Ethnobotanicals


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Wormwood (Artemesia absinthium)
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The name "wormwood" may refer to this property of ridding the body of worms. It was also thought to prevent the plague. The foliage was smoked by some American Indian tribes, inducing visionary states during religious ceremonies.
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Oneirogen Selection

Oneirogens are plants or substances that help stimulate dreams and the memory of those dreams. There are large number of historic botanicals that have a reputation of being oneirogenic. Click the read button below to learn more.






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Mucuna pruriens (Cowage, Cowitch, Velvet Bean, Pica)

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African Dream Herb

entada rheedii

Not only were they used as an oneirogen, but they were also Worn and carried as Talismans for protection and supernatural powers.






Ayahuasca
Vine of the souls

ayahuasca vine

This vine is used by Shamans in Peru. The Peruvian Ayahuasca Vine has been a sacred medicine for millennia.

Herbs For Sleep Problems



I, nor anyone associated with this website is a Dr. Statements and items are not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure, any ailment, condition, disease, etc, including insomnia. The statements here in this page on this website are based on conclusions of the author that were made after conducting sound research that can be conducted by anyone.


               Sleep is one of the most necessary activities for the human body. What goes on in our bodies to induce sleep? Well, we get trytophan from certain foods. Our bodies have the ability to turn that trytophan into serotonin. Serotonin is converted by the body into melatonin, which puts us to sleep. If for whatever reason our bodies have low levels of these chemicals, especially serotonin and/or melatonin, then an obvious result of that is difficulty sleeping. There is a large number of possible reasons for this and other factors which may lead one to having trouble falling and staying asleep.


Over the years many people experience a more and more difficult challenge with this problem. Besides changing our diet and lowering or abstaining from the consumption of caffeine, there are different ways of dealing with sleep problems than resorting to pharmaceutical drugs. For centuries, human beings have found an limitless number of herbs that seem to be helpful in times of need. These herbs are of interest to modern researchers, primarily those known as phytochemist. Below is a list and summarization of human beings most prized herbal insomnia remedies throughout history.


Wild Lettuce ( Opium Lettuce )

wild lettuce

Wild lettuce has been well known by Native Americans for ages. Today modern phytochemist understand that it produces pharmacological alkaloids. Some of its historic medicinal applications made us of the herbs powerful sedative properties. The effects are often described as mostly hypnotic, while inducing an overall sense of euphoria, calmness and tranquility. It also has a history of use for pain. As an ethnobotanical, its cultural significance has been documented as far back as the 19th century. In 1898 it was listed in the United States Pharmacopoeia.


California Poppy

california poppy

The California poppy is not to be confused with the Opium Poppy. They are both in the same family, but produce completely different alkaloids. Native Americans made use of this plant for a large number of things. It was considered a narcotic pain reliever, and a powerful sedative. Modern herbal professionals suggest it for insomnia, pain, anxiety, and discomfort. Everyone should take great caution and not combine it with any other substances, including prescription drugs.


Wild Yam

wild yam

The mainstream is not familiar with Wild Yam at all. This is what's inspired me to make it well known to the public. It's an herb that's believed to have been originally used in Africa. It's considered a powerful narcotic sedative, or tranquilizer. It's a bit more hardcore than the typical herbs you see mentioned on mainstream websites. I wanted to bring something new and exciting to the web. At any rate, those interested in herbs for sleep problems may find this exotic plant very interesting.


Kava

kava powder

Kava has literally replaced alcohol on the island of Vanuatu where it's consumed for its relaxing and intoxicating properties, and at times its medical benefits as well. It has been clinically proven to reduce anxiety. I find it useful for encouraging deeper states of meditation. In general, it's a very calming and comforting plant which many find useful for dealing with sleep problems. On the spectrum of intensity, Kava is one of the more powerful herbs for dealing with insomnia. Some may refer to it as a narcotic.


Chamomile

chamomile flowers

Chamomile is a very powerful flower. A lot of people hear the title and stereotype that it's just some "pansy granny tea". The reality is that high quality Chamomile flowers can be thought of as a natural narcotic. It's used to deal with insomnia ( sleep problems ), anxiety, fowl emotions, and it's especially said to be great and safe for children. It contains medicinal phytochemicals, including coumarins which are very beneficial to human health. Some use capsules, or tea, and finally tinctures. The essential oils of Chamomile flowers are highly sought after. In a nutshell, Chamomile is a psychoactive flower with profound sedative effects.


Lavender

lavender flowers

Lavender has this intoxicating aroma that puts us in a happy and comforting mood. That alone is believed to help with sleep. That's not all there is too it though. Lavender also contains many beneficial phytochemicals. It contains Camphor, which is a very popular alkaloid. Camphor alone has pain relieving properties and more. It was an ingredient in "paregoric", which was an opium/camphor tincture from the 18th century. Sounds very cool!


Valerian

valerian root

Valerian root is yet another powerful sedative. It's considered a natural narcotic by herbalist. Many compare the effects to that of Valium or Xanax. People should use extreme caution with dosing this plant and it should never be combined with other drugs. It has an extensive history in holistic practices and modern phychemist have identified many pharmacological constituents.


St Johns Wort

st johns wort flowers

St Johns Wort has been used throughout history for dealing with many ailments that alone can cause insomnia. Sense it contains melatonin, and works with the GABA receptor systems in the human body, it's the perfect candidate for an herb to help with sleep problems. S.J.W. was even a favorite of several famous scientist who were also master alchemist. It's rather challenging to grow from seed, yet it's totally worth it. Because of these alkaloids and their properties, it has been a holistic favorite for dealing with insomnia.


Melatonin


Melatonin is a hormone made by the human body. It's specifically designed to induce rest ,and control our circadian rhythm. Awesome enough for us, we live in a high tech age, where people have advanced knowledge in chemistry, etc. That leaves certain educated professionals with with the ability to synthesize pure alkaloids, like Melatonin. Welcome to the future, where you can buy pure melatonin, one of the main compounds known that's naturally responsible for sleep. Obviously, many people swear by it for dealing with their annoying insomnia.


Quick tips to help with sleep:


Avoid Caffeine

Avoid Excessive Tobacco Use

Avoid High Temperature Sleeping Environments


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References:

Camphor. (2016, April 27). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 18:07, April 30, 2016, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Camphor&oldid=717413236


Further references listed on corresponding pages:


Wild Lettuce
California Poppy
Wild Yam
Kava
Chamomile
Lavender
Valerian
St Johns Wort
Melatonin