Are you looking to get 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.”
I bet, you have probably got chamomile already somewhere in the back of your cupboard right now.
Put it to good use.
Wild Lettuce (Lactuca virosa)
Wild lettuce 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!
It’s also great for people (especially woman) that suffer from heat or hot flashes during the night. Wild lettuce is very bitter and very cooling.
A cooler body will help you sleep better.
Elder flowers (Sambucus canadensis)
Elderberries have long been used as a flu remedy, but for this recipe, I used the elderflower blossoms.
Besides the fact that it smells wonderful, elderflowers also 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 want more sleep 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, Herbalist and best-selling author. 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.
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