Having a good restful sleep is vital for our body and mind to relax. However, for people suffering from insomnia this is a luxury they wish to have. Numerous herbs can help insomnia patients.
Valerian is a great herb to calm the constantly worrying and racing mind. Taking about four capsules an hour prior to bed time is suggested. If you wake up in the middle of the night, try taking another doze of four capsules. The best part of this herb is that it does not leave you groggy and disoriented the following morning. Valerian can be habit forming, so it is recommended to switch over to another alternative for a week after consuming valerian for 3 consecutive weeks.
Chamomile is a time tried and tested herb to cure sleeping disorders. Chamomile tea is consumed by people in Europe, Mexico, South America to deal with insomnia and irritability. A dose of 2 to 3 cups a day can be consumed safely. You can even add 5-6 drops of chamomile oil in bath water to calm stressed nerves. Chamomile oil can also be added in massage oils and be used as an inhalant.
Passionflower is a great herb for light sleepers. It can be consumed by people of all ages including children and elderly. The best part is that this herb can be consumed in large doses without any side effects. Generally about 30 to 40 drops before bedtime is sufficient. However, if it does not work, you can increase the dose up to three to four times a day.
Hops have been used to deal with insomnia since the early 1900s. A vital flavoring ingredient of beer, Hops work wonders in dealing with restlessness, nervousness and sleep disorders. There are hops pillows available in the market as a treatment for mild insomnia. Hops can also be consumed in the form drops or as tea.
Ashwagandha has been used a healing herb in India since pre-medieval times. Although it is not a typical sedative, it helps in dealing with anxiety spikes and thus promotes a restful sleep. Ashwagangha deals with stress without reducing the energy levels and is safe for everyone. A daily dose of 500mg is generally sufficient.
Lavender works as a strengthening tonic for a person’s nervous system. Add a few drops of lavender oil to a bath before bedtime to ensure a peaceful and calming sleep. Add it to massage oil or used as a compress to relieve insomnia.
Magnolia Bark lowers the cortisol level in the body and thus relaxes the mind and promotes sleep. It also prevents type 2 diabetes and obesity. Since Magnolia Bark promotes rapid drowsiness, it is recommended to consume it only during night times. Pregnant and nursing mothers should avoid consuming this herb.
Kava is the national drink of Fiji Islands and is hugely popular throughout South Seas. Kava is known to relax the body and impart a calming feeling. This herb is sometimes even used to deal with fatigue along with insomnia.
Wild lettuce is a nervine and mild sedative used for treating restlessness and insomnia. It is a part of various formulae used for treating chronic and acute insomnia. Wild lettuce is safe for children and has a calming effect.
St. John’s Wort
Slowly becoming an important part of modern herbal therapeutics, St. John’s Wort helps reliving insomnia and even mild depression. A yellow-colored weedy herb commonly found in Europe, it has a history that dates back to ancient Greek times. This herb can make your skin sensitive to sun hence consulting a qualified herbalist is suggested before consuming it.
California poppy not only helps in sleep disorders but also eases off anxiety and relaxes the mind. Studies have proven that California poppy improves both the quality of sleep and its latency. This herb is also safe for children.
Try one of the following herbs to treat your insomnia and get a goodnight sleep.