Article by Kristine F.
A cup of tea can be everything you need to relieve stress and get a good night’s sleep. It’s a myth that every tea will help, because not all of them have calming effect on human brain and body. If you drink strong green tea before sleep it will keep your eyes wide open and you might not get any rest at all, while a cup of strong valerian root tea will put you to sleep no matter what you have planned to do. Sedative herbs help to get better sleep, relieve stress, ease hysteria and many of them are also pain relievers. Here are top 5 natural sedatives from the wilderness of Northern Europe:
St. John’s Wort (Hypericum Perforatum): it’s a natural antidepressant that can uplift one’s mood, relieves nervousness and anxiety. It also is well known to ease sleep related issues and is advised by herbalists for overall mental health.
Catnip (Nepeta Cataria): cats chew this herb to “get high”, but no worries – catnip tea doesn’t work that way on humans. For people catnip is a natural insomnia treatment, well known to ease anxiety, migraines and headache, help to relax and reduce stress.
Hops (Humulus Lupulus): mostly people know this plant because of its use in beer production. The flowers or seed cones of hop plant are well known remedies for insomnia, nervousness, irritability, anxiety and nervous tension.
Meadowsweet (Filipendula Ulmaria): sweet scented meadowsweet tea is a perfect sedative to use before sleep. It has calming effects on nervous system, contains natural pain killers and helps to fight cold, flu and fever as well.
Valerian Root (Valeriana Officinalis): this is a very strong insomnia and nervousness treatment that helps to ease migraines, hysteria and anxiety, and in most cases it can perfectly replace medical sleeping pills. Valerian root is one of the strongest natural sedatives that work on central nervous system. Make sure you don’t overdose it or it might result in totally opposite effects on your brain and body!
All of these natural sedatives you can use in a form of tea made of fresh or dried herbs, flowers or roots, using each of them separately or mixing two and more herbs together. Remember that using the same tea in a long term your body will simply get used to it and you might not feel the desired results. The solution is switching from one to another natural sedative, but do not greatly increase the daily intake of the same herb and don’t drink the same sedative tea all day long.
Kristine F. is a full time writer/ghostwriter from North-Eastern Europe. Living in a climate that allows enjoying all 4 seasons, growing up at the countryside and learning about herbs from her family, Kristine got passion for nature and natural remedies. Now she is living in a city trying to keep the life simple yet meaningful. To share her knowledge about natural remedies, DIY projects and personal discoveries about the power of nature and human brain, she has recently started a new blog: http://mugwortsdreams.blogspot.com/