Sleepy Tea Home Remedies
Sleepytime and bedtime teas are caffeine-free, herbal teas made of many of the same materials that are found in sleep supplements, including valerian root. It’s not the tea, but rather the ingredients, that help you sleep. Although, tea is often a much more pleasant way of ingesting these ingredients, and can be a calming activity in and of itself. For instance, ingredients like valerian root are quite stinky when taken alone, and taking a supplement with a quick swig of water is not nearly as relaxing an experience as drinking a full cup of warm tea.
By combining multiple pro-sleep, anti-anxiety herbal ingredients, bedtime teas create an overall calming bedtime experience that promotes sleepiness at the same time. Some sleepytime tea ingredients have a sedative effect, like chamomile or valerian, while others, like lavender and lemon balm, reduce the stress and anxiety that plague insomniacs. Still others, like catnip in the mint family, alleviate indigestion so the body can relax for sleep.
How To Make Sleepy Tea with Lemon Balm
A soothing herbal tea of lemon balm, mint, fennel, licorice and flowers, this tea is a calming bedtime tea for small children (and grownups, too). If you’re looking for a good source of organic and medicinal herbs for your homemade teas and tonics.
- 1 tablespoon dried lemon balm
- 2 teaspoons dried peppermint
- 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
- 1 teaspoon dried rose petals
- 1 teaspoon dried lavender flowers
- 2 slices dried licorice root
- honey, (as needed)
- heavy cream or milk, (as needed)
Place a kettle of filtered water onto the stove and bring to a boil. While the water comes to a boil, place herbs and spices into a mortar and crush with a pestle until roughly combined. Transfer to a teapot, pour boiling water over the herbs and steep for three to five minutes. Strain and serve with honey and cream, as you like it.
Chamomile Turmeric Tea Recipe For Good Sleep
- 2 mugs of drinking water
- 2 chamomile tea sachets (or dried leaves if available)
- 1 tsp ground turmeric/ 2cm of fresh turmeric root grated
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger/ 1cm of fresh ginger root grated
- 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon
- pinch of ground black pepper
- 1 tbsp honey
- Bring water to boil (either in a kettle or in a saucepan)
- Add chamomile and let it steep for about 3 minutes.
- If using fresh ginger and turmeric root, add them after a minute.
- Remove the chamomile (and grated roots if used), stir in the remaining spice and the honey.
- Taste and add spices as required.
- Some people enjoy this with a little milk.