“You should take some …” is a bit of advice I’m slightly sick of hearing. No, I know that people are trying to help but at the moment I’m on so much medication that morning pill-taking counts as breakfast.
I have become slightly appalled at the things that are available as over-the-counter remedies advertised as “totally natural”. This is taken to mean herb-based and everyone assumes inoffensive. Sorry but although I am not an expert I dabble in herbs and have had to learn a fair bit about them. Were I to pick a random fungus off the ground and offer it to you, you’d want to know what it was and be sure it was safe – right?
Herbs = natural = safe isn’t a good mantra. Belladonna and monkshood are herbs. They are also deadly poison. In my own case I’m already taking a Valerian-based medication for my Bipolar condition and most of the “natural” sleep aids are full of things that would combine with that to give me an overdose; only worrying if I want to keep breathing in my sleep. These include large doses of Valerian (again) Hypericum (St. John’s Wort) and other plants which have the same active ingredient. It would be like taking paracetamol, codeine and ibuprofen at the same time, which none of us would dream of doing.
Even creams have to be examined carefully as their molecules get into the blood stream …you see where I’m going? Over the years I have worked out what I can and can’t take, read labels like a demented Fair-Trade shopper and know what works. You’ll understand why I steam quietly. These people are trying to do me a favour, the stuff is freely available and I need some sleep…oh dear, we didn’t mean to kill her! Is this the original “killing with kindness”?