In herbal medicine, chamomile has long been taken for its relaxing properties. Some research indicates that apigenin (an antioxidant compound found in chamomile) may produce a sedative or relaxant effect by affecting certain brain chemicals, such as serotonin.
Passion Flower Extract:
Passion Flower is a reliable herbal sedative or relaxant. Many pharmacological investigations confirm the relaxing effects of Passion Flower. From some of these studies, anti-anxiety effects can be deduced. Based on clinical data, the experiences of traditional use, and its use in herbal combinations; Passion Flower extracts are an important factor in the phytotherapy of tenseness, restlessness, and irritability with difficulty in relaxing.
Valerian Root Extract:
Valerian is well known for its sedative qualities and its ability to relax the central nervous system and the smooth muscle groups. It is calming and it is non-addictive. The sedative effect is due to components known as valepotriates and to isovaleric acid.
The valepotriates have a regulatory effect on the autonomic nervous system and research suggests that these components have a calming effect on agitated people.
Valerian is used in Europe as an antispasmodic, particularly for abdominal cramps due to nervousness, and can be of benefit in migraine and rheumatic pain. It is also used as a mild tranquilizer for people experiencing emotional stress and sometimes used as a muscle relaxant to treat pain.
Valerian is a gentle relaxant, does not impair driving ability, and produces no hangover effect.