Sleepwell Herbal Blend
This is my own blend of herbs to assist with sleep. It is also my best-selling product. Repeat buyers attest to the use of this blend.
My method is to take 30-40 drops in a small amount of water about 1/2 hour before I want to go to sleep. I then take another 30-40 drops with water before laying down to sleep for the night.
Valerian Root to help with sleep and relaxation.
Constituents: Iridoids called valepotriates (to 2%); glycoside (valerosidatum); essential oil (to 2%) includes esters of acetic, butyric, and isovalerianic acids, which yield isovalerianic acid when dried, giving valerian its distinct aroma; sesquiterpene; alkaloids. In 1907, researcher Chevalier stated that fresh valerian is more active than the dried root.
Properties: tranquilizer, antispasmodic, expectorant, diuretic, lowers blood pressure, carminative, mild anodyne
History: The ‘officinalis’ in its botanical name means that it was used medicinally and sold in the shops of the druggists and apothecaries The Roman name vakere was derived from valor for courage. The root excites some animals, especially rats and cats. It is rumored that the famous Pied Piper of Hamelin owed his success in leading the rats out of the city to having had his pockets stuffed full of valerian rather than to his music! Valerian is still used by rat catchers. North American Indians snorted valerian powder to calm epileptic seizures. One story has that to attract a woman, a man must
make a magic ouch that holds cayenne pepper, patchouli and valerian root. He must pick the valerian in the nude and stand on one foot as he says the name of the sought-after woman.
Valerian has a place in Nordic mythology where the goddess Hertha, used it as a riding whip when racing through the forest on her hops-bridled stag. The herb symbolized the appeasing powers that could tame a wild beast.
Passionflower to promote good dreams.
The leaves of passion flower are an ingredient in many European pharmaceutical products to treat nervous disorders, such as heart palpitations, anxiety, convulsions, epilepsy and sometimes high blood pressure. They have been shown to make a nonaddictive sedative that relaxes the nervous system. Passion flower seems especially helpful when physical or mental strain results in insomnia
or stress. While it is not a strong pain reliever and it may take a while for its effects to be noticed, it seems to have a lasting and refreshing effect on the nervous system. It is used to prevent spasms from whooping cough, asthma, and other diseases. The dried herb is also used for Parkinson’s disease, hysteria, and shingles. The unusual fruit has been historically considered to be a sedative.
Skullcap which is a nervine which promotes general relaxation.
History: There are two ideas as to the name of skullcap. One is because the calyx of the little blue flower resembles a tiny cap. Another is that the generic name is from the Latin scutella (a little dish) from the lid of the calyx. There has also been reference which relates the shape to a scull or a shell-shaped boat. Was found in many 19th century patent medicines as a nerve tonic, especially for “female weakness” and as an epilepsy “cure.”
Constituents: flavonoid glycosides (scultellonin, scutellarinan), volatile oil, bitters, tannin, minerals including caldium, potassium and magnesium
Properties: sedative, nervine tonic, antispasmodic, mild bitter
Together this combination has assisted me on many nights when I was staring at the ceiling for hours. I drift off shortly after laying down and stay asleep all night. I awake refreshed and alert.