We all could use a little bit of help getting to sleep sometimes, for some of us a lot of times. But, you don't need medication in most cases. You may need a little bit of relaxation, calmness, and structure to help you sleep. Check out this article on Coroninsomnia that'll help.
If you tried some of those ideas, let's take a look at some of the herbs you have in your kitchen cabinet that can help you relax right now.
You Don't Need Exotic Sleep Aids
Some herbal products use exotic ingredients from far away, luring people in with the sound of foreign names and promises. But, you don't have to go all that far to get some good herbs. In fact, you can get most of them out of your kitchen cabinet.
There's nothing like having the best ingredients at the tips of your fingers and easily accessible.
You can pick up mint in just about every grocery store. It's in the fresh produce section and it's in the tea section dried.
Mint is good for a lot of things, including digestion, coughs and colds, and sleep. Mint helps reduce feelings of frustration, anxiety, and fatigue. Just the scent of peppermint oil helps lower anxiety for some people.
It's also a muscle relaxant, so if you have tension, it can reduce your muscle fatigue and pain.
Rosemary is excellent on chicken and lamb, but it can also help you relax and sleep. As an anti-inflammatory herb, it can help soothe aches and pains before you sleep. The scent of rosemary, especially coming off your tea, can help reduce anxiety and can even help work as a protective agent against neurodegenerative diseases like dementia and Alzheimer's.
One of the ingredients in thyme, carvacrol, helps boost your well-being. Using thyme regularly helps improve your overall mood. You can place a few sprigs of thyme under your pillow to help ward off nightmares and bad dreams.
Two types of basil can help you – regular cooking basil, with its many different flavors and textures, and holy basil or tulsi.
Basil is rich in estragole, cineol, eugenal, flavonoids and saponocides. The scent of basil helps reduce anxiety and insomnia, mainly by acting as a digestive calmative, allowing things to relax.
Holy basil is a different type of herb, but closely related. It's been used for over 3,000 years in Hindu medicine and is one of the most potent herbs to take for your overall health. One of the things it does very well is help reduce cortisol in the body. That's the primary stress hormone, and in studies, holy basil has been shown to lower cortisol levels. It's excellent for controlling blood sugar, relaxing your digestive system, and improving your overall health.
Do you have blood sugar problems? Cinnamon tea might help. Cinnamon has a fantastic ability to help reduce blood sugar spikes and crashes that can keep you up at night. It can help give you a better night's sleep.
If you have a toothache, clove oil or holding a whole clove on the affected tooth can bring relief. It also has blood sugar modulation ability, helping to reduce the fluctuations in your blood sugar that might keep you up. The oil can help reduce pain throughout your body if that is keeping you awake.
Sage is an overall wonderful herb to have, especially if you have any stomach issues. It can help reduce ulcers and reflux. And if you put it under your pillow, the scent can help you sleep better. It has a very warm and soothing property that helps you relax before you sleep.
Although this isn't one you'll make a tea out of, using paprika in your cooking can help you prepare your body to produce more melatonin, promoting a healthy sleep cycle. It uses a high amount of B vitamins to help balance the serotonin and norepinephrine in your brain to help relax you and keep you calm.
You can use paprika in warm milk to help relax you for sleep. Combining it with turmeric, paprika milk is a soothing agent that can help reduce reflux, relax your muscles, and help you get a better night's sleep.
Next time you're looking for aid to help you sleep, check out your kitchen cabinet because you have most of what you need right at your fingertips.