This is the second in a series of herbal cures for common ailments! The first was herbal cures for stomach aches.
Do you ever have trouble falling asleep? I know I do. Sometimes my mind is so focused on all the things I have to do the next day, or on all the things I did the day before, that I stay awake. Then I worry that I'll be tired the next day, and that stresses me out more, so I stay up even longer. Thankfully, there are plenty of herbs to help on nights like this! See below for my list of some of the most common herbs used to treat insomnia, or sleeplessness. You can find most of these at health food stores or online. I've found taking mixtures of these herbs, whether in teas or supplements, to be the most effective way to get a variety of herbal goodness all at once.
The Best Herbs for Insomnia
Lavender is my all time favorite herb. It smells wonderful, it has antibacterial properties, and it's calming. Stick some dried flowers in a satchel and place on or near your pillow, and you'll soon be comforted into sleep. You can also diffuse lavender essential oil, or take it in tea, capsule, or tincture form.
Another classic! Chamomile is calming and sweet. Have a nice, warm cup of tea before bed to ease the body and mind.
Valerian is a highly relaxing, sedating herb. Studies have shown valerian to be just as effective as over the counter sleep medications. Take it in capsule or tincture form.
Ever heard of passionfruit? This is the flower of the same plant! It's wonderfully calming. You can find it in teas, tinctures, or capsules, often mixed with other sleep-enhancing herbs.
That's right, hops isn't just for beer! Hops is also a calming herb with sedative properties. Fill a pillowcase with hops strobiles, and sleep on it or next to it. You can also try it in a tincture or a tea.
This is another herb that's often mixed with others in sleep enhancing teas or tinctures.
Hawthorn has a wide range of medicinal uses, one of which is to relax the nerves and calm the body. This, too, is often mixed in sleep teas or tinctures.
Another classic, lemon balm has long been used to help with sleep and relaxation. Try it in a tea, tincture, or capsule.
Schizandra is known as an adaptogen, because it helps your body deal with stress. If you're too stressed out or anxious to sleep, you might want to try it in capsules or tincture form.
Another great herb for anxiety, skullcap can ease your anxiety enough to help you sleep. Try it in tea or tincture form.