Tulsi is foundational in many Ayurvedic herbal formulas for sleep.
Also known as “liquid yoga” due to its calming effects, Tulsi is considered one of the ultimate adaptogens (herbs that help the body thrive under stress) and nervines (herbs that support the nervous system).
Emerging research has also shown that Tulsi may effectively support sleep quality via its beneficial effects on stress.
Passionflower, a beautiful vine with purple flowers found in fields across the Eastern United States, has long been used in traditional herbalism to promote relaxation and sleep.
This nervine herb is often taken as a tea and has been shown to promote normal sleep in subjective studies. It’s also been studied for its effects on supporting GABA, which plays a significant role in stress and a person’s ability to relax.
More research is needed, but emerging studies appear promising.
Passionflower tea is widely available as a single-herb tea or combined with other sleep-supportive herbs such as Chamomile, Lavender, or Lemon Balm.
7. Lemon Balm
Lemon Balm can be found growing in nearly any climate across North America.
Known for its lemony flavor and soothing nature, Lemon Balm is a celebrated nootropic and nervine herb known to support relaxation, brain function, and optimism.
It’s also commonly recommended in Western herbalism to help support healthy sleep and ease stress.