Three Incredible Herbs to Help You Sleep

Sleep is important for your health. Ironically, many of us struggle to sleep. Your body can rest and repair itself when you sleep. You may find that you are unable to fall asleep, stay asleep, or have insomnia. This can be a very debilitating issue and you might be searching for natural solutions. There are many herbs that can help you sleep. Many of these herbs are easily accessible, inexpensive and even growing in your own backyard!

The Downsides of Medication
Sleeping pills can cause drowsiness the next day, poor sleep, and a lack of energy.

It’s not a good idea when you’re already tired. For some, relying on sleeping pills can be a problem. Orthodox sleep medications are commonly prescribed. Some people feel ‘hungover” after taking them. Although they may work in the short-term, there is little evidence that they will be effective over time.

Benefits of natural herbs to help with sleep

You may experience less drowsiness when using plants for a natural and healthy sleep. There is also no addictive dependence that can come with other interventions. We wanted to share some of the most effective herbs for sleep, so that you could experiment and find what works best. You can tailor the plant according to your needs; you might choose a tea or a tincture. Whatever you like and what is sustainable.

Here are some of the herbs that we love to use for sleep:

1. Valerian root
2. Chamomile
3. Californian poppy
4. Hops
5. Tart cherry
6. Vervain
7. Lavender
8. Passionflower

Valerian Root

Valerian root has a strong aroma and is well known as a herb that promotes sleep. Valerian root has a strong aroma and is used to promote sleep. In fact, it was once used by the Romans and Greeks as a sedative! Sometimes it is called ‘natures tranquilizer’.

Valerian contains chemicals called valepotriates which seem to help calm our nervous system. Valerian can also be used to treat nervous tension, anxiety and insomnia. It interacts with benzodiazepine receptors (sleep), and has affinity with melatonin-receptors, which promotes sleep.

Valerian is known to improve sleep quality and quantity, as well as reduce the time needed to fall asleep. It can cause vivid dreams for some people and tastes bitter. Mexican valerian is an alternative that does not appear to have the same dream-inducing effect. It is not recommended to take valerian if you are taking sleep-inducing medications. Valerian is available as a tea, tincture or capsule before bedtime to support sleep.


This herb is well known for its ability to reduce stress and improve sleep. This plant has also been used to promote rest for many years. Chamomile is safe for all ages, including babies. The bitterness of chamomile helps reduce inflammation and muscle spasms. It also acts as a nervine or sedative, depending on the dosage. Chamomile’s calming effect helps people to relax and prepare for sleep.

It has been proven that chamomile can improve the daytime function of insomniacs. It is an attractive plant that has a pleasant taste and smell. This helps to encourage compliance, especially with children. Chamomile can be taken as a tea or tincture before bed. The latter is preferred as drinking too much water can cause people to wake up at night in order to use the bathroom. Wild Dispensary’s Rest and Calm is made from locally harvested chamomile. You can use this herb for sleep and easily integrate this plant into your daily life.

Californian poppy

Alkaloid components in the Californian poppy, a beautiful flower with a sunny disposition, can also help you sleep. These alkaloids seem to act on benzodiazepine-receptors, and support sleep. Californian poppy can also help relax muscles which in turn promotes relaxation. It can also calm restless leg syndrome which can make it difficult for some people to fall asleep. Californian poppy also boosts GABA and serotonin signals and prevents the breakdown of dopamine, which promotes a healthier mood.

It is also safe for all family members (depending on the dose). It is a great way to relax children and promote restful sleep, which is especially helpful when they’re sick and needing to recover. Most commonly, it is used as a glycetract to promote sleep. Wild Dispensary uses Californian poppies in Rest and Calm. We also have a children’s version without alcohol, which is perfect for your kids.