Four Botanicals for Better Sleep
In this article, four botanicals are featured to help support sleep. Two of the botanicals may not be as well-known and two are more commonly used in sleep support supplements. Let’s begin with the two unique botanicals.
Griffonia simplicifolia is an African climbing shrub with flowers. The seeds of the plant are high in 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP). 5-HTP supports the production of serotonin and therefore can help support sleep, mood and other body systems. 5-HTP also indirectly supports melatonin production, which is critical to sleep. It has also been shown to help promote relaxation and a state of calm, which is also important to sleep.
Ziziphus jujube is commonly referred to as jujube (not to be confused with Jujubee confectionary candy). This small tree with thorny branches bears a fruit that has long been used in Chinese and Korean traditional medicine to help support stress and sleep, as well as other body functions. The fruit contains many biologically active compounds including phenolics, flavonoids, and polysaccharides. It is also a good source of vitamin C.
Two more commonly known botanical ingredients which can help support sleep and relaxation are hops and lemon balm.
Humulus lupulus (hops) is a botanical ingredient that has been used to promote relaxation. Hops is the common name for the cones produced by this plant which is widely used to brew beer. Studies have shown that hops support a healthy circadian rhythm, which helps promote sound sleep. It is believed that the bitter acids found in hops are what contributes to its health-supporting benefits.
Melissa officinalis (lemon balm) is a part of the mint family and is called lemon balm because the leaves have a mild lemon scent. In addition to supporting digestion, lemon balm can also help support sleep because of its calming effects. It is often used in combination with other ingredients that can synergistically support sleep.
Nature’s pharmacy has many botanicals to help support sound sleep. These four—griffonia, jujube, hops, and lemon balm—are certainly worth considering.
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