Are you looking for a good night’s sleep?
If yes, infuse your body with this herbal blend a couple of hours before bed and get ready to sleep like a baby.
Below are the ingredients and how they promote good sleep:
Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) – This common herb has been used for centuries to treat digestive disorders and insomnia. “Chamomile is widely regarded as a mild tranquilizer and sleep-inducer. Sedative effects may be due to the flavonoid, apigenin that binds to benzodiazepine receptors in the brain.” You’ve probably got chamomile somewhere in the back of your cupboard right now.
Wild Lettuce (Lactuca virosa) – It’s interesting how often this herb grows in the backyards of people that need it most. If you experience chronic pain or are having trouble sleeping, take a look around your yard. I’m sure this plant has caught your attention, but you’ve probably thought it was just an annoying weed (see picture on right). It’s time to give this plant some respect! It has a sedative effect on the brain and nervous system, which is exactly what you need to slip into a peaceful slumber. According to herbalist, David Hoffman, “Wild lettuce is a valuable remedy for insomnia and restlessness.” I agree!
Elder flowers (Sambucus canadensis) – Elder berries have long been used as a flu remedy, but for this recipe, I used the elder flower. Besides the fact that it smells wonderful, elder flowers reduce heat in the body. “A decoction of the flowers induces sleep…. Sambucas evidently works by sedating heat which is agitating the mind.” If your body is hot and your mind is agitated, you won’t be able to sleep. Bedtime is chill time.
I’m going to warn you in advance that this tea falls on the side of “bitter,” so if you need to add a little honey to sweeten it, please do.
Enjoy this cup of tea and get ready to say G’night Gracie (only the older folks reading this article will get that reference). If you need more tips, read my article on getting a good night’s sleep.
- Place herbs into a tea ball and put into your favorite mug
- Add 6-8 oz of boiling water
- Cover and steep 8-10 minutes
- Add 1 tsp. honey if needed
 The Book of Herbal Wisdom, Matthew Wood, North Atlantic Books 1997, pg. 436
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.