By Dr MS Krishnamurthy MD (Ayu), PhD
Sleep along with food and abstinence (Brahmacharya) form the three pillars of life as per Ayurveda. Sleepless night give us alarms to modify our food, lifestyle habits and relations.
It is told- “Good sleep is thousand fold worth than earning a Crore Rupees”
I know a poor may not appreciate or like this quote. But surely a rich will agree on this point. Because behind the richness so many sleepless nights may be associated. But once attaining the status of ‘crorepati’ (multi-millionaire) surely one expects pleasureful nights with deep and sound sleep.
Here are few important and simple and effective home remedies to improve the quality of the sleep –
1. Castor oil application to both soles is most accepted home remedy to attain good and quality sleep. But people hesitate to apply as it is sticky and causes oiliness to the clothes and bedspreads. Apply a few drops to the soles. Wrap the soul with old socks or an old towel. Enjoy good sleep.
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2. Rose petal paste
Instead of castor oil, fine paste of rose petals (especially Catherine roses which are pink in color) is applied to the sole and to the scalp 15 minutes before going to the bed. This has tremendous effect in inducing deep sleep.
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3. Banana or mango:
In Non Diabetic patients following effective remedy can be practiced which has proven efficacy-
A cup of boiled and cooled milk is taken and sliced fruits (especially Banana or sweet mango) is added and churned well. To this a little ghee and sugar is added and administered after dinner.
This gives soothing effect and good and instant sleep is obtained by most of the people.
4. Ghee on the eyes:
2 Drops of cow’s ghee is instilled to both the eyes, before going to bed. Thereafter, mild eye movement is carried by closing the eye lids for 2-3 minutes.
Those who work in front of computers and engaged in repairing of small objects like watch workers, Jewel designers etc are especially benefited with this remedy.
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5. Coconut milk is taken(half cup) and to this 5 grams honey and sugar each are added and stirred well. This is advised to take during evening.This helps in considerable improvement in the sleep.
In Diabetic patients, half cup of fresh juice of Ladies finger(Bhindi in Hindi) is taken and just before going to the bed(after evacuation of urine).
Even in the patients with BPH (Benign Prostate Hypertrophy), this helps to improve the sleep in significant way.
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Instead of going towards anxiolytic drugs and sedatives if such simple home remedies are tried our health can be improved, vital organs can be protected and long lasting peaceful cherishing days can be enjoyed……!
Consult Dr MS Krishnamurthy MD (Ayu), PhD