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Herbs That Help You Sleep

Posted: Health & Wellness » Herbal Remedies for Health » Sleep | February 26th, 2007



By Natural Family Online

It seems like every time I turn on the T.V., I see an ad for another new prescription sleep aid. You can find them from you pharmacist and over the counter in every shape and size. It’s like they’ve made the perfect sleep aid for every occasion, but what if you don’t want to take dangerous and possibly addictive chemicals to get yourself to sleep every night?

If you’ve tried all the other sleep remedies and nothings worked for you; before you make a trip to your doctor, make a trip to your local health food store. There you can find tons of natural supplements. While most of these remedies haven’t been clinically tested, they’ve been used for years in various cultures to naturally relax and get a good night’s rest. Check out these common herbal sleep remedies; one of which is bound to help you finally get some rest.

• German chamomile. This is probably the most widely publicized herbal sleep aid in recent years. Simply brew the tea and drink to relax your self into a peaceful sleep. The best part is that it’s safe to drink during the day when you just need to unwind; something no medical sleep aid can claim.

• Lemon balm. This is an herb often used in gardens for its lemony scent (it smells a bit like lemon wood cleaner); this is a great herb to calm your nerves. You can find it as a tea, capsules, or a liquid extract. This makes it extra convenient for every situation.

• Valerian root. This is one of the oldest and most widely used herbal sleep remedies. Unlike many other herbs, valerian root has been the subject of several clinical trials where it was found to help people fall asleep faster and get a more restful night’s sleep. It is also available in tea, pill, or liquid form.

• Catnip. Sure it sounds crazy, but that herb that makes your cats go wild can actually calm you down and prepare you for sleep. It contains chemicals similar to those in valerian root. In addition to being a sedative, catnip can also help with indigestion and heartburn. It can be enjoyed as a tea or taken in liquid extract form.

• St John’s Wort. This herb not only helps you fall asleep at night, it has also been indicated for treatment of anxiety and depression. Just be sure to take the prescribed dosage because too much can be harmful.

• Lavender. This is a safe relaxing herb that is so powerful, it has been shown to reduce and sometimes completely counteract symptoms of caffeine use. This herb is much more convenient because it comes in tea or and as an essential oil that can be massaged on, put into a bath, put on cotton balls to infuse into the air, or simply put on your pillow. Lavender oil is not only a great way to calm yourself; it’s also safe for use on children and babies.

You should remember that herbs are generally slower acting than modern medicine, so they may take days or even a couple weeks for you to feel the full effect. Also, just like with any other medication, you should consult your doctor before taking any of these remedies, especially if you’re on any prescription medications.

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