The beautiful, daisy-like flowers of the chamomile plant have an aroma so delightful and intoxicating that it can help with insomnia.
A study that included subjects who were postpartum mothers (one of the most sleep-deprived groups of people, for sure!) found that chamomile reduced depression as well as sleep disturbances after just four weeks of use.
What’s more, an animal study concluded that taking a moderate dose of chamomile can help decrease the time is takes you to fall asleep, known as sleep latency.
The tiny purple flower buds of lavender are beneficial for many health problems – from depression to anxiety to sleep disturbances.
One study found that diffusing lavender essential oil into your bedroom overnight promotes sleep, especially slow-wave sleep, which ultimately helps with memory processing.
Another study suggests that lavender aromatherapy can improve sleep for postpartum moms. Lastly, other research has found that massaging lavender essential oil into your restless or jerking body before going to bed can reduce feelings of anxiousness and enhance your quality of sleep.
A lesser-known medicinal herb for sleep, passionflower is a renowned homeopathic remedy for sleep in South America.
One recent study revealed that using passionflower homoeopathically can prevent sleep disturbances and reduce anxiety after as little as four weeks of use, even in the most sleep-disturbed people.
This same study noted that passionflower might be as effective as psychotropic drugs as a first intervention for anxiety and sleep disturbances! If your sleep troubles aren’t that severe, researchers suggest you use the herb in the form of a tea instead.
Are you ready to get started on the path to super-restorative sleep? Here are four simple ways to prepare medicinal herbs for your best sleep ever, every night!
Sleep tip #1: Sleep pillow
Fill a cotton or mesh bag with your medicinal herb of choice and massage the herb bag into your hands before bed. This practice will help release the oils into your skin. When you’re done, inhale deeply for a few breaths and then put the bag under your pillow.
Sleep tip #2: Herbal tea
You can use all of the above medicinal herbs in a tea – all three are totally delicious. Simply steep the herbs in hot water using a loose-leaf strainer and voila! To sweeten your tea, add a drizzle of raw honey.
Sleep tip #3: Alcohol-based tincture
A tincture is an alcohol-based extract that you can consume internally. Much stronger than a tea infusion, it’s extremely effective for racing-mind insomnia and anxiety. A great combination to try is passionflower, valerian and skullcap.
Sleep tip #4: Homeopathy
Preparing medicinal herbs homoeopathically has been shown to improve physical as well as mental-emotional symptoms of sleep disordes. Chamomile is one of the best herbs to use in homeopathy and is safe for even young children.