Sleep and plants

There are many, many great herbs that can help tremendously with sleep. Insomnia is one of the absolute most treatable conditions with very safe herbs, and there are many options. Always consult a qualified health care practitioner before using any supplements or herbs, this comment does not constitute medical advice, etc. etc. I would learn about the following herbs and try those that seem appealing and appropriate to you – my recommendation is to use them as a tisane (tea) or a tincture*. I have listed these herbs in an approximate order of safest (at the top) to most likely to cause side effects (towards the bottom).

  • Lavandula sp. (Lavender)
  • Ocimum sanctum (Tulsi, Holy Basil)
  • Matricaria sp. (Chamomile)
  • Scutellaria sp. (Skullcap)
  • Passiflora sp. (Passionflower)
  • Turnera diffusa (Damiana)
  • Valeriana officinalis (Valerian)
  • Eschscholzia californica (California Poppy)

There are many others, but those are a great place to start.

I would also strongly advise you to avoid caffeine, if you consume any, especially after lunch time. Caffeine has a half-life in the body of about 12 hours, which means that even 24 hours after your last cup of coffee or caffeinated tea, you’re still experiencing 25% of the dose you consumed a full day before. As a substance it can be extremely disruptive to sleep.

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