Valerian is recommended for those type of people who have a hard time falling asleep, because it shortens sleep latency. It also reduces nighttime waking. (Note: Valerian can cause horrible nightmares)
Chamomile is a very well known sedative herb.
Chamomile tea is commonly used in Europe and South America for insomnia and restlessness combined with irritability. It is safe for children and adults alike. Try 1 cup two or three times per day. Chamomile oil can also be put in bath water (5-6 drops) to calm nerves, diluted to 2% to make an excellent massage oil, or used as an inhalant.
Lavender is a gentle strengthening tonic for the nervous system. It can be absorv=bed in different ways:
- infused in water (1 cup two or three times per day).
- 3-10 drops of lavender oil added to a bath before bedtime are recommended for persons with sleep disorders.
- the oil may be used as a compress or massage oil (10 drops essential oil per ounce of vegetable oil).
- the oil can be simply inhaled.
Hops (a major flavoring in beer!) has been used as a sedative since the early 1900s, specifically for insomnia due to worry or nerve weakness. Try 1 cup two or three times per day. Hops pillows are sometimes used for mild insomnia.
Passion-flower is an important herb for insomnia caused by mental worry, overwork, or nervous exhaustion. It is an excellent sedative with no side effects even when used in large doses.
Relaxation therapy and EEG biofeedback are efficient to reduce stress. A major pro with relaxation therapy is that once you learn relaxation techniques, you can use them for the rest of your life.
Cognitive behavioral therapies (changing maladaptive thinking to change effect and behavior) are good treatments too.
But they all require the help (and paying of) professional practitioners.
Numerous clinical studies show that acupuncture is efficient, even months after the treatment, to cure insomnia. Consult an acupuncturist. Several sessions might be necessary. The benefits of acupuncture is that it is a holistic medicine and it works on the deep levels of your system.
However, if you:
- can’t find the right herbs or essential oils,
- don’t have time to make herbal teas,
- don’t have the budget to pay for therapists,
- don’t like having needles inserted in your skin,
then rejoyce: Acupressure is your solution. Acupressure uses the same points as acupuncture, only you press on them instead of inserting needles. So the beauty of acupressure is that you can apply it to yourself! [Read more on next page...]