Nearly a third of the UK population experiences sleep deprivation. Could Tea be the answer? It could certainly help, particularly when it comes to our selection of caffeine free Sleep Teas.
There is many a Tea that helps you sleep. Infusions such as Camomile and Lavender, for example, can provide relief from insomnia. Other beverages, such as our Lullaby Tea, a blend that contains Lemon Balm and Linden Flowers among other ingredients, can calm the mind before bed.
Camomile is a member of the Asteraceae/Compositae family. It often grows in pastures, cornfields and on roadsides, as well as, of course, gardens. A multitude of products, including our Loose Leaf Herbal Tea, use it as a sleep aid or to reduce stress.
One 2011 study published in the European Neuropsychopharmacology has the answers. The research noted that Camomile Tea contains beneficial phytochemicals that can influence the nervous system. These phytochemicals help you to fall asleep in three different ways.
First, they positively affect the neurotransmitters in the brain, particularly serotonin and dopamine, which improves sleep, enhances mood and relieves mild depression. Second, they work with gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptors to promote a state of calmness. Third, Camomile Benefits a neurohormone called melatonin, which is responsible for the wake-sleep cycle.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) belongs to the mint family, Lamiaceae. It originates from the Mediterranean but now grows throughout much of the world. Most will know of its beautiful purple flowers and potent yet relaxing scent. As well as having a standalone Lavender Tea, we also stock a Lavender and Camomile blend.
Our Lavender Teas can stimulate the release of neurotransmitters that offset the excess stress hormones in the body. One study published in the 2011 edition of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine explains how. It discovered that patients treated by inhaling lavender oil experienced a significant reduction in stress levels. Drinking Herbal Tea, meanwhile, might very well have the same effect.
Lemon Balm Tea
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis), known often as "the calming herb", comes from the mint family, Lamiaceae. It's a perennial, herbaceous plant that can grow up to two feet high. It consists of a short root and a stem square with multiple branches. These branches grow joint pairs of broadly ovate or heart-shaped, crenate or toothed leaves. The leaves of the plant, when bruised, exude a potent lemony aroma. We use these leaves in our Herbal Tea.
In one sleep-related study, 18 healthy participants received two separate single doses of Lemon Balm extract (300 mg, 600 mg) and a placebo. This occurred on different days separated by a 7-day washout period to examine laboratory induced psychological stress.
The results indicated that the 600 mg dose improved the adverse mood effects of stress with significantly increased calmness. Furthermore, researchers observed that those who took the 300 mg dose had a significant increase in the speed of mathematical processing. This came with no reduction in accuracy.
Another study conducted with child participants examined the effects of a Lemon Balm and Valerian combination for restlessness and sleep problems. Among the more than 900 children studied, the mixture improved sleep problems in 80% of children and restlessness in 70%.
Another excellent choice for a sleepytime Tea is Peppermint. This herb, botanically known as Mentha piperita, is an aromatic, rhizomatous, perennial plant capable of growing to heights of up to 90 centimetres (35 inches). It belongs to the Lamiaceae family, similar to Lavender, Lemon Balm and its particularly close relative, Spearmint. The leaves of the plant have serrated edges, and when brewed as a Herbal Tea, taste delicious!
Peppermint contains large quantities of menthol. This contributes to the relief of mental stress and can indeed improve sleep. Another reason many choose this Tea before bed is because one of the Peppermint Tea Benefits is it's anti-inflammatory properties. These properties can reduce blood pressure and lower body temperature, which subsequently leads to a relaxed state of mind.
This is a blend of apple pieces, linden flowers, lemon balm, lavender, rose petals, blackberry leaves, orange blossoms and mallow blossoms. It's the perfect example of a Tea looking as good as it tastes. It also has extraordinary health benefits, including its sedative effect, which will enable you to stay asleep after a long day while enjoying sweet dreams.
Indeed many of the ingredients found in Lullaby Tea have relaxing properties. Linden Flowers, for example, can support the nervous system as well as the immune and digestive systems. Rose petals, meanwhile, help those experiencing menstrual discomfort. It can, among other qualities, relieve cramping and even mood swings.
Which Herbal Tea for sleep suits your needs?