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Natural Sleep Aids and why you need to be using them

ChamomileUnlike other sleep aids, that only focus on one cause of sleeplessness, chamomile tea can provide relief to a variety of sleep disruptors, including:

1. Insomnia – First and foremost, chamomile fights that annoying sensation where you don’t feel tired. If you glance at the clock and see that it is well past your bedtime, and you don’t feel tired yet, sipping on chamomile tea can induce that sleepy feeling.

2. Anxiety – Anxiety and insomnia go hand in hand. Your racing, unwanted thoughts bring with it a night of restlessness. A cup of chamomile tea before bed will help calm your mind long enough that you can drift off to sleep.

3. Depression – Drinking chamomile tea before bed can help rid you of that worn-out unwanted companion that clings to you like a cloud of hopelessness. While it won’t outright cure depression, it can rid you of these unwanted feelings long enough to fall asleep.

4. Indigestion – The cause of sleeplessness that I most identify with. But perhaps that’s because I overeat too close to bed. A cup of chamomile tea can treat your upset stomach, reducing muscle spasms and inflammation, so that you can sleep pain free.

Ylang-Ylang

Springing from the branches of the cananga tree, native to Indonesia, ylang-ylang flowers produce an oil that is effective in reducing hypertension because of its sedative effects. Not only can it help you fall asleep faster, but a little aromatherapy with this oil can also alleviate stress and anxiety. On top of that, ylang-ylang also has a gorgeous scent, a light floral aroma that works wonderfully as a perfume or natural air freshener.

LavenderResearch shows that the scent of lavender eases anxiety and insomnia. In one study done at Britain’s University of Southampton, researchers tracked the sleep patterns of 10 adults. For a week, half of the participants slept in a room where lavender was diffused in the air throughout the night; the rest snoozed in a similar room where a placebo–sweet almond oil–was released. After a week, the groups switched rooms. At the end of the study, the volunteers ranked the quality of their sleep 20% better on average when in the lavender-scented room.  The researchers monitored their sleep cycles with brain scans. With the help of lavender subjects slept more soundly; they also felt more energetic the next morning.

 

The researchers found that lavender increased slow-wave sleep, the very deep sleep in which the heartbeat slows and muscles relax. During this phase, the brain is thought to organize memory, as well.

Try Aeto’s Apothecary Sleep Ease before bed to improve your family’s sleep

Sleep Ease (30g)

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Gluten Free Peach Cobbler

Filling

1 kg Fresh Peaches sliced

1 tsp Vanilla

1 1/2 tsp Cornstarch

1/8tsp Himalayan Salt

Sprinkle with Whole Brown Sugar

Topping

8 tbsp Softened butter

1/3 c Whole Brown Sugar

1 c Gluten Free Rolled Oats

1/3c +2 tbsp Gluten Free All Purpose flour

1 tsp Cinnamon

1/4 tsp Nutmeg

1/8 tsp Himalayan Salt

Directions

Heat oven to 425 F or 400 in Convection

For Topping:

Place all dry ingredients into a large bowl and blend together till there are no large clumps

For the Filling

Place peaches, cornstarch, vanilla and salt and stir in an 8X8 baking dish until evenly coated.

Sprinkle topping over peach mixture.

Bake for 20-25mins, and let cool to desired temperature and serve. We love it warm with a little icecream or cream on the top.

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Nut Free Gluten Free Trail-Mix Bars

1/4c Organic Sunflower Seed Butter

1/4c Organic Whole Brown Sugar

1/4c Organic Butter

1/4c Organic Vanilla infused Agave Nectar

1 tsp Vanilla

1c Wheat Free Organic Rolled Oats

3/4c Gluten Free Pretzels (like Glutino)

1 1/2c Gluten Free Organic Rice Cereal

1/4c Organic Coconut Shreds

1/2 c Mixed Dried fruits (I like banana, apricots, apples, cranberries, papaya, and gluten free yogurt covered raisins plus 1/8 cup for top of bars

In a medium bowl mix together Oats, Pretzels, Rice Cereal and 1/8c Shredded coconut. Mix Well.

In a medium sauce pan add butter, brown sugar, agave nectar, sunflower seed butter and vanilla.  Heat Mixture over medium low occasionally stirring until the mixture starts to bubble. Once bubbling stir for about 2 minutes and remove from heat.

Stir in Dry ingredients until well coated and press into a well greased 8X8 baking dish.  Sprinkle with 1/8c dried fruits and a little coconut.

Let it cool. Cut into Bars and Enjoy!

 

We absolutely love these because they are so yummy!!! They make great school safe Gluten Free litter-less lunch snack or an on the go snack anytime.

Gluten Free Trail mix Bars
Gluten Free Trail mix Bars
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Gluten Free Chocolate Coconut Granola Bars

1/4c Organic Coconut Manna

1/4c Organic Whole Brown Sugar

1/4c Organic Butter

1/4c Organic Honey

3/8c Chopped Dark Chocolate (I used Lindt 75% dark Ecuador)

1 tsp Vanilla

1c Wheat Free Organic Rolled Oats

3/4c Gluten Free Pretzels (like Glutino)

1 1/2c Gluten Free Organic Rice Cereal

1/4c Organic Coconut Shreds

In a medium bowl mix together Oats, Pretzels, Rice Cereal and 1/8c Shredded coconut. Mix Well.

In a medium sauce pan add butter, brown sugar, honey, coconut Manna and 1/8c dark chocolate and vanilla.  Heat Mixture over medium low occasionally stirring until the mixture starts to bubble. Once bubbling stir for about 2 minutes and remove from heat.

Stir in Dry ingredients until well coated and press into a well greased 8X8 baking dish.  Sprinkle with Remaining Chocolate and coconut.

Let it cool. Cut into Bars and Enjoy!

 

These are super Yummy!!! Makes great school safe Gluten Free litter-less lunch snack or an on the go snack anytime. granola

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Gluten Free Sensory Dough

It’s tough to find commercial craft supplies for children with Gluten issues. Wheat is such a versatile binding ingredient and it is also cheap SO it is in almost everything.  Our Theo is Celiac and the smallest amount of Gluten and he has gastrointestinal problems AND breathing difficulties.  Just because he has these problems, doesn’t mean he shouldn’t get to take part in sensory play and art activities.  Based on my usual playdough recipe I have made a Gluten Free option that my 4 are just in love with, so I thought I would share it with you.

 

4 Cups Gluten Free All Purpose Flour

1 1/2 Cups Salt

2 cups warm water

4 tsp oil

food colouring

Essential oil

 

Mix Well Flour and Salt together in a large bowl.

In smaller  4 bowls mix 1/2c warm water, 1 tsp oil, 4-6 drops of Natural Food colouring (I used Natural Candy Food Colours), 2-3 drops of essential oil (I used Peppermint, Vanilla, Lime, and Lemon)

Add 1 c of the dry ingredients to each small bowl and mix well.

Turn out each colour on a surface coated with the dry ingredients and kneed well.

 

Store in the fridge in a ziplock bag to keep moist

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