell of lavender.”

And it was Wang Wei, the eighth century Chinese writer, who said it best. “Look in the flowers and perfumes of nature for peace of mind and joy of life.”

A symbol of cleanliness and virginity, lavendar once was used medicinally for sunstroke. Included among the lavenders is a stunning bush of Lavandula heterophylla, a large plant that is almost continually in bloom. It has the sweetest smelling foliage, is equally good when dried, and is a stunning garden plant — but it must be wintered inside.

This herb is reputed to be one of the plants most loved by the Virgin Mary, for as it does now, in ancient times it represented purity, cleanliness and virtue. Churches were decorated with lavender on Saint Barnabas Day. L. vera is the “true” lavender of which other lavenders are varieties.

It is helpful for all disorders that trouble the head and spirit, for its scent is calming.

For many centuries herbs have been used for medicine, cooking, decoration, and cosmetics. The ancient Egyptians even used aromatic oils for religious purposes. In medieval times, a scented handkerchief or nosegay was carried through the unsanitary streets of Europe to help ward off noxious smells. These herbal oils also helped prevent the spread of germs and viruses, since they are antiseptic and antibacterial, and in French hospital wards. they were burned often to fumigate them. One of the oldest and most revered is lavender, whose symbol is devotion. It generally flowers at the end of June and beginning of July.

Lavender can be used in many varied ways:

Decorative – The whole plant is good as hedging. Flower, hang dried in bunches on their own or with other tiny flowers, add sprigs to wreaths and nosegays. The leaves, stems, buds, and flowers of lavender all contain essential oils and all are valuable for different purposes. Parts of the plant can be used fresh, dried or distilled with the essential oil extracted.

Culinary – Use to flavor jams and to make lavender vinegar. Mix small amounts with savory herbs for fragrant stews.

Household – Put dried flowers in sachets and bundles to scent drawers and to protect linen from moths. Rub fresh flowers on skin or pin on clothes, to discourage flies. Stem use dried as incense or scented firelighters.

Cosmetic – Make tonic water for delicate and sensitive skins to speed cell replacement and for an antiseptic against acne, add to soap. Use oil in message for muscular aches, fluid retention and cellulite. Add to your scrub water for regular cleaning jobs from floors to counters to bathrooms.

Medicinal – Infuse as a tea to soothe headaches, calm nerves, and ease flatulence, fainting, dizziness and halitosis. Use heated essential oil as an antiseptic, mild sedative and painkiller, particularly on insect bites, stings and small (cooled) burns. Add six drops to bathwater to calm irritable children, and place one drop on the temple for headache relief. Blend for use as an aromatherapeutic massage oil in for throat infections, skin sores, inflammation, rheumatic aches, anxiety, insomnia and depression.

Caution: When using lavender use common sense … remember, a little bit goes a long way.


Posted by on May 18, 2012 in healing, health, naturopathy, Wisdom


Tags: , , , , , ,

Sleep hygiene tips

Things you can do to promote good sleep

Maintain a regular sleep routine

  • Go to bed at the same time. Wake up at the same time. Ideally, your schedule will remain the same (+/- 15 minutes) every night of the week.

Avoid naps if possible

  • Naps decrease the ‘Sleep Debt’ that is so necessary for easy sleep onset.
  • Each of us needs a certain amount of sleep per 24-hour period. We need that amount, and we don’t need more than that.
  • When we take naps, it decreases the amount of sleep that we need the next night – which may cause sleep fragmentation and diffulty initiating sleep, and may lead to insomnia.

Don’t stay in bed awake for more than 5-10 minutes.

  • If you find your mind racing, or worrying about not being able to sleep during the middle of the night, get out of bed, and sit in a chair in the dark. Do your mind racing in the chair until you are sleepy, then return to bed. No TV or internet during these periods! That will just stimulate you more than desired.
  • If this happens several times during the night, that is OK. Just maintain your regular wake time, and try to avoid naps.

Don’t watch TV or read in bed.

  • When you watch TV or read in bed, you associate the bed with wakefulness.
  • The bed is reserved for two things – sleep and hanky panky.

Do not drink caffeine inappropriately

  • The effects of caffeine may last for several hours after ingestion. Caffeine can fragment sleep, and cause difficulty initiating sleep. If you drink caffeine, use it only before noon.
  • Remember that soda and tea contain caffeine as well.

Avoid inappropriate substances that interfere with sleep

  • Cigarettes, alcohol, and over-the-counter medications may cause fragmented sleep.

Exercise regularly

  • Exercise before 2 pm every day. Exercise promotes continuous sleep.
  • Avoid rigorous exercise before bedtime. Rigorous exercise circulates endorphins into the body which may cause difficulty initiating sleep.

Have a quiet, comfortable bedroom

  • Set your bedroom thermostat at a comfortable temperature. Generally, a little cooler is better than a little warmer.
  • Turn off the TV and other extraneous noise that may disrupt sleep. Background ‘white noise’ like a fan is OK.
  • If your pets awaken you, keep them outside the bedroom.
  • Your bedroom should be dark. Turn off bright lights.

If you are a ‘clock watcher’ at night, hide the clock.

Have a comfortable pre-bedtime routine

  • A warm bath, shower before sleep time really helps
  • Meditation, or quiet time also does.
  •  So try both if you have trouble sleeping and if you have time!

Happy Sleeping 🙂

Leave a comment

Posted by on June 3, 2011 in healing, health, naturopathy


Tags: , ,

Four phases of sleep

Today while driving back from my school where I do volunteer work, I heard this very interesting program on radio. The lady Doctor was from a renowned hospital Agha Khan and the hostess was also pretty apt in what she asked.

Would like to share it with you all.

What is insomnia?

It is classified a disease when a person does not sleep three nights in a week for at least six months.

insomnia actually is classified like this.

Then they went on and discussed the for phases of sleep. Its a complete cycle! Let me try t in the best way I can 🙂

Phase One: Phase one begins as soon as the sun sets, when the pineal gland starts to release melatonin, a hormone released in the absence of light and responsible for making us sleepy. When you lay down in your bed at this time, your muscles relax, heart rate and breathing slow down, and body temperature drops. The brain also relaxes but still remains alert. If you could look at the wave patterns being generated by the brain, you would see a change from the rapid beta waves of daytime to slower alpha waves. When the alpha waves disappear, replaced by theta waves, the sleeper has tumbled into the sensory void called stage one sleep. In this stage, the sleeper is unable to sense anything. ( healthy sleeping habits suggest get the Television out of your bedroom)

Phase Two: Phase two occurs a moment after phase one and in this stage the sleeper lays still for about 10 to 15 minutes.
Phase Three: After Phase two is over, the sleeper falls into a deeper sleep. During this stage, the sleeper falls deeper into phase three which lasts about 5 to 15 minutes.Phase Four: With a maximum of 15 minutes spent within the phase three cycle, the sleeper then falls into yet another relaxed stage called phase four, lasting a half hour or so. In stage four, the eyes move back and forth very quickly in what’s called rapid eye movement, or REM. This is the point at which the first dream occurs. After this dream has ended, the sleeper then goes right back to phase two and starts the whole process over again. These processes repeat themselves about five times during the night.Sleeping Requirements
Sleep research indicates through studies that the average sleeper will sleep approximately 8 hours and fifteen minutes when uninterrupted. During this research, there were no alarm clocks or disturbing noises to interrupt normal sleep patterns. 8 hours and fifteen minutes is believed to be the ideal physiological amount of time that the body requires for proper sleep time.

Health sleeping habits suggest:
We have an early dinner.
Do not exercise before sleep.
No drinks whatsoever after 6 pm.
Have a warm bath an hour before we hit the bed.
No TV in the bedroom.even without the volume certain rays that it emits keep your brain alive.
No late night reading.
OOPs forget mobile phones either off or on silent 😉
:-)))) now that is a tall order but sleeping is most important of all and if you cannot sleep for maximum of one hour get out of bed and start meditating. That helps relax your mind.
We all need to sleep for at least 7 hours to be in form! Lets strive for it!
Sweet dreams 🙂
1 Comment

Posted by on May 13, 2011 in healing, health, naturopathy, Wisdom


Tags: , , , ,

%d bloggers like this: