herbs

Don’t Want a Prescription But Want Better Sleep?

If you’re like us, you have a lot going on between sun up and sun down. When it’s finally time to relax, it can be difficult to pull your mind away from the day’s demands and focus on the regular, restorative sleep your body needs.

Try one of these herbs to help get your brain ready to relax and drift off to dreamland.

Kava kava

This herb has been used for centuries as a ceremonial drink in the Pacific Islands. Much like a glass of wine, this social drink promotes relaxation and mood elevation. During a sleepless night, this herb’s strong properties can get you relaxed in no time.

Chamomile

Although this flower is the star of many bedtime teas, but there is little research to support its relaxing effects. Its powers could simply be based on the ritual of drinking a hot, non-caffeinated tea at the end of the day. Even still, this one has been used before bed for centuries.

Lavender

This flowery shrub smells phenomenal, and it’s no wonder that it’s used in so many soaps, teas, and cleaning products. If you need some shut-eye, you can turn to lavender aromatherapy, which has been proven to slow the nervous system and allow for relaxing sleep. 

Lemon balm

Lemon balm is related to mint and has been used since the Middle Ages to aid with anxiety, insomnia, and pain. In a clinical study, 81% of participants slept better with the help of this aromatic herb. We like those odds.

Hops

People started to notice this flower’s sedative effects because its cultivators could never stay awake on the job for too long. You’re used to seeing hops in your favorite IPA, and it turns out that in a supplement, tea, or bitters, it could have you snoozing fast.