We could all use some help getting quality sleep from time to time – especially during the busy, stressful holiday season. Thankfully, an amino acid called 5-HTP has been proven to increase your time spent in deep, restorative sleep by 53%. And there are no side effects! To get the benefits, I recommend taking 100 mg. of 5-HTP 30 minutes before bedtime. Tip: If you don’t get results the first night, increase your dose by 50 mg. each night (up to 300 mg.) until you find the dose that works for you.
For the more than 50% of women over age 50 who have thinning hair, help is here! One of my favorite ways to combat sparse strands is with rosemary. The herb contains rosmarinic acid, which has been shown to boost circulation to the scalp and promote hair growth as effectively as minoxidil. To get the benefits: Add 4 Tbs. of dried rosemary to 4 cups of boiled water. Steep for 40 minutes, then strain the brew into a large spray bottle and add 4 Tbs. apple cider vinegar; refrigerate. Spritz onto the scalp once or twice a week after shampooing.