If your insomnia is quite mild, or you only experience insomnia from time to time, you may want to give herbal teas a try.
Here are 12 popular herbal tea ingredients to help give you a head start.
Kava: Known to reduce anxiety symptoms, but excessive consumption has also been linked to liver damage.
Hibiscus: Studies have found that hibiscus can lower blood pressure.
Passionflower: Offers similar benefits to kava, but without the associated risks to your liver. Sometimes referred to as 'kava-lite'.
Valerian Root: Helps soothe anxiety and aid sleep. Valerian can be a powerful sleep aid so you shouldn't drive after consuming valerian.
Peppermint: A mild sedative with the added bonus of aiding digestion.
Chamomile: Thought to aid sleep by reducing stress and hyperactivity. Although popular, studies on the effectiveness of chamomile as a sleep aid have mixed results.
Lavender: Helps to reduce anxiety, irritability and tension headaches. The aroma of lavender also promotes relaxation.
Ginseng: The bitter taste may be worth it; ginseng is thought to promote sleep and relieve symptoms of stress and nervous exhaustion.
Skullcap: Helps alleviate headaches, PMS, muscle spasms and nervous exhaustion.
Lemon Balm: Studies have found lemon balm to reduce insomnia severity and even cure insomnia completely.
Linden Flower: The aroma of the linden flower is thought to help reduce anxiety, soothe headaches and aid indigestion.
Hops: The aroma of hops is thought to aid sleep and the consumption of hops is known to have sedative effects. If you're going to get your hop fix from beer rather than tea, drink alcohol in moderation!
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Source: The Times of India
Last updated: September 11, 2015