We know that tea, whether black, green, or tisane, contains ingredients that promote good health. We also know that good health is impossible without good sleep. Let's take a look at some ingredients that promote good sleep. You can get many of these ingredients in tea which makes them easily accessible. And they're available at Hackberry Tea for your convenience!
Low-Caffeine Green Tea
The key to green tea for sleep is making sure that it's low in caffeine. Low-caffeine green teas are known to reduce stress and promote a good night's sleep. Our collection of green teas is mostly low in caffeine. You can freely shop our green teas, and most of what you'll see is low in caffeine. Make sure you check the caffeine of your favorite green tea just to be safe.
Some of our favorites include:
Chamomile is an herb derived from the daisy-like flowers of the Asteraceae plant family. It contains apigenin, which is a sleep-promoting antioxidant. Chamomile boasts many other benefits, but sleep is the most popular.
Shop our teas that contain chamomile:
Some sleep studies show that lavender aromatherapy may help with insomnia. Infusing it in your tea may help calm and soothe you for bedtime.
Valerian root (Valeriana officinalis) is a perennial tall flowering grassland plant native to Europe and Asia but also grown in the U.S. Some studies suggest that it may help reduce the amount of time it takes you to fall asleep and may help with better quality of sleep. It has been widely studied, but the results are not conclusive. Always ask a doctor when you're thinking of taking any substance, especially if you're already on other medication. Valerian root may interact negatively with some medicines.
How Has Valerian Root Been Used?
Hippocrates (460-370 BC), known as the "Father of Medicine," would prescribe it for insomnia dating back to the 2nd century. Galen, a Greek physician who Hippocrates highly influenced in the 16th century, would prescribe it for nervousness, trembling, headaches, and heart palpitations. Hippocrates and Galen were highly respected in their fields for a very long time, but keep in mind that it was before the age of the modern medical era. Many of their theories have been debunked in more recent medical history. When I say recent, I mean the last 100 years. Modern studies hold to a more scientific approach than the studies Hippocrates or Galen would've conducted. So all that to say take their prescribing of Valerian root with a grain of salt. A second opinion after Hippocrates and Galen is probably a good idea, especially when judging against some of the 2nd and 16th-century medical practices.
Since Valerian root may help to promote a better night's sleep, it's often included in tea along with other soothing ingredients. Try our Evening Peace and Quiet tea, which includes Valerian root to your nighttime relaxing routine. You may have noticed that some teas have several sleep-promoting ingredients, which is why they're listed under Chamomile and Lavender. Our Evening Peace and Quiet Tea has the most sleep-promoting ingredients. It has Valerian root, Chamomile, Lavender, and other ingredients. It's our most complete sleep-promoting tea.
Passionflower has been studied for its medicinal properties. It's usually packaged in herbal supplement capsules and is used as a natural supplement to relieve anxiety and support sleep. You can find passionflower in these teas.
- Afternoon Calm
- Evening Peace and Quiet
How Much Should I Drink?
I recommend slowly increasing your amount of tea. The amount is a personal preference, but side effects are possible with some of these ingredients. My recommendation is to drink them around 2 hours before bedtime. I am not a doctor or a medical professional, so it's always a good idea to consult a doctor before adding any kind of supplement.
There are many options for whatever kind of tea drinker you are. If you like fruit flavors or the tea flavor found in green tea, or herbal flavors there's something here for you if you’re looking to improve your bedtime routine. There's also such a wide variety of ingredients that help with sleep. There's something at Hackberry Tea for everyone.