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Herbs & Plants That Fight Insomnia

Updated on December 26, 2016
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Insomnia is a widespread issue for people all over the world. Millions of dollars are spent each year on physicians and pharmaceuticals to battle symptoms of insomnia. Lack of sleep can cause underlying healthy issues to become more complicated. After only twenty-four hours of sleep deprivation, stress and anxiety symptoms become more severe, and a breakdown of the mind occurs.

Education is the most suitable tool people have to combat this widespread rest wrecker. Instead of wasting money on a plethora of overpriced chemical, enlighten the mind on the power of nature. Many herbs and plants have long proven effective against sleepless nights.


Take a look at this short synopsis highlighting a few specific botanical solutions for the restless mind. Remember, the first solution is always to take a thorough inventory of daily activities. Plotting routine activities will likely shine a light on a few simple changes in lifestyle to help reduce the effects of insomnia.

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Valerian Root

Valerian root is well known as a mild sedative in humans. It assists the mind in the process of reaching R.E.M. sleep. This is the deepest sleep state, where dreams occur, and proper rest is achieved.

Valerian is a perennial flowering plant. Utilize its raw foliage for sleep assistance; the plant should be thoroughly dried. It can then be measured out and placed in a capsule. These are available at most herbal stores.

It is good to remember that Valerian is only a topical solution for insomnia as the body will build a tolerance. Like with any other drug, just a week or so without Valerian and it should work again.


The first note to be made concerning Chamomile is that there are several types. German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) is the proper form for treating sleeplessness. It is also a somewhat indirect solution for insomnia. It tends to calm the mind and in turn, relax the body to sleep.


Those suffering from chronic insomnia may not find any refuge in the aid of this flower, but occasional sleeplessness is no match for Chamomile. It also has exceptional soothing properties when applied to the skin. It can reduce redness, itchiness, and inflammation.


This shrub is widely utilized for many different uses. Sleep assistance is one of the most common uses for Lavender. The aromatic qualities of this plant are soothing and promote sleep. The scent is used in countless soaps, salts, oil, and sprays.


Drinking a hot cup of lavender tea is one way to ingest the plant safely. It is also a great reliever of stress and anxiety. Spray a light covering of this scent over a pillow or stuffed animal to induce relaxation.

"Forty-eight percent of Americans report insomnia occasionally, while 22 percent experience insomnia every or almost every night."

Passion Flower

This flower is a breathtaking addition to the list. Though it is beautiful, it is very powerful as well. Passion flower is rich in flavones, alkaloids, and a few other relaxing elements. It is ideal for targeting tense muscles and nerves.

Passion Flower


When properly utilized, the Passion flower is safe for adults and children. It is a very mild sedative, and will knock the edge off before bedtime. It has also been shown effective in the treatment of anxiety and depression.


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