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This is an interesting product. It’s different, and frankly, not a product that one would think of when it comes to treating perimenopause symptoms.  And yet, it has ingredients which can help with certain perimenopause symptoms, like anxietyinsomnia, hot flashes and night sweats, and that crazy itchy scalp and skin that so many women (myself included) suffer with when our hormones go wild.

Sambrosa Sweet Dreams is a nighttime syrup.  Yes, you read that correctly – a syrup.  But, before you think I’ve gone completely off my rocker on this one, hear me out menopause mavens.  You might find this product as interesting as I do.  It’s an out-of-the-box, herbal treatment option, which many of you express an interest in, and I’m going to be giving away 10 bottles for some of you to try.  So stick around.  This product just might surprise you.

Who and What is Sambrosa?

Sambrosa is a European company which is beginning to break into the US market. They have built a loyal customer base in Europe with their product which is hugely popular. Sambrosa Sweet Dreams is the American version of the popular European nighttime juice, Sambrosa.

The product was developed by a homoeopathist with a pharmaceutical background to help those in her practice who had trouble sleeping. She wanted to develop a product which not only helped her patients sleep, but to also minimize synthetic ingredients.

The result was a syrup mixed with honey, herbs, and doxylamine, an antihistamine, which not only treats allergies, but is also found in many OTC sleep aids to promote sleep. And just FYI, some of you might even take it now.  I have been taking a Kroger brand OTC sleep aid for years which contains this.  It definitely helps me sleep and I don’t have any kind of groggy hang-over the next day.

What Type of Herbs are in Sambrosa?

There is a shift happening in the drug industry toward less synthetic ingredients, and more natural, plant-based ingredients such as herbs.  It is a shift I personally welcome, because it is in direct response to health care consumers who spend literally billions of dollars per year seeking alternative treatments.  

Which tells me that consumers have tremendous power and leverage to influence products which are developed and marketed to us! Sambrosa Sweet Dreams is one of those products, with a natural ingredient list that is quite impressive:

  • Honey – a natural antibacterial, anti-inflammatory which contains antioxidants. (And it tastes great too!)
  • Aniseed Oil – has antiseptic, digestive, and sedative, tranquilizing properties.
  • California Poppy – a calming herb which has sedative effects on the nervous system
  • Eucalyptus – also contains antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic (pain relief) properties
  • Hops – known to help anxiety and insomnia during menopause
  • Passion Flower – used as a sedative and pain reliever.  it is also used for anxiety, insomnia, and restlessness
  • Thyme – soothing to the nervous system, and has sedative effects.  Also used to calm coughing

Sambrosa Sweet Dreams also contains a natural binding agent called tragacanth, which is also useful in stimulating your digestive tract, and the aforementioned antihistamine, doxylamine succinate.

Here’s Why I Think This Product is Interesting

Many readers come here seeking help for itchy scalp and itchy skin.  It is a huge problem for a lot of women in perimenopause.  I’ve written several blog posts addressing it, because it has been something I’ve personally struggled with as well.

I currently take an antihistamine which was prescribed by my dermatologist for my itchy scalp – it helps. The antihistamine in Sambrosa Sweet Dreams is effective in treating allergies and allergic symptoms which cause itching. Therefore, it can probably help with itchy scalp in perimenopause!  Can I hear an amen?  And as I have already noted, it also helps with sleep. Which means, ladies, that it will make you groggy, so don’t take it during the day!

Sambrosa (350x263)In addition, the hops in Sambrosa Sweet Dreams contains phytoestrogens, plant based estrogens which are known to treat hot flashes and night sweats.

There have been several studies on its effectiveness in treating hot flashes and night sweats, and the general consensus is that phytoestrogens do provide relief for some women.

So, for those of you who are not interested in hormone therapy to treat perimenopause symptoms, the hops and phytoestrogens in Sambrosa Sweet Dreams could be an excellent alternative option for you!

And finally, the honey base in Sambrosa Sweet Dreams is organic and GMO free.  Other products which might be comparable to Sambrosa Sweet Dreams, such as Nyquil, for example, contain large amounts of high fructose corn syrup, an unhealthy ingredient, which, along with gluten, is loaded into so much of our food.

With all of that sugar, is it any wonder that Americans are so over-weight and prone to diabetes and auto-immune disorders?  But with Sambrosa Sweet Dreams you don’t have to worry about that.  There is no processed sugar and no high fructose corn syrup.

Giveaway Opportunity!

Sambrosa would like to offer 10 free bottles of their nighttime syrup to 10 readers of The Perimenopause Blog. If you would like to try it, please leave a comment at the end of this post letting me know that you are interested.  Or, you can hop over to Facebook and “Like”  this post. I will place your name in the drawing to be held this Thursday, September 17th, at noon Eastern Standard Time.

For those readers who do not win a free bottle, Sambrosa is also offering a dollar off on the Sweet Dreams syrup through the end of October 2015, when purchased through Amazon.  To receive this offer please use this code when purchasing at AmazonP724SCYP

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