It’s easier said than done, sometimes, we know. However, natural herbal remedies may be your answer to getting a good night’s sleep.
Herbal teas, herbal extracts and 100% pure essential oils are a few ways in which you can enjoy the calming and soothing effects of Mother Nature’s goodness.
Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) is a popular herbal plant used as a natural remedy to treat insomnia and decrease anxiety. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and when dried makes a delicious, calming and relaxing herbal tea. Chamomile can be steeped on its own for a delicious hot drink before bedtime or blended with other complimentary herbs.
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) is an aromatic herb belonging to the mint family and is used for reducing stress and improving sleep. The leaves can be used in herbal teas, the extract used in herbal medicine and the essential oil is used for aromatherapy.
Lavender (Lavandula) is a versatile and calming herb. In ancient times, Greeks and Romans would often add fresh Lavender to a hot bath and breathe in the calming fragrance. Also known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties, making Lavender the perfect ingredient for skincare and bodycare products. The WILDHEART [wellbeing] TURN BACK TIME Night Cream contains a long list of nourishing ingredients plus 100% Pure Lavender Oil for its aromatherapy properties to help induce sleep. Another beautiful WILDHEART [wellbeing] product is the BELIEVE IT Balancing Hydration Mist containing Damask Rose Hydrosol, Aloe Vera, Mandarin Essential Oil, Lemongrass Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, Vetiver Essential Oil and Grapefruit Seed Extract. When sprayed onto your face and pillow, this delightful aromatic mist gently helps to calm the mind and body preparing you for sleep.
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) is a herb widely used to treat nervousness, headaches and insomnia. It is a perennial flowering plant with scented white and pink flowers. However, it is the root of the Valerian plant which is used in herbal formulations for its sedative qualities. Valerian can also be taken in pill or capsule form. Valerian herbal tea can be taken with milk and honey to sweeten the flavour. For an increased sedative effect, a blend of mint or chamomile could help when added.
Remember that when brewing your herbal teas, the recommended temperature of the water is when it just comes to the boil. Pour the hot water over the herbs and cover. Steep for approximately 15 minutes or upto an hour depending on your choice of blend (some teas can taste a little bitter when steeped for too long!).
Sweet dreams xox