Supporting healthy sleep

20 June 2019

Supporting healthy sleep

A good sleep is essential for a healthy body and soul. There is good help to be found in nature where over the years different botanicals have been used to support sleep

Sleep problems threaten the health and quality of life of up to 45 % of the world’s population. The market for sleep aids has been increasing in recent years. This is due to a range of different factors such as stressful modern lifestyles, population ageing and increasing awareness of sleep disorders.


Frutarom offers a wide range of botanical extracts which can be used to support sleep:



Chamomile (Chamomilla recutita) is commonly regarded as a mild tranquiliser or sleep inducer. Its calming effect may be attributed to an antioxidant called apigenin, which it contains in abundance. Apigenin binds to specific receptors in the brain that may decrease anxiety and initiate sleep.



Like valerian, hops (Humulus lupulus) have a long history of being used to help improve sleep. Scientific research shows that their natural sedative effects can increase sleep duration. In addition, hops help lower body temperature (falling core body temperature is an important physiological step towards sleep).


Lemon balm

Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) is a herbaceous plant native to the Mediterranean. It has been reported to have calming effects and is used to reduce anxiety, sleep problems and restlessness.



Linden (Tilia cordata) is a species of tree and bush native to Europe and Western Asia. It has traditionally been used to help mild insomnia and anxiety.


Passion flower

Passion flower (Passiflora incarnate) is a common component of herbal sleep aid formulations. It has long been used by American Indians for its sedative and anxiolytic effects and is approved by the German Commission E to treat nervousness and insomnia.



Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) is the best known natural tranquiliser, sleep aid and stress reducer in Western herbal medicine. Recent studies reveal a specific binding site on neuronal receptors as the fundamental target through which valerenic acid exerts its anxiolytic effect.


Please contact us for more information about Frutarom’s natural solutions for supporting sleep.

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