Sleep is one of the most important rituals for wellbeing (and great skin!) but with demanding work hours and technology at our disposable, finding consistently sound sleep can be difficult even for the best sleepers among us. Too little shut-eye can affect mood, concentration, energy levels and even memory. Everyone’s sleep requirements vary so finding natural sleep remedies that suit your personal lifestyle is necessary. We have some favourite natural sleep remedies that help us not only find sleep, but also stay asleep for a full night without any residual drowsiness the following morning.
Natural Sleep Remedies
You can’t go past natural sleep remedies in the form of tonics. Find a healing sleep tonic that you can sip on after dinner to ease you into a solid night of sleep.
Chamomile is one of the oldest, most widely used and well-documented medicinal plants in the world, and has been a popular treatment for numerous ailments over the years including anxiety, digestive issues, skin inflammation, wound healing, and most popularly, for sleep disorders from its mild sedating effects1. Passionflower is another age-old remedy that has historically been used as a sedative and hypnotic for those with sleep disorders.
Both Chamomile and Passionflower are used in The Nue Co Sleep Drops formulation, alongside Catnip and Valerian Root to reduce feelings of anxiety, promote calmness and aid sleep. Add these drops to any liquid when you need a little helping hand to drift off. The Cacao Club Disk for Peaceful Sleep also harnesses the sleep-inducing benefits of Chamomile and Passionflower, gently acting to help you power down and relax. Melt ¼-½ a cacao disk in a saucepan and make into a warming hot choccie for a tasty sleep tonic.
Reishi mushrooms have been popular for at least 2,000 years in the Far East. They were rated number 1 on ancient Chinese lists of superior medicines, and were believed to give eternal youth and longevity2. Today, reishi mushrooms are still used to naturally treat a number of conditions including fatigue. Known as nature’s ultimate anti-stress antidote, reishi is used in the Four Sigmatic Instant Reishi Elixir Mix, which has been formulated to improve your sleep quality by helping the body fight against stress. The Calming Grown Evening Adaptogen Tonic also includes reishi as a key ingredient for combating the effects of stress to provide a sense of calm without the need for synthetic sedatives.
We all have specific aromas that can suspend us for a moment in time, and this is why we love essential oils – not only for the delightful scent they provide, but also their soothing effect on ailments including stress relief and deeper sleep. For a natural way to get your best night’s sleep, keep the Amly Beauty Sleep Mist on your bedside table to spritz on fatigued skin. This nightly spray is laden with rejuvenating botanicals and essential oils reputed for their beautifying and soporific properties.
Similarly, the De Mamiel Settle Oil can be kept in close reach to still a restless mind pre-bedtime. The base of oils combines herbs, Watermelon Seed Oil and Passionflower Oil to maximise the absorption of vitamins and minerals such as Magnesium, Zinc and B Vitamins that are essential for quality sleep.
If you can sense a sleepless night coming on, make sure you schedule in an evening ritual to clear your head and relax. Magnesium is a key mineral associated with sleep, and magnesium deficiencies have been seen to manifest in insomnia in some cases2. Run a bath with Isla Apothecary Relax & Recover Bath Salts to unwind at the end of your day – the Epsom salt base will provide your body with a pure boost of both Magnesium and Sulphate to induce peace in body and mind.
Therapie Roques O’Neil Himalayan Detox Salts can be thought of as an antidote to the modern pace of life, made with therapeutic Himalayan pink mineral salts, essential oils and dusted with powdered amethyst to create a soothing, uplifting and aromatherapeutic bathing experience.
- Basch EM & Ulbricht CE. (2005). Natural Standard Herb & Supplement Handbook: The Clinical Bottomline. Nature Medicine Quality Standards.
- Balch PA. (2006). Prescription for Nutritional Healing: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food Supplements. Avery, the Penguin Group, 4: 91.