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I’m actually an incredibly positive person about where humanity is going. We are going into a very different world, because we are going into a very different state of consciousness. Am and you know, because I’ve been diving into this for so long – I can see what consciousness was like 1990/91 about these very subjects.
“You are a nutter mate, you believe in little grey men” – all that stuff was going on. But look at it now: the interest, the curiosity now the people have for subjects they would have just waved away – “All that’s mad mate” 30 years ago.
This consciousness shift is happening, some are going massively more to sleep and into the five senses and the padlock at the door is being snapped.
But so many more are awakening – that’s the energy, that’s the consciousness that’s going to ah, that’s going to bring this nonsense to an end. David Icke – News
Original:- https://youtu.be/Bkcp04z8pE4 Original Uploaders social links and description; https://covid19criticalcare.com/about… Rumble link: https://rumble.com/vm5fum-exposed-fda… Odysee channel: https://odysee.com/@InfinityFoundatio… Dr. Paul E. Marik, founding member of FLCCC, in conversation with Vijaya Viswanathan, discusses the role of compromised medical & governmental institutions in manipulating medical data to make quick money. He exposes Big Pharma and its lobbies who invest millions to suppress data that can hinder their profits. While the big pharma makes millions out of the pandemic the poor continue to suffer. While the virus rages, people find themselves not only lacking in options but also a voice. Dr. Marik discusses in detail the inner mechanizations of the so-called people’s representatives, who have put people’s health on the line for short-term profits.
Have you ever consider that the root cause of all suffering is our unruly minds.
Buddha said, “Hard it is to train the mind, which goes where it likes and does what it wants. But a trained mind brings health and happiness. The wise can direct their thoughts, subtle and elusive, whenever they choose: a trained mind brings health and happiness.”
Our mind makes us suffer by thinking of past regrets and future worries. How often does your thinking make you unhappy simply because your thoughts can’t seem to remain in the present moment? In the present moment, everything seems to be in a more balanced state, at least most of the time. To complicate matters, experts estimate we have approximately 50,000-70,000 thoughts a days. The unruly mind is the roots of suffering because of our inability to stay totally and completely attentive to the present moment, specially in the world we live today.
We are all here for a reason, to evolve spiritually, to learn that the highest spiritual truth is Love. By viewing our world without judgment, fear subsides and all that remains is love. But our mind needs to be clear in order for this to happen. When our minds are unruly, we become unbalanced creating the opportunity for disease. If we can calm our minds to experience deep peace, we can experience our lives from an peaceful state of present moment awareness, we can live from a state where no fears or worries about the past or future exist
There is no better time in history for humanity to learn such a lesson. Buddha said the only way you can become free is to love those who hate you and Lao Tzu said the world is transformed by those who love all people, just as you love yourself.
Jesus said “love the Lord your God with all your heart. Love him with all your soul. Love him with all your mind. And love him with all your strength.” and ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’
According to the Law of One, we are here to evolve spiritually by learning the ways of love and wisdom and being service to others, and “We are One”, another spiritual truth. Worldwide, there are over 7 billion of us, thinking, talking, emotional, acting and reacting, all generating positive and negative energy.
For the first time we have access to an apocrypha Jesus, hidden or secret teachings. In 1945, original gnostic documents were found and is believed to be one of the most important archaeological finds in the 20th century. Thirteen ancient texts of Gnostic works called “codices” found in caves in Upper Egypt untouched by scribes, can be found in the Nag Hammadi Library . Among the manuscripts was the discovery of a complete copy of 114 secret sayings of Jesus , known as Gospel of Thomas, thought to be constructed in the 1st or 2nd century A.D. Some of the sayings in the Gospel of Thomas can be found in the New Testament.
The world is not as it seems and as we try to understand what is going on outside of us, perhaps we should be focused on what is going on inside of us. We have given our power away to a person in a white coat, trusting they can heal us from all our aliments. But can they really heal us or are we healing ourselves. The placebo effect that has been proven is a perfect example how our mind, our belief system, actually controls our pain and can heal many ailments we suffer. The placebo effect relies on your body’s own chemicals, released in response to or in accordance with your mental or emotional expectations or beliefs. We have the ability to heal ourselves as long we sincerely believe and engage the energize power within ourselves.
Our thoughts, emotions and actions have a huge impact on our lives more than any of us ever imagined. We live in the physical world, not realizing the unseen forces of metaphysical world undetected by the five senses. Our unruly mind does not help. Most of us realize we are energetic beings who do not comprehend the power within that has been hidden from us for centuries.
Hippocrates (460-377 BC) recognized as the founder of medicine said, “The doctor cares, Nature heals.”
We have within us, self healing energy, that we can create by understanding our mind, body and spirit. To know the “Self” is the beginning.
Krishna, Plato and Jesus believed the Self refers to what lies beneath individuality. The self is the core essence of what we really are; God, the Tao, Universal Intelligence or Infinite Intelligence. The Higher Self remains when the little self dies.
Self is what we discover when we are “born again”. The Self is what appears when you cleanse our windows of perception. Self is what we recognize when we “wake up”. Self, really is all that exist.
“Jesus said, ‘If the body came into being because of spirit, it is a marvel, but if the spirit came into being because of the body, it is a marvel of marvels.’ “ ~ Gospel of Thomas, saying 29
As you contemplate the self you might be interested in the self-healing process. William Braud outlined five key steps to activate self-healing processes and activate the natural body repairing forces that adopted and modified in the light of new discoveries:
How to activate self-healing processes
1 – Sit or lie in a quiet place.
2 – Turn off your cell phone, remove anything that shakes your body like rings, belts, bracelets, and so on.
3 – Close your eyes and breathe deeply and slowly, taking care of your belly swelling and deflating. After a few minutes you will be in a state of deep physical and mental relaxation that brings the brain to the Alfa state.
4 – Focus on the breath by allowing thoughts to flow. After a dozen of breaths expanding attention to the whole body, as if you were breathing with your whole body, as if every cell was breathing.
5 – Visualize increasingly vivid and detailed mental images of the body in perfect health, full of vital white light that sweeps away the illness from dark spots and particles.
When You are AWAKE, You will realize, WE are the LIGHT, WE are the TRUTH, We are the WAY, We are CHRIST CONSCIOUSNESS, the second coming of CHRIST. We are ONE!
“Collective courage of conviction is going to be the only way the world is going to beat the agenda” – Monica Smit
We should not underestimate our power and ability of our body to heal itself! Our lack of faith in our own capacities often put us in harms way as we seek solutions for things our body could have handled easily… if only we could give our body the healing environment it requires. That starts by being aware of our thoughts, emotions and actions. We can create our own reality.
Of the world’s 7 billion people, approximately 84 percent of the world population go to churches, synagogues, temples, monasteries, mosques and other places to seek divine guidance. One core belief of all religions is love, compassion, wisdom and service to others. Regardless of religious affiliation, our moral compass keeps us on a positive path seeking the truth, the truth that will set us free. Using our beliefs and religion as a springboard, we strive to have a loving relationship with something greater than ourselves. Each of us have our own understanding of “the concept of God” from our belief systems.
Consider God as Divine Universal Energy, Infinite Intelligence encompassing all. We live in two inseparable worlds, the physical and metaphysical. Most do not pay attention to the metaphysical world because of all the distractions of the physical world. Perhaps the distractions of the world have been created to wake up humanity to bring Divine Energy back into our lives.
When You are AWAKE, You will realize, WE are the LIGHT, WE are the TRUTH, We are the WAY, We are CHRIST CONSCIOUSNESS, the second coming of CHRIST. We are ONE!
Having a relationship with the Divine is the same as loving our families, friends, as well as everyone in the world, even our enemies. We have to learn the ways of love using our thoughts, emotions and actions. We help others in our own way. We pray, meditate and contemplate for guidance from the Divine to show us the way based on our understanding. The Divine is always present, all we have to do is believe, ask for guidance, be thankful for this moment in time, and be patient. One day, we will all come together as in the video below.
According to the editorial, by Sept. 2 more than 30,000 cases of menstrual disorders and unexpected vaginal bleeding after vaccination had been reported in the UK to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency’s (MHRA) yellow card surveillance scheme for adverse drug reactions.
On Aug. 16, the MHRA published an update saying “the rigorous evaluation completed to date” did not support a link between changes to menstrual periods and related symptoms and CCP virus vaccines.
The document says the number of reports of menstrual disorders and vaginal bleeding were low in relation to both the number of people who have received CCP virus vaccines to date and how common menstrual disorders are generally.
It also said the reported disorders were mostly transient in nature and that there had been no evidence to suggest that the vaccines would affect fertility and the ability to have children.
Male corroborated MHRA’s statement, saying most reported post-vaccine menstrual disorders only occurred for a single cycle before they returned to normal.
She also added that both unintended pregnancy rates and pregnancy rates in assisted reproduction clinics have been similar in vaccinated and unvaccinated patients in clinical trials.
However, Male argues that further investigation will be needed to eliminate uncertainties.
The yellow card scheme relies on voluntary reporting of suspected side effects or medical device incidents to be reported by health professionals and the public, including patients, carers, and parents.
Male said the nature of the system’s information collection method makes it difficult to draw firm conclusions.
The reproductive immunology lecturer suggested that she doesn’t believe the vaccines affect women’s fertility based on the evidence available.
Three CCP virus vaccines are currently available in the UK. Two of them—Pfizer-BioNTech and Spikevax (developed by Moderna)—are mRNA vaccines, while the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab is an adenovirus vectored vaccine.
The menstrual changing events occurred across all three vaccines. Male said it suggests that if there is a connection between the vaccines and menstrual disorders, it’s likely to be a result of the immune response to vaccination rather than a specific vaccine component.
According to Male, menstrual cycles can be affected by immune activation in response to various stimuli, such as other vaccines and viral infections, including CCP virus infection.
In one study of menstruating women, around a quarter of those infected with the CCP virus experienced menstrual disruption, the editorial said.
Male believes an investigation may also help understand the mechanism behind the menstrual changes following vaccinations, and it will also help clear any unnecessary fears and mistrust towards the vaccines.
“Although reported changes to the menstrual cycle after vaccination are short-lived, robust research into this possible adverse reaction remains critical to the overall success of the vaccination programme,” she wrote.
Male called on the UK’s health authorities to follow the example of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, which made available $1.67 million (£1.2 million) to “encourage this important research” on Aug. 30.
Dr. Jo Mountfield, vice president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said the college wants to “reassure women that any changes generally revert back to normal after one or two cycles,” but it also supports calls for more research into the possible association.
The MHRA said period problems can be caused by stressful life events and added that changes to the menstrual cycle have also been reported after people have had the virus or are suffering from so-called long-COVID.
Dr. Alison Cave, chief safety officer at the MHRA, said they are “closely monitoring reports of suspected menstrual disorders” through the “robust” yellow card scheme.
“As outlined in our vaccine safety surveillance strategy, the yellow card scheme is one of several sources of evidence we use when evaluating the safety of vaccines,” she said.
“Based on our current rigorous safety monitoring, women can be reassured that the current evidence does not show a link with any changes in women’s periods or symptoms, nor is there any evidence to suggest that COVID-19 vaccines will affect fertility. This is also the conclusion of our expert scientific advisory committee, the Commission on Human Medicines,” Cave said in a statement.
“Whilst uncomfortable or distressing, period problems are extremely common and stressful life events can disrupt women’s periods. Changes to the menstrual cycle have also been reported following infection with COVID-19 and in women affected by long-COVID,” she added.
“Our advice remains that the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks for most people.”
MANHATTAN, New York—Thousands gathered near Central Park in Manhattan on Saturday to express their discontent with the vaccine mandates and passport requirements implemented on the city by Mayor Bill de Blasio this month.
New York City started enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate Monday, with de Blasio warning that “there’ll be consequences” for those who do not follow the rules.
The mandate requires establishments to put up certain signage and verify customers’ COVID-19 vaccine proof, such as vaccination cards issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), New York City vaccination records, other official immunization records, the NYC COVID Safe App, or the Excelsior Pass.
Participants first gathered at Columbus Circle and then marched to Times Square, led by one of the speakers, Jo Rose.
“If you took the vaccine, I love you. This not against you, we are pro-freedom,” she announced to passersby.
Participants chanted “my body, my choice,” “no vaccine passports,” and “freedom over fear!”
At the rally in Times Square, people spoke about standing up for their rights and against tyranny.
Among the diverse group of speakers, the themes of unity and freedom were often brought up.
One speaker said, “The only thing that gathers us all together, different groups, different types, is our stance against tyranny. When they try to take away our freedoms, we stand.”
Another said, “Don’t use this as a political front. I don’t care about Biden. I don’t care about Trump. I don’t care if you’re a Republican. I don’t care if you’re a Democrat. I don’t care if you’re black, yellow, white, purple. I don’t care if you’re Christian, Muslim, gay, straight. I don’t care. This is a human issue and it should be bringing us all together.”
The crowd cheered in response.
Artist Tessa Lena also spoke at the rally: “It’s not about even those injections, it’s about establishing a system for artificial immunity.” She spoke about how “we are people of love, we are going to win with love.”
Mayoral candidate Bill Pepitone also spoke at the rally: “We have a president and a so-called mayor who are telling us we can’t go to work, we can’t feed our family. Our police officers can’t protect us, unless they comply. Our firefighters can’t protect us, unless they comply … our health care workers, they can’t save lives unless they comply.” He then led the crowd to chant, “We will not comply.”
Speaker Kevin Jenkins said, “This is about the very essence of what God gave us, and that is the power to be free. … It’s about the power of love that will allow us to win this battle.”
Jenkins compared the vaccine segregation to racial segregation in the 1960s. “Sixty years ago, I couldn’t walk in a restaurant because they said I was unclean … Now they’re telling us we are unclean again, not just black people, not Latino people, but all of us. We have to unify beyond race and love each other as humans.”
He urged people to only patronize restaurants that support freedom.
“When they tell you no to your humanity, you tell them no to their business.”
Mary Josephine Generoso, manager of the Pasticceria Rocco bakery in Brooklyn, said she would not be discriminating against customers by requiring proof of vaccination, defying the mandate implemented by the mayor. The business has placed signs announcing its policy to customers.
“I heard de Blasio speak, and immediately we created that sign that said ‘we do not discriminate.’ There is not a bone in my body that will allow me to discriminate against anybody for any reason any day of the year.”
She called de Blasio “the greatest unifier of New York City, because he’s brought us all together for one cause.”
“I’m taking this stance against the vaccine mandate because obviously, it’s completely discriminatory. It’s forcing me to segregate customers based on a vaccine,” she told The Epoch Times.
She also said she is being forced by the mayor to get vaccinated, even though she has natural immunity. “I am not employed by the city of New York, I don’t get a paycheck from the city of New York, I don’t get a pension from the city of New York, so I don’t understand how Mayor de Blasio is able to tell me that I have to be vaccinated in order to work in my own establishment.”
Li Hai contributed to this report.
Enrico Trigoso is an Epoch Times reporter focusing on the NYC area.
The enemy made a huge miscalculation 21 months ago when it attacked We The People with a bioweapon.
The enemy made an even bigger mistake 10 months ago when it attacked the Constitution of We The People with a cyberattack on our election process.
The enemy badly underestimated the power of We The People.
The enemy thought We The People would quit.
We will never quit.
The enemy thought We The People would grow weaker.
We are growing stronger.
The enemy thought We The People had been brainwashed to give up on our trust in God.
We will never give up on God and our faith is growing stronger each day.
A fiery revival is underway in America.
There may be a Communist behind every tree but there is a God-fearing Patriot behind every blade of grass.
The enemy picked a fight with the wrong people on the wrong soil.
This is AMERICA.
We The People will shed our blood, our sweat, our tears, and pay any price to remain FREE.
We will fight until we take OUR COUNTRY back.
The enemy will NEVER win a war on our land.
Almighty God is on our side so we know that we are on the victory side.
This global pandemic caused by COVID-19 has been a life transformation for millions of people in an unimaginable ways. The changes have been taking place so rapidly that majority of the world’s population was caught off guard and still trying to adapt and accept this new reality. Many are seeking the truth regardless of endless censoring with MSM and Social Media. Many are hoping the pandemic will end soon so life can get back to normal.
This global crises has reminded us that we are all fragile and susceptible to getting sick and even dying suddenly. For the first time humanity stopped dead in it’s tracks by a small virus, a microorganism that we cannot even see. It completely alter our routines and destroy our future plans based on fear and the chance of death that is less than one percent.
From birth, our minds have been plagued and even programmed by outside influences. These influences have shaped our reality regardless of how much we try to avoid it. Social influence takes a number of forms. mainstream and social media, government officials, education systems, the medical community, religion and especially the pharmaceutical industry. One type of such influence is conformity, when a person adopts the opinions or behaviors of others such as, to take or not take the vaccine. One side pushes to change what the other side believes much like opposing forces, yin and yang.
Ours may become the first civilization destroyed, not by the power of our enemies, but by the ignorance of our teachers and the dangerous nonsense they are teaching our children. In an age of artificial intelligence, they are creating artificial stupidity. Thomas Sowell
These influences, bought and paid for by the Global Elites, have reached a new level by successfully planting and passing the perceptions and narrative as absolute truth by censoring different and opposing opinions. John Milton said in Areopagitica 1644 “Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.” The influencers are taking that away.
The influencers have divided and conquered by keeping the people separate and distracted. They keep up the necessary illusions by keeping the masses fed on lies, half-truths and illusions which rationalize and support the global elite agenda. They have inserted the belief in the people that the ruling elite are great liberators from the killer virus and all it’s variants, their only salvation from certain doom, the new world order.
Their elites goal is to keep the people weak, divided and preferably in debt, afraid, isolated, and demoralized. Their goal is to never let the people unite; and even more importantly, never let them realize their power. But people are uniting and realizing their power.
Consider, we are in psychological war, the spiritual battle for your heart, mind and soul, the greatest spiritual battle known to man. The metaphysical and and physicals worlds cannot be separated and we are part of it, each with free will to decide, freedom or slavery.
Our power is within each of us but has been dormant. We have been influenced to believe we are from the the material world and not the metaphysical. Science now teaches how our thoughts, emotions and actions help create our reality. We have the divine gift of discernment, the act or process of exhibiting keen insight and good judgment. In its broadest sense, discernment is closely related to wisdom as an expression of God. Discernment alone can bring about a sense of balance between the metaphysical and material worlds.
In my humble opinion, we are at a point in human history; united we stand for freedom, divided we fall in slavery. It is time for all people to unite regardless of diversity; any other form of unity will not last, but will collapse.
It is time to get the courage to confront them directly. Speak the truth and expose lies. It is true that the truth shall set you free. Cutting through lies and illusions is the central revolutionary task of liberation.
We can individually and also collectively, both materially and psychologically, uplift, inspire and empower the people. Above all, awaken people to their fundamental unity, and to their power.
There is a Universal Consciousness, an Infinite Intelligence available to all. When the power of the many is unleashed, there will be a liberation of the world that we have never seen. Our individual mind power is all that’s required to create and experience a kind and quality of life that we desire. The only requirement is to become keenly and consciously aware of the Infinite Intelligence and make a conscious and intentional choice to discover how to utilize the limitless creative power. It is available to you, me and everyone else on this planet and we can use it in a way that harmonizes with whatever visions, hopes, dreams and desires you hold for yourself.
This is how to achieve a greater equality, justice, freedom and peace, in order to secure real freedom; and most urgently, to secure a viable future for humanity on this Earth. It is not only our destiny, but our duty.
The immunity conferred by recovering from COVID-19 is better than the protection afforded by COVID-19 vaccines, a prominent vaccine inventor says, citing in part a recent study from Israel.
Israeli researchers found that people in the country vaccinated with Pfizer’s COVID-19 shot were 13 times more likely to contract the Delta variant of the CCP virus and 27 times more at risk of symptomatic disease, compared to those who had recovered from COVID-19.
“It’s now been shown in that paper and others that the breadth of that immune response in terms of T and B cell memory populations is more diverse and more long-lasting than the breadth of immune response elicited by the spike-based vaccines alone,” Dr. Robert Malone, the inventor of the class of vaccines based on messenger RNA, said on Epoch TV’s “American Thought Leaders” program.
“Even if we had 100% vaccine uptake with these vaccines…we would not be able to stop the spread of the virus through the US population. We would slow it.”
While antibodies reduce over time, T cells, a type of white blood cells that protect against infection, and B cells can last for a lifetime.
Federal health authorities acknowledge natural immunity exists but have continued to claim that the protection from vaccines is better, pointing to a different set of studies, including one from Kentucky published by state and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) researchers.
Authorities continue to urge everybody, regardless of prior infection, to get a vaccine.
Some other scientists, though, say the growing body of evidence on natural immunity must play a larger role in policy discussions on vaccination amid the pandemic.
“Natural immunity is pretty darn good. We would be best to focus our efforts on people who are both unvaccinated AND have not recovered from prior infection,” Dr. Vinay Prasad, a professor at the University of California–San Francisco’s Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, wrote on social media over the weekend.
The Israeli study, Malone said, “seems to indicate that the breadth and durability of the immune response was superior with the natural infection in recovery.”
“There’s also evidence that there’s a significant—depending on the timeframe—six- to 20-fold improvement in protection from infection and disease associated with the natural immunity acquired from prior infection compared to that conferred by the vaccine.”
Malone says the newer data is a key piece in what he described as a social contract between members of the public and government health agencies.
The public “is faced with a situation where they had been told that natural immunity was not as protective, that they can’t rely on that; that if you’ve been previously infected, you should still get both doses of vaccine; that this vaccination would provide broad durable protection, it would protect you and it would protect your elders from you potentially spreading disease to them,” he said.
The CDC didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The agency has told The Epoch Times in the past that it doesn’t comment on papers that aren’t authored by the agency and that officials “continually evaluate the science that leads to our guidance, and if it needs to be changed, we will base that on our own research and studies.”
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.
Jan Jekielek is a Senior Editor with The Epoch Times and host of the show, “American Thought Leaders.” Jan’s career has spanned academia, media, & international human rights work. In 2009 he joined The Epoch Times full time and has served in a variety of roles, including as Website Chief Editor. He is the producer of the award-winning Holocaust documentary film “Finding Manny.”
Dr. Monica Gagliano is responsible for this research along with the University of Western Australia, where she takes sound science to a new level. This research concludes that plants emit and also react to certain external sounds. To hear them, a frequency of 220 Hz should be used to make it audible to humans. It has also been determined that the same sound is continuous, ie never stops.ㅤ
Therefore, it is important to make it clear that plants have their own vibration that allows them to generate these types of sounds. Plants are living organisms that internally have a multitude of nerve movements, fluids, and microorganisms that lead to the production of sounds that are heard at specific frequencies.
Gagliano, among many activities performed for his research, recorded the vibration of his sunflower plant with a microphone attached to its leaves. In addition to treating this melody as a discovery, the sound is so deep and beautiful that it sounds like a heavenly effect.
The world is not as it seems more now than ever before. There is a spiritual awakening happening and we can feel it. It does not matter if your Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindi, Daoist or any other religion, there is one belief all can agree. There is, as the American Indian would say, One Great Spirit, in all places at all times. This spiritual awakening is about our transformation from the material world to the spiritual. As we come to understand the world around us, the things in plane sight, the more we grow closer to that divinity within ourselves.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 22“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light.23But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
Our transformation is levels of understanding. The more we trust the Great Spirit, the more we grow, we begin to see life from a “higher” perspective.
As the fear and anger disappear, it is replaced by compassion and love. We even have gratitude and appreciation in our hearts for the opportunity to experience what is unfolding before our eyes. This is our time to grow. When we all wake up, we will realize we all are truly One in Spirit, no separation, all part of the One Great Spirit.
Avoid the risks associated with sleep medications carrying “black box warnings” of harm (including death). Nature has several effective sleep aids ready to ease your tossing and turning and escort you gently into dreamland.
Sleep is as individualized as it is essential to your health. Whether you generally fall asleep easily or are more of an insomniac, it’s good to have a few tried and true sleep aids on hand that are gentle, effective and, most importantly, non-habit-forming. You never know when jet lag, stress, or an irregular period in your life may have you counting sheep and praying for sleep.
Despite their potential negative health impacts, drugs for sleep disorders are among the most often prescribed medications. While there may be certain situations when such drugs are required, for most people they should be a last resort after exhausting safer options, such as better sleep hygiene. When you do need occasional sleep support, nature’s top sleep aids are safe, soothing and, unlike many insomnia medications, won’t leave you chemically addicted and feeling strung out in the morning.
A natural hormone associated with the sleep-wake cycle, melatonin is released by the pineal gland in the brain during evening hours, dropping in production when the sun rises. When the body’s natural timeclock, your circadian rhythm, is disrupted by things such as shift work, stress, or exposure to blue light from screens, melatonin levels can become depleted. During such times, supplementing with melatonin may be a safe way to restore your natural balance.
Experts suggest using supplemental melatonin in harmony with natural practices, like taking it one to two hours before you want to fall asleep or around sundown. Stop using screens (this includes your phone) and dim the lights in your home. If you must watch TV at night, be sure you are at least six feet away from the screen.
You can further enhance the effectiveness of melatonin by getting exposure to natural daylight during the morning and afternoon hours. If you can’t be outside, sit by a well-lit window to stimulate production of your natural melatonin as the daylight fades.
Exposure to sunlight is not only essential for maintaining a healthy circadian rhythm, it’s a primary source for photosynthesis of vitamin D’s precursor: previtamin D3. There are more than 1,000 known genetic processes that are regulated by vitamin D3, making adequate intake of this vitamin essential for your body and your sleep.
There are two ways to get the right amount of vitamin D: proper diet/supplementation and adequate sunlight exposure. In addition to daylight outdoor activity, adding foods such as pastured eggs and fatty fish, and if necessary, a vitamin D3 supplement, to your diet several times weekly will ensure that you are getting optimum vitamin D to support quality sleep each night.
Passion vines produce passion flowers—a lovely addition to any garden. Did you know that the passion flower is also a treatment for insomnia? If you can’t avail yourself to passion flowers with a sunny stroll through a garden, you can enjoy the sleep-inducing benefits of Passiflora incarnata in supplement form and possibly kiss your sleepless nights goodbye.
A 2017 study of the effect of the medicinal plant Passifloraceae on sleep showed that extracts of the plant, when administered via injection, induced a significant increase in sleep time in rats. More time was spent in “slow wave” or phase 3 sleep, the deepest phase of non-rapid eye movement sleep characterized by delta brainwaves. Interestingly, this is the phase of sleep when dreams occur and is also important for consolidating memories.
Lavender Essential Oil
There is no scent so instantly relaxing as fresh lavender flowers. Lavender has been used as a sleep aid since ancient times. Adding lavender essential oil to a spray bottle with distilled water to spritz your pillows before bed is a modern and convenient equivalent to the herb-stuffed pillows of the past. Similarly, a bedside atomizer can help soothe dry sinus passages while you sleep, adding humidity to the air, which aids breathing.
Beyond adding a fresh scent to your sheets, lavender can help smooth out the wrinkles in your sleep routine. Research has shown that lavender oil can increase your quality of sleep and may have the added effect of reducing anxiety. Another study found that aromatherapy using lavender increased both sleep quality and quality of life in women experiencing sleep deprivation in connection with menopause.
Valerian root is known for being the inspiration for the anti-anxiety drug Valium. So, it’s no surprise that this botanical is valued for its calming, sleep-inducing effects.
The plant, Valeriana officinalis, is a popular herb that grows in many parts of the world. Both the mineral-rich leaves and the rhizome (rootstalk) have been used in herbal remedies for hundreds of years. Most commonly used as a relaxant, a warm cup of valerian tea may be just what the doctor ordered for a night of sound sleep.
In a study of 918 children under 12 years of age experiencing restlessness and nervous dyskoimesis (tics and involuntary movements), 81 percent of patients had a “distinct and convincing reduction in severity … for all symptoms” when dosed with a homeopathic remedy combining lemon balm and valerian root extract.
One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to use valerian is in a bedtime tea, which can be made by simmering the root or, for a slightly milder effect, decocting the dried leaves in water just off a boil.
Cannabis is slowly being integrated into the legal pharmacopeia in the United States, but this plant has a history as an herbal remedy that spans millennia. Upon ingestion, active phytochemical compounds in cannabis called cannabinoids bind with receptor sites in the brain to deliver a host of therapeutic effects. One such effect can be deep relaxation and—yes—better sleep.
A 2017 study seeking to summarize the state of research on cannabis and sleep, including specific sleep disorders, found that the cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) may have therapeutic potential for the treatment of insomnia. Another known cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), was found to decrease the length of time it takes to fall asleep (sleep latency), although it demonstrated the potential to impair sleep quality in the long-term.
CBD further showed potential for treatment of REM sleep disorders and excessive daytime sleepiness, a frequent side effect of poor quality sleep.
Is there anything more soothing than a warm cup of chamomile tea when you’re winding down? There is a reason that chamomile has become synonymous with sleepiness; this is one superstition that really rings true.
Nature has infinite intelligence and sleep will find a way, especially if you provide gentle, plant-based support in measured doses. Remember, everyone experiences occasional sleeplessness. It’s safest to avoid sleep drugs with black box warnings about death from sleepwalking, sleep driving, and other unconscious activities associated with these medications.
WARNING: Always consult a medical herbalist or your health care practitioner when using both natural and pharmaceutical medicines for any diagnosed condition. This article is for informational purposes only and isn’t intended to be used as medical advice.
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