Natural Remedies for a Restful Sleep

Getting a proper, restful sleep each night is important for our health, well-being, mood and cognitive function. Here are some of the most effective natural remedies for a restful, quality sleep:

Essential Oils

Essential oils are fantastic for relaxation and sleep. Their effects have been scientifically studied and proven to work in the brain, helping us relax and fall asleep naturally. Lavender oil is one of the most commonly used essential oils for sleep and through a vast range of studies, has demonstrated the ability to drastically improve not just the ability to fall asleep, but also the quality of sleep. Ylang-ylang, valerian, roman camomile, cedarwood and neroli are also great essential oils for sleep.


Meditation is by far one of the most effective natural remedies for sleep, reversing even some of the most severe cases of insomnia! The reason we sometimes feel drowsy and fatigued after what feels like a good amount of sleep is because we are not getting enough of the right sleep. Meditation helps us reach the REM (rapid eye movement) stage quicker which is the key for a restful, healing sleep. There are plenty of sleep meditation guides available online for beginners!


Our bodies naturally produce a hormone called melatonin while we sleep. It’s produced by the pineal gland within the brain and is responsible for controlling sleeping cycles. It’s possible to boost your melatonin levels to help get a better sleep by eating foods that increase melatonin production such as pineapples, bananas and oranges. Alternatively, there are a range of natural supplements and even oral sprays containing melatonin that can help you sleep better.

Learn More

Learn more about natural and alternative remedies for sleep and other ailments with the online course available through the Australian School of Herbal Medicine. Click here for more information.