The following herbs will help ease you to sleep. Try taking them in herbal teas, adding them to your diet or seeing them into a sleep pillow to take to bed with you.
- Chamomile – Soothes digestive problems that might interfere with restful sleep, and also eases tension, period pains and irritability. Its gentle nature makes it ideal for treating children. This mild sedative herb is helpful for anyone suffering from nervous tension. Before bed, sip a herbal infusion of 2 teaspoons of dried chamomile per cup.
- Dill – The ancient Egyptians used dill in pain killing mixtures, and the Greeks covered their eyes with it to induce sleep. Its name comes from the Norse “dylla” to soothe. Its anti-inflammatory properties make it especially useful in cases where indigestion may be interfering with sleep.
- Jasmine – A calming and sedative herb that eases tension. Jasmine tea is often used in Buddhist ceremonies to promote peace and tranquility.
- Lavender – Soothing and sedative lavender calms the mind and emotions. It is an ideal scented candle to burn in the bedroom, or take a long soak in a lavender bath just before bedtime.
- Lemon Verbena – Lemon verbena shares calming and sedative properties with lemon balm. Good for lifting the spirits and easing the depression that may be keeping you awake during the night.
- Hops – Contains the natural sedative valerianic acid, which is ideal for calming an over active mind. Hops should not be used if depression is a cause of insomnia however, and its listing here is not an excuse to drink yourself asleep.
- Mugwort – A gentle herb that aids digestion, especially over a period of time. Mugwort has been used for centuries throughout the Europe and Asia. Its action as a tonic and digestive herb can help settle stomachs before bed, and because of its mild action it can taken in low doses over a period of time. Do not use mugwort if pregnant.
- Thyme – Head clearing and expectorant thyme can help to ease sleep that is disturbed by hay fever or bronchial colds. Although thyme will help clear chesty colds it can be stimulating so don’t take immediately before bed, instead take during the day to fight off your cold before bedtime.
Sedative Aromatherapy Oils – One hour before going to bed, put a relaxing aromatherapy blend into an oil vaporiser with fresh spring water and leave alight to infuse your bedroom with the fragrances. When you retire, remember to blow out the night light. A good sedative aromatherapy blend is :
- 5 drops of lavender
- 3 drops of jasmine
- 2 drops of bergamot
Fill your bedroom with soothing aromas to help relax you into a deep sleep.