The plants for better sleep, which soothe and ease the drowsiness are many. We will list some of them through this article. Here are nine plants that can offer you a restful sleep.
Hawthorn (Crataegus Oxyacantha)
Hawthorn Blossoms Act more specifically on the cardiovascular system and have a soothing action, indeed, this plant is particularly useful in cases of palpitations, arrhythmias and hypertension. Its active principles have an action on the potassium pump of the heart muscle, thus regulating its rhythm. 1 to 2 spoons of dried flowers per cup.
Melissa is preferred to sleep better because it has a sedative action on the central nervous system. Take it if you are prone to spasms and neuralgia. Melissa is to be considered more specifically if the digestive system is disturbed, with a proven nervous origin. Use 10 grams per cup if the plant is dry and up to 5 grams if the lemon balm is fresh.
The Lime tree (Tilia platyphyllos)
The Lime tree flowers contain flavonoids and a sesquiterpene alcohol, the farnesol. By binding to the bénzodiazépines receptors in the brain, the Farnesol becomes the agent responsible for the hypnotic properties of the lime tree. This is why the lime herbal tea causes a general appeasement and facilitates the coming of sleep. From 5 to 6 flowers, or a big pinch in the cup of simmering water. For children, even toddlers, use the Linden buds.
Verbena (Lippia Citriodora)
Citral and Vitexin are active ingredients giving the antispasmodic and relaxing properties of fragrant verbena. Used in the case of digestive spasms, the fragrant verbena helps to reduce the general nervousness, to promote a recuperative sleep, and thus to sleep better. 1 small handle per cup.
The Orange blossom (Citrus aurantium)
Orange blossom buds have a soothing effect and, more importantly, induce sleep by reducing nervous tensions. 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried flowers in a cup of simmering water.
Chamomile (Matricaria Recutita)
Chamomile feverfew allows to calm the spasms and regulate the nervousness. Its active ingredients (phenolic acids, flavonoids, procyanidols, Coumarins, sesquiterpenes) present in the flowering tops are responsible for its bitter taste, but it is nonetheless sedative. Two teaspoons per cup.
La Passiflore (Passiflora Incarnata)
It is the alkaloids and flavonoids contained in the aerial part of the passiflore that allow those who consume it to sleep better. The Passiflore has an action essentially on the nervous system. It is for this reason that it is recommended in insomnia and mood disorders related to a cerebral overwork. Passiflore therefore has a calming action by reducing the States of nervousness and anxiety. This plant is also antispasmodic. 2 g of flowers and leaves in a cup of simmering water.
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)
The composition of Valerian is complex: isovalerianic acid, Bornéols, formiriques ethers, terpenes. The conjugation of these active principles makes valerian a highly sedative plant, with an action both on falling asleep and on the quality of global sleep. As a major regulator of the central nervous system, valerian can sleep better, thanks to its soothing and antispasmodic effect. The power of its assets is worth its reputation as a natural sleeping pill, without suffering the negative side effects. Attention, there is a risk of habituation to Valerian, in more concentrated galenic forms, or at high doses. In addition, it should not be used in pregnant or lactating women. 2 g of roots in a cup of boiling water. Let infuse 10 to 15 minutes.
The Escholtzia (Escholtzia californica)
The Escholtzia, of the family Papaveraceae, is considered a natural anxiolytic. The Protopine and the Californidine, of the alkaloid family, give it its hypnotic properties, as for these active principles, they make you sleep better, and significantly reduce the nocturnal awakenings. Escholtzia is a major plant in nervousness, anxiety and sleep disorders as it does not generate any habituation. Sedative without being narcotic, it can be used for children. 20 g/litre. Let infuse at least 15 minutes.
St. John’s Wort (Hypericum Perforatum)
St. John’s Wort regulates the nervous system through the properties of the hypericin it contains. Indeed, this substance stimulates the secretion of melatonin (sleep hormone and the regulation of biorhythms). St. John’s Wort helps you sleep better, but has a wider action on your internal biological clock. This is what owes him his fame as a natural antidepressant. However, St. John’s Wort is incompatible with the taking of certain chemical medications. Pour simmering water over 2 g of plant. Note that the consumption of herbal teas should not exceed three weeks, and the precautions of use specific to certain plants must be respected in order to stay healthy.
Delphine L., naturopath
Sources Fatima-GAILHAC A., article “Plants are infused!”, Journal biocontact n ° 241, December 2013 http://www.sommeilzen.com/la-tisane-et-le-sommeil/