In this high paced world, it seems that for most people, the solution for everything is to just pop some new fad drug; however, there are great, non-addictive, natural alternatives to dealing with stress, anxiety, and insomnia that does not require you to spend even more time at the pharmacy (1). There is a wide range of affordable, easy to use natural products that can help you get the relief that you need. Natural products can come in a variety of methods for helping you to ease tension and get to sleep ranging from Aromatherapy products, aromatic bath salts and oils, essential oils, herbal teas, and supplements so you are sure to find any number of natural products to help you relax in a safe and easy way.
Natural products in the aromatherapy category can range from candles, oil diffusers, sachets and pillows, and even these great little sleeping mists that you can use to spray your bed linens before you go to bed; the lavender and other aromatherapy elements of the spray help you to relax and soothes you to sleep. What effect you wish to achieve is the main determinant of which scent you would want. Most of the pillows and sleeping sprays, for example, come in lavender or some combination of lavender, chamomile, or sandalwood as well as other essential oils because of their ability to relax you, ease stress, and promote a restful sleep (2).
Aromatic bath salts and oils utilize most of the same elements and scents that are used in other aromatherapy products but give you the added enjoyment of a luxurious bath, which in itself can do wonders for a stressful day. That is much the same of essential oils which you can use in a variety of ways, for example, rubbing lavender oil on your temples can help to relieve the stress of a tension headache. Cardamom is also a common essential oil to help with fatigue and is known for its warm and comforting effect as well as its ability to promote clarity. All of these natural products utilize the soothing properties of the aromas to help calm and soothe you.
Herbal remedies, unlike aromatherapy, actually work with your body and can be taken a variety of ways (3). These natural products most often come in teas or supplements that you can take should tea not be your thing. When it comes to natural products in the tea categories, some of the most common choices include chamomile which does wonders for combating insomnia without any of the addictive properties of sleeping pills. Valerian root is another element of many natural products that you find to treat stress and insomnia because it has been used for generations to help promote relaxation and induce sleep. With herbal remedies; however, if you are on medication, are pregnant, or have health concerns you should consult your health care provider. Some herbs, chamomile for example, is not to be taken by pregnant women and others can interfere with certain types of medications so be sure to seek advice before beginning any herbal regimen.
Using natural products to help soothe away the effects of stress and anxiety and to treat insomnia can be very simple and yield great rewards so try one of the many natural products available and start getting a good night’s sleep.
1. Easy Sleep Solutions: 74 Best Tips for Better Sleep Health: How to Deal With Sleep Deprivation Issues Without Drugs, – October 8, 2015, Chris A. Baird