Herbal Treatment for Insomnia
Insomnia is characterized by the inability to fall asleep or waking during nights and not being able to get back to sleep. Nearly everybody suffers from insomnia at some point in their lives. Herbal treatment for insomnia includes herbal teas, infusions and baths. Herbs correct the imbalances in the body and treat the symptoms related to insomnia. Sedative herbs treat insomnia as they offer relaxation to the nervous system and restore sleep.
Listed below are the herbal remedies for insomnia:
Passionflower (Passiflora incarnate)
- It acts as a sedative and analgesic with no side effects.
- It is useful for treating general insomnia, insomnia in asthmatics, nerve pain and cramps.
- It induces calm sleep, relieves pain and muscle spasms.
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)
- It acts as a sedative and antihypertensive.
- It is useful for severe insomnia and insomnia associated with cramps, pain, menstrual pain, intestinal pain, anxiety, tension and over-excitability.
- It induces relaxed sleep, relieves spasms, lowers blood pressure and calms the digestion.
Jamaica Dogwood (Piscidia piscipula)
- It is effective for insomnia caused by nervous tension or menstrual pain.
- It eases and calms pain and induces good sleep.
- It can be taken orally or in herbal baths.
Californian Poppy (Eschscholtzia Californica)
- It is effective for insomnia associated with menopause, excitement and anxiety. It is also good for insomnia in children.
- It is sleep-inducing, relieves pain and calms down the disturbed feelings.
Hops (Humulus lupulus)
- It is useful for treating general insomnia, insomnia related to anxiety, tension restlessness, headache and indigestion.
- It is relaxing, antiseptic and induces sleep.
- It is an antidepressant and excellent nerve tonic.
- It is good for exhaustion, stress, general illness or weakness, depression and jet lag.
Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)
- It is a mild sedative and antiseptic.
- It is useful for indigestion, anxiety and inflammation.
- It provides sound sleep, relieves spasms, eases digestion, heals wounds (antiseptic) and relieves pain.
- It is effective for insomnia associated with excitability and restlessness. It is also useful for overactive children, menstrual pains, muscular pains, irritating coughs and digestive cramps.
- It induces calm sleep, relieves from destructive feelings and pain.
Herbal Tea Recipes
Herbal teas when taken before bedtime are good and treat insomnia. They are extremely relaxing and induce sleep. Here are a few tea recipes that might be helpful for people suffering from insomnia:
Prepare this tea in the morning by adding 2 teaspoons of valerian root to 2 cups of warm water. Leave it until evening. Strain the water and warm it again. Add 1 teaspoon of honey and consume 1 cup after dinner and 1 cup before going to bed.
Lemon Balm Tea
Add 1 to 2 fresh leaves or 1 teaspoon of dried leaves of lemon balm in a cup of boiling water. Leave it for 10 minutes and strain it. Drink it slowly before going to bed.
Young Pine or Fir needle tea
Add 1 teaspoon of sliced fir needles in a cup of boiling water. Leave it for 2 minutes and strain the water. Add 1 teaspoon of honey and consume it.