Insomnia is a term used to define difficulty in falling asleep. A lot of people look for a solution from pharmaceutical sedatives, others fear they might become addicted to them. As a result many seek for alternative natural solutions to help them with insomnia. Here are few folk insomnia or sleep herbal remedies.
Lavender originates in Mediterranean regions. The purple flowers are known to be good for their soothing sedating properties. When having trouble sleeping, add few drops (3-4) of Lavender Oil
to a cotton tissue and place it on the pillow.
Valerian is known in Europe and Japan as a best herbal sleep aid. Tea made from Valerian herb is beneficial for people suffering from insomnia. The preparation of the Valerian tea (Alvita Tea Bags, Valerian Root, Caffeine Free, 24 tea bags-Pack of 3) is the same as with any other tea: one to two teaspoons of dried herb cover with boiling water, let it be few minutes and drink it. You can have this tea two-three times a day. If the taste is too strong for you, you can easily find Valerian in capsules (NATURE’S WAY, Valerian Root – 180 caps) form or a tincture (Now Foods Valerian Root Extract, 2-Ounce), just make sure you follow the package directions.
Lemon Balm or Melissa
Lemon balm is a well known stomach soother and a sedative. This plant contains terpenes, a group of chemicals which are believed to have a sedative power. Tea made of lemon balm (Organic Lemon Balm Tea – 24 Tea bags) can help you fall asleep.
Hops which is native to Europe has been used since 11th century for brewing beer and to treat anxiety and insomnia. The compound believed to have sedative properties found in hops is called methyl-butenol which has a sedating effect on the central nervous system. Hops has been also used for nervous disorders and digestive problems. It can found in capsules: Nature’s Way Hops Flowers — 100 Capsules