Since ancient times, cultures around the world have used lavender as a wellness aid and it is no secret that lavender is used far and wide to promote good sleep. Arguably the holy grail of lavender benefits, is its proven merit to reduce stress and anxiety. Research shows that lavender can improve symptoms of anxiety such as restlessness, disturbed sleep and even physical symptoms that anxiety can sometimes cause. Lavender has also been shown to have a positive influence on general well-being and quality of life.
Passion flower grows throughout South America and some parts of the southern United States. It is part of the Passiflora family, which also includes passion fruit. Passion flower has been used since the early 1600’s to treat anxiety, insomnia, and certain forms of pain because it contains levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a chemical the brain makes to help regulate mood.
Chamomile has some unique properties that can help improve the quality of your sleep. It contains apigenin, an antioxidant that binds to certain receptors in your brain that promote sleepiness and reduce insomnia, or the chronic inability to sleep. Beyond its ability to improve sleep quality, chamomile is abundant in flavones (a class of antioxidants). Flavones have been studied for their potential to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, which are important markers of overall health and wellbeing.
Valeriana officinalis, is a flowering plant native to Europe and Asia. The root of the plant has long been used as a herbal remedy to treat insomnia. The use of valerian root dates back to the Greek and Roman Empires and was noted by Hippocrates to treat headaches, nervousness, trembling, and heart palpitations. Valerian contains a substance known as valerenic acid that is believed to affect GABA receptors in the brain. It is believed that one of the purposes of GABA is to control fear or anxiety experienced when nerve cells are overexcited. By doing so, valerian may act as a mild sedative and anxiolytic (anxiety-reducing compound).
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