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12 Organic Teas That Will Kick Insomnia To The Curb
Do you fight insomnia from time to time? Or do you wake up after being asleep for a few hours and find that you cannot go back to sleep? These are common problems that everyone experiences from time to time. Some of us more than others! Some people believe that teas don’t actually help you sleep, but the mere act of making tea and slowly sipping it is what relaxes you. Although this observation might be true to some extent, there is plenty of scientific evidence which shows that the various compounds found in many herbal teas have relaxing agents which do induce sleep. Don’t underestimate the power of sleep to restore and rejuvenate the body. Sleep is absolutely vital to the well-being of both mind and body. Our body and brain do most of their repairs while we are sleeping. When occasional insomnia strikes, turn to one of the following 12 organic teas that are well-known for their abilities to hail the sandman.
1. Magnolia Bark
This remedy isn’t as common in America, but it is used extensively throughout Asia to treat nervousness and anxiety attacks. Magnolia bark was shown in a study, published in Neuropharmacology in 2012, which found that the main active component in magnolia bark, magnolol, was very effective in increasing sleep in studies done with mice.
This is the king of night time teas! The National Center for Alternative and Complementary Medicine states that this plant is good for a variety of health problems and is especially effective against insomnia and anxiety. In fact, the first controlled clinical trial of this herb was for generalized anxiety disorder, for which it proved to be very effective. Available everywhere, look for a tea that states it is organic or grow some of these pretty little white flowered herbs yourself. Dry the leaves and flowers for your own brand of insomnia relieving tea that you know to be 100 percent organic.
If chamomile is the king, then valerian is the queen of night time tea. Valerian has well-documented sedative compounds that have been used for centuries to relive feelings of anxiety and insomnia. Valerian root is actually used in many different types of prescription medications to calm people including in sleeping aides. Made from the root of the valerian flower, this tea works great when used in combination with other calming teas such as lavender or lemon balm.
This herb has been used for centuries for both insomnia and nervousness or anxiety. Passionflower increases the production of GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid) in the brain, which lowers the activity of some brain cells, thus inducing a calm state of mind. You will often find this herb mixed with other herbs in night time tea blends.
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