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Magnolia is a flowering tree (Latin name: magnolia officinalis) that is native to China.It has been a powerhouse in traditional medicine for centuries.Filled with bioactive compounds and the most well-known and well-studied of these compounds are honokiol and magnolol.Magnolia bark's most widely known application is helping with sleep.
Magnolia barksupports serotonin production, which then goes on to make melatonin, your body's main sleep-inducing hormone. Because serotonin is a melatonin precursor, without enough serotonin, your body will struggle to make enough melatonin to get quality sleep.
Magnoli's GABA-boosting ability is one reason why.Much of magnolia's benefits come from its ability to enhance the activity of GABA receptors. GABA is a neurotransmitter that exerts a calming effect. Increased GABA activity quiets excitatory neurons in the brain, helps reduce anxiety, and promotes sleep. GABA, or gamma aminobutyric acid is sort of like the brake pedal of your brain. It tells things to slow down and relax.