Herbs have been used in medicine in southern and eastern Asia for thousands of years, and drinking herbal tea has many health benefits—settling your stomach, burning fat, curing a cold, relieving muscle tension and twitching, calming the stomach, and so many more…
But as far as we’re concerned in “upgrading” this part of our daily routine, tea can play an important role in helping you sleep, easing anxiety, and washing away the stress of a long and hectic day.
Decaffeinated tea can be an absolutely wonderful sleep aid to help you fight insomnia in a “all-natural” way. After all, tea is made simply by infusing dried, crushed leaves or herbs in hot water…can’t get much more simple and “all-natural” than that, right?
But there is such a wide range of tea brands and varieties that choosing which tea to actually buy can seem mind-boggling….almost like choosing coffee or your favorite donut at Dunkin’ Donuts…
So which ARE best teas to help you sleep and relax?
The following is a list of types of tea best suited for helping to ensure a better sleep.
1.Banana Tea—Dr. Oz Recipe…Not only will banana tea help you fall asleep quicker and stay asleep longer, but bananas are rich in both potassium and magnesium, two minerals that can help your blood vessels and muscles relax.
2. Catnip Tea…Catnip Tea?! Really?! Before now I only thought that catnip was just fun to give your cats, but the organic compound nepetalactone that is found in catnip is actually used in medicine to treat many things, including insomnia.
3. Chamomile Tea…Of course you’d expect chamomile tea on this list…after all, it is one of the most common teas on the market. Apigenin, an active compound found in chamomile tea, has been to help relieve anxiety so that you can feel more calm and de-stress from a otherwise extremely stressful day. There is so much that could be said about chamomile, but chamomile is the “essential oil of the month” for April, so stay tuned for more about this..
4. Lavender Tea…Usually the first “natural” ingredient that I think of when thinking about ways to help relieve stress and calm down for the night is lavender, but I never knew that you could buy lavender tea…actually I’d never looked for it before…
5. Lemon Balm Tea…Lemon balm is a herb commonly used to treat insomnia and to help with anxiety and stress. Lemon balm is often combined with other herbs, such as chamomile and valerian, to create a very powerful tea for insomniacs.
6. Oat Straw Tea…Oat straw tea is made from the grassy stem part of the oat plant. Oat straw is considered a “nutrient dense” herb and is especially great for soothing the nervous system, helping to manage everyday stress, cleansing the liver and gallbladder, and supporting a healthy circulatory system.
7. Passion Flower Tea…Passion flower tea is made from the leaves and vines of the passion plant, which is native to Mexico and Central America and was named “passion fruit” by Spanish missionaries in Peru, who saw the flower’s design as being symbolic of the Passion of Christ. Passion flower tea contains many important nutrients—including vitamin A, vitamin C, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, potassium and antioxidants.
8. Peppermint Tea…Peppermint tea is the tea of choice whenever you are looking for something to help calm stomach problems such as indigestion before you go to bed.
9. St John’s Wort Tea…St John’s Wort is a popular natural anti-depressant that helps relieve anxiety and stress, two of the most common causes of insomnia. But before using St. John’s Wort, make sure that is safe for you to use, based on your current state of health and any other medications you are currently taking.
10. Valerian Tea…There has been much debate as to the effectiveness of valerian and valerian tea, in helping people deal with insomnia and anxiety, even though people have been using the root of the valerian plant for its sedative properties for centuries.