Herbs for Stress/Sleep
In a constant world of pressures and expectations, we all need some time to slow and relax. When the natural equilibrium of the body or mind is disrupted, stress to the body and/or mind will result. This disruption can be a consequence of injury, disease, emotional troubles, or any excessive demands made on an individual’s body or mind. Many health issues have been linked with stress; ulcers, heart problems, headaches, and other aches and pains. Below are just a few commonly used remedies may help with stress relief and sleep:
A. Valerian (sedative, relaxing nervine, anti-spasmodic, hypotensive, anti-arrhythmic, anti-convulsant) : Helps with pain relief, stress, tension, insomnia, and nervous system disorders. May be used infused/tea; 1-2 teaspoons per cup of water. Take note that a very low percent of population will react completely opposite; a very low number of people may be stimulated by Valerian. If used alone, Valerian can also cause vivid dreams; use with caution if using alone. Blending with Passionflower may help avoid this.
B. Chamomile (anti-spasmodic, relaxant, nervine, anti-inflammatory, analgesic) :Helps digestive issues, used to calm and relax, helps relieve pain, mild sedative effects to nervous system, helps with restlessness, and decreases anxiety. May be used infused/tea; 1 large tablespoon per cup of water, infuse 5-10 minutes. Take note some may be allergic to Chamomile; use caution if using for first time.
C. Lavender (analgesic, anti-spasmodic, hypotensive, nervine): Helps to soothe and promote natural sleep, eases digestive issues, eases headaches, calms nervous system. May be used as infused/tea; 2-4 teaspoons per cup of water. Take note that excessive uses of Lavender can actually be stimulating; use sparingly if using for sleep initiation.
D. California Poppy (sedative, hypnotic, anti-spasmodic): Helps with insomnia, sleeplessness, and/or over excitability. May be used: Infused/tea; 1-2 teaspoons of dried herb with one cup of water.