Have you ever had a rough time falling asleep?
Did you know that there are some teas that can help you both fall asleep faster and get more restful sleep?
Today we are going to be looking at three teas that will help you relax and get some rest. This tea review is brought to you by Beyond the Bag, a YouTube channel about tea.
3 Best Teas for Sleep
1. Chamomile Tea
Let’s start by looking at the tea most commonly associated with sleep – chamomile tea. This light yellowish-colored tea is made from the small white flowers of the chamomile plant. This tea is packed with a wonderful antioxidant called apigenin. Apigenin has been shown in clinical studies to have inflammation and anxiety-reducing effects.
It also binds to the receptors in the brain that are responsible for initiating sleep. Beyond this, the tea carries a delicious and unique smooth floral flavor that is very relaxing in and of itself. Oftentimes, this tea is more than enough to help grant a night’s rest.
This has become my favorite go-to tea. I used to love black and green teas, but had to give them up because of caffeine and how it affects my anxiety levels and sometimes my tummy. This is such a soothing alternative and I have it with cookies, toast, and muffins without sugar. Not unless I drink it alone, I will add a little honey. It keeps me so calm and level, even when I am stressed. I run to make a cup for self-care when I am upset.
2. Peppermint Tea
If you are struggling to sleep because of stomach discomfort or headaches, try peppermint tea. Made from the dry leaves of the peppermint plant, this tea has long been known for its sleep friendliness.
It has both no caffeine or calories and has been used to treat indigestion issues going back centuries. Peppermint also has been proven effective at resolving tension headaches. This makes it helpful for restlessness caused by indigestion or headaches. The steep tea has a light green color and a soft mint flavor that can be very comforting.
I usually drink one in the morning or at lunchtime, and one before bed, usually after dinner. It soothes my belly, makes me feel good and light when I’m going to bed. That is the feeling I want to have after eating. And it has such good benefits for your skin and overall health as well. Please give this a try and you surely won’t regret it.
3. Fennel Tea
Third but far from last is fennel. Fennel tea is a slightly herby-flavored tea that is unusual but very enjoyable. Light in color and scrumptious in flavor, this is one of those underrated and often forgotten gems of the tea world.
The closest thing I have found to it is basil tea. The magic of fennel comes from its muscle-relaxing properties. This helps to prepare your body for sleep and can make the process of falling asleep quicker. In ancient times, this tea was a common treatment for insomnia.
To top it off, this tea comes with a flood of antioxidants to increase the effectiveness of your rest and leave you feeling refreshed the next morning.
I love everything about this tea. It’s aromatic and slightly sweet. If you’re familiar cooking with fennel it has that hint of licorice taste. I drink it every night with a tiny bit of sugar or raw honey.
Bonus: Relaxing Tea Blend for Sleep
Now, suppose you are still struggling to get to bed. There is a powerful tea blend we are going to create to put an end to sleepless nights. I am going to be using a tea filter because it has a bit more space than a tea ball. The extra space will help us make a much more potent finished beverage.
The first ingredient, unsurprisingly, is a teaspoon of chamomile. This will give us a strong base of relaxation. Second, we are going to add a teaspoon of peppermint for those headache-busting and stomach-calming properties. Next up, a teaspoon of fennel to help relax your muscles.
We are going to let this brew for quite a long time to ensure high potency. Seven minutes of steeping should do the trick, but as long as the water is staying hot, going for even 10 or even 15 minutes is totally acceptable. All of our ingredients are herbal and will only intensify, not bitter, with extra steeping time.
Lastly, to finish it off, we are going to stir in a bit of honey to add that little hint of sweetness that will help it go down super smooth. I think Mary Poppins would approve. And there you have it, a natural herbal tea that will help you get the rest you need. Cheers and sweet dreams.
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