Jo has been an ITU nurse at the London North West NHS Trust for 14 years. She obtained her RN at University College London Hospital.
Red Valerian Not to be Confused with Valeriana Officinalis
Herbs To Reduce Stress And Anxiety
Let's face it; modern life can be as stressful as hell. Increasingly, more people are searching for natural ways to relieve stress and anxiety to enjoy a long and healthy life. Maintaining balance in our life is not something we can easily achieve. For a healthy mind and body, we need sleep.
Clinical research suggests that we need an average of about 7.5 to 8 hours quality sleep per night to allow the body enough time to perform the necessary cleansing, repairing and healing required for optimal health.
Throughout the ages, different cultures have used Herbal medicine. Plants have been sustaining life for as long as humans have walked the earth. Witches, wise women, midwives, nuns and monks have all used medicinal herbs like lemon balm and Valerian to induce sleep and calm the nerves for centuries. But in this time of high technology and quick fixes, have we forgotten the source of most of our conventional medicines?
According to the CDC, insufficient sleep is a public health epidemic. 30% of the population suffers from insomnia; we now get 20% less sleep than people did 100 years ago. More than 50% of Americans lose sleep due to stress and anxiety. Between 40 and 60% of individuals over the age of 60 suffer from insomnia.
Doctors once widely prescribed Hypnotics/sedatives but most of these drugs are habit-forming and shown in recent studies to cause death when taken in excess or over a period. Some research suggests that certain herbal remedies can work as well without the dangerous side effects.