“Lullaby, say goodnight, go to sleep little sweetie…”

For babies and small children, singing a sweet, soft lullaby seems to do the trick when they’re fighting bouts of sleepiness. For us adults dealing with insomnia, those lullabies just don’t seem to cut it. Believe me, I know.

Insomnia, or the inability to sleep, is a very common sleep disorder. It contributes to a pretty big list of health issues including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes (aka “The Sugar”)
  • Obesity
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Stress
  • Paranoia and hallucinations

There are even studies that show going 17 hours with little to no sleep is equivalent to a blood alcohol concentration of 0.05. Increase those sleepless hours to 21 and you’d be looking at a BAC of 0.08 which is pretty much driving drunk!

So what choices do you have if you’re not a pill popper or just simply prefer a more natural approach? Enter Valerian! <cue the spotlight on this funny looking herb right here.>


Valerian is a pretty useful little herb, if I do say so myself. Its root, which is used for medicines, is perfect for conditions like anxiety, headaches & migraines, hysterical states, joint and muscle pain, and even menstrual cramps ladies! But most of all, it is THE BOMB when it comes to knocking out insomnia.

At this point you’re probably thinking, “But I’ve tried everything! Just how is this supposed to work? What makes you so sure that it will?” My answer starts very Jill Scott like, “Everything ain’t for everybody,” but I can tell you this…research shows that Valerian acts as a sedative on the brain and nervous system. So yeah, you definitely may want to look into getting you some.

Be careful though, large doses are a no no. Eternal sleep isn’t in the plan.


Dinika Hightower is a Natural Healing Practitioner specializing in natural healing therapies for Women. Dinika uses herbs, essential oils, massage and other natural therapies to empower and educate women on their divinely inherent ability to heal themselves and care for their babies. On a personal level, Dinika loves music, being a tomboy turned Domestic Diva, a good laugh and bright colors. To learn more about Dinika and her healing philosophy, visit her online at www.NurtureTheHarvest.com or follow her on Instagram: @NurtureTheHarvest




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