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Natural Sleep Aids-Fall Asleep With Natural Herbs

Updated on June 26, 2016

You Can't Live Without Sleep!

Sleep is important for growth, regenerating blood cells, overall mental health and has many more advantages when the body is receiving enough. Not getting enough sleep can be detrimental to your health both mentally and physically. It'sreccommended that the average adult needs about 8 hours of sleep a day. However, In life, we can tend to let things such as work, family or our social lives inhibit us from getting a good night's rest. Some us of however can have things going on biologically that can cause us to not get a good night's sleep as well.

Get A good Night's Sleep Naturally

Prescriptions from a physician can be given to help as a sleep aid but what most people don't know is that you can induce some of the same effects as the prescription by using natural herbs. By using natural herbs to help you sleep not only may it be a cheaper option for you, it's healthier compared to using drugs which may contain side effects as well. What I'll provide are some options and herbs you can use that's safe and natural that may aid you in getting better night's sleep.

Sleep is the best meditation.

— Dalai Lama

What herbs are good for inducing great sleep?

  • Chamomile- This term actually refers to the different species of chamomile. It can be used in a variety of ways but to treat insomnia it is mostly used in tea form. Chamomile relaxes the muscles and has sedating properties. Chamomile oil is also good to use in a hot bath. The oil can help relax you before bed.
  • St. John's Wort-Can also be used to treat depression. Interacts with certain drugs so do a little research on whether it will affect your prescriptions. Comes in pill form, teas and tinctures.
  • California Poppy-It is the official flower of the state of California. A beautiful flowering plant. When taken it will cause sleepiness and drowsiness. Has also been used to treat bed-wetting in children.
  • Wild lettuce-It Can grow up to 7 feet. Can be added to teas, made into extracts, or leaves added to a salad. Some people even to choose to smoke the plant. The plant contains chemicals called lactones in its sap. These lactones are what causes the sedative properties of wild lettuce.
  • Kava Plant- More popular in Polynesian cultures. The strain called Isa, is noted as being the most potent of the Kava plants. The roots can be chewed or grounded. Once grounded it can be added to water or liquid to make brews and teas. It's also available in pill or extract form.
  • Valerian-The root of this herb is what is used, but it grows beautiful pink or white flowers that have a sweet scent. Available in tincture form, pills and in tea or powder.
  • Hops-This plant is grown in most of the U.S. and Canada. Commonly used in the process of brewing beer. When used with Valerian it has a better effect. Sometimes pillows have hops in them to help aid in sleep. Dried hops are used in pillows but it is used in teas and pill form as well.
  • Lemon Balm- Plant with a beautiful lemon smell. Used in cooking as well. Lemon Balm is also used in oils, teas, tinctures and creams.

These are a few herbs that can help you induce sleep naturally. By using these herbs you can help yourself get a great night of sleep. Not only are these herbs easy to find, they are cost effective as well. By using herbs, you can utilize a natural solution to induce sleep and avoid harmful chemicals or side effects from prescriptions. Need sleep? Try these natural herbs first!

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Recipe: Sleepy Time Tea

Here is a personal recipe I use to help me fall sleep in the mornings. I work nights, so it helps me get good rest before my next shift. To find the ingredients I would consider using Amazon or an organic food store. I also shop at Sprouts or Whole Foods for these items.

Instructions:

  1. Measure the parts of each of the herbs.
  2. Mix in a large bowl.
  3. Brew a cup!
  4. Take a cup 30 minutes before bed.

Ingredients

  • 3 Parts chamomile flowers
  • 2 Parts lemon balm
  • 1/4 Part hop flowers
  • 1/4 Part valerian root

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