I never thought I would be a tea person. I am a huge coffee lover. If I had it my way coffee would be my morning, afternoon and evening beverage of choice. Unfortunately, as someone who’s struggled with insomnia, anxiety, adrenal issues and thyroid problems, I’ve had to cut back on caffeine drastically.
I started having sleep problems when I was 12 and they just got worse as an adult. I was dependent on over the counter sleep aids as a teenager. I opted for a more natural approach as I got older and started taking melatonin. I soon became dependent on that. I recently discovered the root cause of my sleep problems had to do with my adrenals and my thyroid but that’s another post for another day.
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The importance of sleep
Sleep is absolutely vital to our quality of life. Giving our bodies the rest they need is so important. Along with some other methods which you can read about here, drinking tea specifically labeled for sleep an hour or so before bed has improved my quality of sleep tremendously.
The sleep tea’s I’m about to share with you also work great to relieve stress. The ingredients in these tea’s promote calmness and relaxation. Sipping on one of these tea’s after a long day is a great way to unwind and a great addition to your nighttime routine.
Not all tea’s are created equally
I’ve tried many different kinds and the five listed below are my favorites. They are my favorites not based on taste (because honestly none of them taste all that great) or price but on effectiveness and quality.
I used to really like the Celestial Seasonings sleepy time tea’s until I found out that a recent report done on Celestial Seasonings and their parent company Hain Celestial, found 91 percent of the samples of Celestial Seasonings tea’s tested contained pesticides in levels that exceed U.S. federal limits. You can view the report here.
I also used to drink Yogi tea’s but don’t as often now because of their use of “natural flavoring“. I like to know exactly what I am putting in my body. There is something about “natural flavoring” that just doesn’t sound natural to me. So I’ve decided to stick with companies who are a little more transparent about what exactly is in their products.
Top 5 Sleep Tea’s
All of the sleep tea’s on this list are organic and even better these tea’s will help you get a great nights sleep.
I’ll be completely honest, in my opinion this is not the best tasting tea but it’s extremely effective for helping me fall asleep. The only ingredient is organic passionflower. Passionflower not only helps with sleep but it also has many additional benefits. It is typically between $5 and $7 for a 24 count box. I usually purchase this on Amazon because I can never find it in any stores near me.
I’m a huge fan of Traditional Medicinals Tea. Traditional Medicinals uses pharmacopoeial quality herbs which deliver much stronger health benefits than food grade herbs. This is a very high standard for the quality, purity, strength, identity and composition of the plants. All of their tea’s are Non-GMO Project verified.
The main ingredients in their Nighty Night tea are passionflower, chamomile and linden flowers. It is usually between $4 and $5 for a 16 count box. I can usually find this tea at one of the grocery stores near me but it’s also available on Amazon and at many other health food stores.
This is another one from Traditional Medicinals. I think they’re an amazing brand. I love lavender so I’m a little biased when it comes to this tea. This tea contains organic chamomile flower, organic English lavender flower and organic lemon balm leaf. The lavender is grown in Bulgaria and the chamomile is grown in Egypt by fair trade certified farmers. A 16 count box is usually between $4 and $6. I usually purchase this one on Amazon.
This is another great tea from another great company. The ingredients in this tea are 100% organic. It contains organic tulsi (holy basil) blend which includes krishna tulsi, vana tulsi, cardamom, chamomile, peppermint, dwarf morning glory, ashwaganda, gotu kola and stevia. Tulsi, the main ingredient is a powerful adaptogen that helps your body resist stress. For some people it energizes them so try this tea on a night when you can risk going to bed late just in case your one of those people. For me it helps me sleep great. I also get this one on Amazon.
This tea is completely organic. The ingredients are avena (oat grass), rose petals, chamomile flower, hawthorn berry, lemon peel, skullcap leaf, catnip leaf and lavender flower. This one you can usually find between $3-$4 for a 20 count box. This one you can find on Amazon as well for pretty cheap.
I usually drink between 1 and 2 cups a night of one of my favorite sleep tea’s about an hour or so before bed. I also try to switch it up every few nights with a different tea. I feel like my body starts to build a tolerance over time and the tea is not as effective. So I will drink one for a few days and then drink another for a few days and so on.
I am not a doctor and these are not miracle tea’s. In order to get the best effect from drinking sleep tea’s you need to be taking care of your mind, body and soul the best you can. In order to maximize the benefits of these tea’s try implementing some if not all of the tips I’ve suggested here.
Please comment below your favorite sleep tea’s 🙂
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