Herbal Antidepressants: Sleeping Aids

  Herbal Antidepressants: Sleeping Aids

Calming Sleepy Herbs

There are a number of herbs with a reputation for their calming and sleep inducing properties. Listed below are the ones we stock. Read our blog article on Herbal Anti-depressants here.



(Nepeta cataria)

Catnip makes a soothing tea which is mild enough to give to small children. In many cultures, it is thought to purify the blood, and is used for its calming and sedative effects, both in adults and in small children. It is recommended for aiding sleep.

Good for... Anxiety, Sleep


(Matricaria Chamomilla )
Chamomile Benefits

Chamomile is thought of as one of the "Heal all" remedies of the herbal world. It is relaxing, calming, anti-inflammatory, gentle, a natural sedative, and safe for kids. It is good for insomnia, sleep disturbances, and anxiety as it is a natural tranquiliser.

Good for... Anxiety, Sleep


(Lavandula officinalis)

Lavender is known for its peaceful, soothing and calming qualities. It helps with sleeplessness, headaches, and irritability as it is calming to the mind. It is uplifting and aids with clearing low energy, as it is invigorating to a tired brain. It is also known as an anti-depressant.

Good for... Sleep

Lemon Balm

(Melissa officinalis)
Lemon balm

Lemon balm is known for its calming and soothing properties.

t is a stomachic, anti-spasmodic and carminative, so it is not only good for settling cramps of the digestive tract but also relieves the cramps of pre-menstrual tension. However as a nervine it also settles emotional upset and is an anti-depressant. So it is a great herb to aid women in the menstrual cycle.

Good for... Anxiety, Mood, Sleep

Passion Flower

(Passiflora incarnate)

Passion flower's calming properties make it useful in dealing with depression if the route is anxiety. It is known as a tonic for the nervous system, a natural sedative and tranquiliser. It is an anti-spasmodic herb and has been used for treating seizures, hysteria, palpitations, panic attacks, excess sweating and trembling (as experienced in anxiety states), uterine pains, and aches and pains of all kinds.

Good for... Anxiety, Mood, Sleep

Reishi Mushroom

(Ganoderma lucidum)
Reishi Mushroom Benefits

A fantastic herb with a wide range of benefits, the traditional use of Reishi has been as an adaptogen, helping the body adapt to the stressors of life.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine it is indicated for treatment of general fatigue and weakness, asthma, insomnia, and coughs.

Good for... Anxiety, Mood, Sleep


(Scutellaria lateriflora)

Skullcap is known to calm nervous tension and anxiety, it acts as a natural tranquilizer. It is a tonic for the nervous system and can help both physically and psychologically.

Good for... Anxiety, Sleep


(Valeriana officinalis)

Valerian is a natural sedative and relaxant, it calms the nervous system and is perhaps one of the most useful relaxing nervines available to us. It is nature's tranquiliser and can promote sleep and relieve pain.

Good for... Anxiety, Sleep


(Verbena officinalis)

Vervain is a nervine, and is therefore known to be strengthening to the nervous system. It is useful in conditions of stress and nervous tension, and it has a calming and relaxing effect on the body. It is also indicated for use in the treatment of depression and sadness.

Good for... Anxiety, Mood, Sleep


(Triticum aestivum)
Wheatgrass Benefits

Wheatgrass is quite possibly the closest thing to the fountain of youth and healing man has ever benefited from". As rich a source of vitamins, amino acids available anywhere plus an almost complete spectrum of minerals. The bedrock of super nutrition.

Good for... Mood, Nutrition, Sleep

Wild Lettuce

(Lactuca virosa)
Wild Lettuce

Wild lettuce is a natural sedative, it is very good for an over-excited nervous system. It is particually good for hyperactive children, and can be of considerable help with symptoms of over-excitement or inability to sleep. Wild lettuce is known as "lettuce opium" and is also helpful for adults who suffer from insomnia, restlessness, anxiety or neurosis.

Good for... Anxiety, Sleep