The Guru News

Sleep and Herbal Support Remedies

Monday, April 01, 2019

Sleep and Herbal Support Remedies

Let’s talk about sleep, the average adult needs 7-9 hours of sleep a night, in saying that some people can function on less. Inadequate sleep can raise the stress hormone cortisol and over a long period can cause serious health issues.

The sleep- wake cycle is influenced by exposure to light which increases secretion of serotonin and darkness increases secretion of melatonin. A brightly lit room isn’t going to support a healthy sleep routine. Sleep, body temperature and eating patterns are also influenced by circadian rhythm – have you ever woken hungry in the early hours of the morning this can relate to low blood sugar levels.

A naturopath aims to assess the cause of sleep disorders, explain the importance of good sleep hygiene, help regulate circadian rhythm, functions and address external stressors while supporting the nervous system if needed. There is much that could be said on the subject but let’s talk about herbal medicines. Here are just a few of the herbs that support sleep in its many aspects:

  • Humulus lupulus (Hops)

It’s use as an herbal sedative can be traced back to numerous traditional healing systems. Has been beneficial in the use for sleep disturbances where there is anxiety and nervousness, also gives relief from pain.

  • Passiflora incarnata (Passion Flower)

Is used for sleep disorders with restlessness and nervous stress. Induces REM sleep and freshness on wakening.

  • Piper methysticum (Kava)

Kava combined with passion flower provide a better result especially when decreasing prolonged amphetamine (A drug that has a stimulant effect) and barbiturate (sedative and sleep-inducing drug) use. Kava works as a central nervous system depressant with a sedative, muscle relaxant, alleviates anxiety and may help with sleep disturbances associated with menopause.

  • Zizyphus spinosa (zizyphus)

Has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to promote relief from insomnia where anxiety and nervousness prevail also effective in conjunction with Magnolia officinalis which provide sedative effects. Great for broken sleep from night sweats.

  • Matricaria recutita (German chamomile)

Is used extensively for its mild sedative effects, great for anxiety, insomnia and restlessness. Can be taken as an herbal tea. Chamomile oil has calming qualities also used for insomnia.

  • Lavandula angustifolia (lavender)

It has a long history of promoting relaxation, relieving anxiety, insomnia and excitability. Is used in aromatherapy. Lavender oil demonstrated sedative activity after inhalation.

  • Melissa officinalis (lemon balm)

Last but not least another great herb for treating insomnia, anxiety, irritability and depression which can all effect our sleeping patterns.

All herbs can be used as herbal infusions (tea).

  • Scutellaria laterifolia (skullcap)

Is a nervine and mild sedative having a soothing sedative effect on the nervous system, helps with emotional stress, anxiety and depression.

  • Piscidia erythrina (Jamaican dogwood)

Has been traditionally used for sleep disorders, beneficial for the elderly with a nervous temperament, good for its sedative and pain-relieving qualities.

  • Valerian officinalis (valerian)

    This is a popular herb for sleep disorders. Works on the nervous system by activating (GABA) receptors which are involved in sleep promotion and regulation. Can be more beneficial when used with hops in some cases it can increase wakefulness


Recent Posts


Healing food Oil Sleep chlorella Nails Energy skincare remedial massage digestion lose weight licorice spelt snacks Gut music Yoga Teacher satsang beerwah health food store Creatine chia Psychic Card reader Sinusitis Bio Energetic Synchronisation Technique yoga retreat meditation tribulus Fear alfalfa Essences AUTISM echinacea counselling Body Stress Release chia seeds Sugar kava Dairy Free christmas Forgiveness diet Diabetes healthy weight loss Cruise Ayurvedic withania Sports green tea mineral analysis Hair supplements phyto greens yoga X50 circulation detox IBS Emergency Natural Colour Energy Healer vegan BEHAVIOUR impotence iridology SPROUTER barley grass Ear Wax Herbs Psychic Medium Household Products recipes sea sickness super foods Ginseng salicylates relaxation yoga Colds magnesium supplements Kinesiology tarot cards Quinoa Anti-Inflammatory Ear Candling Skin muffins Nutritionist wheat grass Stress Reflexology almonds 2017 Sugar Free spirulina Naturopath bread divinity herbs of gold Body Products fusion liver detox Goals sprouted grains CHILDREN yoga classes beerwah yoga class Anxiety Men adrenals Liver detox B.E.S.T. devine source enlightenment superfood wellbeing Bribie LEARNING Pre workout Gout Psychic Nurturing depression Gluten Free Masseuse fusion heavy metals 2018 Kidneys Cleaning easter nut free astrology essential oils hormones natural therapies sex drive buckwheat Muscle build Indigestion chocolate NutraLife Allergy super food nutrition bowen nutritional consultation toxins Blood Sugar Herbalist Medium Flu Inflammation House of Wellness activated charcoal health food store Young Living fertility Baby asthma Tips Antioxidant menopause vitamin supplements Tapping Thompsons pancakes rye massage Immune Raw Silica fusion multi vitamins Cinnamon Blood pressure health christmas gift ideas addiction weight loss pills Turmeric pizza muscle resuscitation Naturopathic sourdough Iridologist beginners yoga Clairvoyant Medium Hair Dye Protein cookies Cranio-Sacral Therapist Kinesiologist bed wetting vitamins Medium Psychic Mass Muscle build Stamina vision guidance kids Organic Vegetables yoga beerwah garlic Ear Aches healthy WPI magnesium weight loss Book Pain EFT cortisol Hemp Seeds Decisions garcinia cambogia Essene bread vitamin c Retreats numerology cholesterol Reiki Master organic Concentration beerwah health foods paleo Liver pills Balance body work



"A long awaited health food shop that services a wide range of organic gluten and wheat free products and Vitamins. It is great to get my favourite products locally."

Dalton Howden, 2014

Read More »