Plants for insomnia and stress
Suffering from insomnia, stress and anxiety is very common nowadays, because of the fast pace of life, and because of technology and global problems. But you can still find natural and effective ways to relax with the help of plants that regulate your mood and help you sleep better.
Valerian - Valeriana officinalis
Used regularly since ancient Greek times,1 valerian is the plant that will help most in improving sleep quality.2
Taking valerian before bed improves the quality and frequency of sleep, thanks to its sedative properties, reducing anxiety by helping the body to assimilate the higher levels of gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) available.
What is GABA?
This is the name given to a neurotransmitter called gamma aminobutyric acid that is responsible for disrupting the transmission of signals in the brain.4 This neurotransmitter inhibits areas of the brain involved in wakefulness, so it has positive effects when you need to calm anxiety, improve sleep quality or reduce pain.
Lemon balm - Melissa officinalis
Lemon balm is a herb native to central Europe that grows in places with high humidity and wooded areas. It is used to reduce stress,5 improve sleep quality, and to treat colds.6 Also known as bee balm, balm mint, honey leaf and melissa balm, it contains the active component rosmarinic acid,7 responsible for the most of various properties of lemon balm.
Rosmarinic acid exhibits anxiolytic activity, inhibiting γ-Aminobutyric acid transaminase (GABA-T) and increasing levels of GABA in the brain.8 This reduces the production of stress-related hormones.
Lemon balm and valerian
How can you get a good night’s sleep? We recommend our natural supplement Lemon balm and Valerian, focused on relaxation, rest and sleep onset. This combination of plants is the most widely studied for treating insomnia, and their combined action helps to promote natural sleep and a state of relaxation and mental well-being.1
Ashwagandha - Withania somnifera
Ashwagandha is a medicinal plant native to Asia that has great health benefits. This plant has become popular in recent years because of its benefits for the human body:
- Adaptogenic properties4
- Preserves physical and mental capacity when tired8
- Aids concentration and focus8
- Supports optimum relaxation9
- Improves the body’s resistance to stress10
- Boosts male sexual function and sperm quality12
In addition to all these properties of the plant known as ‘Indian ginseng’, a study in adults found that consuming ashwagandha root over a 12-week period improves sleep quality and alertness during daylight hours13.
Rhodiola - Rhodiola Rosea
Rhodiola rosea is an adaptogenic plant that has been traditionally used to improve physical and mental endurance and to reduce stress and fatigue. Rhodiola helps to enhance mood and energy levels, and is an effective plant for combating insomnia.
Although not a specific sleep aid, rhodiola has been proven to be effective for sleep onset, because of its anxiety-reducing and relaxation-promoting properties.