Best Tea for Sleep – 7 Most Potent Herbal Teas

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About 6 months ago we set out on a very ambisious journey – to research sleep-promoting herbs. Every brand out there claims that it’s mix is the best, so we decided to cut through the noise and actually reach some conclusions on solid data.

To compile the guide below we went over 40 studies that explored the effects of different herbs and looked over 7000 user reviews of teh ready-made combos – the results are below.

selection of herbal teas

The table you’ll see below is based the studies & data we pooled from all conrners of the internet, the user satisfation % is a percentage of people that rated the mentioned tea combos with either 4 or 5 stars.

 

These are the best teas for sleep:

Brand
Listed Herbs
User
Satisfaction %
tulsi tea

Organic Tulsi
Sleep Tea
Tulsi (Holy Basil),
Chamomile,
Cardamon,
Peppermint,
Morning Glory,
Gotu Kola

 
96 %
easy naps tea

Easy Naps
Birds & Bees tea
Camomile
Scullcap,
Lavender

 
96 %
sleeptytime tea

SleepyTime
Celestial
Camomile
Spearmint,
Lemongrass

 
90 %
yogi sleep bedtime

Yogi Sleep
Bedtime
Valerian,
Chamomile
Licorice,
Cardamon,
Cinnamon

 
87 %
get zzzs sleep tea

Get Some
ZZZs
Camomile
Spearmint,
organic rooibos,
orange peel,
Valerian,
Passionflower

 
81 %

Now that we’ve covered the ready-made combos, let’s look at individual herbs and their potencty when it comes to sleep & relaxation as well as a few 2-ingredient combinations you can mix up in you own kitchen.

Chamomile Tea for sleep

The reason why Chamomile tea works so well for people with sleep problems is because it’s a mild tranquilizer. The way it works is not completely clear but the most probably reason is the fact that the falconoid from the tea bind to the benzodiazepine receptors (which regulate who calm or restless your brain is).

The results are not hear-say; the effects of Chamomile are backed by a growing body of studies (we’ll list those later in the text).

kava kava extract bottle

Secondary benefits

Chamomile is packed with antioxidants antimicrobials. It is also said to be a mild anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is the source of most physical pain – the body recognizes a damaged body part, whether that is due to arthritis or an injury, and increases circulation to that area.

This causes inflammation. General inflammation causes the fascia between your skin and muscles to become gummy and less flexible, causing pain in the muscles. Chamomile will reduce that inflammation and alleviate the pain.

Lemon Balm tea

This actually sounds like something you would use on dry lips, but it makes a great tea for people suffering from insomnia. Steep lemon balm in boiling water, and it will not only make a tea that reduces your sense of anxiety, it will reduce indigestion.

Indigestion is one of the leading causes of restless sleep and insomnia, and you may not even know you have it! The discomfort may be subtle enough to just make you feel bad without allowing you to tag the problem.

Lemon balm tea is potent enough help cold sores to heal faster. Think about it – if it heals cold sores, it can soothe stomach, esophageal, and intestinal irritation, too, resulting in a better night’s sleep.

lemon balm tea for sleep

Banana Tea for sleep

Eww…that’s the first reaction of many people when they hear of banana tea. But yes, it really works for sleep and works well.

Bananas are loaded with minerals that we often lack in our daily diet. By placing a banana in a pot of boiling water for a few minutes, you create an herbal tea rich in magnesium and potassium.

These minerals will help your muscles relax, which helps you drift off sooner. The combo of banana and cinnamon tea is reported to be the most potent.

In addition, you will stay asleep for longer periods of time. If you are prone to abruptly waking during the night, banana tea may be the answer for you

banana tea

Chamomile/Turmeric Tea

Turmeric is the new Wonder Herb, touted for its abilities to reduce inflammation. It also has cancer-fighting properties.

By combining chamomile and turmeric, you get a tea that is relaxing and calming, thanks to the chamomile, yet delivers boosted anti-inflammatory properties to keep your body relaxed and more pain-free.

Most chamomile/turmeric mixes include a little bit of ground ginger and cinnamon, and are sweetened with Agave juice or honey. You steep the chamomile tea bags in hot water, then stir in the spices along with coconut oil and a little plant milk. Actually, I use whole dairy milk, but I’m a rebel.

chamomile-turmeric-best-tea-combo-for-sleep

Ginger/Turmeric Tea

Here is turmeric, again, mixed with ginger. Peel and slice a two-inch piece of ginger root, and add it to boiling water. Add a half-teaspoon of turmeric and the juice from one-half of a lemon, and simmer for about 15 minutes.

You’ll want to strain the tea, and maybe add honey to sweeten it since the turmeric can be a bit strong.

This tea will help you stay asleep once you finally fall asleep. The lemon, by the way, helps soothe irritated mucous membranes, which is great for a cough or indigestion. Honey is a natural sleep-promoting remedy, too.

turmeric and ginger powder tea for sleep

Lavender Tea

Lavender is not a relaxing scent to many people. It kind of smells like medicine rather than a magical herb. However, it is well known for its medicinal properties, and you may well benefit from lavender herb tea.

Simply steep lavender flowers in hot water and sweeten with honey. You can certainly drink the tea after the flowers are discarded. The tea will help you relax and help your mind stop whirling so that you can fall asleep.

But, there is more! You can use the lavender tea as a chest rub for bronchitis and asthma. By drinking it and rubbing it on your chest and throat, you can reduce coughing and help bronchial swelling to relax. It’s also good for cuts and

dry lavender tea

Spice Rack Tea

Let’s call this one “Spice Rack Tea” because, as you will see, it has just about everything in it. All of these ingredients are chosen for their various abilities to ease muscle pain, indigestion, stress, and insomnia.

You need a tablespoon each of: chamomile, spearmint, St. John’s Wort, dried lemon peel, rosebuds, and nettle leaf. I actually like to add turmeric to this mix, just because. Steep an infuser of these herbs in hot water for about 5 minutes, and you’ll have a tea that helps you relax, drift off to sleep, and stay asleep.

spice rack tea sleep combination

OTC aids vs. herbal teas for sleep

Now that we’ve listed the most potent and best teas for sleep, let’s get one thing out of the way. Let’s take a moment to address why even some of the milder OTC aids are not a long term solution.

OTC aids like Melatonin are a more aggressive approach to the issue and should be used cautiously. In spite of Melatonin being “natural” (made in the pineal gland) it is still a hormone and this kind of supplementation should only be used in controlled way under doctor’s supervision.

In the case of Melatonin two primary reasons for that:

  • You can develop an addiction – like with most hormones introduced artificially, the gland that secretes it “gets the message” that there is less of a need for it and it slows down. In other words – once you stop taking it, the issue might become worse because the gland is used to producing less and your body gets used to higher concentrations of the hormone. The result – falling asleep gets exponentially harder, at least until the pineal gland “recovers.” That
  • The risk of Melatonin overdose – if you don’t follow the guidelines on the bottle or that of your doctor, you can easily end up taking too much of it because it has a delayed response. Simply put – you don’t feel it right away and people end up taking more because “it’s not working. So, yes, the answer to the question, “Can you overdose on Melatonin?” is yes. How much Melatonin is too much will depend on your body type, age, BMR and the range of other factors.

A better and safer way is to introduce lifestyle changes that will naturally increase your melatonin levels.

Whatever the case, one of the soothing we listed above as being best tea for sleep is the milder option, one that you should try before reaching out for a pill.