Many people have trouble sleeping as well as staying asleep. If you are one of those people who lie in bed for hours at a time wondering when you will fall asleep or if you happen to wake up in the middle of the night and are tired, yet wide awake, then you may benefit from my top five herbal recommendations for insomnia.
Insomnia is a chronic problem, which requires a lot of patience…especially with herbal remedies. Of the list below, you may have to try each one more than once. Each case of insomnia is different…no two cases are alike. For example, difficulty falling asleep is primarily a Vata imbalance, where as waking up in the middle of the night not being able to fall back to sleep is a Pitta imbalance. A thorough Ayurvedic evaluation will allow the determination of the cause of your difficulty with sleeping. These are Ayurvedic recommendations for the treatment of insomnia in adults. Just be careful of any allergies you may have.
1) Mom always said, drink your milk.
Have a glass of boiled milk with nutmeg and saffron, at least 30 minutes before bed. Both nutmeg and saffron are natural tranquilizers. For one glass of milk, add 1/4 to 1 tsp of nutmeg (depending on body constitution and severity of insomnia) and 2 strands of saffron.
2) Do Yoga and/or Meditation.
I highly recommend both as they both will aid in healing the insomnia from the root cause. Yoga and Meditation will bring about balance within the physiology. Hatha yoga is best for addressing insomnia.
Right before bed, massage some coconut oil onto the scalp and soles of the feet. The oil massage will be really relaxing and soothing. If you like, you may massage ghee onto the soles of the feet instead of coconut oil.
4) Hot bath or shower.
Another great way to release the stress and calm the mind down is have a hot shower or bath before bed. If you want to have the shower and do the oil, take the shower first and then apply the oil.
The best aromas for insomnia are sandalwood, rose, lotus, lily, lavender, and camphor.
These are my top five recommendations for sleeping aids. In order to feel good during the day and be productive, as well as prevent all illnesses, sleep is very important.