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Q: What are the best herbs to help me fall asleep?

A: I recommend you try lavender, chamomile, valerian root, or schisandra berry. Lavender and chamomile are easier to find as calming teas, or in calming mixtures. Both are delicious and rest inducing. Take a big sip of tea and then a long breath in and out, and you will almost immediately feel peaceful and more relaxed!

Now, valerian and schisandra are a little less common, and may be taken as either a supplement capsule or as an herbal tea. Valerian, which has been called “nature’s tranquilizer,” has been used for centuries to relieve tension, irritability, nervous exhaustion, anxiety, and even regulate the nervous system. Schisandra, which Chinese practitioners have used for thousands of years, helps us revitalize our senses, strengthening our abilities to deal with and prepare for stress—all while soothing the nerves to take the edge off anxiety. These can be found in herb shops and some health food stores.

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