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Which tea or tonic helps you get the most Zzzs? Find out which herbs and ingredients can help put you to bed

Teas and Tonics for a Good Night's Sleep

Discovering which herbs, plants, and ingredients are “best for rest” can be a fun experiment. If you’re unsure what flavors you like, or how they will work, start with a single-ingredient tea.

Lavender Tea

Since before the Middle Ages, lavender has been used to help people relax. Aromatherapy research shows that simply breathing its scent can relieve tension, improve mood, and alter brain waves. The best lavender often comes from the Mediterranean, especially Provence.

Chia Seed Drinks

Chia seeds are considered a “super food” today, but the Mayans and Aztecs also thought they possessed amazing healing powers. They are high in tryptophan, which induces sleep, and the seeds can be enjoyed in a drink before bed.

Nighttime Tea Blends

In addition to single ingredient teas, be sure to sample some blended teas and tonics. Puritan’s Pride has nine Nighttime Teas to try and there is something for almost any palate.

Milk

Warm milk may not contain any particular amino acids or compounds that make you sleep, but the warmth that spreads through your belly has a calming effect, and there are theories that the temperature reminds us of the warm milk we were fed as infants.

Lemon Balm Tea

Lemon balm doesn’t cause drowsiness, but it aids in relaxation and reduces anxiety with its delicate lemon and mint scent and flavor. If you want a natural way to relieve stress, Traditional Medicinals’ Lemon Balm Tea works wonders and has loads of fresh lemon and mint flavors; but don’t sip this if you are taking hypothyroid medication.

Passion Flower

Passion flower was a favored analgesic of the Aztecs and it has been used by healers throughout history because it reduces insomnia and is a mild sedative. Alvita’s Passion Flower Herbal Tea is best, but you may want to serve it with some honey and cinnamon to play down the tea’s vegetal character.

Chamomile Tea

Scientists still aren’t sure why chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) has a calming, sleep-inducing effect, but it works for many and pairs well with lavender, lemon balm, and valerian root in Taylors of Harrowgate’s Organic Chamomile Tea.

Catnip Tea

Catnip is not just for the kitty. This herb has powerful anti-anxiety properties and helps calm the mind so you are lulled into a deep sleep. Try Teepee Dreams from the Native American Tea Company.

Sour Cherry Juice

Dark, sour cherries, like the Morello or Montmorency varieties, contain very high levels of melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep. Their juice, combined with vanilla and honey, makes a lovely drink that will help you sleep and eliminate free radicals. You can use Swanson’s Organic Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate for the juice.

Sleep Tonics

Sleep tonics or compounds are different from teas because they can be taken on their own, easily added to any of the aforementioned teas and tonics, and are often designed to alleviate specific conditions like insomnia. Try Sleep Tonic with Melatonin, Relaxing Sleep, or Dream Water.

Carob Powder

If you want a warm, chocolaty treat before bed, try making a hot drink using milk and carob powder. Carob powder tastes a lot like chocolate but contains high levels of vitamin B, which helps increase serotonin to help you sleep (and there's no caffeine).


5 Calming Herbs & Herbal Tea Recipes For Sleep

The material in this post is for informational/educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Please see a qualified health professional for specific health concerns. Herbal remedies are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases.

How has your sleep been lately? Do you fall asleep quickly and feel rested when you wake up? (If so, this post might not be for you!)

Unfortunately, for many of us the answer is we don’t really sleep that well.

Sometimes we just don’t get to bed on time, but other times it might be stress or a busy mind that keeps us lying awake when we’d rather be asleep. Or maybe you can fall asleep just fine but don’t feel like your sleep is restful.

When it comes to helping with stress and getting deeper rest, the world of plants and herbs has a lot to offer!

Here are 5 of the best calming herbs to try, plus some simple herbal tea recipes for better sleep.

Pin This Post For Later!

This post contains affiliate links, which means I may make a commission if you purchase through one of the links. There is no extra cost to you & I only promote what I love! Read the full privacy policy here.

Chamomile Tea For Sleep

Chamomile is one of the more well-known herbs and herbal teas that is used for better sleep.

This herb from the daisy family works wonders on the nervous system to ease stress and promote sleep. The flowers (fresh or dried) can be used to make a pleasant-tasting tea that is gentle on the body but with powerful calming effects.

According to Rosemary Gladstar in her book Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide, chamomile tea can also help with general aches and pains that may be causing sleeplessness.

Simple Chamomile Tea: Chamomile tea is easy to make. You just need the fresh or dried flowers, boiling water, and a sweetener if desired. Use 1-3 teaspoons of the dried herb (2-4 teaspoons fresh) and add 1 cup of boiling water. Let it steep for 15-20 minutes before enjoying.

Where To Get Chamomile: If you want to buy dried chamomile in bulk, my favorite place to get it from is the Bulk Herb Store. If you prefer already made tea bags (more convenient!), try Traditional Medicinals Organic Chamomile Tea.

Lavender Herbal Tea For Sleep

Lavender is another herb best known for its calming properties. It has a calming, relaxing, and uplifting effect all at once, which is helpful for fighting stress and falling asleep.

I always associated lavender with something to add to a bath or to put under your pillow at night until I (finally) realized that it also makes a wonderful tea.

If you find you need something stronger than tea (or don’t like the taste), try using Lavender essential oil. (You can read all about Lavender essential oil benefits here.)

Lavender Herbal Tea: Like chamomile, lavender tea is very easy to make. Just add 1-3 teaspoons of dried lavender per cup of boiling water. Let it steep at least 10 minutes and drink before bedtime. You can also try doing equal parts of rose petals and dried lavender to change it up! (Rose is also calming.)

Where To Get Lavender: Again, I typically buy dried lavender flowers from the Bulk Herb Store. Lavender also works well with other sleep herbs. Traditional Medicinals has a Chamomile and Lavender Tea that combines both calming herbs for extra effect.

Lemon Balm For Sleep

Lemon balm is a member of the mint family and has a pleasant, lemony flavor. In a tea, lemon balm can help to calm the nervous and digestive systems.

This herb can be especially helpful for calming and soothing children. It also acts as a mild sedative, which can be good for those who deal with insomnia.

Lemon Balm Tea Recipe: Rosemary Gladstar recommends blending lemon balm with passionflower (which I’ll talk about later in this post) and a small amount of lavender buds. (Herbal Medicine: A Beginner’s Guide, pg. 158)

Make a tea with this blend and drink a few hours before bedtime. Lemon balm can also be used by itself to make an herbal tea.

Where To Get Lemon Balm: Lemon balm is easy to grow and seems to keep its flavor better when used fresh. However, there are plenty of options for dried lemon balm tea.

Republic of Tea has a Chamomile Lemon Herbal Sleep Tea that contains not only lemon balm and chamomile, but also lavender and passionflower. Or you can go for lemon balm only with Traditional Medicinals Organic Lemon Balm Tea.

Passionflower Herbal Tea

Passionflower is a much more exotic sounding herb. It actually comes from a vine that is native to the Southeastern U.S. as well as Mexico and Central and South America.

Passionflower is another calming herb that can soothe a restless mind and help with sleep. One small study of 40 adults found that those who drank a cup of passionflower tea every day for a week had better sleep quality than those who didn’t. (1)

Passionflower Tea: The tea is typically made from the dried leaves, flowers, and stems of the passionflower plant. Just add 1-3 teaspoons of the dried herb per cup of water and steep for 10-15 minutes. Add a natural sweetener if desired and feel free to blend with other sleep herbs.

Where To Get Passionflower: You can buy the dried herb from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Valerian Tea For Sleep

Valerian is a somewhat lesser known herb but powerful when it comes to helping with sleep. Valerian is “considered one of our safest and most powerful herbal nervines, used for all manner of stress, insomnia, and anxiety.” (Gladstar, pg. 208)

The root is the part of the herb that is used to make teas and tinctures. Because of its strong, earthy taste, valerian is usually combined with other (better tasting) herbs when used in tea form.

Valerian Tea + Where To Buy: I would recommend trying valerian in a pre-made blend because it can have such a strong taste on its own. Traditional Medicinals has a Nighty Night Valerian Relaxation Tea that is a nice blend of valerian, passionflower, lemon balm, and peppermint.

But if you want to try valerian on its own or make your own blend, you can get the dried root from the Bulk Herb Store.

Pre-made Herbal Tea Recipes For Sleep

Some of the best herbal tea recipes for sleep are ones that combine several different calming herbs. There are plenty of already made tea blends out there that are convenient and effective. Here are a few:

Republic of Tea: For more sleep benefits and a flavorful blend, try Lady Cora’s Evening Tea from Republic of Tea. It combines all of the herbs in this post: passionflower, chamomile, lavender, lemon balm, and valerian.

Get Some Zzz’s Tea has red rooibos along with chamomile, passionflower, and valerian.

Or try the Get Relaxed Tea that combines rooibos with lavender, rose petals, chamomile, and passionflower.

Traditional Medicinals: For a blend that eases stress and supports your nervous system, try Cup of Calm Tea. This blend has passionflower, lavender, chamomile, and catnip along with mint and rosemary.

Improve Your Sleep With Herbal Teas!

If you struggle with falling asleep or having a good quality sleep, I hope you are now feeling inspired to try some herbs and herbal tea recipes to help improve your sleep!

Chamomile is one of my favorite teas, but I also love having different herbs in one blend. Try out an herbal tea or blend today (or tonight)! Then, go get a good night’s sleep.


5 Calming Herbs & Herbal Tea Recipes For Sleep

The material in this post is for informational/educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Please see a qualified health professional for specific health concerns. Herbal remedies are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases.

How has your sleep been lately? Do you fall asleep quickly and feel rested when you wake up? (If so, this post might not be for you!)

Unfortunately, for many of us the answer is we don’t really sleep that well.

Sometimes we just don’t get to bed on time, but other times it might be stress or a busy mind that keeps us lying awake when we’d rather be asleep. Or maybe you can fall asleep just fine but don’t feel like your sleep is restful.

When it comes to helping with stress and getting deeper rest, the world of plants and herbs has a lot to offer!

Here are 5 of the best calming herbs to try, plus some simple herbal tea recipes for better sleep.

Pin This Post For Later!

This post contains affiliate links, which means I may make a commission if you purchase through one of the links. There is no extra cost to you & I only promote what I love! Read the full privacy policy here.

Chamomile Tea For Sleep

Chamomile is one of the more well-known herbs and herbal teas that is used for better sleep.

This herb from the daisy family works wonders on the nervous system to ease stress and promote sleep. The flowers (fresh or dried) can be used to make a pleasant-tasting tea that is gentle on the body but with powerful calming effects.

According to Rosemary Gladstar in her book Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide, chamomile tea can also help with general aches and pains that may be causing sleeplessness.

Simple Chamomile Tea: Chamomile tea is easy to make. You just need the fresh or dried flowers, boiling water, and a sweetener if desired. Use 1-3 teaspoons of the dried herb (2-4 teaspoons fresh) and add 1 cup of boiling water. Let it steep for 15-20 minutes before enjoying.

Where To Get Chamomile: If you want to buy dried chamomile in bulk, my favorite place to get it from is the Bulk Herb Store. If you prefer already made tea bags (more convenient!), try Traditional Medicinals Organic Chamomile Tea.

Lavender Herbal Tea For Sleep

Lavender is another herb best known for its calming properties. It has a calming, relaxing, and uplifting effect all at once, which is helpful for fighting stress and falling asleep.

I always associated lavender with something to add to a bath or to put under your pillow at night until I (finally) realized that it also makes a wonderful tea.

If you find you need something stronger than tea (or don’t like the taste), try using Lavender essential oil. (You can read all about Lavender essential oil benefits here.)

Lavender Herbal Tea: Like chamomile, lavender tea is very easy to make. Just add 1-3 teaspoons of dried lavender per cup of boiling water. Let it steep at least 10 minutes and drink before bedtime. You can also try doing equal parts of rose petals and dried lavender to change it up! (Rose is also calming.)

Where To Get Lavender: Again, I typically buy dried lavender flowers from the Bulk Herb Store. Lavender also works well with other sleep herbs. Traditional Medicinals has a Chamomile and Lavender Tea that combines both calming herbs for extra effect.

Lemon Balm For Sleep

Lemon balm is a member of the mint family and has a pleasant, lemony flavor. In a tea, lemon balm can help to calm the nervous and digestive systems.

This herb can be especially helpful for calming and soothing children. It also acts as a mild sedative, which can be good for those who deal with insomnia.

Lemon Balm Tea Recipe: Rosemary Gladstar recommends blending lemon balm with passionflower (which I’ll talk about later in this post) and a small amount of lavender buds. (Herbal Medicine: A Beginner’s Guide, pg. 158)

Make a tea with this blend and drink a few hours before bedtime. Lemon balm can also be used by itself to make an herbal tea.

Where To Get Lemon Balm: Lemon balm is easy to grow and seems to keep its flavor better when used fresh. However, there are plenty of options for dried lemon balm tea.

Republic of Tea has a Chamomile Lemon Herbal Sleep Tea that contains not only lemon balm and chamomile, but also lavender and passionflower. Or you can go for lemon balm only with Traditional Medicinals Organic Lemon Balm Tea.

Passionflower Herbal Tea

Passionflower is a much more exotic sounding herb. It actually comes from a vine that is native to the Southeastern U.S. as well as Mexico and Central and South America.

Passionflower is another calming herb that can soothe a restless mind and help with sleep. One small study of 40 adults found that those who drank a cup of passionflower tea every day for a week had better sleep quality than those who didn’t. (1)

Passionflower Tea: The tea is typically made from the dried leaves, flowers, and stems of the passionflower plant. Just add 1-3 teaspoons of the dried herb per cup of water and steep for 10-15 minutes. Add a natural sweetener if desired and feel free to blend with other sleep herbs.

Where To Get Passionflower: You can buy the dried herb from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Valerian Tea For Sleep

Valerian is a somewhat lesser known herb but powerful when it comes to helping with sleep. Valerian is “considered one of our safest and most powerful herbal nervines, used for all manner of stress, insomnia, and anxiety.” (Gladstar, pg. 208)

The root is the part of the herb that is used to make teas and tinctures. Because of its strong, earthy taste, valerian is usually combined with other (better tasting) herbs when used in tea form.

Valerian Tea + Where To Buy: I would recommend trying valerian in a pre-made blend because it can have such a strong taste on its own. Traditional Medicinals has a Nighty Night Valerian Relaxation Tea that is a nice blend of valerian, passionflower, lemon balm, and peppermint.

But if you want to try valerian on its own or make your own blend, you can get the dried root from the Bulk Herb Store.

Pre-made Herbal Tea Recipes For Sleep

Some of the best herbal tea recipes for sleep are ones that combine several different calming herbs. There are plenty of already made tea blends out there that are convenient and effective. Here are a few:

Republic of Tea: For more sleep benefits and a flavorful blend, try Lady Cora’s Evening Tea from Republic of Tea. It combines all of the herbs in this post: passionflower, chamomile, lavender, lemon balm, and valerian.

Get Some Zzz’s Tea has red rooibos along with chamomile, passionflower, and valerian.

Or try the Get Relaxed Tea that combines rooibos with lavender, rose petals, chamomile, and passionflower.

Traditional Medicinals: For a blend that eases stress and supports your nervous system, try Cup of Calm Tea. This blend has passionflower, lavender, chamomile, and catnip along with mint and rosemary.

Improve Your Sleep With Herbal Teas!

If you struggle with falling asleep or having a good quality sleep, I hope you are now feeling inspired to try some herbs and herbal tea recipes to help improve your sleep!

Chamomile is one of my favorite teas, but I also love having different herbs in one blend. Try out an herbal tea or blend today (or tonight)! Then, go get a good night’s sleep.


5 Calming Herbs & Herbal Tea Recipes For Sleep

The material in this post is for informational/educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Please see a qualified health professional for specific health concerns. Herbal remedies are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases.

How has your sleep been lately? Do you fall asleep quickly and feel rested when you wake up? (If so, this post might not be for you!)

Unfortunately, for many of us the answer is we don’t really sleep that well.

Sometimes we just don’t get to bed on time, but other times it might be stress or a busy mind that keeps us lying awake when we’d rather be asleep. Or maybe you can fall asleep just fine but don’t feel like your sleep is restful.

When it comes to helping with stress and getting deeper rest, the world of plants and herbs has a lot to offer!

Here are 5 of the best calming herbs to try, plus some simple herbal tea recipes for better sleep.

Pin This Post For Later!

This post contains affiliate links, which means I may make a commission if you purchase through one of the links. There is no extra cost to you & I only promote what I love! Read the full privacy policy here.

Chamomile Tea For Sleep

Chamomile is one of the more well-known herbs and herbal teas that is used for better sleep.

This herb from the daisy family works wonders on the nervous system to ease stress and promote sleep. The flowers (fresh or dried) can be used to make a pleasant-tasting tea that is gentle on the body but with powerful calming effects.

According to Rosemary Gladstar in her book Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide, chamomile tea can also help with general aches and pains that may be causing sleeplessness.

Simple Chamomile Tea: Chamomile tea is easy to make. You just need the fresh or dried flowers, boiling water, and a sweetener if desired. Use 1-3 teaspoons of the dried herb (2-4 teaspoons fresh) and add 1 cup of boiling water. Let it steep for 15-20 minutes before enjoying.

Where To Get Chamomile: If you want to buy dried chamomile in bulk, my favorite place to get it from is the Bulk Herb Store. If you prefer already made tea bags (more convenient!), try Traditional Medicinals Organic Chamomile Tea.

Lavender Herbal Tea For Sleep

Lavender is another herb best known for its calming properties. It has a calming, relaxing, and uplifting effect all at once, which is helpful for fighting stress and falling asleep.

I always associated lavender with something to add to a bath or to put under your pillow at night until I (finally) realized that it also makes a wonderful tea.

If you find you need something stronger than tea (or don’t like the taste), try using Lavender essential oil. (You can read all about Lavender essential oil benefits here.)

Lavender Herbal Tea: Like chamomile, lavender tea is very easy to make. Just add 1-3 teaspoons of dried lavender per cup of boiling water. Let it steep at least 10 minutes and drink before bedtime. You can also try doing equal parts of rose petals and dried lavender to change it up! (Rose is also calming.)

Where To Get Lavender: Again, I typically buy dried lavender flowers from the Bulk Herb Store. Lavender also works well with other sleep herbs. Traditional Medicinals has a Chamomile and Lavender Tea that combines both calming herbs for extra effect.

Lemon Balm For Sleep

Lemon balm is a member of the mint family and has a pleasant, lemony flavor. In a tea, lemon balm can help to calm the nervous and digestive systems.

This herb can be especially helpful for calming and soothing children. It also acts as a mild sedative, which can be good for those who deal with insomnia.

Lemon Balm Tea Recipe: Rosemary Gladstar recommends blending lemon balm with passionflower (which I’ll talk about later in this post) and a small amount of lavender buds. (Herbal Medicine: A Beginner’s Guide, pg. 158)

Make a tea with this blend and drink a few hours before bedtime. Lemon balm can also be used by itself to make an herbal tea.

Where To Get Lemon Balm: Lemon balm is easy to grow and seems to keep its flavor better when used fresh. However, there are plenty of options for dried lemon balm tea.

Republic of Tea has a Chamomile Lemon Herbal Sleep Tea that contains not only lemon balm and chamomile, but also lavender and passionflower. Or you can go for lemon balm only with Traditional Medicinals Organic Lemon Balm Tea.

Passionflower Herbal Tea

Passionflower is a much more exotic sounding herb. It actually comes from a vine that is native to the Southeastern U.S. as well as Mexico and Central and South America.

Passionflower is another calming herb that can soothe a restless mind and help with sleep. One small study of 40 adults found that those who drank a cup of passionflower tea every day for a week had better sleep quality than those who didn’t. (1)

Passionflower Tea: The tea is typically made from the dried leaves, flowers, and stems of the passionflower plant. Just add 1-3 teaspoons of the dried herb per cup of water and steep for 10-15 minutes. Add a natural sweetener if desired and feel free to blend with other sleep herbs.

Where To Get Passionflower: You can buy the dried herb from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Valerian Tea For Sleep

Valerian is a somewhat lesser known herb but powerful when it comes to helping with sleep. Valerian is “considered one of our safest and most powerful herbal nervines, used for all manner of stress, insomnia, and anxiety.” (Gladstar, pg. 208)

The root is the part of the herb that is used to make teas and tinctures. Because of its strong, earthy taste, valerian is usually combined with other (better tasting) herbs when used in tea form.

Valerian Tea + Where To Buy: I would recommend trying valerian in a pre-made blend because it can have such a strong taste on its own. Traditional Medicinals has a Nighty Night Valerian Relaxation Tea that is a nice blend of valerian, passionflower, lemon balm, and peppermint.

But if you want to try valerian on its own or make your own blend, you can get the dried root from the Bulk Herb Store.

Pre-made Herbal Tea Recipes For Sleep

Some of the best herbal tea recipes for sleep are ones that combine several different calming herbs. There are plenty of already made tea blends out there that are convenient and effective. Here are a few:

Republic of Tea: For more sleep benefits and a flavorful blend, try Lady Cora’s Evening Tea from Republic of Tea. It combines all of the herbs in this post: passionflower, chamomile, lavender, lemon balm, and valerian.

Get Some Zzz’s Tea has red rooibos along with chamomile, passionflower, and valerian.

Or try the Get Relaxed Tea that combines rooibos with lavender, rose petals, chamomile, and passionflower.

Traditional Medicinals: For a blend that eases stress and supports your nervous system, try Cup of Calm Tea. This blend has passionflower, lavender, chamomile, and catnip along with mint and rosemary.

Improve Your Sleep With Herbal Teas!

If you struggle with falling asleep or having a good quality sleep, I hope you are now feeling inspired to try some herbs and herbal tea recipes to help improve your sleep!

Chamomile is one of my favorite teas, but I also love having different herbs in one blend. Try out an herbal tea or blend today (or tonight)! Then, go get a good night’s sleep.


5 Calming Herbs & Herbal Tea Recipes For Sleep

The material in this post is for informational/educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Please see a qualified health professional for specific health concerns. Herbal remedies are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases.

How has your sleep been lately? Do you fall asleep quickly and feel rested when you wake up? (If so, this post might not be for you!)

Unfortunately, for many of us the answer is we don’t really sleep that well.

Sometimes we just don’t get to bed on time, but other times it might be stress or a busy mind that keeps us lying awake when we’d rather be asleep. Or maybe you can fall asleep just fine but don’t feel like your sleep is restful.

When it comes to helping with stress and getting deeper rest, the world of plants and herbs has a lot to offer!

Here are 5 of the best calming herbs to try, plus some simple herbal tea recipes for better sleep.

Pin This Post For Later!

This post contains affiliate links, which means I may make a commission if you purchase through one of the links. There is no extra cost to you & I only promote what I love! Read the full privacy policy here.

Chamomile Tea For Sleep

Chamomile is one of the more well-known herbs and herbal teas that is used for better sleep.

This herb from the daisy family works wonders on the nervous system to ease stress and promote sleep. The flowers (fresh or dried) can be used to make a pleasant-tasting tea that is gentle on the body but with powerful calming effects.

According to Rosemary Gladstar in her book Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide, chamomile tea can also help with general aches and pains that may be causing sleeplessness.

Simple Chamomile Tea: Chamomile tea is easy to make. You just need the fresh or dried flowers, boiling water, and a sweetener if desired. Use 1-3 teaspoons of the dried herb (2-4 teaspoons fresh) and add 1 cup of boiling water. Let it steep for 15-20 minutes before enjoying.

Where To Get Chamomile: If you want to buy dried chamomile in bulk, my favorite place to get it from is the Bulk Herb Store. If you prefer already made tea bags (more convenient!), try Traditional Medicinals Organic Chamomile Tea.

Lavender Herbal Tea For Sleep

Lavender is another herb best known for its calming properties. It has a calming, relaxing, and uplifting effect all at once, which is helpful for fighting stress and falling asleep.

I always associated lavender with something to add to a bath or to put under your pillow at night until I (finally) realized that it also makes a wonderful tea.

If you find you need something stronger than tea (or don’t like the taste), try using Lavender essential oil. (You can read all about Lavender essential oil benefits here.)

Lavender Herbal Tea: Like chamomile, lavender tea is very easy to make. Just add 1-3 teaspoons of dried lavender per cup of boiling water. Let it steep at least 10 minutes and drink before bedtime. You can also try doing equal parts of rose petals and dried lavender to change it up! (Rose is also calming.)

Where To Get Lavender: Again, I typically buy dried lavender flowers from the Bulk Herb Store. Lavender also works well with other sleep herbs. Traditional Medicinals has a Chamomile and Lavender Tea that combines both calming herbs for extra effect.

Lemon Balm For Sleep

Lemon balm is a member of the mint family and has a pleasant, lemony flavor. In a tea, lemon balm can help to calm the nervous and digestive systems.

This herb can be especially helpful for calming and soothing children. It also acts as a mild sedative, which can be good for those who deal with insomnia.

Lemon Balm Tea Recipe: Rosemary Gladstar recommends blending lemon balm with passionflower (which I’ll talk about later in this post) and a small amount of lavender buds. (Herbal Medicine: A Beginner’s Guide, pg. 158)

Make a tea with this blend and drink a few hours before bedtime. Lemon balm can also be used by itself to make an herbal tea.

Where To Get Lemon Balm: Lemon balm is easy to grow and seems to keep its flavor better when used fresh. However, there are plenty of options for dried lemon balm tea.

Republic of Tea has a Chamomile Lemon Herbal Sleep Tea that contains not only lemon balm and chamomile, but also lavender and passionflower. Or you can go for lemon balm only with Traditional Medicinals Organic Lemon Balm Tea.

Passionflower Herbal Tea

Passionflower is a much more exotic sounding herb. It actually comes from a vine that is native to the Southeastern U.S. as well as Mexico and Central and South America.

Passionflower is another calming herb that can soothe a restless mind and help with sleep. One small study of 40 adults found that those who drank a cup of passionflower tea every day for a week had better sleep quality than those who didn’t. (1)

Passionflower Tea: The tea is typically made from the dried leaves, flowers, and stems of the passionflower plant. Just add 1-3 teaspoons of the dried herb per cup of water and steep for 10-15 minutes. Add a natural sweetener if desired and feel free to blend with other sleep herbs.

Where To Get Passionflower: You can buy the dried herb from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Valerian Tea For Sleep

Valerian is a somewhat lesser known herb but powerful when it comes to helping with sleep. Valerian is “considered one of our safest and most powerful herbal nervines, used for all manner of stress, insomnia, and anxiety.” (Gladstar, pg. 208)

The root is the part of the herb that is used to make teas and tinctures. Because of its strong, earthy taste, valerian is usually combined with other (better tasting) herbs when used in tea form.

Valerian Tea + Where To Buy: I would recommend trying valerian in a pre-made blend because it can have such a strong taste on its own. Traditional Medicinals has a Nighty Night Valerian Relaxation Tea that is a nice blend of valerian, passionflower, lemon balm, and peppermint.

But if you want to try valerian on its own or make your own blend, you can get the dried root from the Bulk Herb Store.

Pre-made Herbal Tea Recipes For Sleep

Some of the best herbal tea recipes for sleep are ones that combine several different calming herbs. There are plenty of already made tea blends out there that are convenient and effective. Here are a few:

Republic of Tea: For more sleep benefits and a flavorful blend, try Lady Cora’s Evening Tea from Republic of Tea. It combines all of the herbs in this post: passionflower, chamomile, lavender, lemon balm, and valerian.

Get Some Zzz’s Tea has red rooibos along with chamomile, passionflower, and valerian.

Or try the Get Relaxed Tea that combines rooibos with lavender, rose petals, chamomile, and passionflower.

Traditional Medicinals: For a blend that eases stress and supports your nervous system, try Cup of Calm Tea. This blend has passionflower, lavender, chamomile, and catnip along with mint and rosemary.

Improve Your Sleep With Herbal Teas!

If you struggle with falling asleep or having a good quality sleep, I hope you are now feeling inspired to try some herbs and herbal tea recipes to help improve your sleep!

Chamomile is one of my favorite teas, but I also love having different herbs in one blend. Try out an herbal tea or blend today (or tonight)! Then, go get a good night’s sleep.


5 Calming Herbs & Herbal Tea Recipes For Sleep

The material in this post is for informational/educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Please see a qualified health professional for specific health concerns. Herbal remedies are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases.

How has your sleep been lately? Do you fall asleep quickly and feel rested when you wake up? (If so, this post might not be for you!)

Unfortunately, for many of us the answer is we don’t really sleep that well.

Sometimes we just don’t get to bed on time, but other times it might be stress or a busy mind that keeps us lying awake when we’d rather be asleep. Or maybe you can fall asleep just fine but don’t feel like your sleep is restful.

When it comes to helping with stress and getting deeper rest, the world of plants and herbs has a lot to offer!

Here are 5 of the best calming herbs to try, plus some simple herbal tea recipes for better sleep.

Pin This Post For Later!

This post contains affiliate links, which means I may make a commission if you purchase through one of the links. There is no extra cost to you & I only promote what I love! Read the full privacy policy here.

Chamomile Tea For Sleep

Chamomile is one of the more well-known herbs and herbal teas that is used for better sleep.

This herb from the daisy family works wonders on the nervous system to ease stress and promote sleep. The flowers (fresh or dried) can be used to make a pleasant-tasting tea that is gentle on the body but with powerful calming effects.

According to Rosemary Gladstar in her book Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide, chamomile tea can also help with general aches and pains that may be causing sleeplessness.

Simple Chamomile Tea: Chamomile tea is easy to make. You just need the fresh or dried flowers, boiling water, and a sweetener if desired. Use 1-3 teaspoons of the dried herb (2-4 teaspoons fresh) and add 1 cup of boiling water. Let it steep for 15-20 minutes before enjoying.

Where To Get Chamomile: If you want to buy dried chamomile in bulk, my favorite place to get it from is the Bulk Herb Store. If you prefer already made tea bags (more convenient!), try Traditional Medicinals Organic Chamomile Tea.

Lavender Herbal Tea For Sleep

Lavender is another herb best known for its calming properties. It has a calming, relaxing, and uplifting effect all at once, which is helpful for fighting stress and falling asleep.

I always associated lavender with something to add to a bath or to put under your pillow at night until I (finally) realized that it also makes a wonderful tea.

If you find you need something stronger than tea (or don’t like the taste), try using Lavender essential oil. (You can read all about Lavender essential oil benefits here.)

Lavender Herbal Tea: Like chamomile, lavender tea is very easy to make. Just add 1-3 teaspoons of dried lavender per cup of boiling water. Let it steep at least 10 minutes and drink before bedtime. You can also try doing equal parts of rose petals and dried lavender to change it up! (Rose is also calming.)

Where To Get Lavender: Again, I typically buy dried lavender flowers from the Bulk Herb Store. Lavender also works well with other sleep herbs. Traditional Medicinals has a Chamomile and Lavender Tea that combines both calming herbs for extra effect.

Lemon Balm For Sleep

Lemon balm is a member of the mint family and has a pleasant, lemony flavor. In a tea, lemon balm can help to calm the nervous and digestive systems.

This herb can be especially helpful for calming and soothing children. It also acts as a mild sedative, which can be good for those who deal with insomnia.

Lemon Balm Tea Recipe: Rosemary Gladstar recommends blending lemon balm with passionflower (which I’ll talk about later in this post) and a small amount of lavender buds. (Herbal Medicine: A Beginner’s Guide, pg. 158)

Make a tea with this blend and drink a few hours before bedtime. Lemon balm can also be used by itself to make an herbal tea.

Where To Get Lemon Balm: Lemon balm is easy to grow and seems to keep its flavor better when used fresh. However, there are plenty of options for dried lemon balm tea.

Republic of Tea has a Chamomile Lemon Herbal Sleep Tea that contains not only lemon balm and chamomile, but also lavender and passionflower. Or you can go for lemon balm only with Traditional Medicinals Organic Lemon Balm Tea.

Passionflower Herbal Tea

Passionflower is a much more exotic sounding herb. It actually comes from a vine that is native to the Southeastern U.S. as well as Mexico and Central and South America.

Passionflower is another calming herb that can soothe a restless mind and help with sleep. One small study of 40 adults found that those who drank a cup of passionflower tea every day for a week had better sleep quality than those who didn’t. (1)

Passionflower Tea: The tea is typically made from the dried leaves, flowers, and stems of the passionflower plant. Just add 1-3 teaspoons of the dried herb per cup of water and steep for 10-15 minutes. Add a natural sweetener if desired and feel free to blend with other sleep herbs.

Where To Get Passionflower: You can buy the dried herb from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Valerian Tea For Sleep

Valerian is a somewhat lesser known herb but powerful when it comes to helping with sleep. Valerian is “considered one of our safest and most powerful herbal nervines, used for all manner of stress, insomnia, and anxiety.” (Gladstar, pg. 208)

The root is the part of the herb that is used to make teas and tinctures. Because of its strong, earthy taste, valerian is usually combined with other (better tasting) herbs when used in tea form.

Valerian Tea + Where To Buy: I would recommend trying valerian in a pre-made blend because it can have such a strong taste on its own. Traditional Medicinals has a Nighty Night Valerian Relaxation Tea that is a nice blend of valerian, passionflower, lemon balm, and peppermint.

But if you want to try valerian on its own or make your own blend, you can get the dried root from the Bulk Herb Store.

Pre-made Herbal Tea Recipes For Sleep

Some of the best herbal tea recipes for sleep are ones that combine several different calming herbs. There are plenty of already made tea blends out there that are convenient and effective. Here are a few:

Republic of Tea: For more sleep benefits and a flavorful blend, try Lady Cora’s Evening Tea from Republic of Tea. It combines all of the herbs in this post: passionflower, chamomile, lavender, lemon balm, and valerian.

Get Some Zzz’s Tea has red rooibos along with chamomile, passionflower, and valerian.

Or try the Get Relaxed Tea that combines rooibos with lavender, rose petals, chamomile, and passionflower.

Traditional Medicinals: For a blend that eases stress and supports your nervous system, try Cup of Calm Tea. This blend has passionflower, lavender, chamomile, and catnip along with mint and rosemary.

Improve Your Sleep With Herbal Teas!

If you struggle with falling asleep or having a good quality sleep, I hope you are now feeling inspired to try some herbs and herbal tea recipes to help improve your sleep!

Chamomile is one of my favorite teas, but I also love having different herbs in one blend. Try out an herbal tea or blend today (or tonight)! Then, go get a good night’s sleep.


5 Calming Herbs & Herbal Tea Recipes For Sleep

The material in this post is for informational/educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Please see a qualified health professional for specific health concerns. Herbal remedies are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases.

How has your sleep been lately? Do you fall asleep quickly and feel rested when you wake up? (If so, this post might not be for you!)

Unfortunately, for many of us the answer is we don’t really sleep that well.

Sometimes we just don’t get to bed on time, but other times it might be stress or a busy mind that keeps us lying awake when we’d rather be asleep. Or maybe you can fall asleep just fine but don’t feel like your sleep is restful.

When it comes to helping with stress and getting deeper rest, the world of plants and herbs has a lot to offer!

Here are 5 of the best calming herbs to try, plus some simple herbal tea recipes for better sleep.

Pin This Post For Later!

This post contains affiliate links, which means I may make a commission if you purchase through one of the links. There is no extra cost to you & I only promote what I love! Read the full privacy policy here.

Chamomile Tea For Sleep

Chamomile is one of the more well-known herbs and herbal teas that is used for better sleep.

This herb from the daisy family works wonders on the nervous system to ease stress and promote sleep. The flowers (fresh or dried) can be used to make a pleasant-tasting tea that is gentle on the body but with powerful calming effects.

According to Rosemary Gladstar in her book Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide, chamomile tea can also help with general aches and pains that may be causing sleeplessness.

Simple Chamomile Tea: Chamomile tea is easy to make. You just need the fresh or dried flowers, boiling water, and a sweetener if desired. Use 1-3 teaspoons of the dried herb (2-4 teaspoons fresh) and add 1 cup of boiling water. Let it steep for 15-20 minutes before enjoying.

Where To Get Chamomile: If you want to buy dried chamomile in bulk, my favorite place to get it from is the Bulk Herb Store. If you prefer already made tea bags (more convenient!), try Traditional Medicinals Organic Chamomile Tea.

Lavender Herbal Tea For Sleep

Lavender is another herb best known for its calming properties. It has a calming, relaxing, and uplifting effect all at once, which is helpful for fighting stress and falling asleep.

I always associated lavender with something to add to a bath or to put under your pillow at night until I (finally) realized that it also makes a wonderful tea.

If you find you need something stronger than tea (or don’t like the taste), try using Lavender essential oil. (You can read all about Lavender essential oil benefits here.)

Lavender Herbal Tea: Like chamomile, lavender tea is very easy to make. Just add 1-3 teaspoons of dried lavender per cup of boiling water. Let it steep at least 10 minutes and drink before bedtime. You can also try doing equal parts of rose petals and dried lavender to change it up! (Rose is also calming.)

Where To Get Lavender: Again, I typically buy dried lavender flowers from the Bulk Herb Store. Lavender also works well with other sleep herbs. Traditional Medicinals has a Chamomile and Lavender Tea that combines both calming herbs for extra effect.

Lemon Balm For Sleep

Lemon balm is a member of the mint family and has a pleasant, lemony flavor. In a tea, lemon balm can help to calm the nervous and digestive systems.

This herb can be especially helpful for calming and soothing children. It also acts as a mild sedative, which can be good for those who deal with insomnia.

Lemon Balm Tea Recipe: Rosemary Gladstar recommends blending lemon balm with passionflower (which I’ll talk about later in this post) and a small amount of lavender buds. (Herbal Medicine: A Beginner’s Guide, pg. 158)

Make a tea with this blend and drink a few hours before bedtime. Lemon balm can also be used by itself to make an herbal tea.

Where To Get Lemon Balm: Lemon balm is easy to grow and seems to keep its flavor better when used fresh. However, there are plenty of options for dried lemon balm tea.

Republic of Tea has a Chamomile Lemon Herbal Sleep Tea that contains not only lemon balm and chamomile, but also lavender and passionflower. Or you can go for lemon balm only with Traditional Medicinals Organic Lemon Balm Tea.

Passionflower Herbal Tea

Passionflower is a much more exotic sounding herb. It actually comes from a vine that is native to the Southeastern U.S. as well as Mexico and Central and South America.

Passionflower is another calming herb that can soothe a restless mind and help with sleep. One small study of 40 adults found that those who drank a cup of passionflower tea every day for a week had better sleep quality than those who didn’t. (1)

Passionflower Tea: The tea is typically made from the dried leaves, flowers, and stems of the passionflower plant. Just add 1-3 teaspoons of the dried herb per cup of water and steep for 10-15 minutes. Add a natural sweetener if desired and feel free to blend with other sleep herbs.

Where To Get Passionflower: You can buy the dried herb from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Valerian Tea For Sleep

Valerian is a somewhat lesser known herb but powerful when it comes to helping with sleep. Valerian is “considered one of our safest and most powerful herbal nervines, used for all manner of stress, insomnia, and anxiety.” (Gladstar, pg. 208)

The root is the part of the herb that is used to make teas and tinctures. Because of its strong, earthy taste, valerian is usually combined with other (better tasting) herbs when used in tea form.

Valerian Tea + Where To Buy: I would recommend trying valerian in a pre-made blend because it can have such a strong taste on its own. Traditional Medicinals has a Nighty Night Valerian Relaxation Tea that is a nice blend of valerian, passionflower, lemon balm, and peppermint.

But if you want to try valerian on its own or make your own blend, you can get the dried root from the Bulk Herb Store.

Pre-made Herbal Tea Recipes For Sleep

Some of the best herbal tea recipes for sleep are ones that combine several different calming herbs. There are plenty of already made tea blends out there that are convenient and effective. Here are a few:

Republic of Tea: For more sleep benefits and a flavorful blend, try Lady Cora’s Evening Tea from Republic of Tea. It combines all of the herbs in this post: passionflower, chamomile, lavender, lemon balm, and valerian.

Get Some Zzz’s Tea has red rooibos along with chamomile, passionflower, and valerian.

Or try the Get Relaxed Tea that combines rooibos with lavender, rose petals, chamomile, and passionflower.

Traditional Medicinals: For a blend that eases stress and supports your nervous system, try Cup of Calm Tea. This blend has passionflower, lavender, chamomile, and catnip along with mint and rosemary.

Improve Your Sleep With Herbal Teas!

If you struggle with falling asleep or having a good quality sleep, I hope you are now feeling inspired to try some herbs and herbal tea recipes to help improve your sleep!

Chamomile is one of my favorite teas, but I also love having different herbs in one blend. Try out an herbal tea or blend today (or tonight)! Then, go get a good night’s sleep.


5 Calming Herbs & Herbal Tea Recipes For Sleep

The material in this post is for informational/educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Please see a qualified health professional for specific health concerns. Herbal remedies are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases.

How has your sleep been lately? Do you fall asleep quickly and feel rested when you wake up? (If so, this post might not be for you!)

Unfortunately, for many of us the answer is we don’t really sleep that well.

Sometimes we just don’t get to bed on time, but other times it might be stress or a busy mind that keeps us lying awake when we’d rather be asleep. Or maybe you can fall asleep just fine but don’t feel like your sleep is restful.

When it comes to helping with stress and getting deeper rest, the world of plants and herbs has a lot to offer!

Here are 5 of the best calming herbs to try, plus some simple herbal tea recipes for better sleep.

Pin This Post For Later!

This post contains affiliate links, which means I may make a commission if you purchase through one of the links. There is no extra cost to you & I only promote what I love! Read the full privacy policy here.

Chamomile Tea For Sleep

Chamomile is one of the more well-known herbs and herbal teas that is used for better sleep.

This herb from the daisy family works wonders on the nervous system to ease stress and promote sleep. The flowers (fresh or dried) can be used to make a pleasant-tasting tea that is gentle on the body but with powerful calming effects.

According to Rosemary Gladstar in her book Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide, chamomile tea can also help with general aches and pains that may be causing sleeplessness.

Simple Chamomile Tea: Chamomile tea is easy to make. You just need the fresh or dried flowers, boiling water, and a sweetener if desired. Use 1-3 teaspoons of the dried herb (2-4 teaspoons fresh) and add 1 cup of boiling water. Let it steep for 15-20 minutes before enjoying.

Where To Get Chamomile: If you want to buy dried chamomile in bulk, my favorite place to get it from is the Bulk Herb Store. If you prefer already made tea bags (more convenient!), try Traditional Medicinals Organic Chamomile Tea.

Lavender Herbal Tea For Sleep

Lavender is another herb best known for its calming properties. It has a calming, relaxing, and uplifting effect all at once, which is helpful for fighting stress and falling asleep.

I always associated lavender with something to add to a bath or to put under your pillow at night until I (finally) realized that it also makes a wonderful tea.

If you find you need something stronger than tea (or don’t like the taste), try using Lavender essential oil. (You can read all about Lavender essential oil benefits here.)

Lavender Herbal Tea: Like chamomile, lavender tea is very easy to make. Just add 1-3 teaspoons of dried lavender per cup of boiling water. Let it steep at least 10 minutes and drink before bedtime. You can also try doing equal parts of rose petals and dried lavender to change it up! (Rose is also calming.)

Where To Get Lavender: Again, I typically buy dried lavender flowers from the Bulk Herb Store. Lavender also works well with other sleep herbs. Traditional Medicinals has a Chamomile and Lavender Tea that combines both calming herbs for extra effect.

Lemon Balm For Sleep

Lemon balm is a member of the mint family and has a pleasant, lemony flavor. In a tea, lemon balm can help to calm the nervous and digestive systems.

This herb can be especially helpful for calming and soothing children. It also acts as a mild sedative, which can be good for those who deal with insomnia.

Lemon Balm Tea Recipe: Rosemary Gladstar recommends blending lemon balm with passionflower (which I’ll talk about later in this post) and a small amount of lavender buds. (Herbal Medicine: A Beginner’s Guide, pg. 158)

Make a tea with this blend and drink a few hours before bedtime. Lemon balm can also be used by itself to make an herbal tea.

Where To Get Lemon Balm: Lemon balm is easy to grow and seems to keep its flavor better when used fresh. However, there are plenty of options for dried lemon balm tea.

Republic of Tea has a Chamomile Lemon Herbal Sleep Tea that contains not only lemon balm and chamomile, but also lavender and passionflower. Or you can go for lemon balm only with Traditional Medicinals Organic Lemon Balm Tea.

Passionflower Herbal Tea

Passionflower is a much more exotic sounding herb. It actually comes from a vine that is native to the Southeastern U.S. as well as Mexico and Central and South America.

Passionflower is another calming herb that can soothe a restless mind and help with sleep. One small study of 40 adults found that those who drank a cup of passionflower tea every day for a week had better sleep quality than those who didn’t. (1)

Passionflower Tea: The tea is typically made from the dried leaves, flowers, and stems of the passionflower plant. Just add 1-3 teaspoons of the dried herb per cup of water and steep for 10-15 minutes. Add a natural sweetener if desired and feel free to blend with other sleep herbs.

Where To Get Passionflower: You can buy the dried herb from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Valerian Tea For Sleep

Valerian is a somewhat lesser known herb but powerful when it comes to helping with sleep. Valerian is “considered one of our safest and most powerful herbal nervines, used for all manner of stress, insomnia, and anxiety.” (Gladstar, pg. 208)

The root is the part of the herb that is used to make teas and tinctures. Because of its strong, earthy taste, valerian is usually combined with other (better tasting) herbs when used in tea form.

Valerian Tea + Where To Buy: I would recommend trying valerian in a pre-made blend because it can have such a strong taste on its own. Traditional Medicinals has a Nighty Night Valerian Relaxation Tea that is a nice blend of valerian, passionflower, lemon balm, and peppermint.

But if you want to try valerian on its own or make your own blend, you can get the dried root from the Bulk Herb Store.

Pre-made Herbal Tea Recipes For Sleep

Some of the best herbal tea recipes for sleep are ones that combine several different calming herbs. There are plenty of already made tea blends out there that are convenient and effective. Here are a few:

Republic of Tea: For more sleep benefits and a flavorful blend, try Lady Cora’s Evening Tea from Republic of Tea. It combines all of the herbs in this post: passionflower, chamomile, lavender, lemon balm, and valerian.

Get Some Zzz’s Tea has red rooibos along with chamomile, passionflower, and valerian.

Or try the Get Relaxed Tea that combines rooibos with lavender, rose petals, chamomile, and passionflower.

Traditional Medicinals: For a blend that eases stress and supports your nervous system, try Cup of Calm Tea. This blend has passionflower, lavender, chamomile, and catnip along with mint and rosemary.

Improve Your Sleep With Herbal Teas!

If you struggle with falling asleep or having a good quality sleep, I hope you are now feeling inspired to try some herbs and herbal tea recipes to help improve your sleep!

Chamomile is one of my favorite teas, but I also love having different herbs in one blend. Try out an herbal tea or blend today (or tonight)! Then, go get a good night’s sleep.


5 Calming Herbs & Herbal Tea Recipes For Sleep

The material in this post is for informational/educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Please see a qualified health professional for specific health concerns. Herbal remedies are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases.

How has your sleep been lately? Do you fall asleep quickly and feel rested when you wake up? (If so, this post might not be for you!)

Unfortunately, for many of us the answer is we don’t really sleep that well.

Sometimes we just don’t get to bed on time, but other times it might be stress or a busy mind that keeps us lying awake when we’d rather be asleep. Or maybe you can fall asleep just fine but don’t feel like your sleep is restful.

When it comes to helping with stress and getting deeper rest, the world of plants and herbs has a lot to offer!

Here are 5 of the best calming herbs to try, plus some simple herbal tea recipes for better sleep.

Pin This Post For Later!

This post contains affiliate links, which means I may make a commission if you purchase through one of the links. There is no extra cost to you & I only promote what I love! Read the full privacy policy here.

Chamomile Tea For Sleep

Chamomile is one of the more well-known herbs and herbal teas that is used for better sleep.

This herb from the daisy family works wonders on the nervous system to ease stress and promote sleep. The flowers (fresh or dried) can be used to make a pleasant-tasting tea that is gentle on the body but with powerful calming effects.

According to Rosemary Gladstar in her book Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide, chamomile tea can also help with general aches and pains that may be causing sleeplessness.

Simple Chamomile Tea: Chamomile tea is easy to make. You just need the fresh or dried flowers, boiling water, and a sweetener if desired. Use 1-3 teaspoons of the dried herb (2-4 teaspoons fresh) and add 1 cup of boiling water. Let it steep for 15-20 minutes before enjoying.

Where To Get Chamomile: If you want to buy dried chamomile in bulk, my favorite place to get it from is the Bulk Herb Store. If you prefer already made tea bags (more convenient!), try Traditional Medicinals Organic Chamomile Tea.

Lavender Herbal Tea For Sleep

Lavender is another herb best known for its calming properties. It has a calming, relaxing, and uplifting effect all at once, which is helpful for fighting stress and falling asleep.

I always associated lavender with something to add to a bath or to put under your pillow at night until I (finally) realized that it also makes a wonderful tea.

If you find you need something stronger than tea (or don’t like the taste), try using Lavender essential oil. (You can read all about Lavender essential oil benefits here.)

Lavender Herbal Tea: Like chamomile, lavender tea is very easy to make. Just add 1-3 teaspoons of dried lavender per cup of boiling water. Let it steep at least 10 minutes and drink before bedtime. You can also try doing equal parts of rose petals and dried lavender to change it up! (Rose is also calming.)

Where To Get Lavender: Again, I typically buy dried lavender flowers from the Bulk Herb Store. Lavender also works well with other sleep herbs. Traditional Medicinals has a Chamomile and Lavender Tea that combines both calming herbs for extra effect.

Lemon Balm For Sleep

Lemon balm is a member of the mint family and has a pleasant, lemony flavor. In a tea, lemon balm can help to calm the nervous and digestive systems.

This herb can be especially helpful for calming and soothing children. It also acts as a mild sedative, which can be good for those who deal with insomnia.

Lemon Balm Tea Recipe: Rosemary Gladstar recommends blending lemon balm with passionflower (which I’ll talk about later in this post) and a small amount of lavender buds. (Herbal Medicine: A Beginner’s Guide, pg. 158)

Make a tea with this blend and drink a few hours before bedtime. Lemon balm can also be used by itself to make an herbal tea.

Where To Get Lemon Balm: Lemon balm is easy to grow and seems to keep its flavor better when used fresh. However, there are plenty of options for dried lemon balm tea.

Republic of Tea has a Chamomile Lemon Herbal Sleep Tea that contains not only lemon balm and chamomile, but also lavender and passionflower. Or you can go for lemon balm only with Traditional Medicinals Organic Lemon Balm Tea.

Passionflower Herbal Tea

Passionflower is a much more exotic sounding herb. It actually comes from a vine that is native to the Southeastern U.S. as well as Mexico and Central and South America.

Passionflower is another calming herb that can soothe a restless mind and help with sleep. One small study of 40 adults found that those who drank a cup of passionflower tea every day for a week had better sleep quality than those who didn’t. (1)

Passionflower Tea: The tea is typically made from the dried leaves, flowers, and stems of the passionflower plant. Just add 1-3 teaspoons of the dried herb per cup of water and steep for 10-15 minutes. Add a natural sweetener if desired and feel free to blend with other sleep herbs.

Where To Get Passionflower: You can buy the dried herb from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Valerian Tea For Sleep

Valerian is a somewhat lesser known herb but powerful when it comes to helping with sleep. Valerian is “considered one of our safest and most powerful herbal nervines, used for all manner of stress, insomnia, and anxiety.” (Gladstar, pg. 208)

The root is the part of the herb that is used to make teas and tinctures. Because of its strong, earthy taste, valerian is usually combined with other (better tasting) herbs when used in tea form.

Valerian Tea + Where To Buy: I would recommend trying valerian in a pre-made blend because it can have such a strong taste on its own. Traditional Medicinals has a Nighty Night Valerian Relaxation Tea that is a nice blend of valerian, passionflower, lemon balm, and peppermint.

But if you want to try valerian on its own or make your own blend, you can get the dried root from the Bulk Herb Store.

Pre-made Herbal Tea Recipes For Sleep

Some of the best herbal tea recipes for sleep are ones that combine several different calming herbs. There are plenty of already made tea blends out there that are convenient and effective. Here are a few:

Republic of Tea: For more sleep benefits and a flavorful blend, try Lady Cora’s Evening Tea from Republic of Tea. It combines all of the herbs in this post: passionflower, chamomile, lavender, lemon balm, and valerian.

Get Some Zzz’s Tea has red rooibos along with chamomile, passionflower, and valerian.

Or try the Get Relaxed Tea that combines rooibos with lavender, rose petals, chamomile, and passionflower.

Traditional Medicinals: For a blend that eases stress and supports your nervous system, try Cup of Calm Tea. This blend has passionflower, lavender, chamomile, and catnip along with mint and rosemary.

Improve Your Sleep With Herbal Teas!

If you struggle with falling asleep or having a good quality sleep, I hope you are now feeling inspired to try some herbs and herbal tea recipes to help improve your sleep!

Chamomile is one of my favorite teas, but I also love having different herbs in one blend. Try out an herbal tea or blend today (or tonight)! Then, go get a good night’s sleep.


5 Calming Herbs & Herbal Tea Recipes For Sleep

The material in this post is for informational/educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Please see a qualified health professional for specific health concerns. Herbal remedies are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases.

How has your sleep been lately? Do you fall asleep quickly and feel rested when you wake up? (If so, this post might not be for you!)

Unfortunately, for many of us the answer is we don’t really sleep that well.

Sometimes we just don’t get to bed on time, but other times it might be stress or a busy mind that keeps us lying awake when we’d rather be asleep. Or maybe you can fall asleep just fine but don’t feel like your sleep is restful.

When it comes to helping with stress and getting deeper rest, the world of plants and herbs has a lot to offer!

Here are 5 of the best calming herbs to try, plus some simple herbal tea recipes for better sleep.

Pin This Post For Later!

This post contains affiliate links, which means I may make a commission if you purchase through one of the links. There is no extra cost to you & I only promote what I love! Read the full privacy policy here.

Chamomile Tea For Sleep

Chamomile is one of the more well-known herbs and herbal teas that is used for better sleep.

This herb from the daisy family works wonders on the nervous system to ease stress and promote sleep. The flowers (fresh or dried) can be used to make a pleasant-tasting tea that is gentle on the body but with powerful calming effects.

According to Rosemary Gladstar in her book Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide, chamomile tea can also help with general aches and pains that may be causing sleeplessness.

Simple Chamomile Tea: Chamomile tea is easy to make. You just need the fresh or dried flowers, boiling water, and a sweetener if desired. Use 1-3 teaspoons of the dried herb (2-4 teaspoons fresh) and add 1 cup of boiling water. Let it steep for 15-20 minutes before enjoying.

Where To Get Chamomile: If you want to buy dried chamomile in bulk, my favorite place to get it from is the Bulk Herb Store. If you prefer already made tea bags (more convenient!), try Traditional Medicinals Organic Chamomile Tea.

Lavender Herbal Tea For Sleep

Lavender is another herb best known for its calming properties. It has a calming, relaxing, and uplifting effect all at once, which is helpful for fighting stress and falling asleep.

I always associated lavender with something to add to a bath or to put under your pillow at night until I (finally) realized that it also makes a wonderful tea.

If you find you need something stronger than tea (or don’t like the taste), try using Lavender essential oil. (You can read all about Lavender essential oil benefits here.)

Lavender Herbal Tea: Like chamomile, lavender tea is very easy to make. Just add 1-3 teaspoons of dried lavender per cup of boiling water. Let it steep at least 10 minutes and drink before bedtime. You can also try doing equal parts of rose petals and dried lavender to change it up! (Rose is also calming.)

Where To Get Lavender: Again, I typically buy dried lavender flowers from the Bulk Herb Store. Lavender also works well with other sleep herbs. Traditional Medicinals has a Chamomile and Lavender Tea that combines both calming herbs for extra effect.

Lemon Balm For Sleep

Lemon balm is a member of the mint family and has a pleasant, lemony flavor. In a tea, lemon balm can help to calm the nervous and digestive systems.

This herb can be especially helpful for calming and soothing children. It also acts as a mild sedative, which can be good for those who deal with insomnia.

Lemon Balm Tea Recipe: Rosemary Gladstar recommends blending lemon balm with passionflower (which I’ll talk about later in this post) and a small amount of lavender buds. (Herbal Medicine: A Beginner’s Guide, pg. 158)

Make a tea with this blend and drink a few hours before bedtime. Lemon balm can also be used by itself to make an herbal tea.

Where To Get Lemon Balm: Lemon balm is easy to grow and seems to keep its flavor better when used fresh. However, there are plenty of options for dried lemon balm tea.

Republic of Tea has a Chamomile Lemon Herbal Sleep Tea that contains not only lemon balm and chamomile, but also lavender and passionflower. Or you can go for lemon balm only with Traditional Medicinals Organic Lemon Balm Tea.

Passionflower Herbal Tea

Passionflower is a much more exotic sounding herb. It actually comes from a vine that is native to the Southeastern U.S. as well as Mexico and Central and South America.

Passionflower is another calming herb that can soothe a restless mind and help with sleep. One small study of 40 adults found that those who drank a cup of passionflower tea every day for a week had better sleep quality than those who didn’t. (1)

Passionflower Tea: The tea is typically made from the dried leaves, flowers, and stems of the passionflower plant. Just add 1-3 teaspoons of the dried herb per cup of water and steep for 10-15 minutes. Add a natural sweetener if desired and feel free to blend with other sleep herbs.

Where To Get Passionflower: You can buy the dried herb from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Valerian Tea For Sleep

Valerian is a somewhat lesser known herb but powerful when it comes to helping with sleep. Valerian is “considered one of our safest and most powerful herbal nervines, used for all manner of stress, insomnia, and anxiety.” (Gladstar, pg. 208)

The root is the part of the herb that is used to make teas and tinctures. Because of its strong, earthy taste, valerian is usually combined with other (better tasting) herbs when used in tea form.

Valerian Tea + Where To Buy: I would recommend trying valerian in a pre-made blend because it can have such a strong taste on its own. Traditional Medicinals has a Nighty Night Valerian Relaxation Tea that is a nice blend of valerian, passionflower, lemon balm, and peppermint.

But if you want to try valerian on its own or make your own blend, you can get the dried root from the Bulk Herb Store.

Pre-made Herbal Tea Recipes For Sleep

Some of the best herbal tea recipes for sleep are ones that combine several different calming herbs. There are plenty of already made tea blends out there that are convenient and effective. Here are a few:

Republic of Tea: For more sleep benefits and a flavorful blend, try Lady Cora’s Evening Tea from Republic of Tea. It combines all of the herbs in this post: passionflower, chamomile, lavender, lemon balm, and valerian.

Get Some Zzz’s Tea has red rooibos along with chamomile, passionflower, and valerian.

Or try the Get Relaxed Tea that combines rooibos with lavender, rose petals, chamomile, and passionflower.

Traditional Medicinals: For a blend that eases stress and supports your nervous system, try Cup of Calm Tea. This blend has passionflower, lavender, chamomile, and catnip along with mint and rosemary.

Improve Your Sleep With Herbal Teas!

If you struggle with falling asleep or having a good quality sleep, I hope you are now feeling inspired to try some herbs and herbal tea recipes to help improve your sleep!

Chamomile is one of my favorite teas, but I also love having different herbs in one blend. Try out an herbal tea or blend today (or tonight)! Then, go get a good night’s sleep.


5 Calming Herbs & Herbal Tea Recipes For Sleep

The material in this post is for informational/educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Please see a qualified health professional for specific health concerns. Herbal remedies are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases.

How has your sleep been lately? Do you fall asleep quickly and feel rested when you wake up? (If so, this post might not be for you!)

Unfortunately, for many of us the answer is we don’t really sleep that well.

Sometimes we just don’t get to bed on time, but other times it might be stress or a busy mind that keeps us lying awake when we’d rather be asleep. Or maybe you can fall asleep just fine but don’t feel like your sleep is restful.

When it comes to helping with stress and getting deeper rest, the world of plants and herbs has a lot to offer!

Here are 5 of the best calming herbs to try, plus some simple herbal tea recipes for better sleep.

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Chamomile Tea For Sleep

Chamomile is one of the more well-known herbs and herbal teas that is used for better sleep.

This herb from the daisy family works wonders on the nervous system to ease stress and promote sleep. The flowers (fresh or dried) can be used to make a pleasant-tasting tea that is gentle on the body but with powerful calming effects.

According to Rosemary Gladstar in her book Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide, chamomile tea can also help with general aches and pains that may be causing sleeplessness.

Simple Chamomile Tea: Chamomile tea is easy to make. You just need the fresh or dried flowers, boiling water, and a sweetener if desired. Use 1-3 teaspoons of the dried herb (2-4 teaspoons fresh) and add 1 cup of boiling water. Let it steep for 15-20 minutes before enjoying.

Where To Get Chamomile: If you want to buy dried chamomile in bulk, my favorite place to get it from is the Bulk Herb Store. If you prefer already made tea bags (more convenient!), try Traditional Medicinals Organic Chamomile Tea.

Lavender Herbal Tea For Sleep

Lavender is another herb best known for its calming properties. It has a calming, relaxing, and uplifting effect all at once, which is helpful for fighting stress and falling asleep.

I always associated lavender with something to add to a bath or to put under your pillow at night until I (finally) realized that it also makes a wonderful tea.

If you find you need something stronger than tea (or don’t like the taste), try using Lavender essential oil. (You can read all about Lavender essential oil benefits here.)

Lavender Herbal Tea: Like chamomile, lavender tea is very easy to make. Just add 1-3 teaspoons of dried lavender per cup of boiling water. Let it steep at least 10 minutes and drink before bedtime. You can also try doing equal parts of rose petals and dried lavender to change it up! (Rose is also calming.)

Where To Get Lavender: Again, I typically buy dried lavender flowers from the Bulk Herb Store. Lavender also works well with other sleep herbs. Traditional Medicinals has a Chamomile and Lavender Tea that combines both calming herbs for extra effect.

Lemon Balm For Sleep

Lemon balm is a member of the mint family and has a pleasant, lemony flavor. In a tea, lemon balm can help to calm the nervous and digestive systems.

This herb can be especially helpful for calming and soothing children. It also acts as a mild sedative, which can be good for those who deal with insomnia.

Lemon Balm Tea Recipe: Rosemary Gladstar recommends blending lemon balm with passionflower (which I’ll talk about later in this post) and a small amount of lavender buds. (Herbal Medicine: A Beginner’s Guide, pg. 158)

Make a tea with this blend and drink a few hours before bedtime. Lemon balm can also be used by itself to make an herbal tea.

Where To Get Lemon Balm: Lemon balm is easy to grow and seems to keep its flavor better when used fresh. However, there are plenty of options for dried lemon balm tea.

Republic of Tea has a Chamomile Lemon Herbal Sleep Tea that contains not only lemon balm and chamomile, but also lavender and passionflower. Or you can go for lemon balm only with Traditional Medicinals Organic Lemon Balm Tea.

Passionflower Herbal Tea

Passionflower is a much more exotic sounding herb. It actually comes from a vine that is native to the Southeastern U.S. as well as Mexico and Central and South America.

Passionflower is another calming herb that can soothe a restless mind and help with sleep. One small study of 40 adults found that those who drank a cup of passionflower tea every day for a week had better sleep quality than those who didn’t. (1)

Passionflower Tea: The tea is typically made from the dried leaves, flowers, and stems of the passionflower plant. Just add 1-3 teaspoons of the dried herb per cup of water and steep for 10-15 minutes. Add a natural sweetener if desired and feel free to blend with other sleep herbs.

Where To Get Passionflower: You can buy the dried herb from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Valerian Tea For Sleep

Valerian is a somewhat lesser known herb but powerful when it comes to helping with sleep. Valerian is “considered one of our safest and most powerful herbal nervines, used for all manner of stress, insomnia, and anxiety.” (Gladstar, pg. 208)

The root is the part of the herb that is used to make teas and tinctures. Because of its strong, earthy taste, valerian is usually combined with other (better tasting) herbs when used in tea form.

Valerian Tea + Where To Buy: I would recommend trying valerian in a pre-made blend because it can have such a strong taste on its own. Traditional Medicinals has a Nighty Night Valerian Relaxation Tea that is a nice blend of valerian, passionflower, lemon balm, and peppermint.

But if you want to try valerian on its own or make your own blend, you can get the dried root from the Bulk Herb Store.

Pre-made Herbal Tea Recipes For Sleep

Some of the best herbal tea recipes for sleep are ones that combine several different calming herbs. There are plenty of already made tea blends out there that are convenient and effective. Here are a few:

Republic of Tea: For more sleep benefits and a flavorful blend, try Lady Cora’s Evening Tea from Republic of Tea. It combines all of the herbs in this post: passionflower, chamomile, lavender, lemon balm, and valerian.

Get Some Zzz’s Tea has red rooibos along with chamomile, passionflower, and valerian.

Or try the Get Relaxed Tea that combines rooibos with lavender, rose petals, chamomile, and passionflower.

Traditional Medicinals: For a blend that eases stress and supports your nervous system, try Cup of Calm Tea. This blend has passionflower, lavender, chamomile, and catnip along with mint and rosemary.

Improve Your Sleep With Herbal Teas!

If you struggle with falling asleep or having a good quality sleep, I hope you are now feeling inspired to try some herbs and herbal tea recipes to help improve your sleep!

Chamomile is one of my favorite teas, but I also love having different herbs in one blend. Try out an herbal tea or blend today (or tonight)! Then, go get a good night’s sleep.



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