Sleep Aid Herbal Teas

  Sleep Aid Herbal Teas

Here are some herbal teas known for their relaxing and sleep inducing qualities. Explore with single herbal teas and be inspired by making herbal tea blends. The purpose of a relaxation tea is to calm the nervous system and induce of resting state of being. Some of these herbs are particually effective at promoting sleep. Relaxation teas are good for unwinding and letting go.

Make Herbal loose tea your daily ritual.

 

Chamomile

(Matricaria Chamomilla )
Chamomile Benefits

De-Stress/Relax and Sleep

As a relaxant, Chamomile depresses the central nervous system, reducing anxiety and promoting restful sleep while not disrupting normal performance or function. This is due to the active principles of chamomile including flavonoids, glycosides, and essential oils. 

Digestive Health

Chamomile contains a complex collage of phytochemicals that work individually and collectively on all aspects of the digestive system. Often the root of digestive upset, nervousness can also be calmed by this mildly sedative herb.

1-2 teaspoons of loose flowers in one cup of hot water, steep for 10 - 15 minutes.

Tea benefits... De-Stress, Digestive, Relax and Sleep
 

Lavender

(Lavandula angustifolia)
Lavender Benefits

Blues

Lavender has been used for centuries as a remedy for anxiety and depression. Studies show that Lavender can be as effective at treating anxiety as its pharmaceutical counterparts.

Relax and Sleep 

If you suffer from restless nights then Lavender has been proven to increase the time to awaken after first falling asleep. A soothing cup of Lavender tea before bedtime can promote a restful night's sleep.

1-2 teaspoons of loose flowers in one cup of hot water, steep for 10 - 15 minutes.

 

Tea benefits... Blues, Peace and Wellbeing, Relax and Sleep
 

Lemon Balm

(Melissa officinalis)
Lemon Balm Benefits

De-Stress

Lemon Balm is an anti-anxiety nootropic (a herb used to enhance cognitive function), used since the Middle Ages to reduce stress and anxiety.

Digestive Health

Lemon Balm is what's known as a "carminative herb", meaning it can relieve stagnant digestion, ease abdominal cramping, and promote the overall digestive process.

Relax and Sleep

The difference between Lemon Balm being an effective anti-anxiety herb and a sleep aid is dosage. It combines extremely well with the herb Valerian, with several studies showing that these two herbs combined can induce a deep and restful night’s sleep.

1-2 teaspoons of Loose Leaf in one cup of hot water, steep for 10 - 15 minutes.

 

Tea benefits... De-Stress, Digestive, Relax and Sleep
 

Mistletoe

(Viscum alba loranthaceae)

De-Stress

Mistletoe is a powerful nervine - a herb that strengthens and feeds the nervous system. For anxiety, Mistletoe acts to lower the stress hormone cortisol, bringing the nerves down to a more manageable level. 

Relax and Sleep

Mistletoe has been used traditionally as a relaxant and herbal remedy for sleep for centuries. The chemical components of this herb impact the release of neurotransmitters that calm down and soothe the nervous system - this in turn will allow for a healthy and restful sleep.

1-2 teaspoons of loose herb in one cup of hot water, steep for 10 - 15 minutes.

 

Tea benefits... De-Stress, Relax and Sleep
 

Motherwort

(Leonurus cardiaca)
Motherwort Benefits

Blues

When depression, anxiety and panic attacks are the result of grief and/or heartbreak, Motherwort is the herb to heal your heart. Motherwort soothes the nervous system and acts as a powerful vasodilator, regulating heart rhythm and minimising palpitations.

Childbearing Years

Though it is not to be used until labour, Motherwort can ease early labour pains if they begin prematurely. It can also alleviate the restlessness, anxiety, tension and insomnia some women experience during labour. Postnatally, it is given to help the uterus relax and return to normal.

Relax and Sleep

In higher doses, Motherwort can also act as a sedative, greatly aiding restfulness and sleep quality.

Women

Motherwort acts as a uterine tonic which helps to regulate menstruation, bring on delayed periods and can reduce smooth muscle cramping – particularly menstrual cramps. It can also help relieve premenstrual tension and discomfort.

1-2 teaspoons of loose herb in one cup of hot water, steep for 10 - 15 minutes.

Tea benefits... Blues, Childbearing Years, Relax and Sleep, Women
 

Passion Flower

(Passiflora incarnate)
Passion Flower Benefits

Blues/Relax and Sleep

If depression is related to the menopause then Passion Flower could be the most effective herb. If symptoms are causing sleep disruption and insomnia, Passion Flower's tranquilising effect can induce a restful and fitful sleep. Passion Flower is known to be a muscle relaxant, easing away tension that can make it more difficult to drift off to sleep.

1-2 teaspoons of loose leaf in one cup of hot water, steep for 10 - 15 minutes.

Tea benefits... Blues, Relax and Sleep
 

Skullcap

(Scutellaria lateriflora)
Skullcap Benefits

Blues/De-Stress

Before the advent of pharmaceutical tranquilisers, Skullcap was the go to herb for the relief of anxiety and nervous tension. Studies have since shown it exhibits “anxiolytic activity” in animals and humans – meaning it inhibits anxiety.

Relax and Sleep

If an overactive, restless mind is preventing you from getting a good night's sleep then Skullcap is the herb for you. While many remedies, both traditional and herbal, can lull you to sleep like skullcap, most leave you groggy in the morning. A cup of Skullcap tea before bedtime promotes sound sleep without the unwanted side effects, leaving you feeling refreshed and revitalised in the morning.

Women

The delicate balance of phytochemicals in Skullcap exhibit strong antispasmodic activity, making it an extremely effective herb for menstrual cramps and its calming action aids PMT symptoms.

1- 2 teaspoon of cut herb or powder per 1 cup of boiling water, infuse for 10-15 minutes.

Tea benefits... Blues, De-Stress, Relax and Sleep, Women
 

St John's Wort

(Hypericum perforatum)
St John's Wort Benefits

Blues

The most famous use of St John’s Wort is as a remedy for mild to moderate depression. Many studies have found the herb to be equally as effective as traditional antidepressants, but with fewer side effects in mild to moderately depressed patients.

Relax and Sleep

St John's Wort aids in enhancing metabolism and the internal body clock to combat irritability, anxiety and insomnia. 

1-2 teaspoons of loose herb in one cup of hot water, steep for 10 - 15 minutes.

Tea benefits... Blues, Relax and Sleep
 

Valerian

(Valeriana officinalis)
Valerian Benefits

De-Stress

The valerenic acid and valerenol contained in the Valerian root act as anti-anxiety agents, stabilising the central nervous system.Valerian root can also help to keep your stress levels down – significantly helping with daily stress management.

Relax and Sleep

Valerian root  has been shown to increase GABA levels in the brain which can in turn not only reduce the amount of time taken to fall asleep, it can also improve the quality of sleep too.

1- 2 teaspoon of cut herb or powder per 1 cup of boiling water, infuse for 10-15 minutes.
 

Tea benefits... De-Stress, Relax and Sleep
 

Wild Lettuce

(Lactuca virosa)
Wild Lettuce Benefits

Relax and Sleep

Wild lettuce is a natural sedative, useful in the treatment of insomnia and anxiety. It is said to produce a euphoric, dreamy effect making it much easier to drop off to sleep.

1-2 teaspoons of Loose herb in one cup of hot water, steep for 10 - 15 minutes.

Tea benefits... Relax and Sleep

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