Herb for lyme insomnia

by | Jan 24, 2011 | Columns, Healing Lyme, SLEEP, Symptoms | 0 comments

Dear Stephen,
I saw a video of you speaking at an autism meeting and you mentioned an herb for sleeping, I believe you said it was a liquid and that you took too many drops. I think it might have been ashwagandha, but wanted to ask you if you remember what herb it was. I am having a problem with sleep, I have lyme and I am menopausal which is not helping! Thanks.

Stephen’s response:
I use a liquid melatonin, the most expensive one of course, but I have found it exceptionally good. I take it just as I get into bed and it puts me to sleep, reliably, in an hour. If I wake up at 3 in the morning, I just take it again. Start with one drop. Put it on the back of your hand and take it that way, NOT directly in the mouth as I did the first time I tried it. I generally use two drops but start with one and see how it goes. The brand is Melatonin nano-plex by Premier Research Labs and one bottle lasts a really long time. [Editor’s note: At the time of publishing, Stephen is now also recommending the Ayurvedic adaptogenic herb ashwagandha for sleep problems and brain fog – take 1,000 mg at night just before bed.]

  • Stephen Harrod Buhner

    Stephen Harrod Buhner was an Earth poet and an award-winning author of twenty-four books on nature, indigenous cultures, the environment, and herbal medicine including the acclaimed book Healing Lyme: Natural Healing & Prevention of Lyme Borreliosis & Its Co-infections.

    Stephen came from a long line of healers including Leroy Burney, Surgeon General of the United States under Eisenhower and Kennedy, and Elizabeth Lusterheide, a midwife and herbalist who worked in rural Indiana in the early nineteenth century. The greatest influence on his work, however, was his great-grandfather C.G. Harrod who primarily used botanical medicines, also in rural Indiana, when he began his work as a physician in 1911.

    Stephen’s work has appeared or been profiled in publications throughout North America and Europe including Common Boundary, Apotheosis, Shaman’s Drum, The New York Times, CNN, and Good Morning America. Stephen lectured yearly throughout the United States on herbal medicine, the sacredness of plants, the intelligence of Nature, and the states of mind necessary for successful habitation of Earth.

    He was a tireless advocate for the reincorporation of the exploratory artist, independent scholar, amateur naturalist, and citizen scientist in American society – especially as a counterweight to the influence of corporate science and technology.

This protocol was incredible. After only a few weeks most of my symptoms were gone. After six months all my symptoms were gone… it has given me my life back.

– Amazon review by Joseph

Please note:

Stephen Buhner is no longer living and this Q + A column on Planet Thrive is closed to new questions. It will be kept on our website so readers can access vital information in the archives, communicate with each other in the comments section, and find herbs, books + lyme adjuncts in our directory. If you want to read more of Stephen’s writings, please see his website at: stephenharrodbuhner.com.

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