Natural Remedies for Insomnia

Natural therapies encompass various disciplines such as exercises and diet to life changes and mental conditioning. Examples of natural remedies include aromatherapy, hypnosis, acupuncture, yoga, guided imagery, massage, herbal remedies relaxation, biofeedback and many others.

Herbs

Outlined here below are the natural herbs used in treating insomnia:

Chamomile

chamomile

This is one of the common herbs used in treating insomnia. More research is being done to determine its effectiveness. It is safe herb which has no adverse effects on the user. It has potent soothing and calming properties. Individuals who are sensitive to chrysanthemums or ragweed should avoid taking it since they might develop contact allergies. In addition to this, this herb is useful in reducing inflammation, and itchiness of the scalp.

Ashwagandha

It is one of the useful herbs which are widely used in Ayurvedic medicine. Its roots as leaves have therapeutic value. It is effective in strengthening the immune system and reducing chronic stress. It works by reducing the cortisol levels in the body. Its extracts are helpful in inducing calmness and relaxation, reducing anxiety and depressions as well as reducing insomnia.

Valerian Root

This herb is known for improving the sleep quality. Research has also proven its effectiveness in treating insomnia. However, it can interfere with certain medications. It is not safe for pregnant mothers and young children.

Magnolia Bark

magnolia plant

It is widely used in Chinese medicine. It is helpful in promoting relaxation of mind and body as well as and reducing cortisol levels. This effect is helpful in improving the sleep quality and reducing the risks associated with type II diabetes and obesity. Furthermore, Italian studies have proven that this herb is effective in easing anxiety. It can also be combined with magnesium to improve mood and sleep. It is also useful in reducing anxiety and depression, especially in menopausal women.

Other herbs which are effective in promoting sleep include hops, lemon balm, and passion flower. More research is going on to determine the effectiveness and safety of these herbs. You should inform a healthcare professional before taking other medications because some of these herbs can interfere with them.

Melatonin

This is a hormone that is produced in animal’s brains and plants. This hormone is known for laying a significant role in regulating wake cycle and sleep. It is effective in treating circadian rhythm disorders. You can also use it to reduce sleep disturbances and treat insomnia.

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