Herbal Remedies and Supplements for Insomnia
If you still need a little help once in awhile after using all of the suggestions above, try the following supplements that offer a safer, more natural alternative to narcotics.
Melatonin: You can take this in supplement form, but only do so occasionally and never give it to children. Take 5mg an hour before bedtime.
Valerian Root: This is a pretty powerful herb when it comes to dealing with insomnia. Occasional use is fine, but it shouldn’t be used for extended periods without a break.
Kava kava: This supplement works very well for insomnia that is caused by stress or anxiety. It is a good relaxant that also helps promote better sleep patterns.
Hops: Extracts of hops can be used to calm the nerves and aid relaxation. A good one if you are feeling anxiety.
Lemon Balm is very easy to grow and makes a delightful tea that helps ease digestion and promote relaxation.
Catnip: Not just for kitty anymore – catnip tea is very gentle like chamomile and can help you relax. It is also good for easing indigestion and can help prevent things like GERD and heartburn from keeping you awake.
Chamomile – much like lemon balm is a very natural, mild sedative that is even safe for children in tea form. Avoid it however if you are allergic to ragweed.
Lavender – The essential oil of this herb can be added to your nightly bath to relax and calm you, or you can simply open the bottle and inhale a bit of it right before bedtime. It helps gently ease stress and relax. It must be genuine lavender essential oil be effective – NOT fragrance oil.