This is an article I read, about herbs that will assist you in having a good night sleep. If you suffer from insomnia like I do at times, you are grateful for any information that will help you with this condition. The first herb she writes about (Zizyphus) sounds interesting so will be off to Whole-foods tomorrow to see if I can find it. The reason I like it is that it is nourishing your body at the same time. I don’t have all those symptoms but I do find it hard to quieten the mind and fall asleep. Another thing that I am always afraid of is becoming to reliant on a sleeping aid. As usual I like to be in control.
The sleepytime herbs
by Toni Green, ND 02 Jun 2014
Insomnia can be a real nightmare as the clock ticks on and you’re awake to notice. Thankfully, herbs can help.
Zizyphus (Zizyphus spinosa)
Long used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for its mild sedative action; from a TCM perspective, zizyphus nourishes the heart and calms the spirit, thus assisting with palpitations, irritability, dream-disturbed sleep, night sweats, or shallow, wakeful sleep. An International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, Therapy, and Toxicology study showed that it improved mood and decreased nervous symptoms, while one in Clinical Therapeutics showed a significant improvement in sleep quality.
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)
Traditionally used for treating nervous unrest, stress and anxiety, as well as insomnia, this herb contains several therapeutic constituents which may account for its sedative activity. According to a double-blind study in the European Journal of Medical Research, a group receiving 600mg of valerian extract showed comparable results to a group receiving 10mg of Serax, a pharmaceutical insomnia drug. Even better, those taking valerian had far fewer side effects.
Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)
An important herb for insomnia caused by overwork, mental worry, or nervous exhaustion, it is wonderful for people who tend to wake frequently, and is excellent for children. Passionflower has also been traditionally used as an antispasmodic for treating neuralgia, seizures, hysteria, nervous tachycardia, and asthma. According to a Natura Medica study, a passionflower and valerian combination resulted in significant improvement in insomnia in 82 percent of patients, after just three weeks of treatment.
Lavender (Lavandula officinalis)
This is a gentle strengthening tonic for the nervous system. A few drops of lavender oil added to a bath before bed time is recommended for all types of sleep disorders. The oil may also be used in a compress, or simply inhaled. A Lancet study found that people suffering from insomnia and depression had beneficial results with lavender. Lavender is also available as a tincture for internal use.
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
According to a Journal of Medical Research study, this herb effectively reduced both anxiety and insomnia by creating a marked increase in alpha brainwave activity, which is associated with relaxation. It also increased the brainwave activity associated with attention, suggesting that it helped subjects cope with psychological and emotional stress. In another clinical trial, participants were given lemon balm for 15 days; at the end of the trial period, they reported a 72 percent reduction in anxiety, and a 39 percent decrease in insomnia.
D-I-Y with Toni: Nighty-night balm
40ml olive oil
1 vitamin E capsule
20 drops lavender oil
10 drops lemon balm oil
10 drops chamomile oil
10 drops marjoram oil
Melt oil and wax together over low heat. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Add contents of capsule and oils. Stir thoroughly. Pour into glass jars. Label and cap when cold. To use: Rub a small amount into temples before bed.
SOURCE; Toni Green is a Newcastle-based naturopath, herbalist, and iridologist. www.naturalhealthsolutions.net.au
The Night-night balm would make a great gift to any friend you know that has a problem with sleeping. Mind you some of those oils are not cheap to buy but if they work its worth it.