For insomnia there are plenty of reasons. Stress, a strict diet, monotonous nutrition, hormonal imbalance, physical exertion just before bedtime – all this can interfere with a serene night’s rest. Some herbs have sedative properties and can normalize your sleep. In particular, it is camomile pharmacy, St. John’s wort, valerian and some other, less well-known herbal remedies.
Chamomile tea is a natural and, importantly, harmless sleeping pill. This drink calms well, which is confirmed not only by herbalists, but also by scientific research. You can read an article in the journal “Medicine Sleep” for 2000, devoted to the sedative properties of German chamomile.
According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, St. John’s Wort is one of the most commonly used herbal supplements. To verify the validity of these words, just look at the list of ingredients of popular dietary supplements.
St. John’s wort is traditionally used to treat mild depression, anxiety and insomnia. The plant contains the active ingredient hypericin with mild sedative properties.
Valerian extract is another reliable friend in the fight against insomnia. The National Institute of Health recommends taking it in an amount of 450-900 mg at bedtime. Valerian can be bought in capsules and tablets, in the form of infusion or tea bags.
This herb has been well studied by pharmacists and is a fairly safe treatment for insomnia. Reception of valerian reduces the time of falling asleep and contributes to a deeper, more peaceful sleep.
Rare but possible side effects: headache, indigestion and dizziness.
Another interesting herbal remedy for insomnia is Magnolia bark. It is used to treat anxiety, depression, and nervous disorders that cause sleep problems. Taking bark reduces nervousness and reduces the level of the stress hormone cortisol.
The recommended dosage is from 60 to 300 mg of plant extract per day. Not recommended for pregnant and lactating women.
According to American physicians, lavender helps to eliminate insomnia. This plant inhibits the activity of the central nervous system and has a relaxing effect on the body. Just brew 1-2 tsp. in a glass of boiling water.
Sedative properties are also characteristic of lavender essential oil. A relaxing bath with a few drops of this oil is an excellent preparation for bed.
Passionflower, or passionflower (Passiflora incarnata), cures insomnia, reduces anxiety, fights cramps and various nervous disorders. Like valerian, this plant increases GABA levels in the brain.
Scientists from the University of Maryland claim that the side effects of passiflora are less pronounced than those of valerian or kava herb (intoxicating pepper).
For the treatment of depression, this herb was used in ancient Greece. Chinese healers treated motherwort with their patients for insomnia. Knew about his sedative properties and the Romans.
It is best to prepare tea with motherwort, but note that it affects blood clotting and in rare cases causes indigestion.
Chinese medicine has been using catnip for over 2,000 years, including to combat insomnia. And European medieval doctors were treating scarlet fever with it.
American herbalist Phyllis Balch tells us that catnip contains special chemicals – sedative effect isomers of nepetalactone.
Completes the list of popular vegetable hypnotic pepper intoxicating, or just kava. This herb is especially effective for sleep disorders and increased anxiety caused by hormonal changes in the female body (menopause). But without medical supervision you should not take it, as there is a risk of damage to the liver.
Along with herbs, the most seemingly simple and obvious actions can help in the fight against insomnia. Be more on the air, do yoga, use the soothing power of essential oils before bedtime, go to bed at one time, include foods rich in vitamins of group B in your diet. And you will have sweet dreams!