Natural Herbal Teas for Insomnia Relief
Many people in Queens struggle with occasional or frequent insomnia. Losing a night of sleep can wreak havoc on your concentration, productivity, and mood the next day. It can even become dangerous: lost sleep often leads to drowsiness during the day, which can make it dangerous to drive. Although more severe and chronic cases of insomnia in Queens often require intensive therapy, such as neurofeedback therapy to address underlying brainwave dysregulation, insomnia can also be mild and occasional. Even when it isn’t an overbearing, chronic problem, however, insomnia can be a miserable experience— and many sleeping pills can cause more problems than they solve. Fortunately, there are alternatives to over-the-counter antihistamine sleeping pills, which cause side effects ranging from dry mouth to irritability to next-day drowsiness.
There are several natural herbal remedies whose effectiveness for insomnia relief is far from being an old wives’ tale. Commonly used herbs like chamomile, valerian root, lemon balm, hops, and passionflower contain naturally occurring chemical compounds that have very real medicinal effects. An herbal tea containing a combination of mildly sedative and anxiety-reducing herbs can be a pleasant and mild approach to treating mild insomnia in Queens, without resorting to harsh over-the-counter sleeping pills.
Herbal Tea Recipes for Insomnia
These mild, pleasant-tasting herbal tea recipes can help you fall asleep and stay asleep if you struggle with insomnia from time to time. All of these herbal ingredients are easy to find at herb shops and organic grocery stores in Queens; they can also be easily purchased online. You may also want to invest in a mesh tea ball or a tea strainer.
Here are four herbal tea recipes from around the web, all of which contain herbal ingredients that really can help you sleep.
Tea #1: “Sweet Sleep Blend”
- 2 parts Chamomile
- 1 part Catnip
- 1 part Peppermint, Rose Petals, or Lemon Balm
- 1 pinch of Valerian Root
“Combine herbs to create one heaping teaspoon. Steep in a typical mug of just-boiling water for 6 minutes.”
Tea #2: “Bedtime Herbal Tea”
- Chamomile flowers
- Lemon blam
- Passion flower
- Valerian root
- Hops flowers
Use 1 tsp of herbs per cup of water.
Tea #3: “Herbal Bedtime Tea”
- 3 parts chamomile flowers
- 2 parts lemon balm
- 1 part catnip
- 1 part oatstraw
- 1 part passionflower
- ¼ part hops flowers
- ¼ part valerian root
1. Measure parts of each herb listed and mix in a large bowl until well combined.
2. Use a tea infuser, tea strainer, or teapot to brew a pot or cup.
3. Keep stored in a cool, dark place for approximately 6 months.
4. This tea is mild enough to be used nightly. Take a cup 30 minutes before bed.
Tea #4: “Chamomile and Lemon Balm Tea”
- 1 cup (240 mL) water
- 2 tsp (10 mL) lemon balm
- 1 tsp (5 mL) dried chamomile
- 1 tsp (5 mL) honey
“Bring the water to a boil in the saucepan. Make sure the water isn’t boiling too much, or else you might scorch the herbs.
Add the dried herbs to the saucepan. Cover with a lid so the precious oils don’t escape in the steam.
Steep the herbs for about 10 to 15 minutes to receive the full benefit of their healing attributes.
Pour into your favorite tea cup and enjoy sipping this tea just before you drift off to sleep.”