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

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5. Passionflower

If you suffer from only occasional insomnia, passionflower might be what you are looking for. This is a traditional sedative and has been used to treat insomnia and anxiety for years. Drink a cup of this tea about one hour before bedtime. Passionflower should not be used for more than two or three weeks at a time.


6. Kava Kava

Kava Kava isn’t as popular as some other herbs on this list, but it has long been used to relive feelings of stress, anxiety, and related nervous disorders. This is generally sold in a powder form that you mix with water. Some studies have shown a link to liver problems with continued use of this herb, so speak with your doctor to see if this herb would be right for you before using.


7. Lemon Balm

Lemon balm is a very mild sedative that has super calming effects on both the body and mind. Lemon balm has been used since at least the Middle Ages to promote sleep. This herb is so mild that it can even be given to children. This herb is consumed as a tea and is often sold in combination with other herbs, such as chamomile or valerian, to increase its effectiveness.


8. Oats

You might think that oats are only for breakfast, but they actually contain melatonin, which is a natural hormone in the body that regulates our sleep/wake cycle. Oats are also a great source of complex carbs which get more tryptophan into the brain, helping you to stay asleep. Although we typically serve oatmeal at breakfast, perhaps we should start making it a nighttime snack to help induce sleep.

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