What is the most important pillar for your health? Most agree there is nothing better than a good night of sleep. Sleep is essential for our physical and mental well-being, but for many of us, getting a good night's rest can be a challenge.
Fortunately, there are a number of herbs that have been traditionally used to promote sleep and improve the quality of rest. Here are some of the best herbs for sleep:
- Chamomile: Chamomile is a popular herb known for its calming properties. It has been used for centuries to help with sleep, anxiety, and stress. Chamomile tea is a common bedtime drink and can be taken as a supplement in capsule form.
- Valerian root: Valerian root is another herb with a long history of use as a natural sleep aid. It is believed to work by increasing the amount of GABA, a neurotransmitter that promotes relaxation, in the brain. Valerian root can be taken as a supplement in capsule form or as a tea.
- Lemon balm: Lemon balm is a member of the mint family and has been used for centuries to promote relaxation and improve sleep. It is believed to work by increasing the production of GABA in the brain. Lemon balm can be taken as a supplement in capsule form or as a tea.
- Lavender: Lavender is a fragrant herb with a reputation for promoting relaxation and improving sleep. It can be taken as a supplement in capsule form or as an essential oil that can be inhaled or applied topically.
- passionflower: Passionflower is an herb native to the Americas that has been traditionally used to promote relaxation and improve sleep. It is believed to work by increasing the production of GABA in the brain. Passionflower can be taken as a supplement in capsule form or as a tea.
It's important to note that herbs can interact with medications and have potential side effects, so it's always a good idea to speak with a healthcare professional before starting any new supplement. In addition, it's important to practice good sleep hygiene and address any underlying medical conditions that may be causing sleep problems.
Good sleep hygiene, in addition to these herbs, will have you sleeping like a teenager (yes a teen, not a baby haha, as a parent, we know babies suck a sleep!)
If you are looking to learn more about sleep hygiene check out Sleep Smarter.
If you need the perfect nightcap, our Zen Cacao has herbs and mushrooms that assist in relaxing your body and mind. The raw cacao which is a great source of magnesium which is essential for restful sleep.
Hoping 2023 is the year we master sleep friends. Rest up!