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Herbal Sleep Aids

lavender is one of herbal sleep remedies

In the last decade herbal sleep remedies became one of the most popular natural treatments for insomnia.

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A wide selection of different formulas is available in health food stores.

These products are generally safe when used in recommended dosages, but they are not regulated by the FDA and there are many questions about how they work, their side effects, drug interactions and so on. Even though relatively safe, natural products may occasionally cause allergic reactions or other adverse reactions.

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:

Valerian is popular herb use for anxiety and insomniaValerian, 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 Europe.
Valerian should not be taken for long periods of time because it may cause addiction. 

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Chamomile may be used as a calming, anti-inflamatory and antispasmotic agent

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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Passionflower has sedative, hypnotic and antispasmodic properties

Passion flower has sedative, hypnotic, and antispasmodic properties. It's been use for insomnia, spasmodic asthma, hysteria, and neuralgia.

Hops strobiles can be used in sleep pillows for insomnia

Hops 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

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

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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