7 Herbal Teas for Sleep

Destination dreamland? Here’s a list of herbal teas to assist you in getting a full night of restful and renewing sleep.

Many people suggest a cup of herbal tea before bed. This conflicts with another piece of wisdom: Curb your intake of liquids in the last 2 hours before bedtime! How about drinking medicinal teas in the late afternoon and up to 2 hours before bed? I, for one, don’t want to have to make a trip to the bathroom in the middle of the night, if I can avoid it. I drink several of my favorite relaxing herbal teas any time of day, rather than waiting until bedtime. All these herbal teas are caffeine free. Substituting herbal teas for caffeinated beverages is another way to let your sleep drive be naturally strong.

Here are a few cautions to keep in mind. If you are taking medications, check with your health care provider before using any of these medicinal teas. Also don’t drive or operate machinery, if you are drinking Valerian or Passion Flower teas. The sedative effect can be fairly strong. Pregnant or lactating women need to check with their doctor or herbalist before drinking herbal teas. I understand Roman Chamomile, Valerian, Passion Flower and more are on the list of herbal teas to avoid during pregnancy.

 

The List: 7 Herbal Teas For Sleep

1 Chamomile 

Many people find this to be the most delicious herbal tea for calming and relaxing. I like to brew the flowers with hot water and that’s it, no other additions needed. Combining chamomile with lavender flowers is also popular.

Delicate flowers of the Chamomile plant

Chamomile flowers soaking up the sun!

2 Holy Basil 

Tulsi tea is another name for Holy Basil. It has been used for thousands of years in many eastern cultures and is commonly thought of as an anti-stress herb. The taste is pleasant and mild.

 

3 Valerian

This herbal root is very effectively used for relieving insomnia, anxiety and more. It is so powerful, people make the effort to get past its unusual aroma. Blended with peppermint, lemon balm and sweet fennel seed; you’ll likely find it much more palatable!

This is the plant and the root is used to make a tea.

A flowering Valerian plant.

4 Passion Flower 

This infusion is actually made from the leaves of the passion flower. The image at the top of this post is of a passion flower. It helps relax the nervous system and it seems to promote especially vivid dreams, as well. It is suggested only one cup be taken in a 24 hour period. 

 

5 Lemon Balm  

This is commonly thought to help with insomnia and the taste is pleasant. Let your tea steep for 10 minutes to get the most potent infusion! 

 

6 Lavender Tea 

Lavender is relaxing. It’s aroma is legendary. Try adding honey for a yummy variation.

 

7 Peppermint

Most of us know peppermint is soothing for our digestive systems. It’s found in many commercial “sleepy time” herbal tea blends. Why not? If our tummies are happy, it’s so much easier to get into deep and restorative sleep.

Have fun with this starter list! I’m expecting you’ll enjoy the whole ritual of making and drinking tea. It’s a time to relax and enjoy peaceful moments.

Fresh Peppermint leaves steeping in hot water.

Fresh leaves were used in this cup of tea.

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