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Herbal Treatments for Insomnia

Updated on November 29, 2010

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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.

St John's Wort for Depression and Anxiety

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

Ingredients

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.

Sweet Dreams!

Mint

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    • Amber Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Amber Allen 

      6 years ago

      Hi Angela

      With 4 children I'm surprised that you have trouble sleeping. Running around after four children would wear me out! Thanks for popping by.

      Amber:)

    • Angela Brummer profile image

      Angela Brummer 

      6 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      I will try these . Thanks for the great article.

    • Amber Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Amber Allen 

      7 years ago

      Thanks Audrey.

      There are some very easy steps in this hub and my others on the topic which can help any one who suffers from insomnia

      Amber:)

    • vocalcoach profile image

      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I am so glad I found this hub before Christmas. I have several friends who suffer from insomnia. Now, I can start making some of these herbal treatments for gifts. I love herbs and you have some great ideas. Thank you dear Amber for sharing. voted up!

    • Amber Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Amber Allen 

      7 years ago

      Hi katie

      I'm far from being an expert on the subject but it is an area which interests me so I'm putting together a hub on children's sleeping problems like you suggested.

      Amber:)x

    • katiem2 profile image

      katiem2 

      7 years ago from I'm outta here

      I'm so glad I bookmarked this web page as I hadn't made my shopping list out and remembered I wanted to have a few herbal remedies on hand for sleeplessness. Thanks to your Herbal Treatments for Insomnia, I'll do just that this weekend as I'm out shopping. Thanks Amber our sleep specialist! Peace :)

    • Amber Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Amber Allen 

      7 years ago

      The good thing about insomnia if there can be anything good about it is that there are many natural and safe methods that you can try to help. I'm so pleased you found this article Herbal Treatments for Insomnia of use.

      Amber:)

    • katiem2 profile image

      katiem2 

      7 years ago from I'm outta here

      This is great news about Insomnia. Herbal treatments for sleepless nights or any ailment for that matter is always my first choice. Lavender is a great aroma and it also helps to deliver a good nights rest so we can sleep peaceful and wake feeling refreshed and renewed. Thanks so much for this informative and helpful article on Herbal Treatments for Insomnia.

    • Amber Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Amber Allen 

      8 years ago

      Hi Wren

      I'm sad to hear that you're not sleeping well. I hope these tips help. Thanks for commenting.

      Amber

    • wrenfrost56 profile image

      wrenfrost56 

      8 years ago from U.K.

      Great hub Amber, I suffer from sleep deprivation quite often, I will try these myself, good advice. Thanks. :)

    • Amber Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Amber Allen 

      8 years ago

      Hi praetrio30

      Sorry I missed this comment. I do hope that your mother finds something to help her soon.

      Amber

    • prasetio30 profile image

      prasetio30 

      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      A couple days a go until right now my mother get insomnia. She can't sleep well. Although she take the pills from the doctor, but it not help her much. Thanks for showing me that herbal recipes, I hope it work with my mother. I am glad to know this hub.

    • Amber Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Amber Allen 

      8 years ago

      Hi Don

      Herbal remedies are usually not too pricy and as you say herbal teas can be drunk at anytime. I think that there are two acceptable spellings - chamomile or camomile. Drinking peppermint tea is particulary good after meals as one of its most well known beneficial properties is that it aids digestion but it can also help relax muscles which is probably why you find it beneficial if you are feeling a little stressed. Thank you for popping by and reading my hub.

      Amber

    • Don Simkovich profile image

      Don Simkovich 

      8 years ago from Pasadena, CA

      That's not expensive at all, is it? I often drink peppermint tea, or chamomille (sp?) not just before bed, but also if I feel stressed during the day time. Nice Hub.

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