What is a better natural sleeping aid to take: valerian root or melatonin?

Depends . Some people will sleep with one and not the other. Both are safe. You have to find out which one, or if one, will work for you.
Either. Both may help. People occasionally have reactions to valerian. Some sleep aids have a combination that includes both.

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I know that 25mg HCl can be used as a sleep aid. But how much melatonin, valarian root, rose hips are equal to 25mg of hcl. If you could give me the m?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine) HCl 25 mg. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) in that dose is an effective dose for many patients with insomnia, but it could be too low for most of them. Usually 50 mg or 100 mg of Diphenhydramine (generic name for benadryl) are needed for a good night sleep. The usual dose for melatonin are 3 mg - 6 mg one to two hours before bedtime. There are personal variations in the dose of medications and herbs to induce and maintain sleep. Read more...
Careful with symbols. I am commenting on this question due to the error i spotted which someone could take literally and make a serious mistake believing that 25mg hcl can be used as a sleep aid. I believe you're trying to say Diphenhydramine as the hydrochloride salt, or diphenydramine hcl is a sleep aid. "hcl" as you state could be misread as hydrochloric acid...Quite different. Definitely not a sleep aid. Read more...

Will a sleep aid with melatonin, valerian extract, hops - humulus lupulus, passionflower, chamomile have any affect on the birth control pill?

Unknown. That's one of the problems with botanicals, there aren't any controlled studies with which to reference when it comes to drug interactions. I recommend you start with the birth-control and look for drug interactions on the package insert. Even with proper use of oral birth control pills there still is about 1% failure rate. Read more...

Is it safe to take a few drops of valerian root tincture each night on a regular basis for sleep aid?

Possibly but caution. A meta-analysis of 18 studies found that Valerian decreased objective sleep latency by less than one minute compared with placebo. Valerian may also produce hepatotoxic effects. Contamination with undesirable substances poses a problem for many such natural remedies. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! Read more...