4 Herbs That Will Put You in La-La Land

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Natural solutions bring hope for insomniacs

All of that blathering invidious talk about taking this pill for sleep or that remedy for slipping into the darkness  is made really very simple when you take an in depth look at these sleepy time herbs. If you struggle each night with insomnia, your mind racing, eyes-wide-awake dragging down the ceiling, consider trying one of the following sleep aids. Some natural sedatives may work better than others so don’t get all bent out of shape if you do not feel the effects the first time.

1. Chamomile

A cup of steeped chamomile tea will help you unwind and fall asleep faster. Chamomile is a plant that grows wild in Europe and the United States, though it originated in Europe. Its flowers have been used for centuries as a pain reliever, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, calming herb, digestive aid, stomach tonic and blood vessel dilator, according to www.allnature.com. It is readily available in most stores that sell herbal teas. It has a mild flavor with a slight lemony taste. Slam down one of these hotties and you will go directly to dreamland.

2. Hops

Studies have found that hops is sedating (calming and sleep promoting), often with no unwanted side effects. Compounds in hops have various properties, including relieving aches and pains, and killing bacteria. Hops is used to help treat various health problems, such as sleeplessness and nervous problems. Drinking a strong tea with 1 to 2 teaspoons of hops flowers will often ease you into a deep, dark restful sleep. With its soothing scent, hops works well on its own, but paired with chamomile and lavender, they make a particular slumber inducing herbal sachet to tuck into your pillow.

3. Valerian Root

The valerian root plant has small, fragrant flowers of white, lavender, or pink and a root that is used medicinally. Valerian is a drug consisting of or made from the root, formerly used as a nerve sedative and antispasmodic. In a Swedish study of valerian’s tranquilizing effects on those with insomnia, 90% of participants said this herb helped them fall asleep. Just use 1 to 2 teaspoon of dried valerian root to make a tea to get you tripping to the light fantastic.

4. California Poppy

California poppy leaves were used medicinally by Native Americans, and the pollen was used cosmetically. The seeds can be used in cooking. The aqueous extract of the plant has mild sedative and anxiolytic action with anti – anxiety effects, making it a excellent slumber inducer. California poppy is used for trouble sleeping (insomnia), aches, nervous agitation, bed-wetting in children, and diseases of the bladder and liver. It is also used to promote relaxation.

In combination with other herbs, California poppy is used for depression, long-term mental and physical tiredness (neurasthenia), nerve pain, various psychiatric conditions, blood vessel problems, sensitivity to weather changes, and sedation. An herb combination including California poppy is also used for sleep and mood disturbance.

Sleep well!

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