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Please always check with your naturopathic physician before combining herbs with prescription drugs.
Do not take sedative herbs during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Purple lavender flowers will offer a sophisticated herbal makeover to your favorite shortbread cookies, or white tea cakes.
Lavender is great in your herbal medicine blend, and can also be used to stuff pillows, or as an aromatherapy stress reliever throughout the day.
Now opinions may slightly differ amongst herbalists as to what the best herbal sedative is, but I think we can all agree that the best herb is the one that works best for the individual.
Here are my top fifteen favorites for making in to herbal tea as they are widely available and not endangered species (to my current knowledge.) I have included a brief blurb so that you can get an idea of the herbs that will work best for your constitution.
#1 Passionflower- The intricate purple flower pictured above was shown to be as effective as sedatives in the benzodiazepine (valium) family, the aerial parts of this herb are great for nervous tension and anxiety.
In recent research, passion flower extract at 45 drops daily (tincture) was shown to be as effective as oxazepam (similar to valium).
The berries can be made in to a nice aperitif for those with a low libido.
The best way to safely use kava kava is in an organic tea form.
Look for a tea blend that includes kava, or make your own.
In ayurvedic medicine ashawganda is a renowned anti-aging and rejuvenating herb.
#3 Schisandra- Referred to as “Chinese Prozac” this herb is commonly unappreciated and underutilized in American herbal practice.
Lavender should not be used in pregnancy due to it’s emmenagogue effect.