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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Herbs for Sleep........zzzzzz.........

Withania Somnifera Ashwagandha is a tonic for sleep disturbance due to excess Vata (Air and Ether in Ayurvedic theory).  Fearful dreams that include flying, jumping or running indicate high Vata. Ashwagandha eases nervous exhaustion and fatigue. and promotes deep, restful sleep that is dreamless.

Scutellaria lateriflora Skullcap is a relaxant that not only soothes nervous tension, but also offers a tonic support for the nervous system. It is useful in states of exhaustion and depression, as well as insomnia, hysteria, nervous twitching and nervous headaches. Skullcap may potentiate other sedative medications.

Lavendula angustifolia Lavender is antispasmodic, antidepressant and acts to relax the nervous system and lower blood pressure. It eases tension, headaches, anxiety and depression. Lavender also restores natural sleep cycles, relieving insomnia that relates to an overactive mind. It is helpful as a tea, in a warm bath, or as an essential oil.

Passiflora incarnata Passionflower is a hypnotic nervine that is also antispasmodic. In addition it is lowers blood pressure and relieves pain. It is used to ease insomnia, tachycardia (fast heart rate), hysteria and seizures. Passionflower should not be taken with MAOI medications.

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