Dream Deep Elixir
I made this delicious elixir as a nervous system support and relaxing sleep aid. It turns out that many of my CSA members (and some of their family members!) have told me that it’s the only thing that helps them fall asleep and stay asleep all night. These are people who have been dealing with insomnia for years, have tried many different remedies, medications, and sleep techniques. And yet these gentle nervines help their body and mind relax enough to drift off to sleep. With all the stressors in our world and the face pace that has become the new normal, the nervous systems can become overloaded and overwhelmed. It needs nourishment, just like our bodies do, to help keep it in balance and allow it to do its job of helping the mind unwind, relax and ease into sleep.
Chamomile and catnip are very relaxing nervines that promote calm minds and restful sleep. Skullcap is a mild sedative that really helps the mind shut down and drift off to sleep. Lemon balm and rose help to lift the spirits and soothe the heart. Mugwort offers the added bonus of enhancing your dreams and offering energetic protection. (read this sweet post on mugwort.) All of these herbs help to nourish the nervous system, soothing anxiety, stress, agitation and restlessness. So take some deep breaths and feel your mind relax, your body unwind and your heart melt into a big hug. Dream well.
1-3 dropperfuls as needed. I love to mix a splash (about 1 tsp) into sparkling water. I also find it effective to use just 1-2 dropperfuls right before bed or if I wake in the night.
catnip, lemon balm, skullcap, mugwort, chamomile, rose petals in brandy and raw RI honey