I hope you enjoy this post on herbs for sleep and what goes into my sweet dreams herbal tea! This is not medical advice, nor should it replace medical advice. This post contains affiliate links.

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Do you have a hard time sleeping each night? If so, you’re not alone. But the good news is there are a variety of herbs that can not only help you fall asleep quicker but boost your quality of sleep as well.

Sleep has never come easy to me. I’ve aways had a hard time falling asleep, even when my body feels phsycially exhausted.

Aside from adding herbs to my night-time routine, I implemented a variety of other habits to help boost my sleep. Some of these included limiting electronics the hour before bed, limiting blue light exposure throughout the day, winding down with a book, taking CBD, and more. I have a blog post in the works on this as well.

Herbs for Sleep That Help You Beat Insomnia

There are dozens and dozens of herbs that can help you fall asleep better and deeper each night.

For me, I personally found chamomile flower, valerian root, Skullcap, and a few others to be most helpful, and the ones I actually formulated into a bend for Symbi. That said, don’t restrict yourself to only looking into these herbs.

There are many more out there that you can find. A good place to get started would be checking out one of the books I listed in one of my recent posts “8 Books On Herbal Medicine To Get You Started On Your Healing Journey.”

Anyways, here are 6 of the herbs that I use when it comes to sleeping easier and deeper ↓↓↓

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🌙Chamomile Flower

Not only does chamomile taste good and naturally relax your body, but studies show that it can lessen anxiety as well as depression. Like many herbs, there is a greater connection between long-term use and the benefits that come with the plant.

In a 2016 study, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania school of medicine conducted a study on the long-term use of chamomile and its impacts on anxiety. From 2010 to 2015 these researchers studied 93 anxiety patients. In this group, 46 were given chamomile and 47 were given a placebo. Ultimately the chamomile group had 40% fewer anxiety relapses. It’s also important to note that anxiety relapses occurred every 6.3 weeks for the placebo group and 11.4 weeks for the chamomile group.

This is why I suggest drinking anxi-TEA every day. The long term benefits are amazing.

Interested in trying Chamomile? You can buy it here.

You can also order in bulk using my affiliate link from Mountain Rose Herbs here.

🌙Valerian Root

I once referred to valerian root as the herbal Xanax and it made my doctor laugh so that was good. But honestly – it really is. I have been taking valerian root for both sleep and anxiety for years and recommend it for both.

According to Mental Health Daily, “Valerian likely induces an anxiolytic effect via binding to a subtype of GABA receptors known as ‘GABAA’ receptors.” In easy to understand language, studies have shown that Valerian root can work to increase GABA levels throughout the brain, which alone can mitigate anxiety.

Here is a great option of Valerian Root that you can get straight from Amazon. If you want it in capsule form, try this!

You can also order in bulk using my affiliate link from Mountain Rose Herbs here.

🌙Skullcap

Skullcap is one of my personal favorite herbs. It treats everything from high blood pressure to premenstrual syndrome to headaches, and more. It works as a muscle spasm nerve tonic and tissue rejuvenator, which has been helpful for me on many levels.

There are also numerous, impressive studies that have been done on skullcap. One study, in particular, used a double-blind human study to test the anxiety-related benefits of skullcap. The study, which included 15 women and 4 men, “demonstrated noteworthy anxiolytic effects.” In a separate 2014 study, they found that skullcap increased overall mood without a decrease in energy in healthy individuals.
These anti-anxiety benefits can help those with anxiety-driven insomnia sleep better at night.

Also, side note. Many Native American nations like the Cherokee and Iroquois used skullcap to stimulate delayed menstruation. The herb has a variety of benefits, aside from aiding in sleep.

If you want to buy Skullcap to try out and not in bulk, check out this brand.

You can also order in bulk using my affiliate link from Mountain Rose Herbs here.

🌙Damiana Leaf

Damiana Leaf can be extremely under-rated when it comes to sleep. Damiana leaf has anxiolytic and sedative properties due to the presence of apigenin in the plant. Long used by the Aztecs, Mayans, and Guaycura, the herb has worked as an aphrodisiac, but also as an aid for anxiety, depression, digestive problems, and menstrual irregularities.

I buy my herbs in massive bulk orders, but this is a great place to buy damiana leaf from.

You can also order in bulk using my affiliate link from Mountain Rose Herbs here.

🌙Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is one of the most “mainstream” herbs and for good reason. It’s an excellent defense against both anxiety and stress.

One research study reported that the herb regulated chemical signaling in the nervous system by actually blocking the stress pathway in rat brains. Many controlled human studies have also shown that it reduces stress and anxiety symptoms.

In one CRAZY 60-day study, 64 people who were diagnosed with chronic stress were observed. One group supplemented with ashwagandha, the other given a placebo. The group that took the ashwagandha saw a 69% reduction in both anxiety and insomnia, with only 11% in the placebo group.

Not only is ashwagandha good for anxiety, but it is also helpful in decreasing cortisol (stress hormone) levels.

According to Healthline: “In one study in chronically stressed adults, those who supplemented with ashwagandha had significantly greater reductions in cortisol, compared with the control group. Those taking the highest dose experienced a 30% reduction, on average.”

This is a great Ashwagandha tea here. You can also take it in capsule form, I recommend this brand.

You can also order in bulk using my affiliate link from Mountain Rose Herbs here.

🌙Holy Basil

I feel like I say this about too many herbs, but if I could only take one right now it would most likely be Holy Basil. This green, leafy plant comes from India and carries a variety of potent benefits. Holy Basil, also know as “Tulsi”, which translates to “the incomparable one,” can help with things like anxiety, eczema, sleep, and even bronchitis.

If your insomnia is triggered by anxiety (even if it’s low grade) adding holy basil to a tea before bed can be a great help. The herb works to decrease your cortisol levels (stress hormone) which will naturally lead to an increased state of calmness.

Here is a great option of Holy Basil that you can get straight from Amazon. I also know people that like to take Holy Basil in liquid form, this is a great brand if you are one of them.

You can also order in bulk using my affiliate link from Mountain Rose Herbs here.


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xx Linds

P.S. If you’re interested in learning more about herbal tea — check out another popular posts “Herbal Tea for Hormone Balance,” “Herbs To Help Decrease Anxiety,” and “Liver Function Herbal Tea.”