I’m not one of those people that regularly has trouble sleeping. Quite the opposite, in fact – I’m usually in bed by 8:30, asleep by 9. There are rare occasions, however, when I stay up past my bedtime. There are days when my mind won’t stop racing and I find myself freaking out for various reasons, body super tired but my mind just won’t quit. Or when we go to a concert. Like this past Friday when we saw Phantogram.
I can’t stop thinking about it, it was so great.
“But let me tell ya something there’s still one fact
That to have a party ya got to have a rap
So when the party’s over you’re making it home
And trying to sleep before the break of dawn…” -Sugar Hill Gang (from Rapper’s Delight)
Anyway, this combination of nourishing ghee, honey and herbs should do the trick for those of us who could use a little help resting. Ghee is butter that has been boiled until the milk solids have separated and are then discarded. It is usually tolerated well by people who can’t handle dairy and is even considered vegan by many Ayurvedic practitioners. What makes it so special is that it’s easily digested and absorbed, making it a great medium for ingesting herbs.
In this case we’ll be using dried chamomile, lavender, fennel seed and a little nutmeg. If you have powdered herbs, great! Use those. Otherwise, use a spice grinder.
While ghee is easy to make at home (I’ll write that up soon), it can be found at most health food stores. Use local, unprocessed honey.
Simply mix the herbs with the ghee and honey and that’s it.
Take a teaspoon when you need to relax. I find that it takes a little time to kick in, so give yourself an hour or so. It’s also useful for moments of worry and anxiety.
Also, don’t expect this to kick in like an Ambien (though I wouldn’t know what that’s like), most herbs aren’t demanding in that way. It’s more of a gentle nudge, more like a lullaby.
Peaceful Sleep Ghee
1/2 cup ghee
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons dried chamomile flowers
1 heaping tablespoon dried lavender flowers
1 heaping teaspoon fennel seed
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
Use a spice grinder to powder the chamomile, lavender and fennel. Grind the nutmeg using a zester. Combine the powdered herbs with the honey and ghee. Store in an airtight container.