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Author:  Dr.Caralei Peters, ND & Dr. Laura Grant, ND

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Calming Herbs


Lavendula angustifolia is native to Europe, commonly found growing on garden pathways and in aromatic sachets among the pillows in a bed and breakfast. It is frequently used to promote a relaxing sleep, relieve headaches and makes a gentle insect repellent. 

Research has suggested that lavender can have an impact on brain wave activity, resulting in sedative and relaxing effects.   The part of this plant possessing medicinal properties is the oil, extracted through steam distillation. Adding a few drops of Lavender essential oil or a handful of Lavender flowers to bathwater before bedtime is soothing for any member of your family.  


Matricaria chamomilla is commonly known as Chamomile. This gentle herb is known for its mild sedative effects. Traditionally, chamomile has been used to soothe gastrointestinal discomforts such as gas, relieve irritability related to teething in children, and can calm nervous tension and aid sleep. Animal studies have demonstrated a depressive effect on the central nervous system, which accounts for Chamomile’s sedative effects. 

As a mild herb, Matricaria can be used safely in pregnant and nursing women and children. It should however be used with caution in individuals allergic to ragweed. The most effective forms of this herb are infusions (tea) made from dry flower petals and tincture forms. 

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