For hundreds of years people from different cultures have consumed different teas for a number of reasons. Some teas are believed to have a tonic or calming effect, and others are thought to have curative powers. Whether true or not cannot be substantiated in most cases. However, the culture of taking teas is deep-rooted in our societies and people take them mostly before bed. Nobody knows why teas are preferably taken before bed but they have been known to have sedative effects. Some of these teas that can help you get some sleep at the end of a strenuous day are:
1.) Chamomile tea
Chamomile tea is one of the most common before bedtime teas. It is widely believed to have sedative powers and also helps one to calm their nerves. Some compounds that are used in supplements that help one to sleep are extracted from chamomile tea. Chamomile leaves can be easily dried out and brewed into tea and millions of people all over the world take it for sedative purposes. Researchers Diane McKay and Jeffrey Blumberg of Tuft's University found evidence of cholesterol lowering effects too.
2.) Valerian root
Valerian has been found by researchers in a Swedish study to contain compounds with sedative effect. People all over the world have used it for millions of years for anxiety and also to help get sleep. The root of the Valerian herb has been used in medicine to make sleep aids. It is said that the herb is undoubtedly one of the best cures for insomnia. The fact that it is all natural, and doesn’t have any side effects also makes it a popular choice. The tea can make one feel groggy when they wake up the next morning so taking the right amount is crucial.
Lavender is another popular and yet very effective herbal elixir. It helps to relax the nervous system and get rid of anxieties. This helps a person to fall asleep faster than they would if they took nothing. One can steep the tea and drink or inhale vapors made of it. Either way, you will feel refreshed and ready for bed.
There are different kinds of passionflower and not all have sedative effects. Some species of the plant have been found to have toxic compounds and so taking the right one is essential. Passiflora Incarnate is the kind of passion flower tea you should use for sedative purposes. Take a teaspoon of the tea leaves and steep them in boiling water for a soothing and calming effect.
5.) Magnolia bark
The magnolia bark has been used for ages by Chinese to increase sleep and reduce anxiety. A study showed that mice put on magnolia bark tea were able to sleep faster than those which were not. The magnolia bark contains a substance called magnolol that helps in increasing sleep.
6.) Lemon balm
This herb has also been widely used as a sleep aid. Although there is no scientific evidence of its effectiveness, people love to take it in combination with other teas. Most herbal teas in the market are a blend of more than one herb. Therefore, it is hard to figure out which of the blend’s components is more effective than the other.