Herbs for Sleep

I’ve seen insomniacs getting addicted to all the chemical sedatives in the market, that induce sleep on one hand and on the other, give side effects.

How about trying safe and time tested herbal alternatives that can be used any time during the day or about half an hour before bed time for a good night’s sleep.

Here are a few suggestions

Lavender Lavandula officinalis

Lavender soothes and strengthens the nervous system at the same time. A warm bath with a few drops of essential oil has helped a lot of people suffering from sleep disorders. It can also be used as a massage oil or simply inhaled to alleviate sleep problems.

Chamomile Anthemis nobilis

Chamomile is a time tested sedative that works wonders for insomnia, restlessness and irritability. It soothes wrought nerves and induces sleep. It can be taken as tea, tincture, essential oil or inhalant.

Valerian Valerina officinalis

Valerian is another effective sedative that helps against restlessness, nervousness and insomnia. It is an excellent alternative to all the synthetic sedatives that have negative side effects.

Hops Humulus lupulus

Hops serves as a major flavoring component of beers. It has been used to treat insomnia, restlessness and nervousness for a long time.

California Poppy Escholtzschia californica

California poppy is another good sedative on the lines of Valerian and Hops. It eases anxiety and relaxes nerves thus promoting sleep. It has analgesic and anti-anxiety properties. It has been shown to improve both the sleep quality and sleep latency. It is also perfectly safe for children. You can use California Poppy in the form of teas and tinctures.

Passion Flower Passiflora incarnate

Passion flower helps against insomnia that is primarily caused due to exhaustion, nervousness, worry, anxiety, stress or overwork. It is a good sedative safe for both adults and children. It can be taken in the form of teas and tinctures.

Kava Kava Piper methysticum

Kava is a sedative that alleviates fatigue and induces sleeplessness. It relaxes the body and brings it calmness. It can be taken in the form of tea or tincture. Fiji regards Kava as its national drink.

Wild Lettuce Latuca Virosa

It is a good nervine for restlessness and anxiety. It is also a mild sedative that induces sleep. Its calming effect helps in the treatment of chronic and acute insomnia both in children and adults.

St. John’s wort Hypericum perforatum

St. John’s wort helps relieve mild depression, chronic insomnia and chemical imbalances in the brain.