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Herbs for Beauty Sleep




Being able to get a good night sleep these days can be proving difficult. High stress and emotions have played a huge part in our daily lives for the past year. When you feel you cannot sleep on your own, here are some natural and herbal remedies that may put you in a healthy, glow-giving, restful slumber.


Oats: Full of Vitamin B and calming constituents, oats gently reduces physical and emotional pressure, while nourishing the nervous system. The easiest way to reap on oats' stress reducing action is to eat a bowl of porridge topped up with honey every evening at bedtime. This combo will knock you out in no time!


Valerian: Valerian contains a relaxing substance known as valerinic acid. For this reason, it has traditionally been used to reduce sleeplessness, tension, and muscle spasms. Valerian also has a sedating effect on mind and body and is often combined with hops. Valerian can take up to two weeks to show any visible results.


Hops: Often combined with Valerian, hops is well known as an important ingredient for beer. Hops, a type of flower, from an herbaceous perennial plant, has a long history of another traditional use. It contains substances known as hurnulones and lupulones, which have calming effects on the body's nervous system.


Sage: It is not only worry and stress that can disturb sleep. Menopausal night sweats can also cause sleepless nights for women and this restlessness can affect the sleep of their partners too. Sage has been used traditionally for excessive sweating and hot flushes during menopause.


Naturally boosting melatonin levels helps improve sleep without the need of sleeping pills. Melatonin is in many plants including Feverfew and St. John's Wort. These herbs are available as supplements and herbal teas. Supplements such as calcium, magnesium, vitamin B6, and niacinamide help improve the quality of sleep. Good quality sleep allows the brain to release more melatonin. Keep in mind it can take up to two weeks of continuous use of herbs or supplements to show results.


Need something a little quicker to add to the above suggestions? Fill a small sachet pouch with a few tablespoons each of dried hops, whole cloves, broken cinnamon sticks, lavender, lemon balm, and chamomile. Tie the bag with a green ribbon for beauty, and tuck it under your pillow.


Sweet Dreams!


 

DISCLAIMER: The information presented in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Check with your healthcare provider first if you have concerns about your health. In addition, you should speak with your healthcare provider or pharmacist before making adjustments to your diet or lifestyle and prior to introducing herbal and nutritional supplements as they may affect any treatment you may be receiving. You are advised to disclose any and all nutrient and herb supplements you are using to your healthcare team


 
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