If you or someone you know suffers from insomnia you know how it can impact your life. This article lists some Herbal Remedies For Insomnia. You should not use any of these remedies if you are taking any form of medication. Herbal products and supplements can interact with prescription medications and have adverse effects. There are additional resources at the end of this article.
Herbal Remedies for Insomnia From Your Doctor
With due respect to doctors, they don’t know much about herbal remedies for insomnia because they haven’t been trained in them. Doctors are pursued daily by representatives from the big drug companies who provide them with incentives such as free samples. It’s not in a doctor’s best interests to suggest natural remedies
Unfortunately it’s not just doctors, most people consider herbs for insomnia to be a second rate solution to a serious complaint. This is because the benefits of insomnia herbs are not trumpeted from the rooftops like the latest drug release. Why? Because there’s just no money in it.
This is a shame because so many people could benefit with more knowledge on herbal remedies for insomnia, but the truth is not getting out there. For instance when I ask people with sleep disorders if they would consider trying herbs for insomnia they’ll say thing like:
“I’d better wait ’till I’m on vacation before trying them.” “Um, can you buy them at the chemist?” “Isn’t that just for old people? Like aunts and that?” “Don’t you have to take them for ages before they work?” “Aren’t they supposed to be poisonous?”
The truth is if you are having trouble sleeping, herbal remedies for insomnia are as effective as chemical sleeping pills. In fact they are even better because they are non habit forming. Most herbs for insomnia are safe to take over the longer term without you having to worry about becoming addicted. Please note Valerian may be an exception as long term use may lead to depression.
Here are some safe herbs for insomnia you may not have heard about. However they have been proven to be very effective.
Nux Vomica – this is a wonderful herb for those type A personalities who tend to wake up in the middle of the night, planning all those things they have to do! Nux Vomica can really help these folk to unwind and relax.
Scutellaria laterifolia – A herbal nerve tonic for a fatigued nervous system, Scutellaria laterifolia is also a gentle sedative. It has beneficial effect on stress, nervous exhaustion, poor sleep and anxiety.
Passiflora incarnata – If you have a tendency to worry, Passiflora incarnata, commonly known as Passionflower, is recommended as a soothing antidote to insomnia.
Coffea – is a homeopathic medication and targets sleeplessness due to an over-active mind. If you’re physically restless or agitated, Coffea can help.
Herbal remedies for insomnia are safe, non addictive and can have an almost immediate effect when blended together in their recommended amounts.
However remember herbs are potent substances so either seek the advice of a professional herbalist or naturopath, or obtain your herbs already blended from a reliable source.