Evening Tea Rituals for Better Sleep
Seems a lot of us are lacking sleep these days. If you suffer from sleep-related problems, try an evening tea ritual. Caffeine-free herbal teas help you slow down and relax.
Tea is not just a drink. It’s a way to nourish and connect. Teas and tisanes are full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. They are a natural remedy to reduce inflammation, calm nerves and maybe even help with insomnia – see our Sleep Aid Teas.
“Getting one extra hour of sleep each night would do more for your daily happiness than getting a raise.”– Author Gretchen Rubin
The ritual of preparing and drinking tea is calming and grounding. It awakens us to the details, helps us become more aware and opens our senses. Inhale the aroma as you open the tea canister. Pay attention to the sound of the water boiling, watch for the steam. Watch the color of the tea change as it steeps.
Children love herbal tisanes too. Many herbals are colorful and of course they are full of flavor. Hibiscus fruit teas are delicious, healthy (rich in polyphenols) and a great way to help your children create an evening tea ritual. Help them transition, relax and get ready to sleep. Kids crave routine; include them in this one.
Make tea part of your evening ritual, a calming point where you take a moment to slow down and prepare tea. Enjoy it, and sleep well.
Here are a few tried and true tips to help you sleep better at night:
- After dinner, make a cup of herbal tea for yourself (and your household too).
- Sit with your tea and a book – reading is a great transition to relaxing and slowing down for the night.
- Start getting ready for bed an hour before bedtime.
- Turn off unnecessary lights; dim the rest.
- Avoid screen time one to two hours before bed.
- Listen to calming music.
- Do a few gentle stretches.
- Now, slip into bed, take a few deep breaths and drift off to sleep…
Herbal Teas for Better Sleep
Harmony Tulsi Herbal Tea
Lemon verbena and rose offer high notes while ginger and cinnamon provide depth and a little spice. Apple smooths out the cup. Ahhh… balance.
Chamomile Vanilla Bean Herbal Tea
A gentle way to settle a good night’s sleep… Light and smooth, with a tang of lemongrass evened out by the mild floral flavor of chamomile. Hand-cut vanilla bean, organic honeybush and coconut add depth to this tranquil infusion.
The subtle sweetness of the honeybush herb pairs well with the natural flavor of hazelnuts. It’s a refined indulgence with a light, smooth finish. Hazelnut honeybush is a healthy treat to enjoy before you sleep!
Cranberry Citrus Burst Rooibos
The quintessential combo of tart cranberries and sweet orange is anchored by woodsy rooibos in this naturally caffeine-free infusion. The addition of hibiscus brightens it up just a bit more. Not only delicious to drink, rooibos is also packed with vitamins and minerals.
Strawberry Fields Hibiscus Fruit Tea
This hibiscus blend is packed with berry flavors. Hibiscus blossoms, black currants, elderberries and three other types of berries create a flavorful brew. Apple pieces round out the cup with smoothness. All of the flavors meld together into “dessert in a teacup.” A perfect way to ease into sleep.