What is in it?
Passionflower It is believed that the alkaloids and flavonoids of passionflower significantly tranquilize the central nervous system and gives one a feeling of well-being while reducing spasms and anxiety and aiding sleep. As a sedative, Passionflower has qualities unlike those of any other herb. It is very effective, with a pleasant taste, and yet surprisingly gentle. It is helpful in a variety of ailments, from insomnia, dysmenorrhea, nervous tension, and fatigue, to muscle spasms. Passionflower may be our best tranquilizer yet. The dried leaves and stems both induce a natural sleep and calm hyperactive people.
Balm Leaf - Balm is an excellent carminative herb that relieves spasms in the digestive tract and is used in flatulent dyspepsia. Because of its mild anti-depressive properties, it is primarily indicated where there is dyspepsia associated with anxiety or depression, as the gently sedative oils relieve tension and stress reactions, thus acting to lighten depression.
Rosemary - Rosemary is a circulatory and nervine stimulant, which in addition to the toning and calming effect on the digestion is used where psychological tension is present.
Valerian As one of the best gentle and harmless herbal sleeping remedies, it enhances the natural body process of slipping into sleep and making the stresses of the day recede. For people who do not need as much sleep as they once did, it also eases lying awake in bed, ensuring that it becomes a restful and relaxing experience. This is often as re-vivifying as sleep itself, and indeed all that is necessary in more cases than not. The true nature of sleep still remains a mystery. Everybody goes through stages of REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, a stage where dreaming is associated with minor involuntary muscle jerks and rapid eye movements, indicating that active processes are occurring in the brain. It is important not to suppress the dreams dreamed during this stage. Emotional experiences are processed by the mind in those dreams, and much arising from both the unconscious and daily life is balanced and harmonized. Whilst sleeping pills have a marked impact on REM, Valerian does not interfere with this process as it is not powerful enough to suppress these necessary REM phases. Valerian root products produce a clear increase in performance coupled with moderate sedation: therefore, patients' motor coordination, concentration ability, and reasoning skills increase but without and hypnotic or depressive symptoms. These effects may be summarized as stress reduction.
St. John's Wort St John's Wort is a yellow-blossomed wildflower with diverse benefits as an herbal remedy. Traditionally, it has been used to heal wounds and relieve pain, but now recent clinical research has found this herb to also be effective in soothing and restoring balance to the nervous system. In fact German doctors now prescribe St. John's Wort extract eight times more than the conventional drug Prozac. It is the number one anti-depressant on the German market; physicians prescribed over 66 million daily doses in 1994 alone. It fortifies the entire nervous system and has been used for centuries to treat insomnia, and mild to moderate depression and anxiety.
Hops - Hops is a remedy that has a marked relaxing effect upon the central nervous system It is used extensively for the treatment of insomnia. It will ease tension and anxiety, and may be used where this tension leads to restlessness, headache and possibly indigestion.