Herbal Treatments for Insomnia
The underlying causes of chronic insomnia can be very difficult to establish and could be caused by psychological problems such as anxiety or depression, or physical ailments such as chronic pain or muscle cramps, or it might simply be due to an excess consumption of caffeine. In this hub I am going to give you some herbal remedies which may help you cope with your insomnia as I know that many of you may be extremely apprehensive of resorting to the conventional medical treatment of sleeping tablets to help you sleep because of the potential risk of side effects and dependency.
Dr Michael Savage, PhD-- Insomnia & Herbal Medicine Story
Chamomile Herbal Tea
If you are already suffering from chronic insomnia or if you see no improvement in your condition after trying any of these remedies for a few days then you should consult your physician without delay. It doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to use these remedies just that you should only do so after speaking with your doctor.
There are numerous “over the counter” herbal treatments for insomnia which are extremely effective and are usually based around the use of valerian root, passion flower, California poppy seeds and dogwood but I am going to concentrate on just a few of the simpler and more popular “self” treatments.
Herbal Teas - Having a herbal tea just before going to bed is probably one of the simplest home herbal remedies you can find and chamomile tea is probably the one that most would turn to treat a problem with sleeping, although fennel, catnip and anise also have useful properties. Chamomile has many medicinal qualities which would make it a useful treatment for insomnia. It is anti-spasmodic and well known for its nerve and muscle relaxant powers which impart a soothing calmness to help reduce anxiety and reduce muscle cramps and restlessness.
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Herbal Pillow - You can make a small herbal pillow to slip inside your own pillow. Lavender flowers would normally make up the bulk if not all of the filling with perhaps a few sprigs of rosemary, thyme or mint added to ring the changes depending on your preferences.
Herbal Baths - You can also use dried herbs to have a relaxing warm bath just before you go to bed. You make your herbal bath just as you would make a herbal tea and you can experiment to find your own perfect combination. Here is a “recipe” that you might like to try as your first attempt.
Relaxation Herb Bath Mix
1 cup rosemary
2 ½ cups lavender
2 ½ cups rose petals
1 cup mint
Mix these dry ingredients together and keep in a sealed airtight jar or container until needed. You use about ½ cup of the mixture for each bath and pour 1-2 cups boiling water over the herbs and allow the mixture to steep for 15 to 20 minutes before adding to your bath.
I hope that you may find these few simple tips helpful.
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