Do you have a hard time getting the shut-eye that you need to function during the day? Sometimes, it’s not easy get your brain to shut off enough to finally get those sweet Z’s. And, you’re definitely not alone. After all, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reported in 2016 that as many as 1 in 3 adults don’t get enough sleep. But, if you have trouble making your way to dream land, what can you do? Well, the good news is that there are many completely natural methods to help you get to sleep. And, we’ve scoured the Internet for the 3 best herbal sleep aid recipes you can use – tonight!
Why should you opt for herbal sleep aid recipes instead of prescription medication? Well, many people show signs of psychological dependence on sleep aids when they start using them. It’s not technically a chemical addiction, but it can be stressful for the patient. Plus, there are some risks when it comes to taking prescription sleep aids. That’s why the popularity of herbal sleep aid recipes has skyrocketed in recent years. People prefer to make their own medicine, and it’s often easier than they think. Keep reading for our picks to help you finally get your nap time in.
Herbal Sleep Aid Recipes: Lemon Balm Syrup
Lemon balm is part of the mint family. You probably wouldn’t recognize it just by looking at it, but if you pick it up and smell it, you’ll sense the strong lemony aroma right away. If you don’t already have lemon balm in your garden, you should get some pronto. This herb is insanely easy to grow and does well in pots, too.
So, to make your lemon balm syrup, simply put a handful (about ¾ cup) of fresh lemon balm leaves into a pot and cover them with water. Simmer until there’s half the original amount of water in the pot. Then, carefully strain the leaves out of the water. Add one part honey for every two parts of your lemon balm infusion. This mixture will keep for a week in your refrigerator, and you can take a spoonful at night before bed to help you sleep.
Herbal Sleep Aid Recipes: Sleep Sachet
It’s not a recipe, per se. But, with the help of some quality aromatherapy, you can soon send yourself off to snooze-town. And, these sleep sachets are insanely easy to make, so they definitely qualify as herbal sleep aid recipes. All you have to do is get a soft draw-string pouch (or some soft cloth to make your own), and throw in some of the following dried herbs:
- Chamomile (small flowers with a yellow center and white petals)
- Lavender (small purple flowers)
- Catnip (another member of the mint family)
- Lemon balm (we meet again)
- Rosemary (not just great for Italian cooking)
- Rose petals (because we absolutely love our sleep)
Tie up the pouch or sew the herbs into a pillow and put it by your head while you sleep. You’ll see just how fast herbs can put you on the first train to napville.
Herbal Sleep Aid Recipes: German Chamomile Tea
Here our friend, the chamomile flower, makes another appearance. It’s unsurprising when you realize that chamomile is one of the preferred teas to help people hit the hay. Plus, chamomile tea is absolutely easy to make – in fact, if you don’t want to get experimental, you can just buy some chamomile tea from any store. Otherwise, if you have a German chamomile plant (Roman chamomile is too bitter for tea), you can simply pluck off some of the flowers to make tea. Put the flowers in a tea strainer and pour hot (not boiling) water over them. And, don’t forget to compost your tea when you’re done with it. If you want, you can take your chamomile tea with honey, though chamomile is palatable on its own.
If none of these recipes works for you, you may want to talk to your doctor about your problems with getting sleep. She can probably recommend a non-prescription sleep aid or routine that will help you get some much-needed pillow time.