Herbal Teas That Help You Sleep Well

Valerian tea

After a long and stressful day, you are always looking forward to some long and restorative sleep. But, getting that shut-eye that your body requires is not always easy. And like most other people the chances are that you will spend many hours in bed tossing/turning and annoyed at your inability to get some snooze.

However, you do not have to agonize over your lack of sleep since there are many things that you can do to change your situation. Key among them is taking some herbal teas. A small cup of some warm herbal tea can make a huge difference, and it can be the difference between insomnia and sleeping like a baby for many hours. For the best results, you should take the following herbal teas.

#1 Valerian Root Tea

Valerian root has been in use for many centuries across the world to treat different conditions. But, its most famous use is as a mild sedative. And so taking valerian root tea means that you will benefit from its sedative properties and you can be sure of some long and restful shut-eye. Also, like most other herbs the valerian tea is easy to make as it is all about soaking some dry valerian root powder in hot water for a few minutes.

Lemon balm

#2 Lemon Balm Tea

Lemon balm tea has a sweet aroma, and it also tastes nice once you get used to it. The pleasant smell and taste are very calming, and they will also make it easier for you to sleep. But, apart from this, lemon balm also helps to reduce anxiety, stress and can also aid in dealing with indigestion. And if you combine it with other herbs like valerian root and chamomile you will have a very potent sleep aid.

Lavender tea

#3 Lavender Tea

The calming smell of lavender is one of the things that make it a popular sleep aid. Lavender is a widely available herb, and so it is one of the most popular ones for herbal tea. Although there is still no sufficient and reliable evidence to show that it helps with sleep, there is adequate research data to demonstrate that lavender has some anti-stress and relaxing properties. And so it will keep the anxiety and stress in check for a good night’s sleep. You can make your lavender tea with both fresh and dry herbs.

St John Wort

#4 St John’s Wort Tea

The bright yellow color is the most eye-catching feature of St John’s Wort flowers. If you love flowers, they are a perfect pick for your garden as they will always brighten it up. And apart from their beauty you also get a useful remedy for your sleep troubles.

St John’s Wort has been in use for many years as a natural anti-depressant, but recent studies on its properties show that it can also help to deal with anxiety. Since worry/anxiety and stress are the two main reasons why most people are unable to sleep, brewing some tea with this herb will promote sleep by reducing these worries.

passion flower

#5 Passion flower Tea

Passion flower is another beautiful flower than you can have in your garden and it is also a potent sleep remedy. It is a powerful tool for tranquilizing the mind and also promoting relaxation. As a herb, it has been in use for a couple of centuries to slow down a stressful mind and to deal with mental stress.  Scientific studies also confirm that passionflower has some sedative effect and so using it to make a bedtime tea almost guarantees that you will get some long sleep and also doze off fast.

Chamomile tea

#6 Chamomile Tea

Chamomile is probably the most common herbal tea, and even people that do not have trouble sleeping will also take it for its relaxing effect. This herb is also suitable for use by both adults and children, and so you can make it for the entire family. Taking chamomile tea at least 20 minutes before bed will help you deal with restlessness and insomnia so that you can get the snooze that your body and mind need to function well.


A small cup of some warm and refreshing herbal tea can help you deal with insomnia and many other sleep problems. But, drinking these herbal teas on a regular basis will ensure that you get the best results. Also, you still need to make sure that you have a comfortable sleep environment to get the best rest. And for this, a good starting point is to have a comfortable mattress, soft sheets and a supportive headrest like the buckwheat pillow.

Article by Jane Collins, a founder of g9sleeptight.com.

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