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Natural Remedies for Insomnia That Have Helped Me

Updated on January 17, 2018

Insomnia Remedies That Have Worked for Me

If you need help managing insomnia, and have made the decision to not rely on prescription sleeping pills, you'll find some of the most effective natural remedies for insomnia on the market here. There are many effective over the counter natural sleep aids that will help you get a good night's sleep and here you'll find the best ones.

Suffering from insomniaon either a temporary, or chronic basis, can seriously affect our quality of life. Insomnia can make it difficult for us to manage our work, parenting and our day to day responsibilities. If you're pulling your hair out because you can't seem to get a good night's sleep and need help with insomnia, be rest assured that there are many powerful and effective natural remedies for insomnia on the market.

There are several types of insomnia which are characterized by either:

  • The inability to fall asleep
  • Frequent waking in the night
  • Waking up too early

In the most severe cases of insomnia all of these sleeping issues may be present, making it almost impossible for us to function properly. Whichever type of insomnia you are suffering from and however severe it is, there will be a natural remedy to help you get a good nights sleep. On this page we going to look at several natural remedies for insomnia including essential oils and herbal remedies. For chronic or persistent insomnia, using a herbal remedy as well as one of the specified essential oils, will get you sleeping again fast.

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Help Insomnia with Aromatherapy

For mild and/or temporary bouts of insomnia aromatherapy oils are a great option. If you've never used aromatherapy oils or you're wondering how on earth an oil can help with insomnia, then you need to be aware that essential oils can be extremely potent. Many essential oils must not be used by pregnant women or children because of their well documented powerful properties.

The best ways to use aromatherapy oils to treat insomnia are:

  • Use 10 drops of essential oil in a warm bath before bed (don't use any bubble bath or body wash as these break the oils down and will inhibit absorbtion by the skin).
  • Mix 6 drops of essential oil with 15 ml carrier oil and massage into the body.

Best Aromatherapy Oils to Help Insomnia

Frankincense Essential Oil

You may remember the smell of frankincense oil from church as it's often used in religious ceremonies. It's a deeply relaxing oil and is a wonderful stress reliever. Frankincense oil, calms and soothes and is brilliant for treating mild insomnia. Safe for use by Pregnant women and children.

Lavender Essential Oil

Another wonderfully relaxing oil, lavender is the perfect choice to relieve temporary sleeplessness or frequent night waking. Safe for use by Pregnant women, children and babies.

Sandalwood Essential Oil

Sandalwood essential oil has a powerful sedative effect. While a bit more expensive than the other oils here, it's worth buying if you suffer from chronic insomnia. Use it every evening as described above and within a few days you'll start enjoying the uninterrupted sleep you long for. Safe for use by Pregnant women and children.

Sweet Marjorma Essential Oil

Sweet marjoram is one of my favorite essential oils to treat insomnia and also migraine. It has an extremely powerful hypnotic effect and is wonderful for inducing sleep. Because sweet marjoram is so powerful, caution must be applied to use it safely. Do make sure you use it before bed and not when you have to drive or do anything that requires your full concentration. Also make sure you do not use it for more than 5 days in a row.

**Sweet marjoram is a powerful essential oil and should not be used on children under 12 years old, if you are (or suspect you are) pregnant or if you have low blood pressure.**

Herbal Remedies for Insomnia

For longer term or chronic insomnia, choosing a herbal remedy to use instead of, or in conjunction with, one of the essential oils above, is a very wise move. Using both together will ensure a good night's sleep tonight. This is because some of the herbal remedies take a few days to start working, as their active ingredients need to build up in your system.

All of the herbal products shown here have been given excellent customer reviews from the many people that use them and they can all be trusted to do what they say on the box. There are a variety of herbal ingredients in the remedies on the right, that are all renowned for their powerful sleep inducing properties. They include:

  • Valerian Root
  • Passion Flower
  • Chamomile
  • Melatonin

Click through to have a look at the recommended products, read customer reviews and decide on the best herbal remedy for you to buy.

Aaaah.....Enjoy a Good Night's Sleep At Last

Getting natural help for insomnia using herbal remedies is a much healthier option than prescription sleeping pills. You'll wake up refreshed, not groggy, and will not have to worry about dependency problems. Here's to finally cracking your insomnia problem and getting a good nights sleep.

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      Susana S 6 years ago

      Hi Norma, carrier oil simply means the base oil that you mix the aromatherapy oils with. The most common ones to use are sweet almond oil, sunflower oil and grape seed oil. Here's a list of other carrier oils:

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      Norma 6 years ago

      what is carrier oil?

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      Susana S 7 years ago

      Hi Pamela - if you were going to choose one remedy I'd definitely try the sweet marjoram essential oil. It works for me every time. Best wishes and I hope you find the right natural remedy for you :)

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Insomnia is a problem for me even with sleeping pills. I am going to try some remedies from your hub as they really sound good and I am exhausted. Excellent hub.

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      Susana S 7 years ago

      Thanks Internetwriter :) Sleeping pills are not a good long term solution for insomnia. As you say they are highly addictive and also, they don't actually solve the problem, only treat the symptom. What do you find helps your insomnia?

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      Internetwriter62 7 years ago from Marco Island, Florida

      Excellent work, as a veteran of insomnia, I find your advice to be truly useful, and a great alternative to sleeping pills, which are highly addictive.

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      Susana S 7 years ago

      Hi hypno - sorry it's taken me so long to reply to you! As you say, good sleep is essential and I have always thought of it as a defragging process as well. Studies show that people who suffer long term with insomnia tend not to live as long, so good sleep really is essential for a long and happy life.

      Many thanks for the rate and stumble :)

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      Andrea 7 years ago from Italy

      Actually sleeping well is of utmost importance. While sleeping we not only regain energy and defrag our brain, we also put ourselves in balance, so to speak. That's why not sleeping enough has so many disadvantages and leads to so many problems. Great hub Susana, rated and stumbled. :)

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      Susana S 7 years ago

      Hi Cheeky - a willing partner who will give a massage is a wonderful way to get a good nights sleep (and also a great way to get dribble all over the pillow! That's what I do anyway, LOL!)

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      Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      Hy Susana: Great hub as always. I used to have sleepless nights as a student back in the bad old days. *laughs here* Exams and worries kept me awake, and so green herbal teas were one way of relaxing. Herbal baths were another. I have discovered that body massage sends me right to sleep, and I will probably sleep through a war if I had a massage just before it. LOL! Cheers for this! : )

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      Susana S 7 years ago

      Hi rprcarz - yep we've all been there :) I've always relied on natural remedies when suffering temporary bouts of insomnia and they really do work.

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      rprcarz50 7 years ago

      Great subject matter . Who has not sometime suffered from insomnia ? No one , unless they are lying . Ha

      Thank you for putting this up !


      As Always Also a2z50

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      Susana S 7 years ago

      Hi serialkisser - thanks :) I haven't written a generic hub on aromatherapy, but some of my home remedies hubs do include recommended aromatherapy oils to treat the particular complaint. I could think about writing something for people who feel they sleep too much - I'll check it out and thanks for the suggestion!

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      serialkisser4u 7 years ago

      well written hub dear. This gives some clarity. Also have you written any hub on aromatherapy? can u post any info for those who sleep more than required?

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      Susana S 7 years ago

      Hi Green Lotus - I can see how you would get distracted by smells! For frequent insomnia Valerian Root is the best (non smelling) treatment in my opinion :)

      Lol drbj - you may not need a sleep aid if my writing is putting you to sleep!

      Hi Madison - yep you're right there. Chamomile tea is great for insomnia, as well as nervous tension and anxiety. I find it takes a little while to build up in the system, so drinking chamomile tea regularly is a great option for sleeplessness.

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      Susana S 7 years ago

      Hi Hello Hello - insomnia can be awful, especially if it's over a long period of time. All of these products are great natural remedies that really help!

      Hi Universal Laws - Zombie drugs is right! I've never taken prescription sleeping pills myself, but I've known people that have - most became dependent on them. It's really unnecessary when there are so many good natural products avaiable.

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      Madison 7 years ago from NYC

      This is a great hub on insomnia. I find that drinking a couple of cups of chamomile tea works great for me. Thank you for sharing your wonderful tips!

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      You seem to have covered the waterfront on help for insomnia, Susana S. Great research.

      I'd write more but I'm getting so sleeeepy .... zzzzz.

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      Hillary 7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Great info. I never tried aromatherapy for sleeplessness since sometimes "smells" keep me awake, but I will try your suggestions. Thanks

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      Universal Laws 7 years ago from UNIVERSE

      Great comprehensive hub on natural alternatives to those zombie drugs! Thank you, great info to pass on.


      Linda at UNIVERSAL LAWS

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      This is a great hub and help. i suffer of Insomnia and it is horrible. Thank you sor much for your good tips.