Sleep is Nature’s balm to soothe tired soul, anxious mind and aching body. We need at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep every day. However, sleep seems to elude us at times and no matter how much we toss and turn, we know no slumber. When this sleeplessness is repeated one night after the other, it is quite detrimental to our physical and mental health. Chronic insomnia paves the way to various health complications like diabetes, obesity, depression and high blood pressure. So, why let insomnia get the better of you? Check out the how some healing herbs can help you get deep sleep:
One of the most recognized and widely used medicinal plants, Chamomile is a time-tested herbal remedy that is efficient in promoting calmness of mind by easing out anxiety. This flowering herb has a sedative effect and thus, having a cup of Chamomile tea at bed time would surely help you doze off in no time! Brewing a cup of Chamomile tea is easy. Just steep two tablespoons of dried Chamomile in a cup of boiling water and your mild flavored ‘sleep tea’ is ready to be savoured.
Lemon Balm, with its soothing properties, is well known for mitigating sleep disorders. This herb from the mint family has leaves with mild citrusy lemon-mint aroma. It is known to address insomnia and restlessness effectively. Take it as a refreshing tea or add it to your routine as a supplement- Lemon Balm is an answer to your sleep disorder. You may even add a few drops of Lemon Balm essential oil to your pillow for that sleep inducing effect.
For hundreds of years, Valerian has been used for treating insomnia is Asian and European countries. The root of this tall perennial flowering plant is often used to prepare an effective sleep aid. Soak around 3 grams of dried Valerian root in a cup of water for 15 minutes and have this tea 30 minutes before you go to bed. It can even be taken in capsule form for treating chronic sleeplessness. However, it is advised that you refrain from using this remedy for more than one month without consulting your doctor.
The red berries and roots of Indian Ginseng or Ashwagandha have been used as an Ayurvedic medicine for treating insomnia for centuries. This powerful antioxidant helps control stress, reduce anxiety and induce sleep. It can be taken in the form of capsules and powder or just brew Ashwagandha tea by boiling a teaspoon of Ashwagandha root in 250 ml water and sip it twice daily.
Lavender is an aromatic woody shrub with beautiful purple flowers, known for its soothing properties. Lavender essential oil is very popular and is often used in bath and body products for its calming effect. Enjoy a cup of warm lavender tea before bedtime and spray your pillow with a few drops of lavender essential oil; this would induce relaxation in no time and soon, you would nod off to sleep.
- Try going to bed at consistent time everyday.
- Drink your herbal tea at least 30 minutes before you go to bed.
- Stay away from Caffeine late in the day.
- Avoid heavy meals before going to sleep.
- If you suffer from thyroid problems, blood pressure problem, lupus or stomach ulcer, you must ask your doctor before resorting to the use of Ashwagandha.
- Valerian is to be used under expert advice if you have been diagnosed with kidney problems or liver problems. Valerian may also cause side effects like stomach upset and dizziness.
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use any of these herbal remedies without consulting your doctor.