sufferers of poor sleep can live with this problem for long periods of
still maintain a healthy lifestyle, but every person would prefer to
have regular and consistent sleep cycles. Natural remedies for insomnia
have been used around the world for many years and should be tried
before considering stronger medication.
more commonly known as Lavender,
is perhaps one of the most popular
herbs for insomnia. The plant's beautiful color and sweet smell make it
a popular choice in flower arrangements and cosmetics. It has many
different purposes but is mostly used as a culinary herb, a fragrance,
and can also be extracted as an essential oil or in seed form for
lavender oil in your bath water before going to bed or
lighting scented candles can result in drowsiness, and may make the
body feel rested and calm. Alternatively, lavender tea is a
choice for many as a nighttime beverage to aid natural sleep.
tea is also known as 'sleep tea.' It is similar to
lavender in that it
is one of the first choices of natural remedies for insomnia. The plant
looks like a daisy and is used mostly as a herb infusion to aid sleep.
Extracts of the plant are also often added to skin products because of
its anti-inflammatory properties. Chamomile tea has a mild flavor and
calming effect: it's one of the best choices for a
of the other herbs for insomnia that has been used for centuries is
The main ingredient in lemon balm that influences regular
sleeping patterns is eugenol.
oily substance can be found in many
other plants and is often used as a numbing or antibacterial agent.
Lemon balm tea can be made at home by soaking the leaves in boiling
water and drinking the beverage once the mixture has cooled
John's Wort, medically known as hypericum performatum, is
European herb that has become an integral part of contemporary herbal
therapeutics. It is widely known as a herbal treatment for depression
and anxiety but is also used as one of the natural
Both the flowers and
leaves of this plant are utilized in medicine. You should be aware
though that there has been much debate surrounding St. John's Wort, as
it has been found to limit
the effectiveness of the contraceptive pill.
and serotonin are produced in the brain to regulate sleep. At
night melatonin is triggered by darkness. Therefore, being overly
artificial light at night time can force you to stay awake when your
body should be resting.
is also found in plants and is known to be a helpful sleep aid when
taken as a supplement. The effects of it are typically mild and are
suggested to help reduce
the time it takes to fall asleep. However,
there have been no medical results to suggest that this hormone
supplement can cure any chronic or extreme forms of insomnia.
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are the female flower of the humulus lupulus plant. Most people have
heard of hops as they are an important ingredient required for the
production process of beer. But what you might not know is that the
plant has a long history of being used to treat insomnia and
filled pillows are known to have a sedative
effect and can be
suggested to poor sleepers as one of the alternative natural remedies
for insomnia. As well as the alcohol content in beer, the hops will act
as a natural sedative.
is a western Pacific crop that has anesthetic and sedative properties.
The roots can be ground to make a drink or tea, capsule, tablet and
liquid extract. If consumed in large quantities, the drink can have
similar effects to alcohol and leave a person feeling intoxicated. It
is believed that the crop affects the body by changing the level of
chemicals that transport messages in the blood from cell to
valerian plant is used in herbal medicine as a dietary
natural sedative. It can reduce nighttime waking and shorten sleep
latency. As with St. John's Wort, be careful with valerian as it is
known to possibly
interfere with the functioning of the contraceptive
poppy extract comes from the eschscholzia californica
plant and is the
official state flower of California. The plant's extract has anxiolytic
properties, meaning that it inhibits anxiety.
tests have been carried out to discover how the extract can keep
insomnia at bay. In general, it is believed that the plant's
properties can improve the quality and duration of
herbal therapeutics will combine several of the herbs mentioned above
to make a type of "super
bedtime tea". Some of these blends can be
purchased in grocery stores, although with time and patience they can
also be made at home.
generally prefer to buy them as they will
taste better when made by professionals using correct percentages for
taking any medication or herbs for insomnia, it is crucial that you are
aware of any side effects and you should consider consulting a doctor
or physician first. As with most types of medication, it
not advised to take anything during pregnancy without a consultation
and approval beforehand.
also goes for young children or babies. Although herbs are natural,
infants have not yet had the time to develop a sufficient immune system
and advice should be
sought before providing your child with any form
of medication, be it traditional or herbal. Children are generally also
more vulnerable to allergies at an early age.
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