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Many herbs are extremely useful as a natural sleep aid to help you fall asleep fast – even when you suffer from chronic insomnia. Lack of sleep can have serious effects on health, including reduced brain and cognitive function, weight gain and obesity, heart disease, adrenal fatigue, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, stroke, decreased sex drive, reduced work performance, increased accidents, and much, much more. Most adults need at least 7-9 hours of sleep per night, but the majority of Americans are not reaching that goal.
The best herbs for insomnia include the following. Herbs in bold are the most commonly used. I recommend sourcing your herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs for the best quality at great prices (+ watch for sales!).
- California poppy
- Chamomile flowers
- Hops flowers
- Lavender buds
- Lemon balm
- Valerian root
Herbal Tea Recipes: Natural Sleep Aid to Help You Fall Asleep Fast
Lavender is an herb that is very well known for its calming effects. This is the first herb I usually reach for because it works really well to relax and calm and is super safe to use, extremely common, and easy to find. I have a lavender plant right outside my front door that sends fresh lavender scent through my screen door and into my living room. I also harvest my lavender for various purposes, including this tea, my Lavender Cheesecake, and Lavender Sugar Scrub.
From Everything Lavender
SLEEPY TEA FOR OVERTIRED CHILDREN (+ GROWNUPS, TOO)
This natural sleep aid recipe is recommended for adults and overtired children alike. I’m not a mother, but my sister has kids (and a grandchild!). As an involved Auntie Sarah, I know how difficult it is to deal with an overtired child. Try this drink to (hopefully) send them off to dreamland as soon as possible.
From Nourished Kitchen
SWEET SLEEP TEA
Sweet Sleep Tea is the perfect tea to relax and de-stress. This tea contains chamomile flowers, lavender buds, and rose petals. Rose petals are said to calm the nerves and improve your emotions, which makes this tea the go-to when life gets overwhelming. Honey further promotes sleep, and orange peel adds a fresh citrus taste and Vitamin C.
From The Herbal Spoon
CINNAMON SLEEP TONIC
In addition to being an effective natural remedy for insomnia, cinnamon has many other wonderful health benefits, including reducing inflammation, lowering blood sugar, boosting immunity and brain function, preventing some cancers, and even reducing the risk of contracting HIV!
ULTIMATE HERBAL TEA BLEND
This tea consists of chamomile, lavender, lemon balm, and passionflower. Chamomile, lavender, and lemon balm are all mainstays in treating sleep problems, but passionflower is a less well known treatment. Passionflower is great at treating insomnia caused by anxiety and stress.
GOOD NIGHT SLEEP TIGHT SLEEPY TIME TEA + TINCTURE
This recipe is a SERIOUS natural sleep aid. This is the type of tea and tincture that can be taken when all else fails because it is so powerful. This tea and tincture should only be taken for 14 days at a time and should not be taken during pregnancy or in conjunction with antidepressants/ MAO inhibitors, sedatives, or anti-convulsants. If you are dealing with a serious bout of insomnia, this is the recipe you need to try.
From The Hippy Homemaker
SLICK TEA FOR ANXIETY
This natural sleep aid recipe is a very powerful treatment for insomnia. This tea helps reduce stress, anxiety, and indigestion; enhances sleep; and can even help heal cold sores faster! Lemon balm is an herb often recommended for insomnia. Lemon balm greatly increases its sleep inducing properties when combined with other sleep inducing herbs like Chamomile and Valerian.
From Fresh Bites Daily
NATURAL BANANA TEA
Magnesium deficiency can cause serious sleep problems. One way to replenish magnesium levels in your body is to drink this tea, which is like taking a natural magnesium supplement, since banana peels are rich in magnesium, as well as potassium. Both of these nutrients are natural relaxants for the body.
PRO TIP: You can also treat magnesium deficiency with regular Epsom Salt Baths and my DIY Magnesium Oil Spray Recipe.
From Homestead + Survival
I recently decided to stop consuming coffee in the afternoon, since I noticed the caffeine disturbed my sleep. I’ve turned to herbal teas to continue to enjoy warming hot drinks – I love warm drinks, even in summer! The best part of my night is when I sit at my kitchen table to drink my final cup of tea before bed. I finally let myself sit down to relax and unwind. I let my mind work through my day, so my thoughts don’t keep me awake at night. This nightly routine quickly prepares me for slumber.
I would love to hear from you!
Do you enjoy herbal teas as a natural sleep aid? Comment below to let me know what helps you get a good night’s rest!