It is said that the only sleep Leonardo DaVinci took were the twenty minute naps between every four hours of diligent work. A grand total of two hours a day. Albert Einstein on the other hand said that his best ideas needed ten hours of sleep a night, eleven hours if it was a particularly good idea. I’m certainly with Albert on this one.
However despite agreeing with his wisdom, insomnia and being full of ideas seem to go hand in hand for me. Whilst the notion of creative insomnia has a certain romance to it, I’m not a fan at all. I love that fresh and sparkly morning feeling far too much!
Some call upon help has been required. Valerian tea and lavender in my oil burner are my usual go to, yet all reserves were down this week (always a most unfortunate discovery at 2 am!). But then an old remedy came to mind, and I’ve been so pleased to have rediscovered it especially since the changing of the seasons are bringing their cooler nights.
The slow warming of the milk not only captures all the medicinal qualities of the herbs, but it breaks down the milks' protein structures, so that goodies such as calming tryptophan and calcium are quickly absorbed. All together sending the message to that whirring brain “shhhhh, rest now, tomorrow awaits”.
Lavender & Chamomile Milk
1/2 teaspoon each of dried lavender and chamomile blossoms (1/2 teaspoon of rose petals optional).
2/3 cup organic milk
1/2 - 1 teaspoon good quality honey
Add cold milk and herbs to small saucepan and place on medium heat. When the milk starts steaming, remove from heat, stir in honey, cover and let sit for 10 minutes.
Pour through strainer (to remove herbs).
Light a candle. Get out a book of poems (or a current tax manual). Sip and drift away.
Another traditional mix that combines warming and sedative qualities is cinnamon and vanilla bean...a particularly delicious combination.