Herbs for sleep

Herbs for sleep

Did you know there’s a wide range of herbs available to support sleep? Some herbs are also well supported by nutrients such as magnesium. To find the sleep herb that’s right for you, read more.

Nothing feels better than waking refreshed after a good night’s sleep. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for more than 40% of Australian’s who don’t meet the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep per night[1].

Did you know there’s a wide range of herbs available to support sleep? Let’s take a look at some of them and explore how they work:

Passionflower

Passionflower is a sleep aid traditionally used in Western herbal medicine (WHM) to calm the mind and promote refreshing sleep. This herb is also beneficial for its traditional use in relieving symptoms of mild anxiety if you find a busy mind is keeping you awake. Passionflower is a perennial climbing vine which features striking exotic flowers with either curly purple or blue tentacle-like petals and is a favourite amongst herbalists.

California poppy

California poppy is a member of the poppy family, with the plant commonly seen scattered on roadsides and in vacant lots in the US. While it’s part of the poppy family, California poppy does not contain opioids like its distant cousin, the opioid poppy. This popular herb features striking, poppy-like yellow flowers and has been traditionally used in WHM to induce sleep and as an analgesic to relieve pain if this is one of the reasons your sleep is interrupted.

Passionflower and California poppy have also commonly been used together traditionally in WHM as calmatives for the nervous system, reducing excess nervous energy and promoting sleep quality.

Ziziphus

Ziziphus is a sleep herb commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to calm the mind, improve sleep quality and promote refreshing sleep.

The fruit from the Ziziphus shrub have been used for more than two thousand years in TCM to relieve sleeplessness.

Chamomile

Chamomile is a favourite herbal ingredient for use in children. Chamomile has been used traditionally in WHM as both a nervous system relaxant in children and to relieve restlessness in children.

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is a well-loved herb to support healthy sleeping patterns. A traditional Ayurvedic herb, Ashwagandha has been traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years to relieve weariness and promote sleep.

Lavender

Lavender is a stunning herb. Just looking at and smelling the beautiful purple flowers is enough to relax even the most highly strung amongst us. Lavender has a long history of traditional use in WHM in reducing and relieving sleeplessness.

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The Herbs of Gold range feature these great sleep herbs in several products.

Herbs of Gold Magnesium Night Plus combines high-strength magnesium with Passionflower and California poppy, where Herbs of Gold Sleep Ease features Ziziphus and Passionflower, herbs traditionally used in WHM to promote sleep.

Herbs of Gold Mind Ease combines Ashwagandha with Lavender. Herbs of Gold Mind Ease contains KSM-66®, a clinically trialled* Ashwagandha extract to relieve symptoms of mild anxiety and support healthy sleeping patterns.

Finally, Herbs of Gold Children’s Calm Care contains Chamomile, traditionally used in WHM as a nervous system relaxant in children.

 

[1] Adams, R., Appleton, S., Taylor, A., McEvoy, D., & Antic, N. (2016). Report to the Sleep Health Foundation 2016 Sleep Health Survey of Australian Adults. The University of Adelaide: The Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health.

 

Read more: Which Herbs of Gold magnesium is right for you?

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