Note from Girl Meets Nourishment: Hey everybody, Katie here – I am taking a quick break for the next two weeks since my hubby and I are moving into our new place. But I have some excellent guest posts lined up for you! Next up is Becca Piastrelli from The Dabblist – she has a hip and fun blog sharing her recipes, beauty, and life tips. Thank you, Becca!
Being an advocate for self-care and wellness, I’d love to tell you that I fall asleep easily each night at an appropriate time and get my 9 hours in no problem. But, the fact of the matter is, my head is usually still swimming with ideas, to-dos, and checklists when bedtime rolls around and it can take me a while to settle my mind and drift into my sweet slumber.
Recently, I’ve been working more closely with incorporating herbs into my food. I’ve been making herbal vinegars, herbal oils, herbal salad dressings, and (the reason I’m here with you today!) herbal honey.
As you may know, raw honey is a powerful force for healing your body both internally and externally. I wash my face every day with honey and it’s cleared up my skin. I also use raw honey to help me drift to sleep by adding it (plus a few amazing, stress-easing herbs) to my herbal tea in the evening.
Who are these star herbal ingredients? They are lavender, chamomile, lemon balm, and nutmeg. These four plant-based ingredients contain herbal properties that ease anxiety, soothe restlessness, calm the body, and aid in sleep. A spoonful of sleepy time honey in my warm (but not boiling) tea is all you need to activate these ingredients and I begin to relax. Try it for yourself!
Sleepy Time Herbal Honey
1 c. raw, organic honey
2 tbsp. dried lavender buds
2 tbsp. dried chamomile
1 tsp. dried lemon balm
½ tsp. nutmeg
Place the lavender, chamomile, lemon balm, and nutmeg in a (clean) coffee grinder and grind into powder. Set aside.
Pour honey into a sterilized jar and place in a shallow warm water bath over low heat (do not boil). Once the honey has loosened up from the water bath and is easily stirred, add in the powdered herbs (as much or as little as you please). Remove honey from water bath and let cool.
To use, make an herbal tea and use a teaspoon of the honey right before bedtime. I promise it’ll clear out the day’s woes and set the tone for a peaceful night’s sleep.
Becca is the face behind The Dabblist – her manifesto to declare freedom from the taboo of being known as a “dabbler.” She has found that, through sharing our stories and creations with each other and not being afraid to get our hands dirty, we can remember what our great great great grandmothers once knew – that we can be the creators of our own joy.