December 21st is the Winter Solstice, meaning we get to enjoy the long, dark night. With winter seeming to arrive all across the country at numerous different types, the Winter Solstice is also considered to be the first official day of the winter season. Additionally, the Winter Solstice is the perfect night for regeneration, reflection and renewal. Since it is the longest night of the year, it's also a transitional night - signifying the end of shorter nights and warmer weather - and hopefully restful sleep. Spiritually, the Winter Solstice can also mean all sorts of other important things to you.
Therefore, it sure would be nice to get a long, peaceful night's sleep on the Winter Solstice, wouldn't it? But if you suffer from stress (try Just Breathe from Balance Blends) or insomnia, it may be much more difficult than simply putting your head on the pillow.
To help you take advantage of the longest night of the year, we want you to meet the herbal extract, Zizyphus, which helps counteract restless nights from fatigue and other lifestyle-induced problems.
Zizyphus, also commonly referred to as Suan Zao Ren, is not only fun to say, it’s fun to blend. But the health issue it addresses, insomnia, is not so fun. Fortunately, while many factors contribute to insomnia, this herb goes above and beyond to combat it.
One of the most obvious contributors (and reactions) to insomnia is extreme fatigue. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, mental fatigue is rooted in the yin-yang imbalance of the liver meridian system. This type of fatigue causes “wandering of the heart spirit,” which can keep people up at night. In other words, when someone has a lot on their mind, their body can enter a perpetual state of worry and restlessness that detracts from restful sleep. In fact, it can often keep a person from falling asleep altogether.
Zizyphus has been used for thousands of years to help counteract occasional insomnia by nourishing the blood of the heart and the liver meridian systems, while also calming the spirit. This helps promote welcoming conditions for the serene state that is called sleep.
Zizyphus also has the potential to produce a relaxing effect. At Balance Blends, this calming herbal extract is one of many found in Quiet Please, the Extrapolent™ that helps you get more shut-eye on a regular basis. Learn more about Quiet Please here.
But if you're also looking for some natural things that you can do to spice up your winter Solstice AND lead to a better night's sleep, you actually have plenty of options.
Natural Solutions for a Winter Solstice Rest
- Aromatherapy - Many people have already jumped on the aromatherapy train, experiencing a plethora of wonderful scents that can supply a number of different sensations. But when you're looking for a good night's sleep on the longest night of the year, you can opt for these scents: lavender, chamomile, clary sage, valerian, patchouli, sandalwood, jasmine and rose. If you're looking for something special for Winter Solstice, you can also try pine, lavender (again), frankincense, myrrh and cedar wood.
- Candle therapy - This is the practice of lighting specific candles to emit different emotions. it typically refers to the color of the candle, but it can also include the candle's scent, in a similar way to aromatherapy. When choosing candles for sleep, you can opt for earth tones like dark blue, brown and dark green. Varying shades of light blue are also known to be quite peaceful. Candle scents (many you'll also recognize from aromatherapy) that can help a person become drowsy include lavender, rose, sandalwood, neroli, mandarin, jasmine and vanilla. To represent the Winter Solstice, many go with the colors that symbolize Yule, such as red, green, gold, silver and white.
- Meditation - In today's hectic times, there's a myriad of specialty meditation podcasts, stations and live streams. If you're having trouble sleeping, then try to mediate before bedtime. A lot of people really enjoy guided meditations, where a narrator will lead the listener through a series of creative visualizations. Or, if you're schedule is packed with work and responsibilities at home, just a few minute's worth of quiet time to completely clear your mind can do wonders. For those who have a difficult time sleeping due to things cascading through your brain at all hours of the night, meditation could just be the one thing to help quiet your mind and help you sleep. If nothing else, it can help you collect and categorize your thoughts, so that you're ready for the next morning.