Herbs that can be used as a Hypnotic

What is hypnotic?

Hypnotic action is intended to improve or extend sleep quality and reduce the chances of wakefulness during sleep. Such herbs and drugs have a deteriorating effect on cognitive performance. Most prominently, the hypnotic action comes into play due to the interference with the GABA receptors. 

They upregulate the game of inhibitory neurotransmitters and block the activities of excitatory ones to help the brain calm and dial down the erratic nerves.

What are the benefits of Hypnotics?

Hypnotic action is helpful in dealing with:

  • Insomnia
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Sleepwalking
  • Grief/loss
  • Pain management
  • Enhancement of performance

3 Herbs that can be used as Hypnotics





Valerian is a legendary botanical used traditionally for its remarkable sedative-hypnotic activity. It imparts beneficial effects on sleep architecture by reducing the time of stages 1 and 2 of non-REM sleep and increasing delta sleep.

Use Valerian Root Tincture before bedtime and spritz its flower essence around yourself, on the sheet-spreads and pillowcases to have a good night’s sleep.



Passionflower is a well-known hypnotic herb with potent sleep-inducing effects. It promotes a restful night’s sleep by slowing the heart rhythm, relieving pain, decreasing anxiety and ADHD symptoms, and managing the severity of menopausal symptoms.

Use Passionflower Tincture before bedtime and indulge in the stress-free realm of realm sleep. 


California Poppy

California Poppy

California Poppy is famous for its sedative-hypnotic and analgesic action. Herbal practitioners usually recommend it as a reliable treatment for sleep disorders, dialing down excitement and sleeplessness, spasms, muscular tension, pain, agitation, and irritation. Its liquid extracts are readily marketed and can be used for inducing and sustaining deep sleep.


Other Medicinal Plants that act as a Hypnotic