Tea That Helps You Sleep: The Best Bedtime Drinks

Do you find a relaxing herbal tea in the evening helps you wash away the stress of a long and hectic day?

Personally, as an Englishman and an insomniac, it makes perfect sense for me to drink a soothing cup of tea before climbing into bed.

Taking time out at night to enjoy a herbal tea is a great way to shift down a mental gear, reduce anxiety, and increase your chances of sleeping better.

In this article, I’ll be discussing which teas can help you sleep, and the ingredients they contain. I’ll also explain how valerian, chamomile and lavender all have scientific evidence to back up their sedative effects.

Contents

  • My recommended bedtime teas
  • Can herbal tea really help you sleep?
  • Plants that can help with relaxation and sleep
  • Reader’s suggestions

My recommended bedtime teas

photo of 6 different sleep teas on a table

Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Tea

photo of a cup of celestial seasonings sleepytime tea and box

Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime tea is one of the most popular brands of tea for sleep in the United States. It’s also growing in popularity in the United Kingdom, and many other countries.

It’s been my personal favorite sleep tea for some time now. I find it has a delicious taste – soft and rounded even though it’s quite earthy. And with a little honey, it’s a lovely tea that helps me unwind at the end of a busy day.

It also has the added benefit of being soothing on the tummy. So when you’ve overindulged, this is the tea to calm both your body and mind. Sleepytime tea contains the following ingredients:

  • Chamomile (42%)
  • Spearmint
  • Lemongrass
  • Tilia flowers
  • Blackberry leaves
  • Orange blossoms
  • Hawthorn
  • Rosebuds
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Yogi Bedtime

yogi bedtime

Yogi Bedtime is just one of many excellent teas that Yogi make. They produce several teas which can help with stress relief and relaxation, but this one is my favorite.

I find it a relaxing drink, and enjoy the deep, earthy flavor it has. You can really taste the valerian, chamomile and fennel combination, especially if you let it brew a little longer.

It has a wide range of certified organic ingredients, including lemon grass, which is widely used in South Asia for relaxation.

The ingredients of Yogi Bedtime are:

  • Fennel (31%)
  • Chamomile flowers (17%)
  • Valerian root (6%)
  • Peppermint
  • Cardamom
  • Lemon balm
  • Lemon grass
  • Sage
  • Lavender flowers
  • Nutmeg
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Clipper Sleep Easy Infusion

photo of clipper sleep easy tea prepared on my kitchen table

Clipper Sleep Easy is a tea that’s close to my heart, being blended in the UK, not far from where I grew up. I like how they point out that it’s made with ‘organic ingredients and a clear conscience’; Clipper say they strive to improve the welfare of the workers in the countries the ingredients come from.

The tea has quite a mellow flavor, with just a hint of cinnamon and the rooibos coming through the standard flavor of chamomile. It’s a wonderful tea to drink before bed, with a unique taste, and one of my favorites in the colder winter months.

The ingredients are:

  • Chamomile (25%)
  • Lemon balm (5%)
  • Valerian root (5%)
  • Cinnamon
  • Rooibos
  • Natural orange flavoring & other natural flavorings (5%)
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Pukka Night Time

photo of a cup of pukka night time tea next to its box

Pukka Night Time has a flavor that appears similar to the Celestial Seasonings at first. But there are some subtle difference – it’s a little stronger tasting, and sweeter even. It’s a lovely flavor in fact, and one I can happily drink a couple of cups of in an evening.

The ingredients are 100% organic and ethically sourced. Interestingly, it’s the only commercial tea I’ve seen with green rama tulse leaf. This is thought to have anti-stress properties and is used in ayurvedic medicine.

Here’s the full list of ingredients:

  • Oat flowering tops (30%)
  • Lavender flower (14%)
  • Limeflower (10%)
  • Chamomile flower
  • Licorice root
  • valerian root
  • Green rama tulsi leaf
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Bigelow Sweet Dreams

bigelow sweet dreams teaBigelow Sweet Dreams has some extra minty pizzazz to accompany the usual chamomile that you’ll find in most nighttime teas. It’s another of my favorites as I adore the taste and smell of mint.

Two different mint plants fuse together to create a special aroma, with a rich taste that’s great to drink on an evening when you feel like a stronger tasting bedtime tea. I like my tea in a glass cup, and enjoy watching the tea change color from yellow to red as it’s steeped for longer.

Made in the US from non-GMO ingredients, the box, teabag and string are all biodegradable. But if you live in a place with high humidity or damp, each teabag has its own foil pouch to protect it from moisture and air.

The ingredients of Sweet Dreams are:

  • Chamomile
  • Hibiscus
  • Peppermint leaves
  • Rose blossom
  • Spearmint leaves
  • Spice
  • Orange blossoms
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Can herbal tea really help you sleep?

Up until the last couple of decades, there was a lack of scientific evidence to support this traditional use of medicinal plants. However, in recent years, there have been numerous research studies showing promising results.

Chamomile is a common ingredient in sleep tea, and there’s mounting evidence that it helps with anxiety. There’s no conclusive proof that it works as a sleep aid. But perhaps by helping with anxiety, it indirectly helps some people sleep better.

The effectiveness of valerian, also found in many teas, for now remains inconclusive. Some studies show it does help with sleep and anxiety, but others find it doesn’t or that a placebo does just as well. Despite that, there’s enough evidence that many researchers feel it needs to be studied more.

Lavender has growing evidence that it can help with sleep when inhaled. Studies have shown that inhaling it before going to bed improves sleep quality and reduces the number of nightly wakings. Again though, researchers feel more work needs to be done before concluding that it definitely works as a sleep aid.

The evidence for most other plants used in tea for relaxation and sleep is less established. But it’s encouraging to know that some have been shown to have a real sedative effect.

For me, drinking herbal tea is a valuable part of my bedtime routine; taking time out to sit and relax while drinking tea helps me transition from the busy daytime to the calmer nighttime.

So perhaps the combination of a mild sedative effect and a personal decision to mentally relax is all it takes some times.

Plants that can help with relaxation and sleep

1. Chamomile

In terms of popularity, Chamomile is the superstar of nighttime teas. The evidence for its sedative effect is strongest for anxiety, but it crops up time and time again in sleep teas and herbal remedies.

It’s found in many brands of herbal tea, either alone or mixed with other plants. And if you enjoy making remedies yourself, it’s easy to make by drying out the flowers and steeping them.

chamomile tea flowers

2. Valerian

Valerian is one of the few plants which have been shown by researchers to have sedative properties, even if the same result isn’t always found in tests.

It’s made from the root of the flower, and people have used it for centuries to help with sleep and anxiety. It may take a couple of weeks of regular drinking before the full sedative effect is felt though.

valerian tea flower

3. Lavender

Although Chamomile and Valerian reign supreme in the bedtime tea category, they aren’t alone. Another plant sometimes put into the mix is Lavender, which is thought to have relaxing and anti-stress properties.

purple lavender flowers

4. Lemon balm

Lemon balm is widely believed to help with anxiety, stress and insomnia, and is often included in brands of teas created to help with sleep. Some research studies have found it helps with insomnia when combined with other plants, such as valerian and chamomile.

lemon balm plant

5. St John’s Wort

St John’s Wort is most commonly used as a natural anti-depressant, but has also been found to help with anxiety. Since anxiety and stress are known to be causes of insomnia for many people, it could be that it helps promote sleep by reducing your nightly worries.

It does come with some warnings though, so check that it’s safe for you to use based on your current state of health and other medications you might be taking.

st john's wort flower

6. Peppermint

Peppermint is often associated with providing energy and helping stomach problems, but is also sometimes included in teas for relaxation. It’s thought to help calm your internal systems, and with that your mind. It may be particularly useful if you’ve overindulged and indigestion is keeping you awake.

peppermint tea flowers

7. Kava Kava

I was hesitant to include Kava Kava on the list because of the various dangers it can pose. However, it’s still used for insomnia in some countries. If you’re thinking of using it, do further research to check it won’t pose a problem considering your current health.

kava kava plant

8. Chinese herbs

Chinese medicine is a complex world. The philosophy tends to be more that you need to have a combination of herbs created specifically for you; not so much that they create a one-size-fits-all solution that will work for anyone.

That said, there are some herbs typically used to help promote sleep:

  • Sour Date Seed
  • Poria Paradicis
  • Arborvitae Seed
  • Schizandra Fruit

There are some formulas created to reflect the kind of sleep problems you might have, often connected to a body part. For example, problems falling asleep might be seen as being connected to the heart. So Chinese medicine would look at ways to restore balance to your heart specifically.

Readers’ suggestions

Since writing this article, many readers have shared their favorite nighttime teas in the comments. With so many great suggestions, I’ve started a list so future readers can see what others are drinking.

  • Pukka sleepy time
  • Yogi soothing bedtime caramel
  • Lemon balm and skullcap combination
  • Chamomile Nights by Stash, with chamomile, spearmint and lotus
  • Chamomile mixed with Chinese tea
  • Lavender sun tea
  • Sleepytime tea mixed with chai white tea and Rooibos red tea
  • Chamomile steeped in hot water along with lemon verbena, with some lemon and sugar added
  • Snore and Peace tea by Clipper
  • Brewing 10 sweet mint leaves in boiling or very hot water
  • Sleepytime tea with vanilla
  • Triple Leaf Relaxing Tea (Chinese herbal tea)
  • Linden leaves tea
  • Peppermint and chamomile tea combined
  • Tension Tamer
  • Tazo tea
  • Happy Nights tea by Carmencita
  • Nettle tea and Chamomile with a teaspoon of raw honey
  • Teavana’s Winterberry
  • Decaffeinated Earl Grey
  • Nighty Night
  • A concoction of the leaves of guava, taro and mulberry
  • Triple Leaf Relaxing
  • Ahmad Verbena (Verveiene)
  • Hibiscus tea
  • Dr Stuart’s relaxation tea
  • David’s tea – Mother’s Little Helper

Which teas do you drink?

Do you have a favorite tea? Do you buy it or make it yourself? Please share your ideas in the comments below, and if there’s anything new I’ll add it to the list above.

317 CommentsLeave a comment

  • A cup Celestial Sleepy Time with a teaspoon of honey and a oz. of whiskey has cured my life of living with insomnia. I’m 71 years old.

    • Hi Lee
      Thanks for your suggestion. Disguising a hot toddy in a cup of herbal tea? Interesting idea! I’m trying to imagine the flavor, though can’t quite do it, so I’ll just have to give it a go myself…
      Regards
      Ethan

  • My favorite is Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Lemon Jasmine Decaf Green Tea. It’s basically their Sleepytime herbal tea blended with decaffeinated green tea, and that gives it greater body and depth of flavor. Additionally, you get the benefits of the green tea.

  • I have been using Dr Stuart’s relaxation tea. I’ve found this most helpful in getting me and keeping me asleep. Was recommended by a psychiatrist as I didn’t want an addictive medication

  • Thank you for this informative article. I learned a lot and am going to try some of the teas. I’d much rather drink a natural tea than take a drug.

  • David’s Tea (Canadian tea company) makes two wonderful sleepy teas: Mother’s Little Helper and Valerian Nights. They are both delicious and have taken care of my (moderate, anxiety-related) sleeping troubles. You can order them online. If you sign up for emails they will periodically have 40% off 4oz or loose leaf tea sales and you can stock up like I do. I swear by them!!!

  • Ethan – I have trouble staying asleep but recently heard that Guava Leaf tea consumed daily has a long term affect on sleep. Are you familiar with it? It’s also supposedly quite good for blood sugar and is a powerful antioxidant.

  • I suffer from both anxiety as well as insomnia, and I have been seeking out natural remedies for several years now. There are countless health benefits to various herbs, but none ever succeeded in helping me to truly relax. This of course was until I encountered Hibiscus. Hibiscus tea has been a real game changer for me. It’s almost instantly relaxing, and it also works rather well as an anti-depressant. I highly recommend it to anyone dealing with trouble unwinding at the end of the day (as a side note it is also really effective with digestive health and promotes an increased metabolism while fighting free radicals at the same time- oh! and it also has significantly more vitamin C than oranges, so it’s great for immunity during the flu season! :) ).

    • Hi Jordyn
      Thank you for your suggestion – I’ve just gone and added it to the list. It’s great that after doing some experimenting, you’ve found one that truly works for you. I hope you continue to reap the benefits!
      Regards
      Etthan

    • Hi where do you purchase you tea. I discovered this tea in it’s flower form at a market but when I went back for more they didn’t carry it any longer perhaps because of the time of season. I purchased some on amazon but it’s isn’t as supportive of my health as the fresh flowers did.

    • Hi Jordyn I experience the same problems as you have mentioned, I would kindly like to know where I can find the recommended sleeping tea??
      Regards
      Matthew

  • I bought a Celestial Seasonings sampler box, to try for the winter months. First, I tried Sleepytime, and I didn’t feel sleepy at all. Then I tried Chamomile, and it put me right to sleep. I confess I added a splash of cream. I keep it in my Yeti tumbler and can sip it hot for an hour or more. Way better than melatonin, and it wears off before it’s time to awaken. — Julia

    • Hi Julia
      Thanks for your comment. Funnily enough, I quite like milk in chamomile tea, though people often tell me I’m weird for doing so! I like it just plain too, but once in a while a drop of milk and honey makes a nice change. It’s the only herbal tea I can drink with any dairy products though!
      Regards
      Ethan

  • I drink verveine tea at night. Found it difficult to find in uk, readily available in French supermarkets but Ahmad teas do one. Love it. Discovered it whilst on French exchange when I was 12, away from home, home sick and the french mum gave it to me every night to help me sleep. I’m in my 50s now and still drink it!

  • Really liked this article.. Really helpful. I’m a terrible sleeper. Always have been, but as I’ve got older the lack of sleep really hits home and makes days hard to cope with.
    I’ve changed loads of things to help, some work some don’t..
    I’ve introduced ‘sleepy tea’ into my nightly routine and 3 out out 7 nights I get a solid sleep…
    Its hard to know which is good tea and which is a waste of time, I will be adding some of these to my cupboards.
    Sleep tight everyone x

    • Hi Lea
      Thank you for your comment – it’s always encouraging to know readers like an article!
      I know exactly what you mean about some things working and others now. For me it’s the same, and in some ways a constant battle to get everything lined up during the day and evening to ensure I have the best chance of sleeping well. I find the more good practices I keep up, the better.
      As for tea, well it’s a lot about personal taste. I like all of the teas in this list, but I know from giving them to family and friends that they aren’t all to everyone’s liking!
      I hope you find one that you do really like though, and that it warrants a place in your cupboard:-)
      Regards
      Ethan

  • Can someone tell me if adding sugar or a sweetner to a bedtime tea, such as Pukka bedtime tea, reduces the effectiveness of its sleep promoting properties?
    Thankyou
    Andrew

    • Hi Andrew
      Thanks for your question. I don’t think it alters the tea’s properties. Perhaps if there’s a lot of sugar, it might keep you awake a little longer. But a little probably won’t make much difference in my experience.
      Regards
      Ethan

  • I recently introduced my boyfriend to Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Extra tea and it works like a charm for him. And he’s not even a big tea drinker so I’m glad I was able to share something I love. When I’m out of Sleepytime (Extra or otherwise), I find Bigelow’s Sweet Dreams or Cozy Chamomile does the trick. :)

    • Hi Megan
      Thanks for your comment. Maybe it’s just because the sleepytime, and variations, are awesome teas! I don’t know many people who have tried it in my house and not liked it. Bigelow is great too, and a more than worthy backup plan for when you run out of the favorite.
      Regards
      Ethan

  • Very good article, I enjoy drinking herbal tea often. I’ve tried Bigelow lemon tea and Yogi ginger tea are two of my favorites. Currently, I’m trying my own infusion of dried orange leafs, purple thyme, chamomile, tamarind seed and cardamom with honey to taste. Very soothing combination!!!

    • Hi Amapola
      Thanks for your comment, and I’m happy to hear you liked the article. Your infusion sounds very interesting – I’m curious as to what kind of taste it has!
      Regards
      Ethan

  • Hi Ethan, thanks for the great read and suggestions! I loved the list of readers favorite teas at the end there – so nice to see an article taking note of what people have to say:-) for the record, I love celstial tea too!

  • My wife and I have recently started using a mixture of 1 part Valerian root, to 3parts fennel seed steeped for about 5 minutes; get water temperature to a rolling boil turn off heat pour into cup with steeper and let sit for 3-5 minutes. Then drink. We always add a little honey. Love it at bedtime.

  • Just recently got the caramel yogi bedtime that I’m currently dissolving into now. I usually drink it while i stretch and roll out to help me unwind and get my focused for rest. great tea & also great post!

  • My partner and i had major trouble getting into a sleep pattern. Did some research on fruits/veggies that have calming/soothing/relaxing abilities. I make a cup of tea, yogi bedtime and sleepytime, steep really good, add that as a liquid base for fruits/veggies, mix in a blender and its a nighty nighty hot tea smoothie!! Delicious, nutricious, healthy, and the sleep we now get, uninterupted, is perfect!!

  • It may be that having a bedtime ritual: hot shower or hot foot bath with epsom salts, cup of hot tea, listening to a favorite piece of music, a meditation tape, etc–or come up with your own. All put together, this 1/2 to 1 hour ritual can tell your brain its time to sleep. Currently I use sleepy time with a T vinegar and tsp of raw unfiltered honey. I have taped all of the devices that have little lights so that there is *zero* light.

    • Hi Brad
      Thanks for your comment. I completely agree – I think creating your own calming ritual before bed is a fantastic way to unwind and prepare yourself for sleep. It’s very tempting to rely on digital entertainment right up until the moment we switch the light off. But taking time away from our devices to do calming, enjoyable things is a much better alternative. It just takes some will power to resist all the fun and interesting things our televisions, computers, tablets, consoles and phones offer!
      Regards
      Ethan

      • Hi Ethan,
        I am so impressed with Yogi bedtime tea. My question, is it safe to drink every night for a long period? It is so amazing and helps me sleep all night with zero side effects.

    • Hi there
      Thanks for your comment. I actually do the same sometimes! I love the taste in the evening, though prefer a more everyday cup of tea during the day. Not sure why though!
      Regards
      Ethan

  • I happened to brew a concoction of the leaves of guava, taro and mulberry. i was asleep in an hour….dunno the science behind it. This calls for an investigation.

  • First off – love how many comments are posted at weird times of the night/early morning. Really interesting article! I am definitely going to give some of these suggestions a try.

  • A very interesting article! I will have to try some of the other teas. For the past 20 evenings I have been drinking the Relaxing Tea (Triple Leaf). I poo-pooed it when a friend told me about it. I’m a coffee drinker; and I roast my own. However, I have sleep apnea and have been on a CPAP for 6 or 7 years now. Every time I had to turn over I’d wake up having to pull the hose around with me. Lo and Behold… I tried the TL Relaxing Tea and once I get to sleep, I sleep! I cannot believe it, still! It doesn’t seem to bother me, but I see there is caution in your article about some things and to make sure, if taking meds, you should research. I didn’t do that, all I knew is that I slept like a log. So, I will have to check out the meds I take, along with this herbal tea.

    Nancy S.

    • Hi Nancy
      Thanks for your comment. Hopefully your research will show that it’s fine, as it sounds like you’ve had great results with that tea!
      Regards
      Ethan

  • Dr. Stuarts “Tranquility tea” is one of my all time favorites. The first time I tried it I doubted it would work…I woke up 5 hours later shocked because I didn’t even remember falling asleep. It definitely works. Sadly it’s based in England and doesn’t ship here (US) anymore. You can find it on Amazon but it is a bit more costly, but well worth it.

  • Are use a combination of Sleepytime and tension tamer. I am now very much concerned about celestial seasoning brand since I’ve seen several articles about high levels of pesticide would appreciate any comments on this thank you

    • Hi Pam
      Thanks for your comment. There’s an interesting page on Celestial Seasonings website responding to the accusations that their tea contains pesticides. And if you look online, you can find other articles that discuss this issue of the short-seller trying to lower the stock value of the company to make financial gains.
      I guess it’s one of those situations where the consumer will find it difficult to impossible to know what the real truth is, so we’re left to make our own decisions based on what we can find published about the case.
      Regards
      Ethan

    • Hi Lilly
      Thanks for your comment. Milk is a good choice of bedtime drink, yes. It might not make you sleep, but for some people it’s a relaxing drink nonetheless that’s nice to drink before you go to bed.
      Regards
      Ethan

  • Hi Ethan! Thanks for sharing the info.
    We are in Sweden have a tea “Sleep Now Tea”. It’s work by helping our body produce sleeping hormone.

  • Teas I use : chamomile, mint, raspberry, seven blossoms, chamomile flowerslemon grass, filial, sleepiness tea by Celestial, and take calm chamomile.

  • Within the last few months, out of no where, I have started kicking in my sleep. When I say kick, I mean my husband says that it’s like I am swimming, my legs are moving that fast. The blankets are a mess every morning now, and I am developing a lower backache from kicking so much. That being said, I must be getting a workout, because at times even my upper thighs ache. Was going to call the Dr. today after another marathon kicking spree last night, but I have a feeling that I will be prescribed a sleeping pill, and I want to avoid that. I am 52, had a complete hysterectomy in my mid 40’s with no hormonal therapy after. I love tea and would love some recommendations for something that might relax me enough to get a better nights sleep for myself and my husband.

    • Hi Linda
      Thanks for your comment. I think it would still be a good idea to talk to your doctor about this, to rule out any physical cause or sleep disorder. Even if they do recommend sleeping pills, you don’t have to take them if you don’t want to.
      Do you ever feel a burning, itching or other sensation in your legs when you go to bed or wake up in the night? Or do you feel more stressed or have had any major life changes recently?
      Regards
      Ethan

    • Hi Linda, This sounds like you suffer with the same problem as me, Periodic Limb Movement Disorder, I was diagnosed after a 48 hour sleep study, as I suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness due to lack of quality sleep ,the doctor tried me on a Parkinsons medicine and then an Epilepsy medicine, both of which made me feel horrible, so now I am trying to find a natural solution, which is what led me to look into herbal tea benefits. Thanks for the article Ethan.

  • I just started drinking looseleaf tea recently. Teavana’s Winterberry is the best herbal tea I’ve ever had. I don’t even need to put a sweetener in it. I’ve been sleeping like a baby every night since I’ve been drinking it for the past 2 1/2 weeks now. Love the article!

    • Hi AJ
      Thanks for your comment and the suggestion – how great that the tea is helping you sleep so well! And it’s nice to hear you liked the article!
      Regards
      Ethan

  • I have tried the sleepy time tea and would like to comment that I think all who try these should do so in the daytime and see how they react. I became very depressed ( in a black hole, type of depression). I cannot tolerate St John’s Wort, Valerian or Chamomile , but would love to find a solution to my inability to fall asleep. I am on prescription drugs that are very addicting and am building up a tolerance. But please be aware of interractions like these! Thanks for all you do!

    • Hi Connie
      Thanks for your comment. It sounds like you’re going to have difficulty using herbs to help you sleep if you are intolerant to those ingredients, though there are alternatives that don’t contain them. Have you had a good look at my section about sleep hygiene? There are loads of good tips in there and strategies for sleeping better that you might find useful.
      Regards
      Ethan

  • what are the dangers of kava kava…? just bought my mom a sleep tea that has organic kava kava, organic skullcap, etc. for her insomnia. would love to know your thoughts on if those 2 are safe….

  • My nighttime tea of choice now is Fidnemed Nighttime Tea by mountain rose herbs
    INGREDIENTS
    Organic Lemon Balm, organic Hibiscus flowers, organic Skullcap, organic Passionflower, organic Hops flowers, organic Valerian root, and organic Lavender flowers.
    It is a bulk loose tea and it is great.

    • Hi Abigail
      Thanks for your comment and suggestion. It’s not a typical bedtime type of tea, so makes an interesting alternative for those who don’t like the classic ingredients.
      Regards
      Ethan

  • I just found out that chamomile is related to ragweed. I have been using Sleepytime tea for about a week, and I’m itching like crazy. Is there any nighttime tea that does not have chamomile?

    • Hi Emma
      To be honest I’m not an expert on herbs that are ok during pregnancy. But I just had a look into it, and found some sources saying some of these herbs should be avoided when pregnant. However, I also found some interesting articles saying that the recommendations change from source to source, so the best thing is to check with your own healthcare provider.
      Regards
      Ethan

  • I like to mix Neetle tea and Camomile with a tspn of raw honey. Does the trick for me. I also take a 2 tspn of Black Seed Oil. Black Seed Oil and Stinging Neetle are Big Pharmas worst nightmare.

  • I only have one kidney after kidney cancer. I’ve been using Sleepytime tea and just told by my internist that it has Valerian Root in it which can hurt your kidney something I try to be very careful of even with medications, vitamins and supplements. If I had known, it is not listed on the box.

    • Hi Patsy
      Thanks for your comment. You’re right, it’s not listed on the box. There are so many possible interactions between herbal remedies and health conditions and medications, it’s not easy to keep track of. Your comment highlights how important it is to research carefully if you have any specific conditions. I also had cancer a few years ago, and since then am generally diligent about what I consume. Though once in a while I discover that yet another thing I’ve been eating or drinking is probably best avoided. It’s not easy, is it?
      I wish you all the best.
      Ethan

    • I was under the impression there are two types of Sleepytime tea. The regular one that we’re all familiar with and an “extra” version with Valarian root in it. (Which I’ve not found nor tried.) Do a search on their site for Sleepytime to see all the offerings under this blend.

  • I find that whenever I have trouble sleeping or just want to sleep easier, a combination of lemon balm and skullcap works wonders for me. Sometimes I’ll play around with it and add valerian or chamomile if I want the strength or flavour changed.

    Lastly, I think the greatest benefit of all is how much it helps for sleeping when you have a cold, because I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s suffered a sleepless night thanks to a nasty cold. It turns out that lemon balm in particular has some interesting antiviral properties! I believe that in combination with other factors surrounding the tea (clearing the nose/throat) can make for much better sleep even through a nasty cold, because I can tell you it’s helped me!

    Excellent post, by the way, Ethan. Cheers!

    • Hi Marko
      Thanks for your comment, and the compliment – I’m glad you enjoyed the article. Thanks for your suggestion of the lemon balm and skullcap. I also think your point about using herbal tea to help with colds/congestion is a very valid one. It’s amazing how much a blocked nose and throat can mess up your sleep, so this is an interesting slant on the sleep tea debate.
      Regards
      Ethan

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