Herbal Treat to your Brain can Beat Insomnia to the Bits

By:Bhadra Kamalasanan, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Mar 16, 2014

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Here are some natural remedies for you to beat insomnia and have a good night's sleep.
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    Why the Insomnia?

    Everyone goes through a lack of restful sleep now and then, but those with insomnia continually experience an inability to get some peaceful sleep at night. Apparently of all the problems that concern sleep, insomnia is the most common and the least researched one. If you are already at your wits end struggling to catch some sleep at night, here are some herbs to give a try.

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    Lavender

    Lavender has a history of use in ancient fold medicine. It was used by traditional healers to cure sleeplessness. According to the Associated Sleep Society, lavender oil is an effective remedy for relieving mild cases of insomnia, especially in young people and women. If you have a severe case of insomnia, consult with your doctor.

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    Valerian

    This herb, turns out, is amazing for a mind that is always racing and not focused. Try to take four capsules an hour before going to bed. Although, this herb is smelly and unpleasant to taste, its effect last for several hours. Naturally, its soothing effect makes it a commonly used sedative.

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    Californian Poppy

    The Californian poppy is great for those who have insomnia that is caused as a result of anxiety and restlessness. It not only helps one to fall asleep, but also improves the quality of sleep. You could combine this herb with other herbs for the best results.

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    Passion Flower

    Those who wake up frequently at night can find relief in the consumption of passion flower. This is safe for children and those who have a compromised health. It is safe to be taken in large doses for long periods of time. You could take a few tinctures of this herb just before going to bed.

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    Magnolia Bark

    This herb helps in relaxing the mind as well as the body by lowering the levels of the stress hormone, cortisol in the body. This can help in the prevention of obesity as well as type 2 diabetes. Taking this herb before bedtime or when you wake up in the middle of the night, can give you peaceful sleep. Avoid taking this herb just before you are about to operate a vehicle or heavy machinery. In fact, avoid using it during the day.

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    Ashwagandha

    Ashwagandha is an amazing herb that has been said to be great for treating stress without draining any energy. It is said to be a powerful sedative that helps one get back to sleep even when he/she is at the peak of anxiety of morning cholesterol spike. Not only does ashwagandha delay the release of cholesterol into bloodstream, it also heals the stress effects on the body.

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    Seriphos

    Seriphos is an alternative name for the dietary supplement, Phosphoserine, which is an adrenal supported and an adaptogen. It is said to work wonders in soothing an over-active cortisol level. Take one before bed and one upon waking up in the night. You may increase the dose of these if you think you need to. If you are pregnant or have a medical condition, you must speak to your doctor about taking this herb.

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    Chamomile

    Chamomile is a traditional herb that has been used in medicine since time immemorial. It is available in the form of tea, topical ointment and extract. Even though chamomile’s effect on insomniac humans has not really been researched much, animal studies have shown that it is a safe as well as mild sleep stimulant.

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    Kava

    Kava is helpful in the treatment of stress-induced insomnia. It has anxiolytic as well as sedative properties and has been said to have no side-effects. Several studies have found that patients with insomnia who took kava experienced a significant drop in total stress severity.

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