12 Herbs For Relaxation, Stress Relief, And Common Sleep Disorders

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We all know how we feel after a night spent tossing and turning. We drag ourselves through the next day, feeling ill tempered and like your head is full of cotton. All we can think about doing is going back to bed and trying to get a few hours of sleep.

Sleep is essential to our health and well-being, but so many Americans fail to get the sleep they need. The reasons for this vary, but for most people, stress is one of the main factors. Feelings of anxiety and racing thoughts, as well as an inability to relax, are all common problems keeping people awake far longer than they should. Our modern lifestyle, filled with electronic devices, is another problem. How many times do you take your cell phone or tablet to bed, looking at videos or surfing Facebook until you fall asleep?

Sleep problems can indirectly or directly affect our brain and central nervous system, immune system, metabolic function, and even our cardiovascular system.

If you would like to be able to relax and fall asleep naturally, but find that you have difficulty doing so, we have a list of 12 of the best herbs to help you relax, so you can fall asleep and stay asleep.

Sounds delightful, doesn’t it? Keep reading so you can pick the herb that will work best for you. Make a date with the sandman, friends, because you are taking a trip to Dreamland.


1. Lavender

Although there are no scientific studies showing that lavender is a treatment for insomnia, there are plenty of studies showing that, when used in aromatherapy, lavender is a terrific way to relieve stress and anxiety. You can also try using lavender in a tea form and breathe in the steam to help relieve feelings of stress and relax the body naturally. Put a few drops of lavender essential oil on a cotton ball, then place the cotton between your pillow and pillowcase for some sweet dreams later on.

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