Natural herbs can be helpful to the insomniac. Taken alone, or in combination, these herbs are known to have homeopathic value as sleep aides. Nature provides you with these fine alternatives to dangerous prescription drugs which can cause harmful unwanted side effects. We’ve ranked our top 4 natural sleep herbs.
Top 4 herbs for sleep
4. Valerian root – Valerian Root is a strong of the sleep herbs. It’s effects in higher doses has been compared to the effects of Valium by some. In addition to sleep disorders, Valerian has been used for gastrointestinal spasms and distress, epileptic seizures, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. However, scientific evidence is not sufficient to support the use of Valerian for these conditions. Valerian is not recommended if you are pregnant, or if you suffer from low blood pressure or hypoglycemia.
3. Hops – Hops is a wonderful sleep herb. Hops have tonic, nervine, diuretic and anodyne properties. It produces sedative and soporific effects, and the Lupamaric acid or bitter principle is stomachic and tonic. For this reason Hops improve the appetite and promote sleep. American Indians made a sedative from the blossoms, and they also applied heated, dried flowers to relieve toothaches. Many herbal preparations for insomnia combine Hops with more potent sedative herbs, such as Valerian. Hops can be made into a soothing hot tea, or taken in capsule form.
2. Passion flower – This herb has a tranquilizing effect, including mild sedative and anti-anxiety effects. In studies conducted since the 1930’s, its mode of action has been found to be different than that of most sedative drugs (sleeping pills), thus making it a non-addictive herb to promote relaxation. In many countries in Europe, the U.S. and Canada, the use of passionflower leaves to tranquilize and settle edgy nerves has been documented for over 200 years. You may also be familiar with Passion Fruit, which grows from the same vine that produces Passion Flower. You can also make a hot tea from Passion Flowers, buy it in capsule form, or purchase Passion Flower Extract in concentrated form for dosages.
1. Marijuana – You get to go to bed with your mind and body calm and relaxed. There’s no more tossing and turning for hours on end, just peaceful slumber. You can get up in the morning feeling wide a wake and refreshed. With sleeping pills you can often still feel sluggish with a brain fog that can last most of the morning.