It’s the wee hours of the night, and all of the sudden, insomnia strikes, leaving you with little options for relief. Sure, you could take a prescription sleep aid, but you’re sure to still feel it in the morning, and the thought of trying to trudge through the rest of the day feels almost unbearable. But when stronger solutions are off the table (or in this case, nightstand), there are a ton of natural solutions that can help you doze off faster. Case in point, herbal remedies. There are plenty of herbs that you can ingest before bed that’ll have you lights out by a reasonable hour, and rising and shining the morning after. Here, five of our top picks to try for yourself.
Chamomile was most popularly recognized for its medicinal properties in the 1500s when it was widely cultivated in Britain, but its origins date back to almost 2,000 years ago to ancient Egyptian and Grecian civilizations. The herb can take on many different forms and naturally treat an array of ailments. When ingested in the form of an extract, chamomile can quell anxiety, insomnia, and other sleep-related conditions. If you’ve been having a hard time falling asleep, try downing a cup of chamomile tea before bedtime and you may wake up feeling more well-rested than usual.
Lemon balm is an herb that has its roots in Europe and the Mediterranean, and like Chamomile, has pretty much always been known for its healing properties. Part of the mint family, lemon balm has been used to promote restful sleep and reduce anxiety for many centuries, dating back to before the Middle Ages. Combined with other herbs (such as the ones on this list) it packs quite the punch as a natural sleep aid.
Gaining massive popularity in 17th century Europe for its ability to quell stomach pains, contemporary studies shows that valerian root may also treat insomnia. Researchers have found evidence that the ingestion of valerian root produces gamma aminobutyric acid — a chemical that aids in the regulation of nerve cells — in the brain, and reduces anxiety. Experts say that valerian root may be a good, natural alternative to prescription sleep meds because it helps you fall asleep faster and wake up feeling more refreshed.
Once borne of the Mediterranean, Middle East and India, but now flourishing throughout the larger part of the Western Hemisphere, lavender is one of the herbs that you’re probably most familiar with. It’s typically distilled into oil and used for the purpose of aromatherapy for its smell so sweet that it induces feelings of tranquility and relaxation. The use of lavender in aromatherapy has been proven to regulate the functions of the nervous system, resulting in more quality sleep and even elevated mood. But even if you aren’t using it aromatically, lavender has the same effects when ingested (let’s say, in the form of tea), so you really can’t go wrong!
As you can imagine, the California poppy is native to the Western United States, but also flourishes in several other countries throughout the western hemisphere. The California poppy is from the family of opiates, and thus, provides its users with “feel good” effects. And because it’s far less potent than its notorious cousin, opium, it’s widely recognized as beneficial. The herb gently balances and regulates the nervous system in children and adults alike, making it a safe, natural sleep aid without any of the negative after-effects associated with prescription medication.
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