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Herbs For Sleep

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There are many reasons why people have trouble sleeping.
Luckily, there are herbal home remedies for deep sleep.
We will take a look at the best herbs for sleep, and show you how to use them.

  • Chamomile
  • Mullein Leaf
  • Oatstraw
  • Valarian Tea
  • Oatstraw
  • Peppermint
  • Skullcap

Before We Begin

If you have read any of my other posts, you will know that I’m all about making herbal tea in a saucepan/pot.
If you prefer to fill your own tea bags, have at it.
My way is not THE way so feel free to do your own thing. Just be aware of the dosage, amount of herb used and any warnings.

Chamomile

Chamomile is a very gentle herb with relaxing properties. Not only does it work well to induce restful sleep, but its also super easy to get hold of.
Chamomile is such a well know, sleep-inducing, herb that companies are actually selling the tea bags in grocery stores!

You should have no problem getting hold of Chamomile. These sleep tease that is sold in store sometimes contain fillers.
If you can get it, get tea bags with just chamomile in them or a mix of chamomile and the other herbs on this list.

Its good practice to test your body’s reaction to each herb in turn. so, try to get only chamomile until you know how you handle the other herbs.
What You Will Need:

  • A kettle or p
  • Chamomile tea bags or 2 teaspoons of loose leaf Chamomile
  • A tea strainer if you have loose herb.
  • Sweetener of choice

Method:
If you are using tea bags… Make tea! There’s no difference in preparation between Chamomile and regular black tea.
The longer you leave the tea bag in the mug, the stronger the tea will be. I normally just leave the bag in there and sip the tea while it infuses more and more.
If you are using loose leaf:

  1. Boil a mug of water (8-12foz) in a pot with the lid on.
  2. When it’s boiling, take it off the heat and add the Chamomile.
  3. Put the lid back on and leave it to steep for at 15 – 20 minutes.
  4. Strain off the tea into a mug and add sweetener of choice if you use it.
  5. When it’s cool enough to drink but still very warm, get comfy and sip it.

Personally, I like Chamomile without sweetener but my wife won’t touch it without honey. Taste test it and see what you like.

Valerian

Valerian is a very common plant used by herbalists. It’s good for a host of things but especially for its relaxing properties.
If you suffer from panic attacks and anxiety, Valerian will calm you down and let you relax.
Because of its relaxing nature, Valerian is a great herb to use when you have trouble sleeping.

Valerian Tea

Valerian tea is easy to make and has a faster action than when taking it in capsule form.
Most of the time you will be working with the root, so assuming you have it ready to go… Let’s get started!
What You Will Need:

  • A pot or saucepan with a lid (big enough to boil a few cups of water; 6-8oz)
  • A tea strainer, cheesecloth or skills with using a pot lid as a strainer (or a ladle)
  • Honey or another sweetener such as agave nectar
  • 1-2 teaspoons of Valerian root

Method:

  1. Boil the water in the pot (with the lid on) until you have nice big bubbles popping up.
  2. Take the pot off the heat and add the Valerian
  3. Cover with the lid again and let it steep for around 20 minutes.
  4. When the time is up, strain the tea into a mug. If you are using chunks of Valerian, you could use a ladle to scoop the tea out.
  5. Add any sweetener if you’re using one. Do not use sugar, you don’t need a sugar rush before bed.
  6. Get comfortable, relax, inhale the steam from the mug and drink the tea while it’s still warm.

Valerian is pretty easy to get hold of, you might even find it in your local health food store. I doubt you will find it in a grocery store though, if you do, please leave a comment below!

Mullein

Mullein is a great herb to have on hand as it has a lot of very helpful uses, not only as a sleep aid
Like Valerian, you might find it in a local health food store but not a grocery store as it has no use in cooking.

Mullein Leaf Tea

As you can tell from the heading, Mullein leaves are when we’ll be using for this tea.
What You Will Need:

  • A pot or saucepan with a lid (big enough to boil 8-16oz of water)
  • Cheesecloth or muslin for straining. Mullein leaves have hairs on them that you don’t want to drink.
  • Honey or another sweetener such as agave nectar
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of Mullein leaves

Method:

  1. Boil the water in the pot (with the lid on) until you have nice big bubbles popping up.
  2. Take the pot off the heat and add the Mullein leaves.
  3. Cover with the lid again and let it steep for around 15 minutes.
  4. When the time is up, strain the tea into a mug. (If you are using uncut leaves, you could use a ladle.)
  5. Honey or Agave

Similarly, with Valerian, drink a warm mug/cup of the tea before bed.
I like to sit in bed and read while sipping the tea until I start to feel the effects.
Some people can be kept awake if they drink or eat within 2-3 hours of going to bed. See what works for your body.
Just remember not to read under bright lights. There will be more on this at the end.

Oatstraw

Oatstraw is a very mild tasting “herb” to use for better sleep. Because of its taste, you might want to use it in combination with other herbs without it being overpowering.
Like other herbs on this list, you might not find it readily available in grocery stores but if you can get it, it’s worth keeping on hand.

Oatstraw Tea

Oatstraw tea is easy to make with a simple recipe and the effects are gentle but effective.

What You Will Need:

  • A pot or saucepan with a lid (big enough to boil 32oz of water)
  • Cheesecloth or tea strainer for straining.
  • Honey or another sweetener such as agave nectar
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of Oatstraw (usually found chopped)

Method:

  1. Boil the water in the pot (with the lid on)
  2. Take the pot off the heat and add the Oatstraw.
  3. Cover with the lid again and let it steep for around 15-20 minutes (or longer if you prefer).
  4. When the time is up, strain the tea into a mug.
  5. Add honey or Agave, drink and enjoy your restful night.

Skullcap Tea

I would like to preface this recipe with a little admission. Skullcap works amazingly well but it tastes awful.
No joke, it’s not the greatest tasting herb in the world but you can combine it with other herbs to make it more palatable.

What You Will Need:

  • A pot or saucepan with a lid (big enough to boil 32oz of water)
  • Cheesecloth or tea strainer for straining.
  • Honey or another sweetener such as agave nectar (you will most likely want to use a sweetener)
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of Skullcap.

Method:

  1. Boil the water in the pot (with the lid on)
  2. Take the pot off the heat and add the Oatstraw.
  3. Cover with the lid again and let it steep for around 10 minutes (the longer you leave it, the stronger the taste will be).
  4. When the time is up, strain the tea into a mug.
  5. Add honey or Agave and drink.

Skullcap Tincture

This is the way I use Skullcap, and even that is not a pleasant experience in all honesty.
It’s very effective and works quickly, without any need of prep time (assuming you’re buying it ready to use, and not making it yourself).

A glass of water, the tincture and you’re done.
Depending on which brand you buy, read the instructions for use as some tinctures are stronger than others.
So now you have a few tea recipes under your belt, you might be thinking of combining them and you can!

If, for example, you choose Skullcap for a tea, you might want to use other herbs such as peppermint, chamomile or Oatstraw to help with the flavor.
Apart from tea, there are other things you can do to help with sleep.
You can always do some of these while sipping on the tea, combo power!

5 Habits To Help You Sleep

there are other things you can do right away to try to help the situation, such as:

  1. Meditate for10-20 minutes before bed
  2. Limit your exposure to bright lights in the evening
  3. Avoid caffeine
  4. Set the temperature to something comfortable to your body
  5. Don’t nap during the day

Conclusion:
Like with everything else in life, there’s no “one size fits all” solution for insomnia. Something that works for you, might not work for someone else so explore your options.
Some people will have issues if they drink anything within 1-3 hours, other people are fine.Its the same with food, too.
Try these tips and one or two fo the tea recipes and you will be getting great sleep in no time at all!
Have a great night and I’ll catch you in the next one 🙂

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