I thought I would lighten things up a bit with a little product review. I know I have mentioned that all of my healthcare providers keep stressing that SLEEP is THE MOST IMPORTANT key to my healing process. I know it is true, but it continues to be something I struggle with. For one, the Lyme has really messed with my thyroid, hormones, adrenals, etc...hence causing crazy sleep habits. Another issue is what my hypnotherapist calls "Mommy Syndrome." It's when you finally reach the end of the day...everyone else is in bed (and staying put), everything is cleaned up and put away, and what's that sound?! SILENCE! It is that time that you want to relish...put your feet up, watch a show, open a book...but it is already 10PM! It is hard to give up that little slice of beautiful "me time" to do whatever you want for yourself, but as I am reminded: SLEEP IS MORE IMPORTANT!
I have tried lots of different things in the last year, for many different issues. As far as sleep goes I have tried melatonin...it gave me an upset stomach. Docs wanted to put me on sleep pills...no thanks. I tried sleep teas, but they seemed to hype me up more. Then I came across Herbal Animals. I was immediately impressed by the fact that they are made from 100% certified organically grown herbs, seeds, and cotton...and made in the USA. When I first found them I thought, "how cute" for my 3-year-old son (who happens to have some sleep issues, too!) I planned to get him a bunny for his Easter basket, and a dolphin to go with his ocean-themed room. Then I thought...hey, why not get a few more?! I got one for myself and one for each of my parents.
I purchased the eye pillows (they also make neck pillows), which when placed on your eyes put pressure on just the right points to bring relaxation. We sleep with them in our beds, and my son knows that when he can't sleep he just needs to squeeze his little herbal buddy to activate the herbs. They smell great, and I really do believe in the power of herbs. My family and friends now call me a "hippie," which is fine with me. I feel strongly that we all need to get back to a more natural way of living, healing, and managing whatever issues arise.
Herbal Animals make great gifts, or a fun treat for yourself...at any age! They are adorable, and I assure you that you will get a kick out of their creative names. For instance, mine is "Mary Tiger Moore." I chose her specifically for her herbal combination, but she is also too cute! If you don't know much about what each herb is most beneficial for, each critter has a description on the site to give you some guidance. Check it out...it is something unique and beneficial, and it is a company I feel great about supporting. They donate to Feed the Children, The Humane Society, and Save the Children - all wonderful causes! They are also super sweet - they sent me a free t-shirt and a thank-you note for my order. Herbal Animals have brought sweeter dreams to our house...and lots of smiles, too!
Herbal Animals website: http://www.herbal-animals.com/