JM’s Journal: Have You Used the Magic Sleeping Potion Yet?

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Have You Used the Magic Sleeping Potion Yet?

Ok, So it’s Not Really Magic, But it Works!

by J.M. Troppello

I use spices and herbs when I’m cooking. I diffuse essential oils during the day and at night. Many herbs, spices, and oils were used in Biblical times as well. Some types used for medicinal purposes included: caraway, garlic, sesame, and thyme. Myrrh was used as a cosmetic ointment. Spikenard was used as a perfume. They used myrrh and frankincense as an aromatic oil. Hyssop was used in religious rituals. Spices like anise, myrrh, cinnamon, clove, cassia, and marjoram were used for embalming. They used mint, dill, basil, and coriander for cooking.

The ‘magic sleeping’ potion I use is clove oil. Now, I know it’s NOT really magic – and I don’t believe in magic, so don’t come at me over my word choice. But it’s been SO helpful these last few weeks that I’ve been using it, that it’s felt magical to get such deep sleep.

I diffuse lavender oil in a diffuser at night while sleeping. That’s been helpful. However, I still felt like I wasn’t getting as deep sleep as I could have gotten. I read up on clove essential oil and started putting a few drops onto a small satchel filled with dried lavender. My husband tried this experiment with me. We both used these satchels, and I added the drops of clove oil to them. We placed the satchels by our pillows so we could breathe in the scent of the lavender and clove oil.

We tried the lavender in the diffuser and on the satchels for about a year. They helped. However, once we added the clove oil to them a few weeks ago, we both experienced such deep and refreshing sleep. It has been so refreshing to wake up each morning having had such deep and rejuvenating sleep.

According to Medical News Today, “Cloves originated in Indonesia. They are dried flower buds from the clove tree. Clove is a popular spice that is used in soups, stews, meats, sauces, and rice dishes. The name clove is derived from the Latin word, clavus, which means nail since the shape of the dried clove resembles that of a nail.”

Cloves can benefit your health in the following ways:

  • Improve oral health by decreasing oral inflammation and bacteria

  • Reduces insulin resistance in muscle cells for people with diabetes

  • Contains antioxidants that can slow the growth of cancer cells

  • Helps to decrease obesity due to a high-fat diet

The Takeaway

I’m not completely relying on the clove oil to help me sleep better. I use a blue light filter on my devices (laptop, tablet, and phone) to facilitate an optimal increase in melatonin prior to falling asleep. I take one melatonin tablet before bed.

I also recite the following verses to myself before sleeping – after I spend 10-15 minutes in praise and worship to God.

I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.
(Psalm 4:8, NKJV)

When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.
(Proverbs 3:24, NKJV)

What do you do to get better sleep at night?

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About the Author

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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