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Herbal Remedies for Insomnia

The completely natural way to overcome insomnia is through herbs and herbal supplements. When combined with dietary changes, regular exercise, stress management, and relaxation techniques, herbs can be just as effective as many OTC and prescription sleep aids -- without the side effects.

There are dozens of herbal supplements available in the marketplace. Since each individual's body chemistry is different, what works for one person may not work for another. Provided below are some you may want to investigate, as well as a general listing of herbs that are known to induce sleep and relaxation.

Herbal Supplements

Serenite Plus™ -- Try this combination herbal/homeopathic formula to help you wind down at the end of the day and create a state of drowsiness. Also check out Serenite LT™, a unique herbal remedy with added nutrients to treat underlying causes of sleeplessness, or Serenite Jr.™, an herbal remedy specially formulated to calm and relax young children and induce a state of drowsiness. Native Remedies offers these and many other herbal supplements. Money-back guarantee.

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Oxy Natural Sleep Aid OxySleep -- Relieves daily stress and anxiety. Doesn't give you that dull, "hung-over" feeling the next day. Instead, you wake up feeling refreshed and rested. Oxysleep is a completely natural pill made up of Melatonin and other effective herbs. Non-addictive. FREE trial.
Hyland's Calms Hyland's Calms -- For relief of simple nervous tension & insomnia. Non habit-forming. No foggy, groggy, hangover feeling. (Excellent reviews)
Great Night Sleep Great Night Sleep -- Helps you relax so you fall asleep naturally. 100% all natural. No side effects. Made in the USA. Money-back guarantee. (Read the testimonials!)
Melatrol Natural Sleep Aid Melatrol -- Quality natural ingredients combat your insomnia on a long term basis. Featured on MSN, CNN, Fox, MSNBC. 100% satisfaction guarantee. Get your FREE bottle today.
Somnatrol Somnatrol -- Stage 1 relaxes your body, Stage 2 puts you to sleep. Does not cause grogginess or that tired feeling the next morning. Natural ingredients, non-addictive, 100% safe.
Sleep Right Melatonin Sleep Right Melatonin -- 100% vegetarian/natural. Time-released. Fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer. Helps the brain maintain regular sleeping patterns.
Natural Balance Herbal Slumber Natural Balance Herbal Slumber -- Combines a select blend of soothing herbs with melatonin to help you relax and renew your energy reserve.
Calm Tabs Calm Tabs -- Use before bedtime to wind down after a long, stess-filled day. The unique blend of more than five herbal ingredients, including Valerian and Hops, will help you relax and get a restful night's sleep.

Over-the-Counter Herbs 

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Avena sativa (oats) has a mild sedative effect and has long been used as a herbal treatment of insomnia.

California Poppy (not the same as opium poppy!) is particularly helpful if anxiousness and acute pain is involved. Because of its mild sedative and analgesic properties, it can be given safely to children. 

Catnip is often used to treat anxiety, insomnia, and nervousness because it has a sedating effect.

Celery has a calming effect on the central nervous system. Celery seed has been used as a herbal remedy to treat nervousness, insomnia, and anxiety.

Hops, a major flavoring component of beer, has a long history of use for sleeplessness, nervousness, and restlessness when used in combination with valerian. Hops pillows are sometimes used for mild insomnia.

Kava kava has been shown in recent clinical studies to be a safe non-addictive anti-anxiety medicine. It is as effective as prescription anxiety agents containing benzodiazepines, such as valium.  It imparts a calm feeling, relaxes the body, and sometimes enhances dreaming.

Lavender produces calming, soothing, and sedative effects. Scientific research suggests that aromatherapy with lavender slows the activity of the nervous system, improves sleep quality, promotes relaxation, and lifts mood in people suffering from sleep disorders. Put small pouch inside pillowcase or add a few drops of lavender oil to a bedtime bath. (Not recommended for pregnant or nursing moms.)

Lemon Balm combined with other calming herbs (such as valerian) helps reduce anxiety and promote sleep.

Linden is well known as a relaxing remedy for use in nervous tension. The flowers are brewed to make a tea as a treatment for insomnia. 

Melatonin, while not an herb, has been reported to help people fall asleep faster, but evidence remains unclear. Some studies have found that it has no effect on total sleep time or daytime feeling of sleepiness or fatigue.

Passion flower (often combined with Valerian) is used for sleep problems in both children and adults. It is an excellent sedative with no side effects even when used in large doses. It has narcotic and tranquilizing properties, including mild sedative and anti-anxiety effects. Especially useful if insomnia caused by mental worry, overwork, or nervous exhaustion.

Valerian is a herb that has been long used as a remedy for insomnia. Users report an improvement in sleep quality and they feel more rested after waking, as well as experiencing general well-being. Valerian produces a drug-like hypnotic effect within the central nervous system. Similar to benzodiazepine drugs (OTC), a tolerance effect may occur with valerian due to its Valium-like properties. Users often need to take greater and greater amounts of it as time goes by in order to continue to obtain the desired hypnotic (sleep-inducing) effect. Numerous clinical research studies have shown that 270-600 milligrams of valerian taken daily for 14-30 days decreases the time it takes to fall asleep. It has also been reported to reduce nighttime waking.

Wild Lettuce is beneficial in the treatment of insomnia as it contains a sleep-inducing substance called lectucarium, which was frequently used by 19th century doctors.

Valerian and Kava kava have the strongest clinical research to support their use in insomnia and other sleep disorders.

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