issue nine : here comes the night
Perhaps it’s a little peculiar to present an issue about the night just as the summer solstice is about to happen. But to me, it makes the nighttime all the more valuable.
I am someone who is greatly affected by natural rhythms of daylight and darkness. However, at this time of year, my body doesn’t know how to cope with the extra daylight hours when I’m used to falling asleep around 20:30!
The lovely Melissa at Amazingy sent me a bottle of Biocol Labs: Something For Dreaming Spray, which I have been religiously using since it arrived in the post. I am pleased to report that this plant-based sleep aide has indeed been helping me slip off into slumber so I can dream the night away.
1ml which is just two sprays under the tongue, 30 mins before going to bed is all you need. Something for Dreaming is brimming with Mother Natures very own sleep and anxiety reducing chemicals (despite Biocol Labs catch-phrase “Post-Chemical Society” I use the word chemical here with astute intention) vitamins and minerals - but totally devoid of harmful synthetic pharmaceuticals, GMO or animal-derived ingredients.
Exotic passion flower. A 2011 study found that passion flower’s (Passiflora incarnata) sedative properties are effective at supporting sleep by relieving anxiety and helping with insomnia. It works by increasing the levels of GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) - an inhibitory neurotransmitter that tells the brain to chill-the-@%^! out, essentially.
Lemon Balm, which is part of the mint family, is also an age-old natural remedy in the fight against a bad night’s sleep. Studies suggest the calming (among a host of other properties uses) of this plant are amplified when combined with other natural sleep aides.
Vitamin B6 and B1 are both well known to support good quality sleep. All too often, our modern way of life and natural vitamin-deficient diets mean we don’t always get enough of these too sleep-friendly (natural) chemicals. They work by assisting our bodies in producing the neurotransmitter, serotonin. Which, in turn, helps to produce melatonin.
Ahh, Melatonin! That clever little hormone our pineal gland produces to help regulate our wake-sleep cycle. Would you believe that shrewd Mother Nature also gave plants the ability to produce melatonin? Plants use it to fight off free-radicals caused by oxidative stress - which damages its very DNA. According to the Nation Sleep Foundation, melatonin does not actually act as a sleeping aid in the way we might expect, but rather it works best at resetting our body clocks, thereby helping us fall back into our natural sleep patterns faster.
I adore the entire ethos of Biocol Labs - even though we appropriate the definition of a chemical differently ;). A Lisbon-based, family-run, mineral and plant-based science laboratory. They produce a range of supplements that genuinely support our bodies and minds.
Their products work, and their design is ingenious. What more do you want from a pharmacy?
Remember to shop responsibly. Shop for your favourite beauty products and supplements as locally as possible and only purchase new product as and when you really need it!
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How to recycle this product
Once empty, separate the cap, pump and bottle. Remove the label and place the bottle, cap and box into your home recycling. If you live in the UK, you can recycle the pump with The Personal Care and Beauty Recycling Programme by Garnier and Terracycle.