Helpful herbal remedies for Insomnia

Helpful herbal remedies for Insomnia


There are several herbal remedies I have found helpful for occasional insomnia.
One of my favorites is chamomile flowers, brewed as a tea and sipped warm. It is a very relaxing beverage, and is often all that is needed. (It is also soothing to the digestion.) To prepare the tea, add to freshly boiled water, and allow to steep for 5-10 minutes. It may be sweetened with honey, if desired, and honey compliments the taste of the chamomile very nicely. If you are allergic to flower pollen, or ragweed, you may want to try a different remedy, as the flowers may set off your allergy.


Helpful herbal remedies for Insomnia

alternative herbal remedy, with a stronger sedative effect, is a combination of the herbs Valerian Root, and Hops; I generally recommend two parts valerian to one part hops. (I have found that taking the herbs together is more effective than either alone, but either herb will have sleep-inducing effects.) These are my favorite insomnia herbs when I need more than the gentle relaxation that chamomile provides.
My experience is that Valerian works most effectively when taken as an alcohol extract, rather than in capsule or pill form, and I also use Hops as an extract. I generally add the extracts to warm water (or a nnoncaffeinatedtea or herbal infusion) and sip that before retiring. (Valerian root tea is very unpleasant to the taste, using the extract makes the taste less noticeable.)
One more herbal remedy I find useful for insomnia is Scutellaria Lateriflora, commonly known as Scullcap or Skullcap.
Scullcap has been used for centuries because of its sedative properties; it was used to treat hysteria and nervous tension, nervous disorders in general, and even as a treatment for epilepsy. It also has been traditionally used as an antispasmodic, and anti-inflammatory.
Scullcap is available in pill or capsule form, as well as liquid or tincture, from several suppliers. Follow the dosage recommendations on the label. (I always start at the lowest recommended dosage whenever I try a new herbal remedy, and increase the dosage gradually, if necessary, and if there are no negative reactions from taking the remedy.)
These are my favorite insomnia remedies but should be used only for occasional insomnia. Frequent or severe insomnia may require medical treatment, so please consult with your doctor if you have a persistent problem.
If you are currently taking any medications, please talk with your doctor before using any herbal remedies.

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