Herbs and Teas to Help Promote Sleep

The Passion Flower - Help with Sleeplessness

Passion flowers have been included in teas to help promote restful sleep, and aiding in anxiety.  This particular flower is a Passiflora incarnata hybrid.  They are beautiful, unique flowers.
Passion flowers have been included in teas to help promote restful sleep, and aiding in anxiety. This particular flower is a Passiflora incarnata hybrid. They are beautiful, unique flowers. | Source

Chamomile, Matricaria recutita

A sweet little chamomile flower.
A sweet little chamomile flower. | Source

How Herbs Can Help With Insomnia

Insomnia can plague any of us at certain times in life. Once in a while I struggle to fall asleep and wonder, "did I have too much caffeine earlier? Am I stressing out about something too much? Or any other number of things. So the idea of having some natural, herbal remedies on hand is a very positive one.

Over the years I have tried a couple of different teas that are out on the market, that claim to possibly help induce falling asleep. These are of course caffeine free teas, that are herbal blends. You will see recurring herbs in teas like these. I absolutely love them, because they often smell good and include mint or spearmint in them!

When I think back to long ago, at a time when medicines weren't so available, nor doctors so ready to prescribe, I read about how people used more herbs and things of the earth, to help them rest, among other things. This seems like a great idea, and so much more healthy for our bodies.

If we get more sleep overall, we will feel better, be more productive, and live more of the life we were meant to live! So I thought I would share these simple suggestions, and my experience with them, in case it might help others out there. Please keep in mind that it is important to ask your doctor, and read all warnings and labels before ingesting anything like herbs of any kind. It is better to be safe than sorry.

Chamomile Flowers

The basis for chamomile tea is the flowers, like those growing in this photo.  They are sweet looking little flowers, that can be very helpful!
The basis for chamomile tea is the flowers, like those growing in this photo. They are sweet looking little flowers, that can be very helpful! | Source

Tilia Flowers, from the Linden Tree

Tilia flowers are supposed to be good for helping to promote rest and sleep.  They are from the Tilia platyphyllos tree, from what I have learned.
Tilia flowers are supposed to be good for helping to promote rest and sleep. They are from the Tilia platyphyllos tree, from what I have learned. | Source

Tilia Flowers from Linden Trees

Tilia flowers have been known in the past to be medicinal flowers. They can be found in some teas that are made to help with insomnia, or to promote sleep. Some even say they have a tranquilizing effect. They are yellow flowers, or yellowish flowers, and grow in Linden trees. In particular, the Tilia Platyphyllos. These trees can grow to be very large and beautiful. This diagram shows the different parts of the tree, from the leaves to the flowers, buds, etc. Do research before consuming tilia flowers, if you are concerned about any possible side effects.

One of my favorite herbal teas I have used over the years, from Celestial Seasonings, has tilia flowers in them. Sleepy Time tea It is a great go to tea. The designs on their boxes are too cute, as well. So you will want to check out the art work on their products.

Lemon Grass - Ready to Use

Lemongrass has been known to be used in dishes to give it some fragrance.  This would be great to use in a tea.
Lemongrass has been known to be used in dishes to give it some fragrance. This would be great to use in a tea. | Source

Calming Benefits of Lemongrass

Many people love lemongrass and lemongrass tea in particular. It is said to help cure insomnia. So one can see why it is included in some teas that claim to help promote sleep. It is also said to help calm the body down, and even useful for a variety of sleeping disorders. So if you struggle to fall asleep and stay asleep, this tea may just be part of what you need to help promote a good nights sleep. Supposedly, it can help relax ones muscles, as well as ones nerves. That sounds great to me! So it is definitely worth a try.

Passionflower For Help in Sleeping Better

Passionflower (incarnata) is a native to North America. This surprised me as it has always looked so tropical. It can be found in the Midwest and Southeastern part of the United States. If you look back in history, it has been used as more of a folk remedy. It has been used to help treat sleeplessness, or insomnia. Some of its other uses include helping with anxiety, and even may have some aphrodisiac properties.

People struggling with general restlessness and nervousness, can sometimes benefit from using passionflower. There are many teas that include it in their tea, so that is a great way to get a little into your diet. Some have shared that it helps with a cough, which if true could also help promote restfulness at night when someone has a cough. Do consult your doctor with any questions on this or any of the herbs mentioned in this article.

Spearmint Flowers

Little white spearmint flowers.
Little white spearmint flowers. | Source

Some of My Favorite Herbs and Teas that Help Promote Sleep

Over the years, I have tried many different kinds of teas and herbal teas. I have used many brands from Lipton to Teavana, and probably close to everything in-between! I can recall back in college, when many of us began to drink coffee more and more. At night, so as to not be kept awake from that, we often had our favorite teas in our dorms and little cottages. It was a lot of fun. Celestial Seasonings has been a big one that has been consistent all that time, but there are many others. You may have also heard of The Republic of Tea, Tazo, Mightyleaf, Lipton, Bigelow and many more. Here are some of my favorite teas below, and some of the ingredients in each of them. The ones I am sharing are supposed to help with insomnia or sleeplessness, calming, etc.

Loose Chamomile Tea - Ready to be brewed

This chamomile tea has little bits of apple and cinnamon in it. One of my all time favorite chamomile teas was a loose tea.  I enjoy the herbal tea bags also, however.
This chamomile tea has little bits of apple and cinnamon in it. One of my all time favorite chamomile teas was a loose tea. I enjoy the herbal tea bags also, however. | Source

Rooibos Tea

Rooibos is one of the ingredients in this tea, and can help promote good sleep.  In the public domain.
Rooibos is one of the ingredients in this tea, and can help promote good sleep. In the public domain. | Source

The Republic of Tea's, "Get Some zzz's" Tea

This tea is actually one I came across on vacation once, in Colorado. That may sound strange, but in a store at the Garden of the God's there, I found this tea! Anyway, it has the best name, "Get some zzz's." It is one of their "Be Well Red Teas." It says, "Herb Tea For Rest," on the packaging.

The ingredients include organic Rooibos leaf, orange peel, spearmint leaf, chamomile flower, passionflower herb, and Stevia leaf. It came with a great tin, which keeps the container sealed well for freshness, and had 36 round tea bags. It calls itself an herbal supplement. It is a great tea to have on hand.

Zen, by TAZO Tea.

Tazo's Zen tea describes itself as a harmonious blend of green tea with lemongrass and spearmint. For the caffeine level, it has three dots shaded, out of five. So this tea may be better to have a little bit earlier in the day, but can still help with its beneficial herbs.

The ingredients for this tea include green tea, lemon verbena leaves, spearmint leaves, lemongrass, and other natural flavors.

Sleepytime Tea by Celestial Seasonings

Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime herbal tea is a great tea to try if you never have. It is caffeine free of course, and has several great ingredients in it to help promote a good nights sleep. It has chamomile, spearmint, lemongrass, tilia flowers, blackberry leaves, orange blossoms, hawthorn and rosebuds.

The tea bags are square, and without strings or tags on them, They have twenty bags to a box.

Lemongrass Tea

A beautiful cup of lemongrass tea.
A beautiful cup of lemongrass tea. | Source

Mighty Leaf Chamomile Citrus Tea

I first heard of Mighty Leaf tea through a friend that recommended it. It was new to me, but they seemed excited about it. I then saw it in a Home Good's store, of all places, in a little tin. So I had to try it. I am so glad I did! It is in the cutest little square tin, and is called chamomile citrus.

The ingredients in this great little tea are orange peel, chamomile flowers, rosehips peels, lemongrass, lemon myrtle, hibiscus flowers, spearmint, natural flavors, and orange petals.

It is caffeine free, and says it is an herbal infusion of chamomile, orange and lemon slices. It is a great little tea!

Marigold flowers in the sunshine

Marigold flowers are used in some herbal teas, like with Tazo's chamomile blend.
Marigold flowers are used in some herbal teas, like with Tazo's chamomile blend. | Source

Tazo's Calm Chamomile Tea

This is a lovely tea that comes in a tin also, so it stays very fresh. Tazo makes Calm Chamomile, and I love the description on it. It says, "A comforting herbal infusion of chamomile, rose petals, and soothing herbs." That sounds wonderful!

The ingredients that this tea has in it besides chamomile are blackberry leaves, lemongrass, rose petals, spearmint leaves, lemon balm leaf, hibiscus flowers, lavender flowers, and marigold flowers. Wow, what a blend! I have had this tea, but never really realized how amazing it is until I saw the ingredients list. So looking at the above herbs, this one is sure to be a winner for helping to promote sleep.

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BlossomSB 23 months ago from Victoria, Australia

Rather than buying branded herbal teas I prefer to make my own. An interesting article.


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oceansnsunsets 23 months ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Thank you Blossom. The video I picked at the end of the hub, shows a woman making her own tea to help with sleep. I think it's a great idea that you do that, and I hope to do that myself one day.


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Dolores Monet 23 months ago from East Coast, United States

I enjoyed reading about these herbal teas that help toward a good night's sleep. As a tea fiend, I try to find the ones without caffeine for evenings. I've kept Sleepy Time on my shelf for years and years. Not only delicious but it does have the cutest package!


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oceansnsunsets 23 months ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hi Dolores, thank you. I like to have a variety of teas on hand including a lot of caffeine free ones. I drink coffee in fact, mostly for caffeine and so have a minimal amount of caffeinated teas. Sleepytime is hands down the cutest box, I agree! The artist did a splendid job I think. Its just a great go to. I meant to add tension tamer to the list also, as it has a lot of similar ones, and that is also Celestial Seasonings. Tazo also has a chamomile blend and peppermint one. Anyway, thank you for your visit and comment.


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida

Fortunately I do not have trouble falling asleep or sleeping through the night but I know I will enjoy giving some of these a try.

I gave my daughter a passion flower.they are so gorgeous, surreal even. Now I will have to tell her of its properties.

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jhamann 23 months ago from Reno NV

Thank you for this information. I love tea and sometimes I need a little help to sleep. Jamie


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oceansnsunsets 23 months ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hello PS, I am glad you don't struggle to fall asleep, as so many people do. The passion flowers are beautiful and surreal, I agree! How nice that you gave one to your daughter. Thanks for the well wishes, and I love angels! Glad you stopped by.


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oceansnsunsets 23 months ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hi Jhamann, sure thing! I love tea, and seem to more and more as the years go by. I think its calming and so healthy for us. I'm so glad yo stopped by, thank you for the comment.


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Ruby H Rose 23 months ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

I love my coffee in the morning and tea at night. Good tips I gotta share.


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oceansnsunsets 23 months ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hi Ruby, I am the same way! Glad you saw some good tips, and thank you for your comment and visit.


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billybuc 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

The more I can learn about this subject the better. We grow herbs now, but I'm always looking for new ones because of their benefits. Great information here and I thank you.


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oceansnsunsets 22 months ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hi Billy, I think its great you like to grow herbs, so do we! Thanks for your kind words and visit.


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Victoria Lynn 19 months ago from Arkansas, USA

I should drink more tea! I have plenty, including chamomille, in the cabinet. Maybe I will now!


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oceansnsunsets 19 months ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hello Victoria, I think that same thing sometimes! I do find that I am using up the last tea bag in a box though, and then need to get more. I truly think it is good for us to drink it. I am always so happy if it goes on sale! Thanks for your comment.


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Larry Rankin 17 months ago from Oklahoma

I've had problems with sleeping lately. I'll have to give these tips a try.

Great hub!


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oceansnsunsets 17 months ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hello Larry, I think we don't really realize how valuable our sleep is until we don't sleep that well! I'm sorry to hear that you have had some problems sleeping lately. I have had some great help with these teas, along with not having any caffeine later in the day. Really, even in the later afternoon, I don't drink caffeine much because it can have residual effects. Thanks for your comment, and I hope these herbs and teas might help some.

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