Kitchen Pharmacy: Treating Insomnia

We all need our sleep. In fact, most adults need a good 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep to function at their best. But between checking in on the kids, getting through the daily to-do list, being attached to our computers and devices, and simply feeling restless, not many of us actually get our much-needed zzz’s.

For some people, the problem runs a bit deeper. According to the Sleep Health Foundation, about 1 in every 3 people have a mild form of insomnia. Many have tried sleep studies, medications, and many other “remedies,” yet they never achieve a deep, restful sleep. A good number of people who suffer from insomnia also have anxiety or depression. Makes sense–not able to get through the daily list could make one anxious, which would just be exacerbated by lack of sleep.

As luck will have it, you don’t have to go much farther than your kitchen pharmacy for an answer.

Start from the bottom up! Place your feet in a tub of hot water (be sure the water is not too hot!). The water should come to about 5 inches above the tops of your feet. Add 1 cup of wine and several drops of cinnamon oil to the water. After soaking your feet, dry them well. Massage more cinnamon oil on the bottoms of your feet.

Next, try celery. Juice a few stalks of celery and drink daily. Celery has cooling and calming properties. Taken on a regular basis, celery will help to relax the nervous system, making it easier to fall asleep. Because it is cooling and has the ability to lower the body’s temperature, drinking celery juice can also help with night sweats.

Finally, try something that your great grandparents likely did when their children had trouble sleeping–warm a glass of whole milk and add honey. The sweet honey also has warming properties to nourish and calm the body.

Now, go play some peaceful music and get comfy. You’re in for a full night of rest.