This week has been a particularly busy one for me and I confess to having a few late night finishes with early starts to get my workload completed and deadlines met. Burning the candle at both ends is something I try to avoid but on the rare occasion that it does happen, my sleep unfortunately is the casualty in this somewhat chaotic battlefield.
I don’t know about you but whether it’s demanding schedules or workloads, if I spend a few days out of sync with my usual sleep pattern… I need a little time to adjust.
So this weekend, I’m making us this simple but soothing plant based bedtime drink to help us drift off to sleep. It uses lavender which has a calming and relaxing effect on the mind and can induce a deep sleep. In addition, milk contains amino acid known as Tryptophan and a hormone called melatonin and together they also help to induce sleep. Coconut and Almond milk have similar qualities and can be used as a dairy free option. So why not elicit those memories of home and childhood and try this hot bedtime drink to snuggle under the duvet with and encourage those Zzzzzzzzzzz!
Ingredients - Makes 2 cups
2 Cups of Milk or Almond/Coconut Milk (dairy free option)
2 Teaspoons of Dried Lavender
Honey (Organic and local if possible)
In a small saucepan, gently heat your milk and lavender
Stir frequently and do not let boil – medium heat
Simmer for around 15 minutes
Remove from heat and strain the lavender
Pour into cups, stir in honey (to taste) and enjoy!
Written by Nicole McKendry
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