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6 bedtime tea ingredients to help you sleep easy
Had a day as busy as can be? A Busy day is even more reason why you need to be well rested for the body to recuperate and get ready for yet another busy day. Amongst the many healthy habits that can and should be adopted to ensure a good night’s sleep, herbal teas are actually a superstar. Extracted from plants and flowers, they are fully healthy (and caffeine free) and offer an easy way to relax and retire for the day!
There are tons of bedtime teas available in the market. To know which one to pick, it’s important to know the right ingredient to look for. With one or more of these six ingredients listed below, you can look forward to sleeping quickly and well.
Chamomile: Speaking of bedtime teas, Chamomile tops the charts. Apart from the tons of health benefits that the flower brings, it contains antioxidants that induce sleep and digestion which in turn, helps you sleep better. It’ not difficult to find Chamomile as a sole ingredient in herbal teas or even mixed with more plant based varieties.
Lavender: We all know Lavender for its fragrance more than anything else. It ranks very high in taste and of course in combatting insomnia, restlessness. Sleep easy after sipping a Lavender tea and wake up with great energy levels the next morning!
Passionflower: A mild herb containing chemicals that act on the nervous system make you want to retire for the day. Passionflower has historically been used to relieve anxiety and as an antidote for insomnia, seizures, and hysteria. It can freely be combined with other herbs like lemon balm and valerian and consumed as herbal tea or just a fruit infusion.
Ashwagandha: Originally from India, Ashwagandha is also called the winter cherry or Indian ginseng. It is a herb that has been used for centuries by ayurvedic practitioners to treat a host of disorders, including insomnia. Can be consumed for a good night’s sleep too.
Lemon balm: Lemon balm is widely believed to help with anxiety, stress and insomnia, and is often included in brands of teas created to help with sleep. Some research studies have found that it helps with insomnia when combined with other plants, such as valerian and chamomile.
Valerian: Valerian is made from the root of a flower and has been used for centuries to aid sleep and anxiety. It can even lower blood pressure. It doesn’t score too high on the taste chart. So, prefer to blend it with other soothing herbs like lemon balm, passion flower, or kava. Need to be consumed for longer duration (say 28 days) to help you have a relaxed sleep.
A word of caution: Steer clear of herbal teas if you are on medication, or about to undergo any kind of surgery in the next couple of weeks. Pregnant women, nursing mothers and children should also avoid consuming any herbal teas. Do discuss with your doctor to know what and how much should you consume.
A word of wisdom: For a really sweet sleep, don’t hesitate to add a dash of honey to your herbal tea. The natural sugar found in honey slightly raises insulin and allows tryptophan (an amino acid that induces sleep) to enter the brain more easily. Diabetics, please avoid!
Oh, we’re not done yet. Another piece of advice – read and/or listen to relaxing music of your choice, while you sip your bedtime tea!
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