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Insomnia Remedies for Preppers
Essential oils and herbs to cope with insomnia naturally

How preppers deal with insomnia naturally:
Lack of sleep is often a result of an overactive mind. Stresses at
work,
job loss, divorce, death of a loved one, menopause, illness
or an emergency situation ~ all can cause insomnia.

During a crisis, your mind could be hyper alert with thoughts
keeping you awake at night. Without adequate sleep you may not
be able to follow through on an effective strategy of survival,
which is why it's important for preppers to take note of natural
remedies for insomnia.

How Preppers Cope with Insomnia
Herbs and essential oils already are part of the homesteading life
that preppers have embraced. Preppers who aspire to grow a
medicinal garden should first learn how the herbs can help
improve the quality of life. To that end, below are the top natural
remedies for insomnia.

If you suffer from insomnia you can significantly improve the
quality of sleep with these natural remedies:

#1: Melatonin.
For both insomnia and fatigue you can turn to natural relief of
m
elatonin. The secret of sleeping better has to do with the
dosage size. Choose only 1-5 mg. doses.

Melatonin is a potent free radical scavenger naturally or hormone
produced in your pineal gland and present in high amounts in the
gastrointestinal tract. It helps to regulate the body’s natural
biorhythm, but too much of a good thing won't help you sleep.
When melatonin levels are low, less of the hormone is released
into the bloodstream, resulting in restlessness or wakefulness.
You can restore balance to your body with Melatonin, but
remember, less is more. Look for a melatonin that's 5-mg or less
to help you get into a healthy sleep cycle. You may otherwise
wake up with a headache!

  • How to use melatonin: This supplement will help you drift
    off to dream land, but it's important to note that while it
    induces sleep, but it doesn't necessarily maintain sleepm so
    if you don't find yourself waking up at night, give Melatonin a
    go. Take a small does of Melatonin a 1 mg. capusule or no
    more than a 5 mg. capsule of Melatonin at bedtime to
    promote relaxation and sleep. Remember that larger doses
    could do reverse damage and you'll have an even more
    difficult time sleeping. Look for 5 mg. doses and below. It's
    all your body needs.

#2: Lavender essential oil (lavandula anguistifolia).
Lavender is a familiar sleep aid that offers peace and tranquility
along with a refreshing clean scent. Lavender can reduce feelings
of anger, agitation and insecurity. Your ancestors likely washed
linens in lavender. The word comes from Latin lavare meaning "to
wash."
Lavender essential oil can help you wash away the
restless night to get a better night's sleep. Research confirms
lavender produces
calming, soothing, and sedative effects when
inhaled, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
You can achieve inhalation through use of a diffuser or by making
a spritzer.

Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that you can ease with a
lavender essential oil massage because of the linalool and linalyl
acetate content, which have maximum absorbing properties from
skin. Linalool is a compound that shows sedative effects and
linalyl acetate shows marked narcotic actions. A
single-blind
randomized study confirms the effectiveness of lavender odor on
quality of sleep!

While the aroma also can help you relieve anxiety and induce
calm,
Lavender essential oil shouldn't be used with any other
sedative or anti-anxiety agents as it may make them stronger.

Lavender essential oil is of interest to preppers for many reasons.
In addition to help you fix insomnia naturally, lavender can
relieve pain, heal burns and wounds, reduce scarring, kill a staph
infection, deal with stomach upset, cure candida, soothe
menstrual cramps, and even
get rid of head lice naturally. A
bonus is that
lavender can help deal with hair loss (alopecia
areata).

  • How to use lavender essential oil for sleep: Diffuse
    lavender essential oil in the bedroom, or use a spritzer to
    freshen bedsheets. Alternatively, you can use a sachet of the
    herb as a night mask. Lavender essential oil is generally
    regarded as safe on the skin, but if you have hyper-
    sensitivity you can choose a kid-safe lavender and apply to
    the feet. As with all essential oils, never use them
    undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a
    qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children
    and pets. If applying an essential oil to your skin always
    perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body
    (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate
    carrier).

#3: California poppy (Eschscholzia Californica).
If you've ever watched the Wizard of Oz you know the scene
where Dorothy falls asleep in the poppies, right? California poppy
might not be as potent as in the movie classic, but it certainly
has some impressive uses for anxiety relief, pain relief as well as
a sedative for better sleep.

A
tincture of California Poppy is useful in treating sleeplessness
and over excitability. It's a non-addictive alternative to the opium
poppy. It acts as a sedative or as a general antispasmodic.
Although its primary use for pain relief is associated with the
teeth, it can be used as a general sedative to the body; it helps
with (chronic) pains such as headaches, stomach pains, muscle
pains, joint pain, and external wounds.

Fix insomnia naturally with California Poppy!

  • How to use California Poppy: Adults take 30-50 drops of
    California Poppy extract in a small amount of water or
    favorite juice 2-4 times daily between meals. It's not to be
    used during pregnancy or lactation. If you have a medical
    condition or take medications, please consult with your
    doctor before use. Also, this is not for children.

#4: Cannabis oil.
Cannabis oil is totally legal and has a history of medical use.
Cannabis is also well known for helping to treat insomnia because
it offers a relaxed state.

#5: Chamomile tea, Roman Chamomile essential oil.
Another way to sleep better naturally is with chamomile tea and
Roman chamomile essential oil.

Chamomile is an herb you can use topically as an essetnial oil
and there are two kinds ~ German Chamomile and Roman
Chamomile. Both oils have properties of calming, as well as
lowering stress and relaxing the muscles, but specifically Roman
Chamomile Essential oil is for insomnia. (Use German chamomile
as anti-inflammatory for redness in skin and for reducing pain and
inflammation.)

Use Roman Chamomile Essential oil or a chamomile herbal tea to
promote a restful night's sleep. Roman Chamomile is also
effective at relieving menstrual and abdominal cramping, so if
that's keeping you awake at night all the more reason to choose
Roman Chamomile to help you sleep. It's one of the top essential
oils for your health. It has stress relieving properties that ease
out depression,

  • How to use Roman Chamomile for insomnia: Enjoy the
    herbal tea at bedtime as a part of your nightly routine.
    Roman Chamomile oil can ease migraine headaches like no
    other. It also calms a state of stress enabling a restful
    sleep. With its deep aroma of banana, apples and spices
    along with a hint of floral you'll feel restful using it as a
    diffuser for three hours at bedtime. Alternatively, you can
    use a carrier oil and rub it in your feet.

#6: Frankincense.
Another of the essential oils for insomnia is frankincense, which
can induce incredibly vivid and creative dreams and yet enhance
settling down at bedtime. Studies show olfactory cues of
frankincense enhance memory, which is interesting in that the
reason for sleep is a mystery, but the role of sleep may be as a
way to consolidate memory.

Frankincense has a traditional role in improving learning and
memory, according to an abstract published in the U.S. National
Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, as it affects the
Hippocampus, a sensitive region of the brain. The study suggests  
Frankincense increases dendritic segments and branches of
neuron cells in the hippocampus, which in turn causesmore
synapses to fire and improve learning and memory.

Good for both body and mind, frankincense is literally the holy
grail of well being as it is an herb prominently featured in the
bible.
Frankincense has many uses for preppers, and among them
is to promote sleep. In an abstract published in the U.S. National
Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, the
inhalation
of blended oil from Ravensara, frankincense, and sandalwood
alleviated subjective symptoms to improve sleep quality.

  • How to use Frankincense for insomnia: Apply a drop at the
    back of the neck applied with a carrier oil. Use with caution
    as frankincense is potent and may cause irritation if applied
    "neat" without a carrier oil. Rest assured that it is an
    annointing oil of the bible, safe and used to also treat a
    variety of cancers naturally, most notably brain cancer. Dr.
    Josh Axe suggests using frankincense as a bath soak.
    Alternatively diffuse frankincense with Sandalwood and
    Ravensara at bedtime to promote a good night's sleep.

#7: Cedarwood essential oil (Cedrus deodara or
junipernus virginiana).
Cedarwood essential oil can help you increase sleep time and
keep the moths away! Cedarwood essential oil is a very soothing
and calming scent and you can find your favorite ~ either Cedrus
deodara or Junipernus virginiana for helping you with sleep. Both
have a sweet woody aroma to support a healthy respiratory
function, as well as for stress relief, strengthening and
empowering.

The major components of  
cedarwood essential oil are alpha-
cedrene, beta-cedrene, cedrol, widdrol, thujopsene and a group of
sesquiterpenes —~ all of which contribute a great deal to its
health benefits. Its scent gives out a warm, soft, grounding, and
comfortable feeling.

When you inhale cedarwood by diffusion you can relieve
congestion and respiratory function. You'll feel refreshed when
you awaken as Cedarwood Essential Oil helps calm the mind. Mix
with Lavender Essential Oil, which inspires tranquility.

  • How to use Cedarwood Essential Oil for sleep: Simply
    diffuse it at bedtime. Cedarwood essential oil blends well
    with bergamot, chamomile, clary sage or lavender~ all of
    which also help aid sleep. Add a few drops with water into
    the diffuser and enjoy a restful slumber. A bonus use of
    cedarwood essential oil is that you can add some to your
    shampoo and you'll cut down on the dandruff. That's
    something to keep in mind if you take a shower at bedtime.

#8: Lugols iodine.
Preppers may recognize Lugols iodine for emergency disinfection
of drinking water ~ as well, preppers may also be familiar with
Lugals for removing parasites, but many aren't in the know that
Lugols
will also have you sleeping better!

This dietary supplement of iodine and potassium iodide is a
calming sleep aid. Lugols contains iodine which has the natural
function of calming the body and relieving nervous tension. When
the body is saturated with iodine, the mind works better and the
result is clear thinking and a relaxed state.

Why does iodine work for sleep? An essential mineral your body
depends on for healthy thyroid function, iodine is vital to support
your metabolism, maintain energy levels and fight fatigue. Iodine
is necessary for the thyroid gland to work properly. Your thyroid
works hard ~ all the blood in your body passes through it every
17 minutes or so. If your iodine intake from food and water is
low, then your gland gets deprived of the much needed element
that it needs to work.

Lugols also can help resolve cancers, such as thyroid cancer.   We
usually get iodine from our diet, however the soil is depleted of
essential nutrients and iodine is one of those minerals. In Japan
the average consumption of iodine is 10-14mg daily and
Japan
has one of the lowest cancer rates in the developed world!

  • How to use Lugol's Solution for insomnia: Take under the
    tongue at 2 drops a day. Always fresh Lugols does not
    expire. Store at room temperature out of direct sunlight with
    no need to refrigerate.

Other foods natural with iodine include:
  • asparagus
  • bananas
  • cabbage
  • carrots
  • egg yolk
  • lettuce
  • mushroom
  • onions
  • tomatoes
  • peas
  • potatoes
  • radishes
  • seafood
  • spinach
  • strawberries and
  • rhubarb.
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Above, Dr. Josh Axe discusses lavender essential oil, Roman Chamomile and
Veveter.

13. Ylang-Ylang.
Dr. Josh Axe also recommends diffusing Ylang-Ylang essential oil
at bedtime for those who have a wondering mind causing a
sleepless night. Ylang-ylang has a refreshing and delicate floral
aroma that helps your body release bound up emotions and
tension. It's also considered an aphrodisiac by Polynesian
cultures. That's why Ylang Ylangimost often used as a massage
oil. With a fresh and sweet floral fragrance, you'll find Ylang-
Ylang is sweet, exotic, intoxicating, and above all, relaxing.
According to sciencedirect.com, ylang-ylang is antidepressive in
nature with euphoric properties, thus giving the feeling of well
being.

  • How to use ylang-ylang. Dr. Axe suggests diffusing ylang-
    ylang with Roman Chamomile and Veveter.

Essential Oils Can Help with Insomnia!
Essential oils, such as lavender, can help release of serotonin,
endorphins, and noradrenalin with a calming and euphoric effect.
According to
Asian Pacific of Tropical Biomedicine in an abstract
published in ScienceDirect.com with open access funded by
Hainan Medical University, the following essential oils all help
alleviate insomnia:
  1. Angelica archangelica rad (angelica)
  2. Cananga odorata (ylang ylang)
  3. Chamaemelum nobile (Roman chamomile)
  4. Citrus aurantium var. amara (neroli bigarade)
  5. Cistus ladaniferus (labdanum)
  6. Citrus bergamia (bergamot)
  7. C. limon (lemon)
  8. Citrus reticulata (mandarin)
  9. Citrus sinensis (sweet orange)
  10. Cuminum cyminum (cumin)
  11. Juniperus communis fruct. (juniper berry)
  12. Lavandula angustifolia (lavender)
  13. Litsea cubeba (may chang)
  14. Melissa officinalis (lemon balm)
  15. Myrtus communis (myrtle)
  16. Ocimum basilicum (basil) (nervous)
  17. Origanum majorana (sweet marjoram)
  18. Ravensara aromatica (ravensara)
  19. Thymus vulgaris ct. geraniol, ct. linalool (sweet thyme)
  20. Valeriana officinalis (valerian)

Gelatin aids sleep!
Who knew Jello is good for you? Gelatin is good for the skin, it
also can help heal your gut, protect your joints and help you
sleep better. Here are
five reasons to eat more gelatin and why
even vegetarians, should eat more gelatin.

What's in gelatin that aids sleep? Glycine is the compound from
gelatin, and
glycine ingestion improves subjective sleep according
to the abstract.

Happy endings...
Early to bed, early to rise makes a man or a woman healthy,
wealthy and wise. Sleep better prepper!

  • "Now I see the secret of making the best person: It is t grow in the
    open air and to eat and sleep with the earth." ~ Walt Whitman
  • "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." ~ Hippocrates

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#9: Marjoram Essential Oil.
For insomnia, you can turn to the natural relief of Sweet
Marjoram, which helps provide a state of mind that is calming and
help you feel at ease.
Marjoram essential oil is a precious and
comforting oil at all levels. Not only does it support the
respiratory system and comfort the senses, but you can use it to
relieve discomfort during the menstrual cycle, or alleviate sore
and achy muscles.

Marjoram has a slightly sweet, herbaceous scent that is fresh and
medicinal. It's warm, spicy and woodsy! It calms stress and
anxiety and promotes a long restful sleep.  

All this is great news, and particularly so if you are senior citizen.
In an abstract published by the U.S. Library of Medicine, National
Institutes of Health,
sweet marjoram is shown to reduce sleep
disturbance and improve overall well-being in older patients.

  • How to use Marjoram Essential Oil: Apply to the base of
    the neck with a carrier oil to ease feelings of stress and
    promote a restful sleep. It's also a natural antiseptic and
    anti-viral. Apply a diluted amount to the skin to fight
    bacteria and viruses.

    NOTE: Marjoram is among the essential oils to avoid if you
    are pregnant or lactating!

#10: Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora).
American skullcap is also a nervine that soothes nerves. It treats
insomnia and is also a headache remedy.

Skullcap is a natural sedative that has many names ~ Scutellaria,
Scullcap, Scute, Blue Skullcap, Mad-Dog Skullcap, and Madweed.
Skullcap has a traditional use in support for emotional and
nervous system conditions. Skullcap can help you sleep better!

Skullcap reduces tension and anxiety and relieves insomnia
caused by pain or nervous tension. This herbaceous perennial
mint with ridged leaves and tiny flowers that can range in color
from purple and blue to pink and white, can be ingested as a
tincture to calm someone under extreme stress.

Skullcap contains volatile oil, scutellarin, bitter glycoside, tannin,
fat, bitter principles.

  • Skullcap has the sideline benefit of breaking addictions to
    nicotine and alcohol. It may help to ease tension just
    enough stop the additive substance. To break an addiction,
    take 15-20 drops of skullcap tincture every hour or two to
    lessen the severity of drug or alcohol withdrawal.

#11: Tryptophan.
You know that sluggish feeling you get on Thanksgiving day after
eating? That's the trytophan in turkey casting a sleepy spell.
Specifically,
L-Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that helps
support mood, relaxation, and restful sleep. What's more,
LTryptophan plays a part in the synthesis of both melatonin and
serotonin, hormones involved with mood and stress response

  • How to use tryptophan: Eat foods high in tryptophan, like
    turkey or take an L-Tryptophan supplement! With careful
    planning you can add turkey to your food storage:

12: Valerian root (Valeriana Officinalis).
Need to fall asleep? Try Valerian root tea. Need to calm anxiety?
Try Valerian. Super angry? Again, it's Valerian to the rescue.

An effective herbal remedy for insomnia,
valerian root tea, which
has a minty and mildly bitter and sweet with notes of citrus and
spice, will be your go-to in crisis.

Valerian root calms your nerves and promotes deep relaxation,
especially for those dealing with pain. Valerian root (Valeriana
officinalis) is natural aspirin alternative which not only has
sedative effects, but also is an anti-spasmodic, meaning it
relaxes muscles.

Skip the antidepressant and mood stabilizers, have a cup of
Valerian root tea and awake calm and refreshed.

Valerian has a relaxing effect on the nervous system making it
another way preppers can deal with insomnia.

It's a natural herb that helps support a restful sleep.

  • How to use Valerian root: Valerian is generally safe, but
    use caution if also using depressants. Valerian can be useful
    as a dietary supplement for headaches; mental strain or lack
    of concentration; nervousness, and stress as well as for
    dealing with a variety of other ailments and conditions,
    including:
  • colic
  • epilepsy
  • fainting
  • insomnia
  • premenstural tension
  • menopause
  • muscle cramps

13: Vetiver oil.
If your mind is wandering at night think of vetiver oil because it
can help you get a better night's sleep.

Vetiver oil works most directly on the nervous system for those
who have neurological conditions, ADHT and autism ~ and it can
work on those who have dementia.

  • How to use Vetiver oil for insomnia. Dr. Josh Axe in the
    video below suggests a recipe of 2 drops of lavender oil,  2
    drops of roman chamomile oil and 1 drop of vetiver. Mix them
    in your hands with a bit of a carrier oil and rub it on the back
    of your neck to promote a restful night's sleep. Alternatively,
    you can use a diffuser to allow the vapors to induce sleep.
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