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A restless night of tossing and turning is enough to wear you down for the entire next day. This article from Herbal Academy of New England suggests 7 herbal remedies to help! Whether it’s anxious thoughts or physical ailments keeping you up, these herbs address a variety of reasons our bodies resist sleep.

For wired minds that can’t stop thinking, lemon balm might do the trick:

This one might be more appropriate for those with anxiety-related insomnia. Another wonder-herb, lemon balm is a mint used to treat everything from insomnia to heartburn and cold sores. It contains a wide class of chemicals called terpenes which are known to calm nerves and reduce anxiety. A study was conducted testing the effects of lemon balm and valerian on restlessness and dyssomnia (a class of disorders that make sleeping difficult) in children. The study found that 80.9% of children with sleeping disorders managed to get a better night’s sleep (Muller and Klement, 2006). That’s nothing to sneeze at!

Read more about lemon balm here! We recommend taking it in this Organic Joy Tonic.

Along with lemonbalm, the Herbal Academy recommends tryptophan-rich foods, such as beans, nuts, seed, fish, and poultry (especially turkey). Trypotophan is used in the process of melatonin production. L-Theanine can also be a help, an amino acid found in green tea!

For more, read on here!

Faye Sakellaridis

Faye Sakellaridis’s interest in psychedelics and consciousness led her to become an managing editor at The Alchemists Kitchen and Reality Sandwich, where she enjoys the scope of visionary thought that she regularly encounters from the site’s many contributors and the “rich spectrum of intellectual essays on consciousness through a diverse lens of art, culture, and science.” Faye recently earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens College in NYC, and her professional and academic life have been centered on journalism and creative writing. However, Faye—a classically trained improvisational pianist—says that spiritually, she identifies herself first and foremost identify as a musician. “Music is my most intuitive language,” she says. “If it weren't for music I'm not sure I'd truly understand the concept of the sublime. Writing and music are two are elemental parts of me, and communicating through them is what I do.”

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