Traditionally also known as kougoed or kanna – is a succulent-like ground cover found largely in the Western Cape of South Africa. The Khoikhoi apparently chewed kougoed as a sedative with anxiety-alleviating properties.
Hemia salicifolia, or Sinicuichi for Sun Opener, is a flowering shrub that grows from Mexico to Argentina and is widely cultivated through its range. Hemia salicifolia has a Shamanic tradition dating to the Aztecs. In addition to aiding lucid dreaming, Heimia Salicifolia is thought to aid astral travel.
This is a medicinal herb growing in the high mountain region of the middle Asia. Rotunda has shown in low dosages to have a hypnotic action. Besides its tranquil effect Rotunda can moderate heart -rate, reduce high bloodpressure and relax spasms in the gut and uterus.
The root of this tall perennial flowering plant is dried and used as a calming agent and sleep aid. According to numerous studies, valerian, native to Europe and Asia, may help reduce the amount of time it takes a person to fall asleep and also help increase the duration and quality of sleep. Native to Europe and already used in ancient Greece, the root of the valerian plant is a well-known cure to treat tension induced insomnia, anxiety and nervousness.
Tryptophan is an amino acid that interacts with those brain chemicals important to sleep and the timing of your biological clock’s sleep-wake cycle. Tryptophan increases serotonin, which also increases melatonin, both neuro-transmitters in your brain’s pineal gland. Tryptophan supplements provide extra doses of sleep inducing amino acids that reportedly help counter sleep disturbances.
The compound 5-HTP has effects on both sleep and mood, as well as other body functions that impact our health and our ability to feel good during the day and sleep restfully at night.
ZMA, stands for zinc magnesium aspartate, When taken daily, ZMA has been shown to bolster health, increase immunity and improve sleep.