About 50% of people use alternative medicines . Alternative medicine can be used for many reasons, including problems with sleep. Here are 5 (Natural remedies for insomnia) of the many herbs that will improve the quality of your sleep
Natural remedies for Insomnia
The following herbs can be used during the day, or try using 20-30 minutes before bedtime.
VALERIAN (VALERIANA OFFICINALIS)
In USA, herbalists use valerian extensively for its sedative action against insomnia and nervousness. It is recommended for people who can’t fall asleep, because it shortens sleep latency.
Valerian is an great herbal sedative that has none of the negative side effects of Valium and other synthetic sedatives.
Dose: Tea, 1 cup as needed; Tincture, 2-5 droppersful 2-3 x daily.
Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis)
Chamomile is a sedative herb which can be safely used by children and adults alike. Chamomile tea is ofter used in Europe for insomnia and restlessness. Chamomile oil can also be put in bath water (5-6 drops) to calm your nerves.Chamomile is one of the best Natural remedies for insomnia.
Dose: Tea, 1 cup 2-3 x daily; Tincture, 30 drops 3 x daily.
Hops (Humulus lupulus)
In the early 1900s, physicians used hops as a sedative specifically for insomnia due to worry or nerve weakness . Hops, a major flavoring component of beer, has a long history of use for sleeplessness, nervousness, and restlessness.
Dose: Tea, 1 cup 2-3 x daily; Tincture, 30-40 drops 2-3 x daily.
LAVENDER (LAVANDULA OFFICINALIS):
Lavender can help you strenght up your nervous system. A few drops of lavender oil added to a bath before bedtime are recommended for persons with sleep disorders.
Dose: Tea, 1 cup 2-3 x daily; Essential oil–oil may be inhaled, massaged into the skin (use 10 drops essential oil per ounce of vegetable oil), or added to baths (3-10 drops)
PASSION FLOWER (PASSIFLORA INCARNATA)
Herbalists consider passion flower an important herb for insomnia caused by mental worry, overwork, or nervous exhaustion. Passion flower is used for minor sleep problems in both children and adults . It is an excellent sedative with no side effects even when used in large doses
Dose: Tea, 1 cup 3 x daily; Tincture, 30-60 drops 3-4 x daily.