For centuries, people have been using herbs to aid sleep difficulties, including insomnia, and to promote relaxation. In this article, we will be looking at some of the most popular herbs for sleep and relaxation.
1. Valerian Root
Valerian root is a relaxing herb that has been referred to as "nature's Valium." It is an herb that is native to Europe and Asia. This herb promotes sleepiness and relaxation, and also reduces anxiety by positively effecting GABA levels in the brain.
2. PassionflowerPassionflower has been used to relieve symptoms of anxiety and to improve sleep. Studies have shown that the use of passionflower tea helps relieve symptoms of insomnia and to improve sleep quality.
3. Lemon Balm
Lemon balm is known to help ease stress and anxiety. Lemon balm contains a compound called Romaric acid, which contains antioxidant properties. In addition to relieving stress, reducing anxiety and promoting relaxation, lemon balm also helps lower cholesterol and ease heartburn and indigestion. In essential oil form, the smell is refreshing and relaxing.
Using herbs in either a tea form or a tincture form helps absorption occur more rapidly than by ingesting capsules. Look for an herbal blend of tea or a tincture that contains these herbs. Oftentimes, these herbs will be paired with other relaxing herbs such as kava, chamomile, or California poppy.