Best Herbal Teas to Drink Before Bedtime

Best Herbal Teas to Drink Before Bedtime
by Cicely A. Richard May 28, 2009

Everyone wants to relax when they get home from a hard day of work, family and personal errands. However, many people have a hard time unwinding when they get home. This lead to restless sleep and, sometimes, inability to concentrate on the activities of the following day. A perfect way to calm down after a busy day is a cup of caffeine-free herbal tea, flavored with nothing more than honey. In the following article I will present information about some of the best herbal teas to drink before bedtime.

Catnip

Catnip plants are tiny, white flowers with fuzzy, green leaves. One of the reasons that catnip tea is a good tea to drink before bedtime is that it acts as a natural muscle relaxer and stress reducer. Catnip enhances sleep because it alleviates or lessens conditions that disrupt sleep, like headaches, cramps and indigestion. Women should be cautious, however, before drinking catnip tea because can increase menstrual bleeding and is not safe for pregnant women.

Chamomile

Chamomile flowers are some of the most popular plants used in making herbal teas. For centuries, this flower has been an alternative treatment for various ailments; however, most people who drink this tea do so for its ability to calm nerves and to work as a sedative. It is a safe alternative to other sleep aids, even for children, although the U.S. National Library of Medicine states that some people have allergic reactions to chamomile.

Jasmine

Jasmine flowers are white and emit a sweet-smelling odor that creates a relaxing environment. In order to make jasmine tea, the dried petals of these flowers mix with green or white tea leaves. Green and white tea leaves absorb the flavor and aroma of the jasmine petals. Jasmine tea relieves headaches and calms the body, helping people wind down before bedtime.

Peppermint
Enjoy who has ever passed a yard with peppermints planted in front know that just the minty smell of the leaves relaxes the mind and body. Drinking peppermint teas also has a number of medicinal qualities to help conditions that can interfere with restful sleep, such as a nervous stomach, nausea, and other digestive and intestinal problems. A cup of peppermint tea at night naturally de-stresses the body, preparing it for a restful night’s sleep. People can purchase this tea or plant a small patch of peppermint, boiling the leaves when they are in the mood for a cup of tea.

Sage

Many people are familiar with sages use in spicing up the flavor of different foods; however, this herbal ingredient is also available in tea form. Because it has a somewhat strong taste, a touch of honey makes it palatable for people not accustomed to the flavor of the leaves. Like the teas already mentioned, the medicinal qualities of sage date back to ancient times. Drinking sage tea before bedtime relaxes the stomach and the mind, preparing the body to enjoy a good night’s sleep.

People searching for an alternative to over-the-counter and prescription sleep aids can drink these teas before bedtime. Their medicinal qualities enhance sleep without side effects caused by medications. Many online stores sell these teas, but before purchasing any of them online, try local farmer’s markets or stores that sell Asian food products if they are in your area. Although it takes longer to prepare than a regular tea bag, I find that loose tea has more of a kick than bagged tea.

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One Response to “Best Herbal Teas to Drink Before Bedtime”

  1. I love your recommendations. Nice post.

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