Bedard_2015Morgan Bedard, Certified Herbalist

Join us at the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism for yet another wholesome self-care class! The focus will be on sleep, why we all need it, why we don’t get it, and how we can improve our night’s rest. We will examine contributing factors that promote or inhibit our peaceful sleep. Participants will be invited to share their own stories with the group, as we reflect on how all of our experiences have shaped our lives.

In today’s world we are constantly challenged to go further, execute faster, and give it all, all the time. Though there is nothing ‘wrong’ with these ideas, we sometimes forget to slow down, to take time for ourselves, to marvel at the world as we know it. Join me, Morgan Bedard, as we quiet our minds and look at how we can rest best. There are at least 6 vitamins and minerals that are essential to a healthy night’s rest, such as calcium and magnesium.  Did you know that insomnia is one of the most common side effects of certain medications? There may be a deeper reason that is prohibiting you from achieving the rest your body desires.

We will look at what is going on in our bodies when we prepare for sleep, focusing on endocrine function and the circadian rhythm.  This rhythm is regulated by the sun and the moon through visual cues of light and dark. After the first decade of life there is naturally a disruption of this cycle and commonly this influences the course of sleep as we become elderly. Melatonin is a hormone that is trigged by darkness to promote sleepiness; today melatonin is being sold over the counter to the general public. Inside our bodies it is metabolized similarly to other medications and herbs; we will look at current perspectives on this therapeutic strategy and how to support melatonin production naturally.

Herbal remedies, including sedatives and hypnotics, are great for supporting a good night’s rest. In this class we will examine the differences between using one versus another. We’ll also look at herbs that support dream activity, such as Artemisia vulgaris (Mugwort) which brings more vivid dreaming, even if simply burned as an incense.  There are a variety of beneficial ways to support sleep, such as teas, aromatherapy, dream pillows, spirit connection, and topical applications.

Also, I am excited to share an optional craft, where all participants will be welcome to make a botanical dream catcher (descriptions of each plant will be offered) to take with you, there is no experience necessary! Class is limited to 15 participants so early registration is appreciated (Register by emailing: The cost is $22 ($11 for CSCH students) for materials and is scheduled for 2:00-4:00 pm on 11/22/15!

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