RESTFUL SLEEP TINCTURE
Ingredients: Fresh Organic Dual Extracted Ashwagandha Root (Withania somnifera), California Poppy Herb (Eschscholzia californica), Milky Oat Seed (Avena sativa), Alcohol, Water
Traditionally used to support deep and restful sleep. This remedy is indicated for insomnia from nervous exhaustion, mental irritability, anxiety, excessive thinking, and stress. Shake well and store in a cool and dark place.
Dose: Adult (20+ years) – 20-40 drops three times nightly with water, 1 dose 1 hour before bed, 1 dose 1/2 hour before bed, and 1 dose immediately before bed. Youth (13-19 years) – 10-20 drops three times nightly with water, 1 dose 1 hour before bed, 1 dose 1/2 hour before bed, and 1 dose immediately before bed. To remove alcohol, dispense drops into boiled water before ingesting.
Plant Medicine Details:
The Ashwagandha, California Poppy, and Milky Oat Seed in this remedy were organically grown on Ktunaxa (Kootenay) territory from Earth Temple Gardens. They have been lovingly tended to throughout the whole growing season and prepared fresh at harvest. Ashwagandha (Sanskrit: Asva-gandha) is a tonic and sedative all in one. It strengthens an exhausted nervous system that can manifest with ‘hyper’ signs such as emotional instability, agitation, or feeling stressed out. It has the dual action of energizing while calming. Its name ‘Ashwagandha’, meaning ‘the smell of a horse’, comes from the smell of the fresh root, and also because it is renowned for imparting the sexual stamina of a horse. This herb is indicated for neurosis, insomnia, anxiety, excessive thinking, ‘hyper’ symptoms, and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is very useful in all conditions caused by stress. Its tropism for the nervous system benefits multiple sclerosis. It both relaxes frayed nerves and tonifies the central nervous system to enhance tolerance to stress (Pole, 2013).
California Poppy is a sedative that calms sleepless and frenetic energy, as well as nervousness in relation to insomnia. The medicine helps to balance those who do not have a deep sleep, with waking during the night or too early in the morning, as well as those who struggle with sleeping too deeply (Wood, 2008).
Milky Oatseed comes from Oat seed in the milky stage just before maturity, and it produces a beautiful, moistening, sweet nutritional fluid. It contains starches, fixed oils, proteins, vitamin E, flavones, and a great deal of silicon with some manganese, iron, and zinc. Silicon strengthens the connective tissue, skin, mucosa, and nerves. Milky Oatseed is a very important tonic for the nervous system depleted by stress, prolonged illness, sexual excesses, drug use, or protracted illness. “Exhaustion” is a keyword when working with this plant medicine. This medicine treats insomnia associated with nervous exhaustion, despondency, and mental irritability (Wood, 2008).
This remedy works best in conjunction with a regular sleep hygiene routine such as: maintaining a regular sleep schedule by going to bed at the same time and waking at the same time each day, for every day of the week. Avoid daytime naps, and do not watch TV or use a cell phone or computer while in bed; the blue light from the screen adversely affects the circadian rhythm. Do not use stimulants such as caffeine, sugar, cigarettes, and/or alcohol to improve the quality of sleep. Ensure your bedroom is quiet, comfortable, decluttered, and with clean fresh airflow from a cracked window or air purifier. Adequate exercise enables the body’s energy to move, leading to a restful sleep at night, therefore, exercise before the evening is recommended. Do not eat for three hours before bedtime and have a nighttime ritual to help in slowing down into relaxation, such as a warm bath, meditation, gentle yin yoga, and quiet time.
Caution: In pregnancy; although traditionally used in India during pregnancy to strengthen the uterus and health of the mother and child. Its spasmolytic activity on the uterus has led certain quarters of Western phytotherapy to restrict its use in pregnancy. Do not use if taking Barbituate medication.
Best Before: 5 years
Weight & Dimensions: 195g – 13.5cm x 5.5cm x 5cm
Pole, S. (2013). Ayurvedic Medicine: The Principles of Traditional Practice. Singing Dragon.
Wood, M. (2008). The Earthwise Herbal, Volume 1: A Complete Guide to Old World Medicinal Plants. North Atlantic Books.