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Five herbs to help you sleep

Trouble with anxiety, insomnia and other sleep related issues is something that many of us face on a daily basis.

For centuries, many herbs when steeped in warm water produce a relaxing tea; the aroma of others helps to carry away troubles, helping to naturally welcome in sleep.

Some of these natural remedies are still widely used today to help overcome insomnia. Here are five sleepy herbs that you need to know.

1. Lavender

A renowned herb for settling frazzled nerves. The aromatic essential oils in this plant can help reduce difficulty falling asleep and prevent night-time wakening.

Pukka teas to try:

Night Time tea
Love tea

2. Limeflower

A traditional remedy for nightmares and bad dreams.Its calming effect on the nervous system also make it effective in treating a nervous digestion. The perfect, gentle remedy for children.

Pukka teas to try:

Night Time tea

3. Valerian

Directly promotes relaxation of the nervous system through enhancement of GABA neurotransmission. It encourages healthy sleeping patterns, ensuring you wake feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead.

Pukka teas and supplements to try:

Night Time capsules
Night Time tea

4. Ashwagandha

A traditional Ayurvedic remedy shown to improve sleep quality. It tackles core energy levels, enabling the body to adapt and respond to stress in a more energy-efficient way.

Pukka supplements to try:

Wholistic Ashwagandha capsules

5. Oatflower

Oats are a natural source of tryptophan. Tryptophan helps regulate our body’s natural circadian rhythms and melatonin is synthesised from Tryptophan. It is melatonin that influences you to feel sleepy; its release can be inhibited even by the presence of artificial lights.

Pukka teas to try:

Night Time tea

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Katie Pande, Senior Herbal Advisor

Katie is a qualified Medical Herbalist, and member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH), currently practicing in Shaftesbury. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Herbal Medicine and a BSc (Hons) in Plant and Environmental Biology.

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