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14 plants that help you sleep

If your insomnia is not very serious and if it's not caused by any disease or if you just want to eliminate sleeping pills from your life, the "green pharmacy" offers at your disposal the most diverse offer of remedies. 

Sometimes, without any apparent reason, you get sleepy after eating. Have you eaten some onion? Or perhaps, taking a walk through the park, you suddenly feel the need to go home and get some sleep? Are there any blossomed linden trees in the area? In some way or the other, a variety of plants make you sleepy through their calming properties. Turn these properties in your favor.

Hop cones

They contain volatile oil, valerianic ester, resins, lupuline, humulone, mineral substances, tannin, flavonic by-products, estrogen substances. This plant was used as an antispastic, stimulates gastric secretion, it is an excellent diuretic, effective against tuberculosis, it has a moderate action of genital functions.

It is recommended for insomnia, but also for tuberculosis, anorexia, anxious neurosis, Trichomonas vaginalis, acne, seborrhea. It is one of the plants that have two types of flowers (male and female). The female flowers form the oval shaped inflorescence, also named the cone. After picking, the cones must be whole, and the bracts shouldn't be separated from the cones, in order to keep all the active principles of this plant. The harvesting is done during bloom, and the cones are "chilled" then dried.

Harvest mite

The fruits and leaves contain numerous chemical substances that act on the cardiovascular apparatus and also on the nervous system. Lowering blood pressure through central and peripheral vasodilatation also having a sedative effect on the central nervous system, it helps prepare the body for sleep but it is also used for ischemic cardiopathy, other cardiovascular disorder and cardiac neurosis.

Harvest mite has a special effect in increasing the flow of oxygenized blood towards the heart and brain, in atherosclerosis, states of mental lability and emotiveness.

Onion, a different usage

The onion is a plant now grown all around the world as food. There are numerous types of onions. Through boiling, its taste can even become sweet, according to the cooking method.

But the onion is also considered to be an excellent cure for insomnia. Keeping a shredded onion in a jar covered with a cloth or a tissue is recommended and one should inhale several times from it before going to bed.

Linden, active substances and an antiseptic action

Up until today, linden has remained the remedy of colds, flu and fever. It contains an essential oil, rich in flavonoids, tannins, polysugars, acids (caffeic, cumaric).

Combining the effect of active substances, it has an antiseptic action, being anti-inflammatory, calming, moisturizing and cicatrizing. It tonifies and refreshes the skin, it decongests the eye pouches, eyelids, eyes in general, being widely used in eye products. The lovely smell of linden flowers is due to farnesol, which is an alcohol.

The flowers have a neurosedative and antispatic action.

Rose hips, the reason for an instant "falling asleep"?

This plant is widely spread around the world. Its fruits are harvested in August-September, before the fall of the first hoarfrost, when the rose hips get a dark reddish color. They are recommended for avitaminosis, enterocolitis, renal lithiasis, disorders of peripheral circulation, useful in biliary dyskinesia and it also helps as a sedative, allowing the solving of some issues related to insomnia.

Chamomile, the renowned medicinal plant

In ancient Egypt, chamomile was considered a sacred plant, being offered to the gods. It is highly used in popular medicine due to the synergic action of various groups of active principles: essential oils, polysugars, aminoacids, flavonoids, vitamins B1 and C, salicylic acid etc.

Chamomile is used in cosmetic treatments due to its cicatricizing, anesthetic, antiseptic, tonic effects, as well as those of purifying the skin, prevent it from getting irritated, its action in preventing premature aging of the skin. It is recommended for reddish and wrinkled skins.

It has tonic effects in hair care products, providing it with blonde reflexes. The chamomile extract reduces the fragility of capillaries and can be used in anticuperosis products.

It also takes care of the hyaluronic acid in the skin. It protects against irritations and inflammations, being moisturizing, protective and calming. It blocks the free radicals and acts against the premature aging of the skin. A cup of chamomile tea induces a state of quiet and serenity favorable to sleep.

The raspberry, flavor and health

In traditional medicine, it is known due to its astringent properties, but also for the capacity of helping those suffering from high blood pressure to lead a normal life. The raspberry extract is rich in minerals, vitamin C, flavonoids and tannins. It also contains AHA (alpha hydroxyl acids. IT also helps to regain sleep.


The tutsan oil is beneficial for wounds, having a calming, anti-inflammatory and cicatricizing effect. Tutsan tea is used in nervous damage and nervous conditions of any sort, bringing relaxation and installing the calm necessary for sleep.

The trigeminal neuralgia can also be fought with tutsan, if you drank 2-3 cups of tutsan tea a day and massage (externally), using tutsan oil, for a longer period of time, the affected areas.

The tutsan tincture, very effective in nervous diseases, neurosis and asthenia accompanied by insomnia, can also be prepared at home. It can be used externally, to massage and internally consume 10 - 15 drops in a tablespoon of water daily.

Sage, aromatic perfume

Its flowers are violet and are disposed in a circle, around a common axis; its opposite flowers, of a wooly-white shade shine silvery and give away a slightly bitter, aromatic scent.

The flowers are used for gargle or to manufacture sage vinegar. The leaves are collected before the blossoming period, in May and June.

The sage tea fortifies the organism, protects you against seizures and it has a favorable effects in paralysis. It is administered in spasms, conditions of the spinal cord. The sage tea is also used against insomnia, in combination with other plant teas.


Everyone knows the lavender flowers that grandmas around the world recommended as the best cure to hang in the closed, against moths. Still, lavender is also known for many other qualities. Its renowned smell has been borrowed by the perfume industry for its products.

The dried flowers that are used in various industries, picked from the footstalks are usually of a blue-violet color. The shade of the flowers, upon harvesting, differs from a violet-blue to a light blue. The scent is pleasant, aromatic and the taste is slightly bitter. The fresh flowers contain 0,5 - 1% volatile oil, and the dry ones, 1 - 3%. Due to its volatile oils components, lavender is a strong aromatizer with a local antiseptic action, as well as being a light antispatic. The smell of lavender induces a state of tranquility and it help you prepare for a good sleep.


It has been used since roman times as a medicinal plant and also as a condiment. The most important substance in this plant, the innulin, was discovered in 1804 and it was traditionally used to prepare a solution to wash the hair.

The root extract contains mainly the innulin, but also essential oils, antibiotic substances, mineral salts, vitamin C. The cosmetic products that contain elecampane have an anti-inflammatory, anti-pruriginous and tonic action, also regulates the peripheral blood circulation, fights against hair loss and also helps maintain the health of the hair. This plant also helps eliminate the irritability state, inducing a tranquility state followed by sleep.


One of the most renowned plants from the area of light tranquilizers, valerian has been used for more than 1000 years as a somniferous.

Taking into account the effect of its active principles, the valerian has been compared to diazepam. In the fall, after the herbal part of the plant has faded, the root stalk is picked, together with the roots. These roots are dried in well aired rooms in order to keep their curative properties.

The valerian roots and root stalks have a calming effect on the nervous system and are used also against insomnia.

Passion flower, ornamental?

This plant, also used as an ornamental plant, can represent a much needed help for your health. It is recommended for a healthy and calming sleep, as well as for driving away states of anxiety, being an exceptional support in order to obtain the necessary calm and balance.

It was introduced in1867 in the medicine industry in the USA as a light sedative. The alkaloids that are components of its active principles fight depression and generate a general welfare. It is used in treatments against anxiety.

Calamus, some volatile oil

The smell of the calamus plant has a pleasant scent, its taste is aromatic and bitter. It contains volatile oil (1,5 - 3,5%), with azaron, camphene, camphor, eugenol, vitamins B1 and C, tannin, a bitter substance - acerine, sugars, resins, mineral salts etc.

For its tonic, aromatic, carminative, antispastic and diuretic properties it is used for gastro-intestinal disorders. It has tranquillizing properties, which can induce a relaxing sleep. It has a powerful tonic action and also stimulates the gastric secretion.