Studies have shown that undisturbed and regular sleep is the most important factor for keeping our mind and body healthy. When we sleep our body tends to revitalize, repair and re-energize itself. Sleeping well at night takes care of half our worries.
It relieves stress, anxiety and nervousness. This helps us deal better with our day-to-day work. However, insomnia or sleeplessness is the most common problem of our times. When we lead an unhealthy lifestyle and our body is deprived of essential nutrients, it becomes difficult to sleep peacefully at night. There are many factors, which combined, lead to insomnia.
Herbal Treatment of Insomnia
To lead a healthy and happy lifestyle it is important to sleep well at night. Many of us find it difficult to sleep for more than 5 hours at a stretch. This is too less a time for the body to heal itself. Doctors recommend 8 hours of sleep every night. Sleeping at night will help take care of many of our physical as well as emotional problems.
Herbs can help you achieve a better sleep at night. Below is a list of some herbs that can help cure insomnia. The herbs should be taken in the dosage recommended.
Chamomile for Insomnia
Since centuries chamomile is being used for inducing peaceful sleep at night since it is a well-known mild sedative. These days the herb is available in tea form in almost all general stores. Drinking chamomile tea not only helps sleep better at night but it also alleviates stress, irritability and anxiety attacks. You can put drops of chamomile oil in the bath water for children who do not like to drink the herbal tea. In adults and children the herb can be used in the form of an inhalator for treating insomnia caused by common cold and other such infections.
Take 2-3 cups of chamomile tea every day for treating insomnia. Do not add sugar or honey to the tea. Drink it warm.
Passion flower is used for treating insomnia caused due to stress, overwork, mental exhaustion or physical tiredness. The herb is very popularly used in England where it is sold in 40 different preparations. It is a mild sedative and cures insomnia in both children and adults. It has absolutely no side effect. Hence, it can be safely used in increased doses as well. Drink a cup of passion flower tea three times a day for sleeping peacefully at night.
Lavender for Insomnia
Lavender is a powerful herb that helps strengthen the immune system. This keeps the infection causing bacteria at bay. The flowers of lavender are used extensively in aromatherapy. The aroma of lavender flowers imparts a sense of well-being and calm that relaxes the muscles and the nerves.
This helps sleep undisturbed at night. Pouches prepared from lavender flowers should be placed under the mattresses and besides the pillows. Spraying undiluted lavender oil on the bed sheets will also induce sleep. One can even put lavender drops in bath water for relaxing the muscles.
Hops is an herb that has been used since the previous century for treating insomnia in soldiers. The soldiers would find it difficult to sleep because of nervousness (of being attacked during sleep) and anxiety. The herb acts as a sedative and puts the user to a good night’s sleep.
The herb is used for flavoring beer, which is one reason beer drinkers easily fall asleep. The herb is available in tea form as well as in tincture form. Drinking three cups of hops tea daily is helpful in curing insomnia.
In Northern America, the herb valerian is used as a mild sedative for treating nervous disorders like insomnia, restlessness and nervous exhaustion. The herb is mainly given to people who take a long time to fall asleep. Valerian also reduces incidents of night-time walking and talking. Unlike valium the herb valerian has zero side effects and therefore works rather well.
It can also be taken in combination with other herbs such as passion flower, hops and skullcap. The herb is available as tea and one cup of the herbal tea should be had 30 minutes before sleep time.
Various preparations of this herb are readily available in all health stores across the United States. The popularity of the herb is mainly because of its mild sedative properties. The herb not only helps treat insomnia but also relaxes the mind and body helping treat mild panic and anxiety attacks. It is also a natural analgesic and is completely safe for use in children. The herb not only helps sleep but also improves the quality of sleep. If using the tea form of the herb then drink two cups daily.
Wild lettuce is known for its sedative as well as nervine qualities. Hence, the herb is ideal for treating insomnia as well as restlessness. The herb comes in various percentages for treating acute as well as mild insomnia. The herb calms the nerves and generated a feeling of well-being. It is safe for use in children. Wild lettuce is available as a tincture 5-6 drops of the tincture are recommended daily.
An herbal concoction prepared using kava kava is the national drink of the island of Fiji. The herb helps in the relaxation of the mind as well as the body. Herbal tea prepared using kava kava is ideal for curing insomnia caused by physical exhaustion. Drink 3-4 cups of the herbal tea daily. One cup should be had 30-40 minutes before sleep time.
The herb is a common weed and it has yellow flowers. The herb is a native of many European countries and is fast becoming an important European export. Records belonging to Ancient Greece have shown that the herb was popular even back then. In today’s times, the herb is used for treating chronic insomnia related to depression and stress. However, the herb increases sensitivity to the sun. Hence, users are advised to avoid direct sun exposure. The herb is sold in tincture as well as in capsule forms.