9 Herbs for Insomnia and How To Use Them

There are a range of herbs for insomnia that help to induce a restful and restorative sleep. They are a safe and non-addictive alternative to the pills prescribed by a general practitioner.  Some brands can become highly addictive when taken over an extended period of time. Prescribed sleep medication has been known to leave the patient feeling groggy through the early part of their day.

Insomnia is quite common during periods of depression, stress and anxiety.  Taking a holistic approach that includes herbs for insomnia and a mix of other therapeutic techniques helps to restore the sleep patterns and healing the nervous system.

Guidelines for Using Herbs for Insomnia Treatment

These herbs for insomnia can be used during the day, or 20-30 minutes before bedtime. They are all available from health food shops, pharmacies and some from supermarkets.

  1. Chamomile is probably one of the best known herbs for insomnia.  It has sedative properties that help to calm and relax the mind and body.  Usually sold in tea bag form to produce a warm and soothing drink.  The recommended dose is 2-3 cups a day. Chamomile also comes as an oil.  Adding 5-6 drops to bath water helps relaxation.  A few drops added to massage oil makes an excellent inhalant.
  2. The Hops have a long history of use in treating insomnia caused by worry or nervousness.   The hop herb can be purchased in tea bag form. The recommended dose is  cups a day. Hops are often used in pillows to aid insomnia.
  3. Lavender is another well known and versatile herb used for insomnia.  In a tea bag form, it is used as a tonic for the nervous system.  The recommended dose is 2-3 cups a day. A few drops of lavender oil added to a bath before bedtime, used as a compress, massage oil or inhaled helps to sooth and relaxes and promotes sleep.
  4. The passion flower herb considered one of the best herbs for insomnia, that is  to mental stress and nervous exhaustion.   as a tea the recommended dose is 1-3 cups a day. But it can be used more frequently with no side effect.  It is considered suitable for children as well as adults.
  5. Valerian sedative properties help to reduce restlessness and is particularly good for people who have difficulty falling asleep.  It is also known to reduce periods of wakefulness.  It is known to work well when combined with other herbs, such as California poppy, hops and passion flower.  It is recommended for use as a tea to be taken as required.
  6. Wild Lettuce is also recommended to reduce restlessness.  It is often used to treat chronic insomnia and is suitable for use in children and adults.   It comes as a tincture and the recommended dose is 2-3 drops in fluid, 3-4 times a day.
  7. California Poppy has sedative and analgesic properties and is used to ease mild anxiety and insomnia.  It is also safe for use in children.  It is re as a tea, to be taken 2-3 times a day. If a stronger dose is necessary, the tincture taken 30-40 drops 2-3 times a day will be effective.
  8. Kava is used for sleeplessness and fatigue.  It has calming and soothing properties that enhance relaxation.  It is recommended for use as a tea, 2-3 times a day.
  9. St John’s Wort is used for chronic insomnia and mild depression.  It comes in powdered, tablet and capsule forms to be taken 2-3 times a day.

Herbs for insomnia are safe and proven to be effective when used as instructed.

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