Insomnia has been a part of my life since the passing of my father in 2010, yet instead of turning to prescription drugs, I've found relief through various herbal teas for sleep and relaxation. Though many supplements can actually help with sleep, I find that certain blends of herbal teas for sleep work much more naturally with my body and don’t leave me groggy the next day. With the recent time change, I've been turning to these herbal teas more than normal. Thankfully, they have worked wonders. Read on to find out my top herbal teas for sleep if you've been having sleep issues. Not only do they help you nod off, but they also relief stress, tension, and help your muscles relax.
Chamomile tea is one of my favorite herbal teas for sleep or anxiety. Sometimes, no matter how tired my body seems to feel, my mind just won’t stop. Chamomile is one of the best known sleep remedies, and is actually a flower bud that has been dried and steeped into a tea form. It has been used for years to help with sleep disorders and anxiety. You can buy chamomile tea at any supermarket, which is sold mostly in tea bag forms that are very inexpensive. I recommend buying an herbal tea blend with chamomile, such as Celestial Seasonings’ Sleepytime Tea, which is one of the most popular and affordable herbal teas for sleep. Chamomile tea is also available as a loose leaf tea, which is easy to find online from sources like Mountain Rose Herbs.
Though lavender tea is a bit harder to come by, you can usually find it at Whole Foods, or buy it in bulk with the herbs and spices at various health food stores. Lavender tea has tremendous relaxation properties that have a powerful effect on the brain which send signals that it is time to rest and sleep. Many people also like to use lavender essential oils. I have made my own herbal tea from lavender oil by boiling a hot cup of water and adding 2 small drops of lavender essential oil to the mug. I like to add a squeeze of lemon and a little stevia to make it taste extremely satisfying and relaxing. Lavender is also a flower bud that has been dried to make into a tea form. It is available in dried form as a loose leaf form as well, from sources like Mountain Rose Herbs.
Peppermint tea is my absolute favorite herbal tea for sleep and just about anything else actually. Peppermint is the holy grail of teas in my opinion. It cures so many issues, such as the inability to focus, headaches, poor digestive function, bloating, stress, tension, anxiety, and best of all, insomnia. I add dried peppermint leaf tea to smoothies for a refreshing taste and drink it as a tea form with most of my meals for great digestion. Though it doesn't make you sleepy by initially drinking it, at night it has the powerful effect to relieve your body and mind from stress and anxiety, which helps you nod off faster. I buy mine in a tea bag form as well for convenience. Peppermint leaf is pretty cheap in dried form from sources like Heather’s Tummy Teas, which is organic and costs around $11 for a 5 ounce canister, which lasts about 3 months.
Valerian root has been a popular remedy for insomnia and anxiety for a long time, and with good reason. This popular sleep aid has a potent sedative effect that sends a signal to the brain to relax, and it relieves tension in most every area of the body. This herb can be bought in tea form, in supplement form, or as a tincture. I prefer the simple tea bags, which are affordable and reliable in effectiveness. Valerian is also a popular ingredient in many herbal tea blends for sleep.
5. Lemon Balm
Lemon balm is one of my personal favorite herbal teas. Not only does it help relax your mind to induce sleep, but it also aids digestion and immune function. Lemon balm is usually found in most herbal tea blends but can be bought as a separate tea all on its own. Contrary to its name, lemon balm does not come from lemons, but instead from flowers like most other herbs. The leaves and flowers are dried and used to create the herbal tea. Lemon balm is actually in the mint family of plants and herbs, which is probably what makes it so similar to peppermint tea in its benefits and effectiveness.
Passionflower is a beautiful flower with powerful effects on the nervous system to help with insomnia. Passionflower is known for its ability to promote deep sleep that leads to dreams, which some say only occur when a truly deep, restorative sleep is reached. Though it is very rare to find passionflower tea on its own as an individual tea in stores, passionflower is a common ingredient in many herbal tea blends found on store shelves. Look for herbal teas that help to induce sleep and you’ll most likely find passionflower on the ingredients list.
7. Kava Kava
This plant medicine is an old remedy for relieving stress and creating a sense of calm in the body. Kava kava is a root that contains natural compounds, known as kavalactones, which ease stress. These compounds are very useful for people with disrupted or low quality sleep. Some people use kava kava for anxiety attacks. You can buy it in dried form as a tea, or in a supplement. Kava kava is found in many tea blends that are specifically targeted for stress and anxiety, such as Yogi’s Calming Tea. Some people are sensitive to kava kava’s powerful effects, so decrease use if you notice any undesirable effects.
Insomnia and stress are extremely common in women due to high levels of pressure and anxiety. Though sometimes herbal teas may not be enough for sleep help, they are certainly worth a try in my book. These herbal teas for sleep are in no way suggested as medical replacement or medical advice for insomnia; however, I have found them to be extremely helpful. Over time, these 7 herbal teas for sleep have been the most popular ones used by individuals and holistic health practitioners. Have you ever tried an herbal tea or herbal tea blend for sleep?