Natural recipes to aid sleep
In the second of the Yellow Cottage Mysteries, The Curse of Arundel Hall, amateur detective, Ella Bridges, has a disturbed night after hearing details of the curse from historian, Harriet Dinworthy. Ever helpful, Harriet sends Ella recipes to aid her sleep, which I’ve included here.
Lemon Balm Tea
For centuries, Lemon Balm has been used to relieve stress and anxiety, to lift the spirits and to aid sleep. Drink two to three cups a day.
The tea can be made with either fresh or dried leaves, and of course you can grow it at home, although be careful to avoid using insecticides or chemicals. Place two teaspoons of fresh leaves, or one of dried leaves into a mug, (if using a tea-pot increase the amounts accordingly), and fill with boiling water. Steep for 5 - 10 minutes, depending on the strength you want. For additional flavouring, other herbs such as mint or lemongrass can be added, as can sugar or honey. If you prefer your tea cold, double the amount of lemon balm and add to a jam jar of cold water. Leave in the sun and at the end of the day when fully steeped, pour over ice. Perfect to cool down after a hot summer’s day.
Onions Aid Insomnia
Studies reveal that many of those suffering from insomnia have a deficiency in vitamin B2 (Riboflavin). Stewing Spanish onions, the red ones, (a remedy from Victorian times), and eating as a syrup or a soup with a little butter added before bed is thought to help. Alternatively, if you can, try eating the onion bulb raw. Again, these are simple to grow yourself. (Personally I’d prefer the Lemon Balm tea, but hats off to you if you can eat a raw onion before bed! Understanding partners required :)
Other aids to sleep, as well as to relieve anxiety and stress are the use of Lavender oil: put on a pillow or handkerchief, or add to bathwater. And Chamomile tea.
J. New is a British writer and author of The Yellow Cottage mystery series, set in England in the 1930′s. Available on Amazon, they combine a traditional amateur sleuth with a paranormal element.