Phyto-Rest – My sleep tonic



Many of us take sleep quality lightly.  Sleep is a tonic, that is necessary for rejuvenation of the body. Poor sleep quality leads to premature aging of the body, mind, and the skin.

It is not advisable to go to bed after 12 midnight. You will stress your liver and other organs of detoxification if you do and liver health is highly necessary for cancer prevention. This is why I always ask about my patient’s sleep quality in every consultation session.

There are many causes of insomnia or wakeful sleep. For example, as we get older, the fight/flight mode of our nervous system (why nature do this to us?) will get more active i.e., we may get more nervous, anxious and irritable. This will be worsened by daily tension at work and family.

Lifestyle changes must always be the first line of defense. However, many of us do not have control over the environment (demanding bosses, family issues, children etc.).

It is not advisable to be on long term ( don’t even start if you can) pharmaceutical sleeping pills as they deplete the sleep hormone melatonin (which leads to immune system breakdown), causes addiction and dependency, and even suicidal tendency.

With this in mind and learning from my clinical experiences, I created a blend of herbs called Phyto-Rest that seek to address sleep disorders caused mainly by –

  • Nervous tension accumulated during the day and not released.
  • High cortisol or stress hormones in the evening.
  • Poor digestion
  • anticipated anxiety such as going for a job interview.
  • Emotional stress from recent quarrels etc.
  • worry
  • circular thinking; too much repetitive thoughts


As a result, you may have difficulty falling asleep or wakeful sleep.

Phyto-Rest consists of fresh plant liquid extracts and the main herb in the blend is California poppy (CP). I chose fresh plant tinctures versus tablet as it seems to be clinically effective and requires low dose. California poppy is also used for nervous stomach, hyperactivity, depression, and nerve pain.

My herb combination in Phyto-Rest with CP as main herb is designed to address the above sleep conditions.



Unlike most commercial herbal supplements with Valerian or pharmaceutical sedatives, California poppy does not give you that carry-over or hangover effect or addiction. You actually feel fresh the next morning.

Dosage – take 30 drops in water hold for 30 seconds 1 hour before bed

take another 30 drops just before bed

take another 30 drops if wakeful during the night and unable to fall asleep.

Caution: Pregnancy. Seek professional guidance.

You can also take Phyto-Rest for moments of anxiety and stress during the day. It will not cause sleepiness.





About Sebastian Liew

Matthew Wood, the renowned American herbalist described Sebastian as ‘one of the most unique and talented practitioners of natural healing and herbalism.’ The New Paper (Singapore) called Sebastian Liew 'The Medicine Man'. Indeed, Sebastian is a qualified and registered Medical Herbalist (accredited by the National Herbalists Association of Australia), with a Master's degree in Herbal Medicine from the University of New England, Australia. He is the first medical herbalist in Singapore and is known to popularize phytotherapy (Western herbal medicine), European traditional medicine, and St Hildegard medicine (Germany) in Singapore and probably in Asia. Sebastian has 20 years clinical work experiences and treated numerous patients with different medical conditions from all age groups in his Singapore clinic. Sebastian authored the book, Leaf to Life: The Natural Approach to Slow Down Aging and Living a Healing Life, which set the fundamentals for healthy aging and the prevention or treatment for almost all diseases.
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