Insomnia affects millions of people each year. The most common form of sleep disorder, insomnia is generally caused by emotional and physical stress that has overwhelmed the sufferer producing anxiety and restlessness that prevent restful sleep. The lack of sleep caused by it can have effects ranging from less harmful symptoms such as irritability and lack of focus to more serious developments such as a heightened risk of getting cancer or premature aging.
Insomnia sufferers are also at increased risk for developing dependencies on alcohol and drugs (legal and illegal) in an attempt to reach a clear state of wakefulness or sleep. As a result many sufferers look for more natural ways to treat the problem at home without medication.
These are Effective Herbs for Insomnia:
Herbs for insomnia are a much better alternative than taking drugs to anesthesia sleep. There are several herbs that have been proven to help this condition without any adverse side effects.
· Hops: This herb is most effective for those who suffer only mild insomnia. It can be placed in a pillow case or in a sachet under the pillow. A teas made from it can be taken 2-3 times a day.
Chamomile: This herb is especially mild and is safe to use for children as well as adults. A few drops of the oil can be put into bathwater and drinking the tea 2-3 times a day can be effective.
· Lavender: Lavender is an effective herb for insomnia because of its relaxing qualities.Placing a few drops of the oil in a warm bath can be very relaxing. It also helps to use a lotion scented with the herb or to place a sachet filled with it under your pillow at night.
· Passion Flower: One of the top three herbs used for this purpose passion flower is effective for those suffering from mild insomnia and has been used for children as well as adults. It's available in the form of a tincture or a tea in many health food stores.
· Valerian: A tea made from the root of this plant can be very effective in the treatment of insomnia. Similar in effect to valium with none of the negative side effects, this herb for insomnia is a natural sedative. Prepared teas can be purchased at health food stores but be aware that the older the herb is the less effective it becomes.
· St. John's Wort: Use of this herb can be traced back to ancient Greece. It can effectively help those with chronic insomnia but be advised that some caution is necessary. Talk to your doctor before you begin using this herb in any form as it has had negative reactions with other medications which have resolved in death. It's also best to avoid sunlight while using the herb as it may make you sensitive to light.
· Kava Kava: This herb imparts a healthy sense of calm and relaxation and is said to help enhance dreaming.