Do you have trouble getting to sleep at night?

You’re not alone. Insomnia affects more than 30% of the American population. Of that number, 10 million use prescription sleeping medication.

While those medications work in the short term, they also pose some serious health risks. Common side effects include:

  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Heartburn
  • Headache
  • Stomach pain

Sleeping pills are also known to create dependency. As such, they are among the most commonly abused prescription medications.

All of this information can leave those suffering from insomnia in a tight bind. Do you live with insomnia or put up with the side effects (and cost) of pharmaceuticals?

Neither. You can do neither.

That’s because there’s a third option – a holistic, natural approach to getting a good night’s sleep.

The Power of Sedative Herbs

As Dr. Philip Fritchey shares in his book Practical Herbalism: Ordinary Plants with Extraordinary Powers, nervines and adaptogens are two sedative classes of herbs.

They work by interacting with the central nervous system, reducing stress and calming nervous thoughts.

The natural remedy I’m about to show you combines the effects of nervines and adaptogens to create an effective, potent and safe sleep aid.

Ingredients Required

All of the herbs listed below can be purchased from the Bulk Herb Store.

  • 2 parts powdered Valerian root (no less, no more – Valerian root is powerful)
  • 2 parts powdered skullcap
  • 1 part powdered lemon balm
  • 1 part powdered oatstraw
  • 1 part powdered passion flower
  • 1/2 part powdered rhodiola root
  • 1/4 part powdered hop flowers
  • Vegetable capsules

The parts should be measured using volume as opposed to weight.

You can also purchase a capsule machine like this one to help you fill the pills neatly.


Step #1

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Image: Frugally Sustainable

Mix all the ingredients in a non-reactive bowl. They should be well-combined.

Step #2

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Image: Frugally Sustainable

Place as many capsules as you think you will need into the capsule machine and proceed to fill the machine with your powder.

If you don’t have a capsule machine, scoop the powder tightly into both ends of the capsules and close the ends.

Store the capsules in an empty mason jar. They should stay fresh for 6-12 months.

Dosage and Precautions

Take 2-4 capsules 30 minutes before bedtime.

As you should with any natural remedy, it’s important to get in touch with your doctor before taking this natural sleep aid – particularly if you are on any prescription medications.

Side effects of this remedy are minimal and typically occur as a result of interaction with other medication or taking excessive amounts.

Did you try this sleep remedy? How did it work for you? Let us know in the comments!

Check out this video from David’s Facebook page to learn about lifestyle changes you can make to battle insomnia!

Practical Herbalism: Ordinary Plants with Extraordinary Powers