1/8/09

Valerian update...

Three days of Valerian, 500 mg just before bed time, and so far so good. Refreshing sleep free from the "medicine hangover" that comes with pharmaceuticals and a generally calm day. It's amazing what just a good run of regular sleep can do for your wellbeing.

Just a note, though, about the product itself. When properly prepared it has a kind of smell you won't forget, a smell that fortunately is not passed on to the consumer. Oh, and did I tell you that cats go after it like catnip?

Regardless, as I've pondered this my mind wandered to the creation story and how God gave humanity all the plants of the earth for sustenance (Genesis 1:29-30). Everything God created was for our good and even in a world disfigured by sin where people are restless and the night is devoid of sleep that goodness, in the root of a common flowering plant, still shines through. How unaware I have been of the countless ways I'm sustained by what God has given, those silent taken for granted things that keep body and soul together, and how ungrateful I've been as well.

But that can change.

3 comments:

Mimi said...

Father, bless,

I wonder if it is related to catnip?

I'm so sorry horridly snowy is your normal winter. I can totally understand why you'd escape. Now we are stuck in warm, windy, and rainy (with floods)

Mimi said...

Father, bless,

I wonder if it is related to catnip?

I'm so sorry horridly snowy is your normal winter. I can totally understand why you'd escape. Now we are stuck in warm, windy, and rainy (with floods)

Fr John said...

I don't know if its tied to catnip. I just know my cat tried to bite the lid off and apparently, from my research, they like to roll in valerian as well. My own experience with it has been very positive, similar to the relaxing affect of chamomile tea but stronger. People have been using it for several thousand years and I can see why, good effects, easy to use, few side affects. It also helps, in a weird way, to know that people were stressed out and used natural products to help them along even in the height of the Roman Empire. Makes a person feel not so alone.