Hi Angels 💖

With classes back in full swing, papers coming up and late nights spent with homework and coffee, I noticed myself and my friends were getting burnt out quicker.

"Yes, but no one gets sleep in college. That's normal!"

Sleep is so high in my list of priorities for a reason. That reason being that if I don't get a good night's sleep or any sleep at all, the other aspects of my life crumble, and if you have a busy schedule, you know what I mean. I'm not a fan of coffee, not energy drinks, so I prefer to use something more holistic, like homemade milk and my lavender bed spray.

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Here are some recipes I found that I love:

Lilith’s lavender room spray
Ingredients:

  • 2/5 parts lavender for calm
  • 1/5 part rosemary for sleep
  • A pinch of vanilla for gentleness
  • 1/5 part lemon balm for sleep
  • 1/5 part Himalayan pink salt or sea salt

You will need:

  • Water
  • Spray bottle
  • Pot

Bring the water to a boil on the stove
Lower the temperature and pour in the herbs and the salt; one teaspoon of dry ingredients per dl
Let the herbs steep for 15 minutes
Strain the water of herbs and pour in the spray bottle

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Nighttime cup of relaxation

  • 1 cup of vanilla almond milk (warmed as desired)
  • Add cinnamon to taste (I usually use between 2-3 tbsp)
  • Add honey to taste

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Lavender Milk

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup nut milk (cashew or almond tastes best)
  • 2-3 tablespoons of lavender, more or less depending on how strong you want the lavender flavor to be.
  • 1 tsp of raw honey or more to taste
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

Combine milk and dried lavender in a small pot. let simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes (do not boil- the goal is to achieve a nice infusion of lavender, which involves a longer, slower heating process. you don’t want to scorch the milk or flowers!), longer if you desire a stronger flavor. When the lavender begins to lose its color, remove the pot from heat, strain, and compost the flowers. while it’s still hot, dissolve a teaspoon or more of raw honey to taste, and add the ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract.

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These recipes are simply supplements and are not substitutions for professional medications. Do your own research on medicinal plants, especially if you have any allergies, and remember that extracts and essential oils are completely different.

Do not consume essential oils.

Herbs that aid sleeping (Great for making teas and tea blends)*:

Chamomile (also great for stress relief)
Thyme
Catnip (this may cause drowsiness)
Lavender
Lemon Balm

This article was written by @illuminatedangel on the We Heart It Writers Team.