Sleep Baby, Sleep!

Image: My nephew Neel Madhav

Sleep – A divine gift to all living beings. According to Indian scriptures, one who analayse one’s sleep well will be able to experience the bliss. Meditation is few steps away from sleep. In deep sleep, all the internal and external sense organs rest in the source. A good sleep rejuvenates the mind and body alike. Sleep deprivation causes imbalance in both mind and body in the form of lack of energy, increased body heat, anxiety, weakness, unable to concentrate, palpitations in some people, etc. Such is the importance of sleep.

Due to some nerve complaints, few years back my mother faced insomnia and I have seen for myself her struggles. Through some herbs, pranayama, and yoga postures, and avoiding the evening tea, she regained her sleep and health. I too have faces some sleepless days earlier during shift changes, PMS, personal tensions etc. But after learning certain techniques, I am happy to say I am getting good sleep.

I am sharing with you all the techniques I learnt to overcome sleeplessness aka insomnia in a holistic way.

Sleep Infusions
The commonly available Chamomile tea, Blue tea are excellent herbal infusions to calm oneself and induce sleep. They are actually not teas as they do not have the Camellia sinensis in them. Both are flowers. Chamomile has a mild flowery flavor whereas Blue tea made from Butterfly pea flower have an earthy flavor. Drinking it 1 hour before bedtime helps you to get a good slumber. Also, please note if you lack sleep, avoid the intake of tea/coffee/any caffeinated drinks after 5 pm as it interferes with your sleep cycle.

Pranayamas for Sleep
Slow deep breathing and Brahmari pranayama are two wonderful breathing methods to induce sleep. Doing Brahmari pranayama with thumbs closing the eardrum and other fingers together closing your eyes or with thumbs closing the eardrum and other fingers together placed on your head is more effective to help you sleep. You can do it in your bed as much as you can. You can learn this simple breathing exercise from a yoga practitioner or by Googling it.

Mudras (Hand gesture) for Sleep
Shakti Mudra is very much effective to induce sleep. You can do it sitting on your bed. It is also good for women to cure menstrual disorders. You can learn this simple mudra from a yoga practitioner or by Googling it.

Music for Sleep
Raga Neelambari of Karnatic music can induce sleep. Most of the Indian lullabies are made in this raga. This raga has a magical effect on calming mind and help induce sleep. It is one of my favorite ragas. You can listen to songs or instrumental music in Neelambari raga through YouTube.

Milk for Sleep
Drinking a cup of warm milk is good for sound sleep. If you have sleeplessness, adding a teaspoon of ashwagandha powder to warm milk and drinking it helps you to get a sound sleep. But, before taking ashwagandha powder ask an ayurvedic doctor how much quantity you can take as it can increase your weight.

Oil for Sleep
Taking a hot shower before bed helps to induce sleep. Adding few drops of lavender essential oil to bath water is good. Oil massage also helps to induce sleep. Putting some coconut oil on the soles of your feet and gently massaging them just before sleep also helps you to sleep well.

Hope you find these helpful. Do share this with your dear ones who are facing sleep difficulties.

Thanks for reading 🙂

Sunshine Blogger Award 😇🙏

Image courtesy: Kanikonna flowers from our garden 😊

Thank you dear Chocoviv for nominating me for Sunshine Blogger Award 😊 Please have a look to her blog dears: https://chocoviv.home.blog/

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers who inspire positiveness and creativity in the blogging community.

The Rules Are :

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

2. List the rules.

3. Display the Sunshine Blogger Award Logo in your blog post.

4. Answer all 11 Questions asked of you by the blogger.

5. Nominate up to 11 New Bloggers to receive the Award and notify them.

6. Create 11 New Questions for your nominees.

Chocoviv’s Questions For Me:

1) Did you learn a skill during past couple months?

Yes, learning law online.

2) What do you miss the most during this quarantine time?

Walk in the museum and park in Trivandrum.

3) If you could visit any country, where would you go?

Greece (I like to visit Corfu island).

4) What is the last movie that you watched?

Chef

5) Coffee or tea?

Both (without milk).

6) Plane or road trip?

Both.

7) Sweet or savoury?

Sweet 😛 Chocolates, chocolates, and more more chocolates.

8) What book did you last read?

Avadhoota Gita.

9) When did you start blogging?

I think around 2012, but got active from 2015.

10) Why did you start blogging?

Felt to write what I feel in my heart.

11) Leave a link of your favourite blog post in your blog!

https://krishnapriya22013.wordpress.com/2019/10/28/sea-of-joy/

My Questions for You

1) What is your favorite hobby?

2) Do you daydream?

3) Which is your favorite destination?

4) Do you exercise often?

5) Which one do you prefer – Yoga or martial arts?

6) Do you love to cook?

7) Are you a morning person or night person?

8) Do you believe in miracles?

9) Introvert or extrovert?

10) Have you visited India?

11) What is your message to young people?

My Nominees

Like always, I am nominating you all. Feel free to participate 🙂

Rainy Thoughts ⛈️

Flowing in little drops,
Rain, my dear, you cools us
Tired of summer sun,
We were waiting for you
But my dear, flow slowly and gently
Please don’t woke up the sleeping plants at night,
And the poor homeless ones
Hand in hand with thunder and lightening,
Please don’t harm anyone
Rain, my dear, we love you
We need you, but please be gentle on us

Enjoying The Playfulness

Knowing dark is an illusion,

Light too is an illusion,

I enjoy watching the divine play

Without darkness, there is no light

Without light, there is no darkness

Respecting both as illusions,

And needed for worldly wonders

I sit still in peace 😊

Let they play,

I enjoy watching this play without participating

Darling, You’re The Sky

Dear one, you’re the sky

Always the sky

Vast and pure and limitless

Why you think you’re clouds

Scattered here and there

Clouds are temporary visitors to you

You’re are host who is eternal

Knowing that, remain in bliss always

Yes darling, you’re the sky 😊

My Green Friends 😊🌻

I am uploading pictures of my vegetables garden as requested by my blog friend Tanya 😊 Hope you all will enjoy the pictures of my green friends 😊

These are few of the vegetable plants from my home on land and terrace 😊 I will share the photos of the remaining plants in next blog.

Plants:

  1. Pumpkin.
  2. Bilimbi
  3. Elephant yam and Ceylon spinach
  4. Papaya
  5. Passion fruit
  6. Ladies finger
  7. Long bean and red spinach
  8. Ash gourd, long bean, bird’s eye chilli, red spinach
  9. Red spinach

Real Neat Blogger Award

Thank you dear Tanya Sheik for nominating me for Real Neat Blogger Award 🙂

Dear ones, please check her beautiful blog: https://abuddingspark.wordpress.com/ She is a wonderful blogger who do nice pencil drawings, writes beautiful poems and lovely articles.

Rules:

  1. Put the award logo on your blog post.
  2. Answer their 7 questions.
  3. Thank the person who nominated you by linking to their blogs.
  4. Nominate any number of bloggers whom you want to give this award to and ask them 7 questions.
  5. Let them know that you have nominated them by commenting on their blog post.

My Answers:

  1. In life, what is precious to you?

Peace.

2. Do you know to swim?

No.

3. Have you ever wrote a letter if YES, to whom??

While I was in college, I was not allowed to have mobile in hostel and it was more than 500 km away from my home. So, I used to write letters to parents and friends and they write back to me too. Letters are a beautiful memory 🙂

4. How often do you write?

Most often. I just write anytime I feel so, does not have any particular time.

5. What is the best thing in you?

Smiling in all situations.

6. The funniest moment in your life?

Many 😛 The latest one occurred last week. I was watching a movie “9” in Malayalam about a comet and it was afternoon time and I felt sleepy and was taking a nap. It was a bright sunny afternoon. I heard big noise and I half awoke from sleep and went near window and it was very sunny and I saw a red thing in half open eyes and I thought it was the comet which is red in film. I thought why it come afternoon. It was said to come at night. Again lot of sound was there and I went out of the door and saw from terrace some helicopters and War planes flying. I didn’t understand anything and went down and met my father. He said it is from Indian Army and they came to the nearby Air Force Command to shower flowers to health workers on Sunday here. It was the big sound of the War planes and helicopters which I mistook as Comet 😛

7. What is your favourite flower?

Fragrant rose of any color.

My Nominees:

Open to all as always 🙂

My Questions:

  1. Which is your favorite cartoon?
  2. Which type of music do you like?
  3. Do you believe in fairies?
  4. Which is your favorite destination?
  5. Give me a 5 minute recipe.
  6. Do you have pets? If so, which one?
  7. Can you think of a world without Internet? How will you face it :)?

Once again, thank you dear Tanya 🙂

Blue to heal Blues 🍵

From our Garden to Cup

This blue drink made from Butterfly pea flower (Clitoria ternatea) is a pure Satwic drink with numerous health benefits. Being 100% caffeine free and having nootropical, anxiolytic properties, it can be used like Chamomile infusion as a bedtime drink. It’s rich antioxidant presence with anthocyanins make this blue elixir an anti-ageing, anti-cancerous, detoxificating drink. It improves cognitive function, give you clarity in mind, calm nerves and remove blues with regular use. Butterfly pea flower plant also adds nitrogen to soil and it’s rich nutritional content along with fiber make it a good animal feed.
This blue drink has a calming Earthy flavor and can easily drank without the addition of any sweetners.
You can apply the extract of this blue flower to skin mixed with vitamin E oil or Aloe vera gel and keep it overnight for a clean, healthy skin.