Herbal remedies for insomnia – a realistic alternative to sleeping pills
With due respect to doctors, they don’t know much about herbal remedies for insomnia because they haven’t been trained in herbal medicine. Doctors are pursued daily by representatives from the big drug companies who provide them with incentives such as free samples, to prescrine their products. It’s not in a doctor’s best interests to suggest natural remedies.
Unfortunately it’s not just doctors, most people consider herbs for insomnia to be a second rate solution to any serious complaint. This is because the benefits of insomnia herbs are not trumpeted from the rooftops like the latest drug release. Why? Because there’s simply no money in it.
This is a shame because so many people could benefit with more knowledge on herbal sleep remedies, but the truth is not getting out there. For example, when I’ve asked people with sleep disorders if they would consider taking herbs for insomnia instead of their usual sleep medication, I get the following replies:
“I’d better wait ’till I’m on vacation before trying them.”
“Um, can you buy them at the chemist?”
“That’s for elderly people, isn’t it? Like aunts and that?”
“Don’t you have to take them for ages before they work?”
“Aren’t they supposed to be poisonous?”
The truth is if you are having trouble sleeping, herbal remedies for insomnia are as effective as chemical sleeping pills. In fact they are even better because they are non habit forming. Most herbs for insomnia are safe to take over the longer term without you having to worry about becoming addicted. The possible exception here is valerian which can have withdrawal effects.
Here are some safer herbs for insomnia you may not have come across before. However they have been proven to be very effective.
Nux Vomica ~ this is a wonderful herb for those type A personalities who tend to wake up in the middle of the night, planning all those things they have to do! Nux Vomica can really help these folk to unwind and relax.
Scutellaria laterifolia ~ A herbal nerve tonic for a fatigued nervous system, Scutellaria laterifolia is also a gentle sedative. It has beneficial effect on stress, nervous exhaustion, sleeplessness and anxiety.
Passiflora incarnata ~ Better known as Passionflower, this soothing and gentle plant remedy is used throughout the world as a sedative for insomnia especially for those with a tendency to worry.
Coffea ~ is a homeopathic medication and targets sleeplessness due to an over-active mind. If you’re agitated or physically restless, Coffea is the answer. (Despite the name, Coffea bears no relation to coffee, it’s a relaxing natural remedy).
Natural herbal sleep remedies are safe, non addictive and can have an almost immediate effect when blended together in their recommended amounts.
However remember herbs are potent substances so either seek the advice of a professional herbalist or naturopath, or obtain your herbs already blended from a reliable source.