28.03.2015
That’s a hard question to answer in one sentence, let alone one word (the name of just ONE herb) because it depends on the person and the reason WHY that person can’t sleep in the first place. Depending on what’s going on, each individual will utilise a particular herb or herb combination differently depending on their own particular situation.
I did have a neck issue, which I’ve had for years, but I was certain it wasn’t that that was keeping me awake at night.
Over time, it most definitely helped with the stress situation, but I still wasn’t sleeping well. Incidentally, as far as calming herbs go, lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) is another good one that can be taken as a tea or tincture. Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) is popular among herbalists for general sleep disturbances, perimenopausal sleep disturbances, depression, and anxiety. For yourself, I would suggest trying each herb individually, possibly starting with valerian. It is best to try each herb one at a time, rather than in a formula, in order to tell which herb works best for you.


THE HANDMADE HOME: bake delicious sweet treats, craft beautiful handmade gifts, create your own cleaning products, plus DIYs for your home and garden… and more. For a pharmacopeial quality you want the chamomile flower that consists of the capitula (infloresence) separated from leaf and stem. Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) is used for sleep problems as well as nervous disorders.
I took one very strong dose in tea form an hour before bedtime and by the time I got there I was already very sleepy. Later you can combine herbs that work for a synergistic effect, once you are familiar with the particular effects of each herb. This definitely had a relaxing effect on me but it didn’t help me sleep (nonetheless, this is a very good herb for stress). Occasionally I would get a headache when I hit the pillow (hence the collection of pillows) if it wasn’t the right height or fullness, but once I found the right pillow for me (a pillow made of bamboo), that didn’t seem a problem.


While it didn’t so much help me with sleep, it is a calming herb and I find it great for stress (sipped on during the day as well as before bedtime).
I had had it for a while but the mattress was good quality and I certainly didn’t feel uncomfortable while in bed. At one stage I was writing 12 gardening articles a month for various newspapers and magazines (and that’s just the gardening ones – there were a host of others as well), plus running and maintaining a separate media business, as well as running workshops and giving talks, and working for a major international publisher.
While valerian is well known as a treatment for anxiety and insomnia (it’s often described as the herbal tranquilliser), not everyone can take it.



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