Herbs for Insomnia

Are you on occasion having a hard time getting a good night’s sleep? Or worse, would you class yourself as suffering with chronic insomnia?

If so, a few good herbal remedies might be just what the doctor ordered, or possibly should have. Here are a few for you to trial until you find what works for you. Sleep is critically important for good health and longevity, so don’t ignore bad sleep patterns.


Valerian is commonly used as an herbal sleep aid and calming agent.

Patients who use valerian root have claimed that they have experienced a shortened length of time to fall asleep, their sleep duration has increased and their sleep quality improved.

Valerian capsules are available and normally taken at least one hour before retiring. Reports reveal that its effects last for approximately four hours.

If your poor sleep patterns have become habitual, you may find yourself waking during the night. Instead of lying awake for hours, you can take another dose of valerian. This will help develop new sleep patterns, by keeping you relaxed and asleep.

Lemon Balm

The power of lemon balm to effectively help people fall asleep has been recognized for centuries. Lemon balm has been a favorite go-to herb whenever insomnia strikes since the Middle Ages.

Its clean, refreshing smell brings on a relaxed feeling. You can add a few drops of lemon balm to your pillow to help ensure a restful night’s sleep.

If you are a little skeptical, and think that a few drops of lemon scent won’t work, give it a try before you doubt its sleep-inducing abilities. A study published in the Neuropsychopharmacology journal showed that lemon balm may indirectly influence sleep and relaxation by first making some improvements to a person’s mood.

In addition, lemon balm is also referred to as nootropic herb because of its brain-enhancing effects, and is known to improve cognitive performance.




Chamomile is perhaps one of the most famous herbal sleep aids. Many studies have proven the ability of chamomile to help people who have chronic insomnia as it acts as a mild sedative.

The studies have shown that chamomile helps promote sleep by allowing the person to first experience mental calmness, which also helps reduce the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder.

Most chamomile users drink a cup of chamomile tea before bed if they need to get a good night’s sleep, or ease their anxiety and built-up tension. The properties in chamomile help with deep relaxation.


Although not as common as chamomile or valerian, schisandra is another herb which has earned a high reputation among Chinese medical practitioners, due to its remarkable ability to induce relaxation.

The schisandra berry is capable of producing potent sedative effects and helps increase sleep duration.

Experts agree that this herb shows great potential in helping people who are suffering from insomnia, and more study on this herbal remedy will be forthcoming.

Schisandra is considered an excellent herb to use for improving all-round health, due to its vitamin and mineral content, and has been called a “superfood”.

One or All?

Now you’ve read about a few herbal remedies you can use for insomnia. You can start by making a calming cup of tea, or go all out and take a few valerian supplements and add a few drops of lemon balm to your pillow before bed too.

Let’s see if one or all of those things helps you get a good night’s sleep! How much difference would that make to your day?