Herbal Syrups for Common Ailments: Sleepy Time

Help insomnia with passionflower, spearmint and chamomile for sleep enhancement, naturally.

November/December 2016

  • Chamomile Flowers
    Chamomile flowers are a great way to help you sleep naturally.
    Photo by Fotolia/karandaev
  • Chamomile Flowers

Promotes better sleep by relaxing the whole body, including tempering one’s emotional state.


• 3⁄4 cup chamomile flowers
• 1⁄4 cup spearmint
• 1 cup water
• 1 cup sugar or honey
• Brandy or passionflower tincture (1⁄4 of bottle space)


Herbal Concentrate Method: Tea

Medicinal Potential

Chamomile: Creates a whole-body sense of calm; relieves a variety of aches and pains; relaxes digestive system; German chamomile more often recommended for medicinal uses

Spearmint: Promotes digestive well-being; reduces anxiety; alleviates stress 

Passionflower: Used to calm nerves, mild sedative, “dream enhancer;” promotes better sleep and alleviates insomnia by lessening anxiety


Chamomile should be used with caution by anyone with a ragweed allergy.

Read more about herbal medicines for common illnesses in Herbal Syrups for Common Ailments.