Discover the best natural sedatives that will help you sleep better and relax, while calming your nerves and resting well. And without side effects.
A sedative is a substance or compound with the ability to ‘depress’ the central nervous system (CNS), so that its use from a medical point of view is clear: calm or relax. Although depending on their action they can also work as anxiolytics, antidepressants, sedative-hypnotics or soporifics.
Although it is true that sedatives tend to be very useful in the treatment and control of certain disorders and health problems (especially emotional problems or mental illnesses), the reality is that their incredible number of contraindications and their suppressive and enhancers force the medical professional to take extreme precautions. For example, chemical sedatives -or sedative medications- tend to cause dependency, at the same time that they can cause headaches, a feeling of drowsiness… and even the opposite of the intended result.
For this reason, an especially useful and appropriate option is to know which are the best natural sedatives, which help to relax our body both from a physical and mental point of view, through medicinal plants and herbs with sedative action, but without the secondary effects that sedative drugs cause, which is undoubtedly very useful, especially when the disorder -obviously- is not so serious. In addition, its ease of preparation (in the form of infusions or teas) adds to its lack of side effects.
Scientific name: Matric ariachamomile L. / Popular names: common chamomile, German chamomile or wild chamomile.
Chamomile provides a calming effect, acting on our body calming us in a completely natural way. Although it is well known for its different digestive qualities, being very useful in case of flatulence and heavy digestion, the truth is that it becomes an ideal natural option to relax.
Contraindications of chamomile:
Despite being a safe plant, its consumption is not recommended in case of pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Scientific name: Valerianofficinal is. / Popular names: common valerian, medicinal valerian or pharmacy valerian.
Valerian acts as a sedative agent, so that in a completely natural way it is able to relax both our nervous system and the brain. Hence, it is a plant recommended in case of insomnia and sleep disorders.
Contraindications of valerian:
Its consumption is not recommended during pregnancy, breastfeeding or in children under 3 years of age.
Scientific name: Pass floracerulean L. / Popular names: passion flower or passion flower.
Passionflower is another of the best-known and most popular sedative plants, thanks to the fact that it helps effectively when it comes to calming the nerves and relaxing our body, which is why it is very interesting in situations of stress and nervous tension. On the other hand, it is also suitable in case of insomnia and sleep disorders.
Contraindications of passionflower:
Its consumption is not recommended in case of pregnancy, breastfeeding, in babies or children.
Scientific name: Although there are different varieties, the most common is Lavandula angustifolia. / Popular names: lavender.
Lavender is another plant with a recognized sedative action, and is also widely used traditionally as a relaxing plant for baths. It helps to facilitate sleep, being suitable in turn in the treatment of pain due to its anti-inflammatory qualities.
Therefore, it is suitable in case of insomnia, anxiety and when it comes to calming the nerves in the stomach.
Contraindications of lavender:
Its consumption is not recommended in case of Cohn’s disease, gastritis, colitis, epilepsy, Parkinson’s, liver diseases, irritable colon, pregnancy, breastfeeding, babies and children.
Other natural sedatives ideal for sleeping and relaxing
Orange peel infusion
Orange peel infusion is one of the popular remedies that work best against insomnia. In addition, it is a very effective infusion against other ills such as loss of appetite, digestive problems and irrigative cough.
To prepare the infusion you simply have to boil the chopped skin of an orange in a saucepan for ten minutes. Once the time has passed, remove, strain and pour into a jar. To treat insomnia, take the infusion a few minutes before going to sleep.
Remedy to avoid nightmares
If your problem of sleeping poorly is caused by the nightmares you suffer at night, don’t worry because there is a remedy that works wonders to avoid or at least minimize nightmares. You simply have to put a small amount of star anise in a cotton bag and leave it under your pillow overnight.
As you can see, there is a wide range of options when it comes to betting on natural medicine to treat any type of sleep disorder. There are some remedies that you can take regardless of the origin of the problem that prevents you from resting well, such as valerian; and others are designed for specific problems such as passionflower or the remedy to prevent nightmares.
Therefore, before choosing a natural sedative, we recommend that you think very carefully about the reason why you are not able to have a restful sleep and then, based on this, try one or another natural remedy.
Many times they do not take effect from the very beginning, so we recommend trying the same sedative for several days in a row to see if it is the ideal solution for you or not.