Herbal Teas to Help You Sleep
Having trouble dropping off at night? It’s frustrating isn’t it. Getting a restful night’s sleep is so important to our overall wellbeing and ability to concentrate during the day. There are various herbal teas that may be able to help if you’re struggling with insomnia or irregular sleep patterns. All our bodies are slightly different, so it’s worth trying out different ones to see what works for you. Here are a list of teas and ingredients to look out for.
Chamomile is full of wonderful health benefits including helping with insomnia and other sleep disorders. It is a flower from the daisy family which grows in several different continents around the world. It has a delicate floral aroma and palette which naturally calm the mind. Drinking Chamomile Tea releases glycine which helps relax nerves and muscles in the body. This means it’s effective as a sleep aid alongside tackling anxiety and restlessness which are often contributing factors to sleep disorders. Chamomile is also believed to be useful for calming upset stomachs, relieving menstrual tension, treating skin disorders, and encouraging healthier looking skin and hair.
Lavender is the most commonly used essential oil and has been used for health purposes for thousands of years. Like Chamomile, it comes from a flower and is soothing in both aroma and physical properties. It is believed to help reduce anxiety and tackle sleep disorders, alongside alleviating headaches, improving skin conditions such as acne and eczema, and slowing ageing with powerful antioxidants. Initial small studies have shown Lavender can help with the time it takes to drop off to sleep, the restful quality of sleep, and overall length of sleep. Lavender flowers can be drunk as a tea by themselves or blended with other ingredients.
Valerian Root is a popular ingredient in sleep remedies, anti-anxiety supplements and bed time teas. It induces quite a noticeable sedative effect in strong doses. It is thought to work by increasing the amount of GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid) to regulate and calm the nervous system. The taste is not particularly nice, but it blends well with other herbs and flowers such as chamomile.
Magnesium and Potassium Rich Ingredients
The minerals magnesium and potassium encourage better sleep patterns, rather than specifically making you sleepy. So, it’s a great idea to include magnesium and potassium rich foods in your diet to improve sleep. An easy way to do this is by drinking herbal tea blends. Green Tea, Chamomile, Rooibos and Matcha Tea are all rich in minerals. In addition to this, ingredients such as sour cherries and bananas are potassium rich while almonds, cashews and nut milk are rich in magnesium which also helps with concentration and energy levels during the daytime.
Recommended Tea Blends for Sleep
If you’re looking to wind down before bedtime, you can’t go wrong with the following tea blends.
Time Out Herbal Tea: This tea contains both Rooibos and Chamomile, two of the best relaxing teas, which are perfect for bedtime being caffeine-free and known to relax the body and mind. Combined an array of gorgeous herbs and spices including zesty orange peel, relaxing passion flower, sweet cinnamon, hops, anise and lemon, and you have yourself a tasty bedtime cuppa.
Fruit & Blossom Rooibos Tea: Made with a medley of fruit and herbs, this is a mellow floral tea. It’s laced with fresh lavender which is known for its sleep giving properties to ensure you can wind down after a long day.
Almond Cherry Rooibos Tea
Almonds are full of magnesium meaning they’re great for helping with concentration during the day, while potassium-rich cherries enhance the flavour combination and help with the production of melatonin for that perfect night’s sleep.
Egyptian Chamomile Tea
A gorgeous Chamomile made with sun dried flowers for a perfect relaxing cuppa to enhance your sense of wellbeing and self-love. With a cup or two of this, you’ll be knocking out the zeds in no time.
Please consult your doctor or nutritionist before using herbal teas for treating conditions such as insomnia, especially if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, taking medication or have any existing health conditions. Chamomile and lavender flowers contain pollen and may not be suitable for those with allergies.