Herbal Sleep Remedies
With the possible exception of babies, do you know many people who enjoy regular and restful sleep on an ongoing basis? From what I hear, probably very few. We come to the rescue with four safe, natural herbal sleep remedies that will have you sleeping like the proverbial baby!
Restful, unbroken sleep promotes a clear mind, good focus and productivity in the morning. These four herbal sleep remedies, as economical as they are effective, are readily available at any herb shop. Let’s take a look.
Let’s begin with one of the simplest sleep remedies, prescribed for King George III in 1787. The King’s hearty endorsement for this remedy for insomnia probably made a place in history for insomnia remedies, from which the King suffered mightily. The remedy is simple and inexpensive. Hops. As you may know, hops are the primary ingredient in beer and ales. However, you don’t need to add alcohol to this herbal sleep aid.
All you need do is fill a small (8-by 10-inch) muslin bag with organic hops, sew it shut and attach it to your regular sleeping pillow. Hops exert a soothing influence on your nerves, nurturing that drowsy feeling. It’s as simple as that. Enjoy uninterrupted and restful sleep. Modern research has demonstrated that hops are also used to good effect in cases of war psychosis and the attendant sleep problems.
Next on our list of natural, herbal sleep remedies: a tea, made of equal parts of skullcap, peppermint and catnip. Thoroughly mix the herbs and place 1-2 teaspoons of the mix in a cup of boiling water. Cover the cup and herbs and allow to steep until lukewarm, then strain. Drink warm at bedtime. This herbal sleep remedies formula relieves jittery nerves, excitability, nervous tension and restlessness. This tea is also helpful in cases of nervous headache.
Here’s another of the herbal sleep remedies, which also helps prevent nightmares. A mixture of wood betony, rosemary and skullcap, combined in an 2:1:1 ratio, respectively, are mixed in a bowl and then divided into four equal portions.
This should equal 1-2 teaspoons of your herbal sleep remedies mix. Add the portion to a pint of cold water, then bring to a boil, simmering for just 2 minutes. Strain the tea and allow to stand until cold. Drink a teacup, cold, three times daily. For insomnia, drink a fourth cup at bedtime, hot.
Our last offering of herbal sleep remedies is especially good news to those who wake in the middle of the night to answer nature’s call. Oats, in the herbal world, are classified as nervines (calms your nerves) and antispasmodics (quickly relieving spasms, in this case, of the urethra and bladder).
If your sleep is broken in this manner, oats may be the perfect answer! Oats both calms and strengthens your nerves, particularly in cases of insomnia. It’s important to note that a cold tincture of oats is what you want when seeking sleep.
When taken as a hot tea, a stimulant property is activated! So, when using oats as an herbal sleep aid, take it in the form of a tincture, in a glass of cold water, at a dose of 10-20 drops, three times per day.