Just as I got comfortable in bed last night with my current book (Stieg Larsson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), out of nowhere came ... stomach cramps. I could feel them getting stronger, so I got up and took my remedy which has worked twice now: a spoonful of fennel seeds, chewed slowly until they liquify before swallowing. Immediate abatement; a few minutes later I lay on my side and the pain was gone. Given that I don't usually respond to herbal cures, this makes me very happy!
[edit.] Just so you won't worry, the first time I had these stomach cramps, I went straight to my doctor.
For a sleeping aid, valerian root, melatonin, all those remedies that seem to "knock" other people out have absolutely no effect on me. But recently I tried magnesium, around 450 mg in the evening, and I've been sleeping very well since. I take calcium etc. daily because taking vitamins and minerals in isolation is not recommended!
Have a restful day.
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