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Herbal Sleep Aids
In the last decade herbal sleep remedies became one of the most popular natural treatments for insomnia.
For this reason individuals who are not familiar with herbal medicine or are taking any prescription or over-the-counter medications should consult their doctor or pharmacist before starting to use such remedies.
Herbs are one of oldest methods of insomnia treatments and have been used traditionally in some parts of the world for thousands of years. As a matter of fact, many conventional medicines are based on herbs.
Most of the research on medicinal plants has been done in Europe and China, where herbal medicine is very popular.
Most common herbal sleep aids include:
the most common insomnia herbal treatment, has proven to reduce stress
through it's sedative effect on the central nervous system and relaxing
effect on the smooth muscles of the GI track. Valerian is very popular
and has been traditionally used for anxiety and insomnia for years in
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Chamomile is used alone or in conjunction with other herbs. It reduces stress and helps in relaxation through its calming properties. It is also used as an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antispasmodic agent.
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strobiles have been used since ancient times
for their sedative, hypnotic, and antispasmodic properties. Hops have
also been used for brewing alcoholic beverages and as a traditional
sedative tonic for neuralgia, insomnia, and anxiety treatment. It can
be used in sleep pillows for insomnia.
Lavender has been used traditionally as a sedative especially in massage oils, and in herbal sleep pillows. It can be also used internally for nervous disorders and insomnia.
Oat straw can be used for anxiety and for insomnia. It may also be used in a bath form to cure rheumatic pain.
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