A good night’s sleep has been linked with better memory and cognitive functions. It is also beneficial to your body’s overall health since most of the body’s systems are in an anabolic state that helps with the restoration of the immune, nervous, muscular, and nervous systems. Unfortunately, 10-15% of adults experience chronic insomnia, with many more suffering from other sleep disorders.
If you are suffering from these disorders or you cannot seem to get a restful night, it might be time to give natural remedies such as herbal teas a try. Herbal teas have been prized for their medicinal and sedative properties for centuries. Here are six herbal teas stocked by Kent & Sussex Tea & Coffee Company; you should give a try if you want to sleep peacefully through the night.
Here are the best teas for sleep
Chamomile often comes to mind when we think of calming and relaxing teas. It has been used for years as a natural remedy to treat insomnia. Chamomile tea is a herbal infusion that is made from hot water and its dried flowers. Its calming effects are often attributed to the compound apigenin, which is abundant in the flowers.
There have been many studies on the calming effect of chamomile. Among them is a study that was carried out in 60 nursing homes found that residents who received a daily dose of 400g chamomile extract experienced better sleep quality. While there is no high-quality evidence on this, chamomile is still under preliminary research on its potential as a relaxer. Get your chamomile organic tea online from an online tea and coffee shop and wake up refreshed.
2. Lmon balm
Lemon balm is a herbaceous plant that, apart from being used as a flavouring is also used to make tea. Lemon balm tea has long been used in traditional and alternative medicine, including aromatherapy. Even as research continues on the extensive uses of lemon balm, this plant’s medicinal use has been dated back to more than 2,000 years ago by the Romans and Greeks.
One study published online in 2014 found that a drink containing 0.3g of lemon balm was associated with lower state anxiety. Lemon balm might be the thing to help you settle down for a good night’s sleep.
The lavender herb is heavily associated with its soothing and aromatic scent used in balms, perfumes, and cosmetics. Despite this, it has a long history of being used in traditional medicine for its soothing effects.
The German scientific committee reported uses of the lavender flower in herbalism for restlessness and insomnia, among other traditional medicine ailments. A study carried out, including 67 women, found that lavender worked to reduce heart rate and improve sleep after twenty minutes of inhalation.
Even if lavender’s health benefits have not been fully proven, its soothing aroma is sure to have you out like a light. Kent & Sussex Tea & Coffee company offers an excellent blend of lavender tea.
Valerian has a long history of use for medicinal purposes and has been used as a medicinal herb since the term of Ancient Greece. The crude extract has possible sedative effects and is sold to promote sleep in dietary supplements.
The founders of modern medicine, Hippocrates and Galen, described its properties and used it to remedy insomnia. It is also a standard fixture in traditional medicine for treating insomnia.
Valerian root tea is believed to increase drowsiness by increasing a neurotransmitter called GABA, which also improves the quality of sleep. Even though the studies on the use of valerian root are not conclusive, this root may be just what you are looking for to get fitful rest.
Passionflower tea is made using the flowers and dried leaves of the passiflora plant. Native Americans have long used the leaves and roots of this plant in North America as traditional medicine. Many species of this flower have been found to contain MAO inhibitors, which are an effective treatment for some anxiety disorders.
One study, including forty healthy adults, some of which drank passionflower tea daily for a week, found that those who drank the tea enjoyed much better sleep than those who did not. It is also believed that mixing passionflower tea with valerian root proves useful in battling insomnia.
6. Magnolia bark
Magnolia is part of a flowering plant subspecies named after French botanist Pierre Magnol. It is an ancient genus that has been found dating back millions of years. Magnolia bark has been used for traditional medicine in China, Japan, and Korea. In Eastern medicine, it is used as an analgesic to treat mood disorders and anxiety. The bark and the flower buds are also used in traditional Chinese medicine and are known as hou pou.
Magnolia’s healing properties have long been associated with Honokiol, a lignan isolated from the trees’ seed, cones, and bark. Honokiol is believed to act on GABAA receptors resulting in sedative and muscle relaxant effects. Magnolia tea could be what you are looking for to have a restful, refreshing night, and you can order it from your trusted online tea and coffee shop.