Insomnia, natural remedies

Insomnia, let's see the main natural remedies and healthy tips
Vegetable garden, health and relax Part 7, mint, marjoram and oregano
Taking care of the garden helps fight anxiety and the constant dwelling on things and helps to free up resources to overcome any adversity. Not only that, in this way we can have available fruits and herbs with an important antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor action.
Working the soil, pruning plants, giving them water, these actions not only represent a cure for the garden but also for ourselves. They help us to get away from problems and to stop dwelling on things. This does not mean, of course, to escape from one's responsibilities or from the present time, on the contrary, by leaving the mind free and getting lost in the here and now, we bring out the talents and resources that will help us overcome any trauma, thought or concern. Today we see how to grow...
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Vegetable garden, health and relax Part 6, gooseberry, red currant and coriander
Properties, uses and cultivation of gooseberry, red currant and coriander.
This is the time to take care of the garden! Taking care of plants, seeing them grow, bloom and then reap the fruits is healing, puts you in a good mood, removes bad thoughts and empowers the mind leaving it free to draw on its talents and resources. Because it is these resources that help us overcome any trauma, concern or obstacle. By taking care of a vegetable garden we also take care of ourselves! Today we talk about gooseberries, red currants and coriander. Gooseberry - Gooseberry, scient...
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How to sleep well, essential oils, herbal teas and diet
Lavender, bergamot, ylang ylang but also chamomile, hops and valerian, we see the most powerful natural remedies to improve sleep quality. In this article we will also see how dietary choices can help in order to make sleep more restful and less disturbed.
Sleeping is essential for the well-being of the body and mind. However, in some particularly stressful situations it may happen that sleep loses quality, it is more difficult to fall asleep and frequent awakenings do not make it a restful sleep. As always, nature could be a help. We will therefore see in this article the best essential oils, herbal teas and natural remedies that can help you sleep better. Not only that, even the dietary choices, as we will see, may play a role. Essential oils ...
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Lemon balm, infusion, decoction and baths, against anxiety, insomnia and cramps
Lemon balm is analgesic, sedative, calming and digestive, it helps in case of abdominal pain, stomach ache and painful menstruation, reduces cough and is beneficial in case of headache.
Lemon balm, scientific name melissa officinalis, is a plant of the Lamiaceae family, the same as mint, oregano, sage and rosemary, to give some examples. With its leaves characterized by a lemon aroma, lemon balm is a wonderful choice for the gardens or the balconies where it can be grown. The lemon balm leaves can be used to prepare infusions and decoctions after a drying process. Alternatively, you can easily buy, even online, dried lemon balm leaves ready to be infused. But let's see the prop...
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Tibetan singing bowls
Calming action, help to lower blood pressure and counteract anxiety and stress.
Tibetan singing bowls are a very ancient musical instrument. They look like bronze bowls, although the alloy, with which they are made, can include up to 12 metals, they do not have a clapper but are played using a stick that generates a deep and fascinating sound. Tibetan singing bowls are at the center of numerous scientific studies since it is believed that the vibration generated by them is able to act on mood and anxiety. But let's understand better. Tibetan singing bowls, what science sa...
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Tryptophan
Properties and dietary sources of tryptophan, the essential amino acid that helps in case of insomnia, sadness and anxiety.
Tryptophan is an amino acid discovered by two British biochemists, Hopkins and Cole, in the early 1900s and is one of the eight amino acids defined essential, that is that they are not produced by the body but have to be introduced with diet (Richard et al, Int J Tryptophan Res, 2009). Tryptophan, what is it? - Tryptophan is used by the brain to produce serotonin. Serotonin, in turn, is a neurotransmitter involved in various processes such as sleep induction, pain threshold control, thermoregu...
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Red lettuce
High antioxidant power and more than the other lettuce varieties, it fights free radicals, provides minerals and vitamins, promotes good sleep.
Red lettuce is a type of lettuce, scientific name Lactuca sativa from the Asteraceae family, with dark red leaves. It is this characteristic that makes red lettuce a food particularly rich in antioxidants, substances able to counteract aging processes and oxidative stress, the cause of various conditions and diseases, such as, for example, neurodegenerative, cardiovascular and autoimmune diseases, tumors or arthritis (Pham-Huy et al, Int J Biomed Sci, 2008 - Lobo et al, Pharmacogn Rev, 2010). In...
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Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 16, the fragrance of Julius Caesar
How to make the famous telinum, the fragrance also used by Julius Caesar, fresh, energizing but also able to nourish the skin and remove tensions.
Julius Caesar, the renowned Roman leader and politician, in his work the de Bello Gallico speaks of a habit he had, perfuming his body with a particular fragrance called the telinum. Also Pliny the Elder speaks of telinum in his work Naturalis Historia, by explaining that it is an ointment prepared with olive oil in which herbs are macerated, such as fenugreek, marjoram and melilot. A few years ago CNR, the Italian national research council, recreated this ointment with a sweet and slightly pung...
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Chamomile floral water, gold for your beauty
Anti-inflammatory, soothing and healing, useful in the case of acne, erythema, dry and delicate skin, red and swollen eyes, diaper irritation, excellent aftershave thanks to the tonic and calming action, antispasmodic and relaxing properties helpful in case of insomnia and headache.
During the steam distillation process of the chamomile flowers to extract the essential oil, a truly beneficial cosmetic product is also obtained, the chamomile floral water. The plant that undergoes this process can be either the common chamomile, or Matricaria chamomilla, or the Roman chamomile, Anthemis nobilis, both from the Asteraceae family. Now let's understand the properties and applications of chamomile floral water, which you can easily buy in herbalist's shops or in specialized natura...
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Food combination and cooking method, potatoes Part 2
What food you can prepare before an exam, or in case of anxiety or insomnia? Potatoes may be helpful thanks to their calming action, finally, we’ll see that French fries in some cases aren’t bad for health!.
Potatoes are edible tubers produced by the plant solanum tuberosum, belonging to the Solanaceae family. Potatoes aren’t a fatty food and, from the nutritional point of view, they are characterized by a high content in vitamins, such as group B and C, mineral salts, such as calcium, iron, phosphorus and potassium, that makes the potatoes a food able to relax, proteins and anti inflammatory and antioxidant substances (Camire et al, Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr, 2009). In the previous post we have seen s...
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Food combinations and cooking methods, potatoes Part 1
Potatoes relax and are useful in case of stress, anxiety, agitation before exams and insomnia, find out how to cook and serve potatoes in order to maximize their properties.
Potato, solanum tuberosum, is a plant of the Solanaceae family. The edible part of the plant is formed by tubers, the potatoes, that are the enlarged underground stems. Potatoes can be purchased either when they have reached full maturity or when their development has been interrupted, in this case we speak of new potatoes. Be careful in case of germinated potatoes because solanine, a toxic alkaloid, is produced at this stage. Therefore, the germinated potato should not be eaten. Potatoes are a ...
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Food combinations and cooking methods, the pumpkin Part 2
Pumpkin can protect the eyesight, is helpful in case of acne, psoriasis, coagulation problems, anxiety and insomnia.
Pumpkin is a powerful source of vitamins, especially A, important for the health of the immune system, skin and eyesight, E, which fights aging processes, K, which is essential to allow blood to clot properly, and group B, mineral salts, such as magnesium, potassium and calcium, which, together, show a calming and sedative action, and zinc, useful for the skin, especially in case of acne, wounds and infections. Finally, the pumpkin brings precious antioxidants such as beta-carotene (USDA Databas...
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Food combinations and cooking methods, pumpkin Part 1
Food combinations and cooking methods to maximize the properties of the pumpkin, today we see the cooking in extra virgin olive oil and the combination with garlic, useful in case of coagulation problems, insomnia, anxiety and weak immune system.
Pumpkin is the fruit of several plants of the Cucurbitaceae family. The pumpkin, depending on the type, may have a round or elongated shape, a smooth or lumpy skin and a more or less sweet pulp with inside flat and white seeds. In general, the pulp of the pumpkin is a powerful source of beneficial substances while it is considered poor in calories, around 26kcal per 100 grams. The pumpkin brings mineral salts, such as potassium, magnesium, calcium and zinc, vitamins, such as A, important for the...
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Melissa, beauty water
Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral and relaxing action, it makes the skin elastic, useful as a tonic for the face, fights excess of sebum, acne, wrinkles and sunburns, aftershave, remedy in case of migraines, insomnia and herpes.
Lemon balm, melissa officinalis, is a plant of the Lamiaceae family that includes also lavender, mint and rosemary. Obtained through steam distillation, the lemon balm water has a very pleasant scent, that reminds that of lemon. Lemon balm water, properties and uses - This beauty water has a relaxing, calming and anxiolytic action, thanks to the properties of lemon balm on the nervous system (Scholey et al, Nutrients, Nov 2014). It therefore can be sprayed on the face before going to sleep to ...
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Saffron
Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-obesity and antispasmodic, useful to protect the eyesight by improving the functioning of the retina, able to counteract the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, antidepressant, soothing and against insomnia.
It is a small perennial plant with a beautiful bright purple flower and red stigmas, we are talking about the crocus sativus, family of the Iridaceae, from which the famous saffron spice is obtained. Saffron, however, does not only give to the recipes a unique and exotic taste, but also has important healthy properties studied and demonstrated by scientific researches. Saffron, properties - Saffron contains carotenoids, which are antioxidant substances, such as crocin, responsible for the yell...
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Music, sounds and noise
Nature sounds, white noise and relaxing music, what do they have in common? According to scientific researches they act on body and mind with a relaxing and anxiolytic effect, by reducing the heart rate and anxiety, by improving the learning skills in adults and by helping babies fall asleep faster.
A walk in the woods, in silence, surrounded just by nature sounds, a low chirping, the murmuring of the wind and the babbling brook. Or a cozy room in which a calming and relaxing music is rising. The sounds that surround us aren’t just a background of our actions and life but have a pivotal role on the mood, the concentration and stress. Nature sounds and music for meditation have indeed an anxiolytic effect demonstrated by scientific researches, as we’ll see in the following. Nature sounds –...
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Lavender
Relaxing, soothing, diuretic, digestive and antiseptic action, in the form of infusions, decoctions or bath useful in the case of migraines, depression, meteorism, insomnia, nervousness, anger, rheumatism, burns and acne, the scent helps to keep away moths and mosquitoes.
Lavender, scientific name Lavandula officinalis, is a plant belonging to the Labiate family. It is characterized by a blue-violet inflorescence organized in spikes and by an intense aroma that makes lavender a nice ornamental plant for gardens and balconies. But lavender also has an interesting healthy action. In fact, lavender shows a diuretic, antiseptic, fluidifying, digestive but also calming action recognized by tradition but also proven by scientific studies. Lavender can be used to prepar...
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Lemon balm, mother tincture
Sedative and relaxing action, useful before important exams, tests at work or during periods of intense anxiety and stress, helpful in case of heavy periods, nausea, abdominal pain, headaches, insomnia.
Lemon balm, also known as balm, common balm or balm mint, scientific name Melissa officinalis, is a plant of the Lamiaceae family. From the leaves of lemon balm a mother tincture is obtained characterized by a sedative, anxiolytic and antispasmodic action (Scholey et al, Nutrients, Nov 2014), therefore useful in case of anxiety, nervousness, insomnia and before exams at school or university or important tests at work. This remedy may be able, indeed, to mitigate the performance anxiety that thes...
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Natural cosmetics, like kings and queens Part 8, lemon balm honey for the Nefertari’s bath
The lemon balm honey, thanks to its anti-inflammatory, soothing and calming properties, is beneficial for wounds, burns, in case of cough, insomnia and stress, it is one of the ingredients of the Nefertari’s bath, relaxing and regenerating.
Nefertari was a queen of Ancient Egypt, the wife of Ramses the Great, who dedicated her a temple that still fascinates all the people who have the opportunity to admire it, majestic and timeless, able to defy the centuries and the works of humans, Abu Simbel, set in the southernmost part of Egypt, in Aswan. Nefertari was much loved by Ramses and, as they say, also very beautiful and she took care of her beauty with ointments, creams and baths. Between history and legend, today we take inspiratio...
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Food combinations Part 5, the best ways to eat artichokes
Raw artichokes, cooked in oil or boiled, prepared with ginger or garlic, every preparation has its properties in order to help the liver, to counteract poor digestion, insomnia, anxiety or anemia.
The artichoke is the flower bud of the plant Cynara scolymus. The artichoke is rich in iron, potassium, magnesium, cynarine, an alkaloid able to protect the liver and to lower the cholesterol, inulin, a prebiotic that protects and stimulates the bacterial flora of the gut, antioxidants such as tannins (Rondanelli et al, Monladi Arch Chest Dis, Mar 2013 – Lopez-Molina et al, Phytochemistry, Jun 2005). However, the properties of the artichoke depend on the ways of cooking and on the foods served t...
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Indian Serpentine
Remedy able to lower blood pressure and counteract anxiety and insomnia, to be taken under medical supervision.
Rauwolfia serpentina, or Indian serpentine, is a medicinal plant of the Apiaceae family known and appreciated for centuries thanks to its health benefits. From the roots of the plants of at least 18 months a remedy with hypotensive, antiarrhythmic and vasodilatory properties is obtained. Indian Serpentine is therefore used to treat anxiety, hypertension and insomnia. Its mechanism of action is well known and is based on an alkaloid present in the remedy, the reserpine, which acts on the nervous ...
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Catnip
Stimulating effect on cats, mosquito repellent, sedative and antispasmodic action on humans, useful in case of digestive problems, acidity, abdominal cramps but also muscle or back pain, insomnia.
Catnip, also known as catmint or catswort, scientific name Nepeta cataria, is a perennial plant belonging to the Lamiaceae family. Catswort has benefits on cats, for these pets in fact it acts as a neuro-active agent, but has also benefits for humans. First at all, it acts as an anti-mosquito repellent. According to a study perfomed by the University of Iowa and presented a few years ago at the meeting of the American Chermical Society, nepetalactone, the essential oil of catswort also responsib...
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Bird's foot trefoil
Calming and antispasmodic action, useful in case of tachycardia, insomnia and nervousness.
Bird's foot trefoil, scientific name Lotus corniculatus, is a plant of the Fabaceae or Leguminosae family characterized by small, intense yellow-colored flowers. From the whole plant the mother tincture is obtained, the remedy is characterized by a general sedative, antispasmodic and antidepressive action and results also able to regulate and normalize sleep and wakefulness. Therefore the plant can be used in case of anxiety, nervousness, depression, palpitations and tachycardia, insomnia and, m...
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Common hornbeam, plant
Antibiotic, cicatrizing and astringent properties, useful in case of sore throat, oral inflammations and infections, diarrhea, digestive problems, able to increase energy and vitality, improve the quality of sleep.
The common hornbeam, scientific name Carpinus betulus, is a tree belonging to the Betulaceae family, characterized by oblong leaves and able to reach 15-20 meters in height. Thanks to its leaves, rich in gallic acid, an antioxidant substance, and to its buds, rich in biostimulants that are substances that regulate the development of embryonic tissue and therefore with all the strength of the plant, the common hornbeam is widely used in herbal medicine. In addition to the glycerin macerate, usefu...
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Black-Eyed Susan
Australian bush flower essence suitable for those who are always in a hurry, have too busy days and a hectic and stressful life that can cause digestive problems, diarrhea, colitis, muscle tension, headache and insomnia.
Black-Eyed Susan is an Australian bush flower remedy obtained from Tetratheca ericifolia, a flower characterized by mauve petals and tips of the stamens rich in black pollen, hence the name of the remedy. The Australian bush flower essence Black-Eyed Susan helps impatient and hasty people, those who accumulate too many activities and tend to have a hectic and stressful life, those who think that time is never enough. This Australian bush flower essence provides calm and relaxation, promotes intr...
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Coffea cruda
Remedy in case of insomnia caused by stress and a mind agitated by too many thoughts, headaches and palpitations, against nervous hunger, increases metabolism.
Coffea cruda is a remedy prepared from the mother's tincture of unroasted seeds of the coffee plant, or Coffea Arabica, of the Rubiaceae family. This remedy is used to treat excessive nervousness, hyperactivity and insomnia caused by stress, especially when at night you are not able to fall asleep because there are too many thoughts in your mind or if you stay too long on your computer or watch television before you go to sleep. Coffea cruda is also useful in case of headaches and migraines, pal...
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Indian ginseng or Withania somnifera
Adaptogenic, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, tonic and stimulant properties, useful against stress, insomnia, nervous breakdown, in elderly or in case of loss of memory, helpful against muscle pain, in convalescence and weakness, anemia.
Withania somnifera, also known as Indian ginseng, Ashwaganda or winter cherry is a herb used in Ayurvedic medicine belonging to the Solanacee family, the same as tomato and eggplant. Native to India Withania somnifera is a small bush and its roots and leaves are used as a remedy with important benefits. In the Indian ginseng more than 80 active substances have been identified, among them the withanolides, that name the plant, that have anti-inflammatory properties and result able to inhibit the...
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Mache or lamb’s lettuce
Vitamins and mineral salts, helps prevent anemia, calming action, diuretic, laxative and digestive properties, low calorie food and for this reason it can be inserted in diets of those people who are overweight or should get the weight under control, also people who cannot digest salad can eat mache because it is very digestible.
Valerianella locusta is called mache, lamb’s salad but other names include also corn salad or common corn salad. This plant should not be confused with valeriana officinalis, in fact, although both plants belong to the Valerianaceae family, valerianella locusta is used as a delicate and tasty salad, the other one, valeriana officinalis, is used as a powerful herbal remedy with calming and sedative properties. Mache salad has tender and rounded leaves, it gives fibers, vitamins, such as vitamin A...
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Citrus honey
Antispasmodic and sedative properties, useful in case of nervousness, insomnia, agitation and digestive disorders, purifying properties, helpful in case of sore throat and cough, can be used as a mask and scrub on the skin with a smoothing and antibacterial action.
From the flowers of the Citrus plants, such as orange, lemon, bergamot, citron and mandarin tree the citrus honey is produced. This honey is characterized by a very light color and a delicate flavor, the scent reminds that of the jasmine or of the flowers of the plants from which the honey is obtained. This type of honey is appreciated, besides for its taste, also for the antispasmodic and sedative properties, ideal against insomnia and agitation, nervousness and irritability. Citrus honey is ve...
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Valerian
Calming and relaxing action, promotes the sleep, improves sleep quality, useful to keep under control anxiety, agitation, palpitations and irritability, antispasmodic effect useful for treating menstrual cramps, colitis, irritable bowel but also joint pain.
Valerian, scientific name Valeriana officinalis, also known as garden valerian or setwall, is a plant belonging to the Valerianaceae family with relaxing and sedative properties that are useful against anxiety, agitation, insomnia or tachycardia, headache or menstrual cramps and even irritated bowel and colitis. Valerian actually has many varieties, almost 250, but Valeriana officinalis is the one used in phytotherapy since ancient Roman and Greek times. It is indeed particularly rich in calming...
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