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Sleeping is a crucial part of our biological cycle. It helps the body to take some rest from the tedious physical activities of our everyday schedule. Sleeping is also important in order that the internal bodily organs can function without any disturbance and gather sufficient energy to do physical activities after we are awake. A lot of people are deprived of the boon of a sound and undisturbed sleep due to various reasons. For such people who look for a tea for sleep, this article provides multiple options. Consuming these teas helps to calm down the nerves of our body. They often act as a sedative thereby putting one to sleep.
9 Best Options of Tea for Sleep
1. Chamomile- Turmeric tea for Inducing Sleep:
Chamomile has a lot of health benefits. It acts as an antioxidant. It prevents inflammation in your body. This tea is also used to cut down the effect of bloating. Chamomile tea lowers cholesterol levels in your blood, it is recommended for diabetic patients and also lowers the risk of cancer in a person.
Chamomile Tea bags or organic chamomile tea leaves
1 tbsp honey,
Pinch of turmeric, ground into powder
1/2 tea spoon ground Ginger,
2 tea spoon cold pressed coconut oil,
1/4 tea spoon cinnamon powder,
Water- 2 cups
Add the chamomile tea to boiling water and let it steep. Remove the tea leaves and add the above ingredients in the proportion mentioned. You may add or subtract the quantity of ingredients based on your taste preference. Drink it while it is lukewarm.
2. Lavender Tea:
Lavender is a herb. It is much spoken about for its aromatic and soothing scent. Lavender is added to bathing water for a calming effect provided by the sweet scent. It is thus a favorite ingredient in various spas. The tea too imparts a relaxation to your nerves. The tea is made from the purple buds of the flowering plant.
Lavender Tea is also suggested for women in their postnatal phase. The tea is supposed to be providing a coaxing effect against the body’s lethargy. Thus, it leads to less fatigue in women who consume it than those who do not. Lavender also decreases anxiety. Anxiety is closely related to disruptive sleeping patterns. This tea is hence useful for a good-night sleep.
Lavender leaves- dried or fresh
Add lavender tea leaves to boiling hot water. Let it steep. Now separate the leaves using a sieve. Add desired amount of lemon and about 1 tea spoon of honey.
3. Banana Peel Tea:
Bananas are a rich source of magnesium and potassium. The peel of the banana also contains the aforesaid nutrients. Magnesium is known to be providing a good sleep to those who cannot sleep peacefully. Note down the Ingredients and the Method. This tea is also a cheap alternative to most other options of tea.
1 raw banana
1 small pot of water
Boil the water. Add the banana to the boiling water, cut on both edges, without peeling it. Boil the banana in the water for about 10 minutes. You may choose to add a pinch of cinnamon powder if you so wish. Remove the banana and drink the tea an hour before its your time to go to bed.
4. Lemon Balm Tea:
Lemon balm may sound like something to put up on your lips. However, it is a tea. The tea is an amazing solution to insomnia. Insomnia is disorder that leads to difficulty in sleep. Insomniacs cannot sleep for more than a few hours in the night. Sometimes, they do not sleep at all.
Lemon Balm tea bags- it is easily available in the market. Check for it in the section of tea or in the section where they keep all their herbs for display.
A cup of hot water
Take some lemon balm tea, Boil it in water. Add a tea spoon of honey to the tea. Let it steep and then drink.
5. Ginger and Turmeric Tea:
1 Table spoon of Ground ginger
1/2 tea spoon of turmeric
1/2 tea spoon of honey
1 cup water
Boil water, add ginger and let it boil for another 2 minutes. Then add turmeric. Let it steep. Remove the ginger and add honey to the tea.
6. Cinnamon Tea:
Cinnamon is high in cinnamaldehyde, which is what is responsible for most of the health benefits that cinnamon provides your body. Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It helps in beating bodily pains and aches. It is also recommended to diabetic patients. It cuts the risk of heart disease.
1 cinnamon stick
1 tea spoon of cloves
1 tea spoon of all-spice berries
3 bay leaves
Fresh ginger, cut into small pieces.
3-4 Cups of water
Mix all the above ingredients in a saucepan and bring them to boil. Reduce the heat and allow the tea to steep for around an hour. Drink it after separating all the ingredients from the tea.
7. Valerian Root Tea:
Valerian is the most popular sleep herbal aid in the US and in Europe. It was used during the second world war to relieve headache, stress and anxiety. This tea is readily available in the market and is sold in most departmental stores. One theory is that it increases levels of a neurotransmitter called gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA. An abundance of GABA induces sleep. This tea has no side effects like morning drowsiness and thus is safe for consumption.
2 tea bags of Valerian Root tea
1 cup of water
Boil one cup of water and add the tea bags to it. Let it steep. Drink it while its warm.
8. Passion Flower Tea:
Passion Flower tea is made from dried leaves, flowers and stem of the flower passiflora plant. The tea is available in its organic form and is readily available to buy. This tea relieves anxiety. It is recently even suggested for inducing a sound sleep. It treats insomnia efficiently.
Passion Flower Tea
1 cup of water
Boil the water. Add organic passion flower tea leaves. Steep for a few minutes. Then sieve the tea and drink it.
9. Decaf Green Tea:
Green Tea has powerful antioxidants. It reduces the chances of occurrence of cancer. The tea also is best for weight loss. It improves metabolism and is an excellent tea for bloating too. The decaf version includes theanine, which reduces stress and improves sleep.
1 tea spoon Green Tea- preferably organic.
1 cup Water
Bring the water to boil. Add green tea leaves and continue to boil for another two minutes. Steep and remove the leaves. Add honey to the tea and drink it.
These teas are herbal teas made of naturally available products. Its the natural composition of these items which enable a person to relax. Since tea is an internationally recognized and commonly consumed beverage, it becomes easily accessible and carries no side effects whatsoever.
Seeing a baby sleep is one of the most beautiful sights of the world. That is due to two reasons. Firstly, you can’t help but marvel at the cuteness and innocence of the baby and secondly because you may be longing for such sweet sleep. Drinking the above tea will surely help you achieve your second motive of sleeping like a baby. Teas are also not harmful in any way and so you may have it without feeling the slightest sting of guilt. Remember, anything that has caffeine in it is not for inducing sleep. Choose herbal teas and combinations which are free of caffeine to sleep well at night.