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7 Natural Remedies for Insomnia and Some Tips

by Andreea Laza

7 Insomnia Natural Remedies for a Good Night SleepInsomnia can be caused by stress or other causes, but matter how severe it is there are natural remedies for insomnia that really work.

We have put together here a collection with some of the best natural remedies and cures for those who suffer from insomnia.

If you haven’t yet tried the valerian root tea or the lemon balm salad to fight insomnia, there’s still time life. Below you will find the valerian root tea recipe and other remedies for insomnia that are all natural and with no side-effects. Let’s begin!

7 Natural Remedies for Insomnia

1. Basil Remedy for Insomnia

Basil tea is a great remedy for insomnia caused by stress and overworking. All you need is dried and minced basil leaves to prepare a simple and delicious tea. Here is the recipe:

  1. Add one tablespoon of basil in 200 ml of hot water.
  2. Infuse for 10 minutes and sweeten the tea with natural honey.
  3. Strain and drink the basil tea in small sips. 
  4. Drink this tea right before bedtime. 

Follow this simple natural remedy for insomnia for 2 weeks and you’ll recover exceptionally. Your appetite will be back, your energy and vitality and your will to live another day. You won’t feel any difference on the first night when you drink this tea. But the next day if you repeat it drink a basil tea in the morning too, you’ll sleep like a baby that night.

In addition, if you combine this simple remedy with a handful of raw almond mixed with honey it’s even better. Eat the raw almonds and honey half an hour before bedtime whenever you have trouble sleeping.

Also, make a small sachet with basil leaves and put it on your pillow when you’re ready to go to sleep.

2. Natural Remedies for Insomnia with Honey

Honey can be used in many different ways to prevent the sleepless nights caused by insomnia. Here are the best ways to use honey for this:

Honey & Apple Cider Cure for Insomnia

Mix together 2 tsp of honey with 3 tsp of organic apple cider until the composition becomes homogeneous. Have 2 tsp of this simple and delicious remedy 1 hour before bedtime. In about 40 minutes sugar enters your blood stream and you’ll become calm and ready to sleep. If you still cannot fall asleep, take another 2 tsp of the mix.

Honey & Vinegar Remedy

Mix 2 tsp of honey with 2 tsp of vinegar. Take it before bedtime. This is also a great remedy for hair loss if you mix the ingredients in a cup of water and drink it in the morning. You can use the water from pickles instead of vinegar; drink it 15 minutes before bedtime.

Honey & Onion Home Remedy for Insomnia

Boil 100 g of grated onion in a small covered pot for 15 minutes. Leave aside to cool down a bit and then slip and squeeze. Add 50 g of natural honey and mix well until it becomes homogenous. Drink the entire quantity before bedtime, while still hot. Repeat until insomnia is gone for good.

Lemon Juice & Honey Treatment

Peel one lemon and cut it in three. Remove the seeds and squeeze the lemon juice in a cup. Mix the juice and the pulp of the lemon with 3 tsp of raw honey. Drink the entire quantity before bedtime and you’re ready for some sweet dreams!

In addition to the home remedies above, there are 2 ways in which you can use honey to fight insomnia. Here is how:

  • Have 1 tbsp of honey after dinner or dissolve it in a cup of warm milk.
  • Add 1 tsp of honey into a cup of red wine along with 1 cap of valerian tincture.

Read More: 5 Best Natural Sleep Aids with Recipes

3. Oatmeal Remedy for Insomnia

Oatmeal is another remedy for insomnia. You can use in 2 ways. The first one is the oatmeal broth remedy and the second, as oatmeal tincture.

Boil 1,250 l of water and when it starts to boil add 1 tbsp of oatmeal. Continue boiling for 30 minutes. Add 1 celery leaf in, 5 minutes before the boiling time is up. Strain and drink the entire quantity throughout the day. Drink 1 cup of this oatmeal broth in the morning on an empty stomach. Keep the rest in the refrigerator. This is a 3 week-long cure. Resume it periodically when needed.

To prepare the oatmeal tincture grind oat grains (with husks on) and put them in a dark colored recipient. Pour 70° alcohol until you’ve filled the bottle and leave to macerate for 8-10 days. Seal the bottle and shake or stir every day. Strain and keep the tincture at room temperature in dark colored glass bottles. Have 40 drops of the oatmeal tincture with a glass of water, in the evening before bedtime.

4. Valerian Root, The Best Herb for Insomnia

Valerian root is best known for its soporific qualities. Basically, this herb is the best natural sleeping pill nature has in store. For this remedy, you need to purchase some natural valerian roots. Prepare a special tea with it, as follows: 

  • Add 1 tbsp of dried valerian roots in 1 cup of hot water that has previously simmered for 15 minutes over low heat. 
  • Infuse for another 15 minutes after which the tea is ready to drink. 
  • Have 1 tsp of this tea three times a day and.
  • Withing a week, the insomnia should be gone for good.

It’s that simple! This is a simple natural remedy for insomnia yet very effective due to the amazing properties of the valerian roots.

5. A Powerful Tea Remedy for Insomnia

Mix together:

  • 50 g cowslip flowers
  • 50 g lavender flowers
  • 15 g hop cones 
  • 10 g St. John’s wort (whole plant)
  • 5 g valerian root

Scald 1 full tsp of the herbal mix in 1 cup of water and let the tea steep for 3 minutes. Drink this wonderful right before bedtime, while still hot. Sweeten it with a little bit of honey if you wish.

Other sleeping herbs that you can add to the mix are:

  • yellow sweet clover
  • common hawthorn
  • marjoram
  • dead nettle
  • woodruff 

Linden tea is also helpful for insomnia. Mix equal parts linden and nettle and make a tea (1 tsp/cup). Have 3 cups of this tea per day. Complete this cure with hop cones tea, 3 cups every day. This is a long term treatment for insomnia. It’s best to develop a habit of drinking these herbal teas regularly.

Read More: Natural Remedy for a Peaceful Sleep

6. St. John’s Wort Tincture Remedy for Insomnia

  • Add 2 handfuls of freshly picked St. John’s wort flowers (harvested in full sun) in 1 l of fruits alcohol.
  • Leave the bottle in direct sunlight or near a source of heat for the following 3 weeks.
  • Have 10-15 drops of this tincture with 100 ml of water or tea in the evening, right before bedtime.

You can also use dried flowers (100 g) if you don’t have any fresh ones available.

7. Herbal Baths Remedy for Insomnia

For this herbal bath, you have to make a simple decoction with:

  • 70 g linden flowers
  • 50 g rose hip flowers
  • 50 g poppy flowers
  • Boil the herbs in 5 l of water for 5-10 minutes, on medium to low heat.
  • Pour the herbal tea in the bathwater, together with the herbs.
  • Bathe for 10-15 minutes at 35° C temperature.

Take this bath in the evening, before nap time. First, take these baths once a week, then twice a week for 2 months. Another amazing herbal baths for insomnia is:

  • lavender, linden, basil, St. John’s wort, motherwort, marjoram, cowslip and yellow sweet clover (100 gr of plants per 3 L of water).

To make the remedy more powerful, make horsetail or St. John’s wort sitz baths twice a week.

Earl Mindell’s Supplements for Insomnia

In his book “Vitamin Bible“, Earl Mindell makes a few recommendations in what regards insomnia. Here are the best supplements for insomnia, according to the nutritionist:

  • Calcium with chelated Magnesium tablets – three times per day, plus 3 more, half hour before each main meal.
  • Vitamin B6 and B3 – 100 mg each.
  • Tryptophan, a natural aminoacid that you can find in: 1 cup of milk and honey, 1 portion of turkey with raw onions, cottage cheese, hazelnuts, bananas, fish, dehydrated dates. Indulge in one of those meals/snacks around 18:00 at dinnertime.
  • Multivitamin Forte Tablets –  2/day, one in the morning and another one in the evening. Consult with your doctor, so you don’t overdose. When possible, take the vitamins between January and March, the first 10 days of these 3 months. Repeat the treatment between September and December, after asking for a physician’s advice.

Best Diet for Insomnia

No matter what remedies for insomnia you will try, the changes it will work without adjusting your diet are reduced. Here are the most important diet recommendations if you suffer from insomnia:

Best Foods for Insomnia

  • Drink 1 l of natural fresh juice daily, 2 cups apple juice and 2 cups white cabbage juice, or a mix of: carrots, apples, bananas, white cabbage and turnip.
  • Raw, boiled or steamed vegetables.
  • Diary such as yogurt, milk and cottage cheese.
  • Onion and garlic are very good for insomnia, especially raw.
  • Take 2 tsp of natural pollen daily. Keep the pollen under your tongue until it melts away.
  • Have a lighter supper and as a recommendation, you can have a warm cup of milk and honey, turkey, fish, germinated grains, fruits, nuts, bananas and dates as well. All these foods contain a substance called tryptophan that induces sleep at in the brain.
  • Red onion salad is also amazing before bedtime.

Worst Foods for Insomnia

  • Avoid pork meat, deli, canned foods, beans, eggs and fermented cheese because they cause bloating and are hard to digest.
  • Exclude from your diet paprika, cacao, chocolate, black tea, diuretic drinks, sodas, energy drinks, coffee and alcohol especially in the evening. These foods are excitants and won’t let you sleep at night.

Read More: Natural Treatment for a Relaxing Sleep

3 Natural Tips for Insomnia

Here are some tips on what you should do related to your lifestyle to make sure your insomnia episodes are gone for good and will never come back again.

An Exercise for Insomnia

Exercise more in the afternoon and a bit in the evening (50 minutes max). When it’s cold outside and you can’t go jogging, do a workout routine inside the house, such as cycling; do this 2-3 hours before bedtime. In the evening it’s great if you can jog a bit or exercise so you tire yourself a bit in order to sleep well.

However, don’t overtire yourself! If you don’t feel like working out in the evening, enjoy a long walk in a park, or somewhere with clean air. It’s very important that you load your lungs with fresh air and take deep breaths and clear your mind at the same time.

Also, make sure you room is properly ventilated overnight, hence keep your window slightly open for fresh air to come in during the sleeping hours.

Getting Ready for Bed

Fill a small pillow case with wild hay flowers, and mostly yellow sweet clover and sleep on it or fill a small sachet with hop cones and place it on your pillow.

Try to sleep at the same hour of the night in a disciplined and organized fashion. 22:00 is best, but don’t go to bed later than 23:00. If sleep doesn’t settle, read a book you like, in 30 minutes at most, you will fall asleep like a baby. Use a cotton bedding only!

Try something different! Sleep in reverse, with your head where your feet usually lie. This way, you force your body to get traversed by the gravitational flux in the opposite direction. Beware! Avoid laying your head towards East to allow the magnetic flow of the planet take its course.

Have a warm shower right before bedtime, not a hot one and head directly to bed. The mornings after insomnia episodes it’s recommended you do a warm shower finalized with a cold shower. Before sleep, wash your feet in cold water and friction them well afterwards. 

No watching TV movies and stressful news or surfing the web right before sleeping time. Learn to sleep without TV or internet. Choose reading instead, it will get you fast asleep in no time.

Autosuggestion & Can-Do Attitude

Repeat in your mind: “I have a quiet and peaceful sleep”. Think about a blue or yellow colored object and the sleep will come. Or use Dr. Schultz technique by emptying your mind and then saying with you mind’s voice: “I am free, I am free….” about 10 times. Let sleep contain you with no fear!

Don’t forget to be at peace with yourself and cherish and love yourself just as you are, because the fact that you exist is the reason you are precious and worthy!

Hopefully the natural remedies for insomnia along with these lifestyle changes for overcoming insomnia will be really helpful to you. We wish you a good night sleep, everyone!

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