It’s common knowledge that herbal teas help you have a good night sleep, but why? Herbs and spices have been used for thousands of years to help calm anxiety, soothe the digestive system, and aid you to fall asleep.
Check out these seven recommendations on herbal teas for the best night’s sleep, from the ingredients to look for to the products you can buy!
This may not be a surprise to you! Lavender is notorious for its relaxing properties that help relieve stress and improve sleep. Lavender’s soothing effects are due to its essential oils. You can benefit from this by inhaling, ingesting or applying the oil topically.
Try: Bigelow Benefits Sleep Chamomile Lavender Herbal Tea Blend (Buy on Amazon, $16.63)
Chamomile flower is another frequent ingredient in soothing teas and cosmetic products. The essential oils in chamomile help calm our bodies and sympathetic nervous system which improves your sleep. Chamomile flower also contains an antioxidant called apigenin which is known to calm anxieties. Chamomile tea has traditionally been used to help ease any digestive problems that are linked to anxiety.
Try: FGO Organic Chamomile Tea (Buy on Amazon, $6.99)
You may not think of oats when you think of herbal teas. However oats are traditionally used to help treat stress-induced fatigue and to help give you a restful sleep. And most often tea blends will use oat flowers for the calming effect.
Try: Pukka Herbs Night Time Blend with Oat Flowers (Buy on Amazon, $14.97)
Passion flowers are not only beautiful, exotic flowers but are traditionally used for improving sleep quality and supporting normal sleep patterns. Ease your nerves and sleep peacefully with this calming herbal tea.
Try: Alvita Organic Passionflower Tea (Buy on Amazon, $8.74)
Used for thousands of years, valerian has amazing calming effects and is known to help people struggling with insomnia to anxiety. No secret why it’s deemed “nature’s valium.” Try this herb if you’re in dire need of catching some Zzz’s.
Try: Secrets Of Tea’s Valerian Sleep Tea (Buy on Amazon, $13.88)
Nutmeg may be comforting due to it being one of the scents associated with Christmas, but this spice has also got settling and calming properties. Nutmeg can help you to have uninterrupted sleep. This warming spice is often used in traditional Indonesian herbal medicine and Western herbal medicine.
Try: TerraVita Nutmeg Black Tea (Buy on Amazon, $12.52)
Cinnamon has a sweet yet sugar-free taste which can help control blood sugar levels. This spice can help you sleep as is known to improve indigestion, which can often end up keeping us awake at night.
Try: Dano Cinnamon Stress Relief Tea (Buy on Amazon, $14)
This article originally appeared on our sister site, First For Women.