I so want to call this a potion but unfortunately it is not a liquid. It is however something you can whip up in your kitchen with healing intentions.
Tomorrow is a full moon and a super blood moon lunar eclipse to boot. If you are someone who looses sleep at the full moon or who regularly wakes and has trouble falling back to sleep this may interest you. Around two or three in the morning, the jig is up and what follows are hours of trying and not succeeding to return to slumber.
I personally don’t have that problem but people around me do. Several weeks ago Daw from Confessions of Crafty Witches sent me a link to a picture about wooden spoons. What really sparked my interest was what was being made.
Our bodies have cycles. Circadian rhythms are probably the most well known. It is that internal system, connected to light and dark, that gets out of wack when we travel. Technically, there are a number of systems that run on an approximately 24 hour cycle. Our bodies have shorter and longer cycles but for the purpose of this post, lets keep it simple.
One such cycle governs the adrenal glands and they reach the top of their cycle starting around 2:00 am. When you are stressed the adrenals will happily pump adrenaline into your body and voila!, once awake, no going back to sleep.
In Eat for Heat by Matt Stone, Matt suggests a solution:
“The salt and sugar mixture is an absolute must for nighttime stress events. For wakeups between 2-4 am, accompanied by a feeling of excess adrenaline circulating through your system (adrenaline peaks at this time), salt and sugar under the tongue is the only way to go. You don’t want to be chewing anything, wandering around the house looking for food, opening the fridge and looking at bright lights when hoping to fall back asleep, and so forth. You want to remain as unstimulated as possible. Keep the sugar/salt mixture by the bedside for easy and thoughtless access until you stop having middle-of-the-night wakeups.”
Before anyone goes thinking sugar! that will only stir things up, know that you are not taking a lot and it is for chemical replenishment reasons, not a sugar fix. The purpose of this mixture is to feed your cellular batteries and balance things out so you can relax and return to a resting state. The sugar will tell your body to stop producing stress hormones and the salt helps to create a stability that keeps the adrenaline from getting wildly out of control and blocking the ability to get back to sleep.
I have now mixed up a couple of batches for people and been asked for more. The feedback is it is working, so I decided to share this “potion” for anyone else who is going through the same thing. Remember please that the purpose of this mixture is about getting back to sleep not going to sleep in the first place.
I mixed up a larger quantity of 1 Tbsp. raw granulated raw white cane sugar with 1 Tbsp. brown cane sugar and 1 tsp. of a high mineral content natural sea salt; popped it in the blender and mixed it down to a finer grind. You will find the sugar under many names; sucanat or rapadura are two. You are looking for organic, non bleached sources with the natural minerals still intact. The same applies to the sea salt. I used a French grey salt but there are many choices.
To use this magical formula when you wake up, find a simple way to get a small amount under your tongue without turning on the light, letting it dissolve there. Some people find a small spoon works. Others just wet their finger, dip it in the mixture and suck it off. A moist coffee stir stick is also an option. Whatever way you choose, make it simple, non stimulating and something that keeps the bed clean.
Sweet Dreams and Bright Blessings. May it work for you too.
Sweet Dream Remedy from My Kitchen Wand