By: Katie Marie
Does your day start backward? You know, you wake up tired and go to bed wide awake? If catching a good night’s sleep seems like a dream, you may need some help. Prescription sleep aids can be dangerous and addicting, so consider Mother Nature’s remedies. Here’s how to grow a sleep health herb garden.
Indoor plants can help clean and may purify the air, but many varieties also help relieve stress and promote a calming effect. These attributes can help you settle into bed and get some well-deserved ZZZs.
Choose Your Spot
Placing a few plants near your bed can be therapeutic. The calming scents offer the same benefits as aromatherapy. You can also place soothing plants in other spots in your home to help you relax before you hit the sack. Curating an indoor kitchen herb garden can do wonders for both your taste buds and your mood when used in certain dishes. The spot you choose for your plants will determine which plants you should buy. Some herbs need direct sunlight while others are OK with indirect light.
Be Picky About Selection
Not all herbs are the same when it comes to promoting better sleep health. Chinese ginseng will actually give you a boost of energy and keep you awake. One of the best for sleep? Lavender. Not only are the purple blooms beautiful, but they also produce a pleasant scent that helps you relax. It's an excellent addition to the bedroom in a vase or a plant. Chamomile works well in plant form or as a tea. Lemon balm is another common herb used to help reduce stress and promote better sleep. This herb is part of the mint family and produces a citrus scent that calms the nerves. You can also eat the leaves of the lemon balm plant to help aid in digestion. This is a great cure for the heartburn that keeps many of us up at night!
Replant in Larger Pots
It's easy to find herbs in small pots, but you may want to grow a larger herb garden to get to the root of your insomnia. Have larger pots ready as plants mature. Leaving herbs in a smaller container will limit their growth. Place larger pots on the floor to help keep them from toppling over, and be sure to use the right tools when transplanting to ensure the plants stay alive.
Try Different Applications
Use decorative pots so you're encouraged to place the herbs throughout your home. If you prefer to keep the herbs in the kitchen, use the herbs in different applications. Rubbing the leaves of a plant can transfer the scent to your hands which could help you sleep. Drying the bud or leaves and steeping in hot water for a nighttime tea or putting them in a potpourri next to your bed will also have a calming effect.
Growing a sleep herb garden and incorporating these plants into your home is a great way to reduce stress. After all, stress is the number one thing that keeps us up at night. After a while, sleeping will become so easy, you can do it with your eyes closed.
Katie Marie is a writer, avid yogi, and outdoor explorer. She spends most of her time practicing meditation and wellness using organic elements within nature.