N.A.S.S Dingwall Branch Information Page

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Herbs & Insomnia

Short spells of sleeplessness affect most people, often as a result of temporary depression or anxiety chronic insomnia requires the advice of a qualified practitioner who will look for the underlying cause.

SYMPTOMS Inability to fall asleep on first going to bed, or waking during the night and being unable to get back to sleep.


As a general remedy, try German
chamomile tea or tincture before retiring. Skulkap, hops, and vervain are soothing; take as a tea at bedtime.

A tea or tincture of wild oats is helpful for restless sleep and sleeplessness.


A massage with mandarin oil, or a few drops in bathwater, will help sleeplessness in children. Adults suffering from insomnia should try
marjoram as a massage or bath oil. Lavender oil is soothing -try a few drops on the bedclothes or in a bath just before retiring.


Supplements of niacin (vitamin
B3) can have a sedative effect, but take only as directed.

A hot, milky drink taken before bed may help promote sound sleep.

An old remedy for sleeplessness is to wash the head in a decoction of dill seed prior to retiring and to smell the decoction frequently.

Simple relaxation exercises can help to promote a healthy sleep pattern.


Learning and practising deep breathing and relaxation techniques can be very helpful in inducing sleep. Eat your final meal of the day several hours before going to bed.

Avoid stimulants such as tea and coffee in the evening and limit alcohol consumption.