Hi guys this is Lauren with LBwell here to talk about scientific wellness.

I have a quick tip incase you’re like me and have a hard time relaxing and falling asleep at night.

Most nights I drink a simple but powerful sleepy tea, and it’s just a combination of three stress relieving herbs: chamomile, lavender, and passionflower.

I’ve chosen these three because they work, they’re safe, and they taste good together.

As long they’re high quality, you can get your herbs from anywhere. But I love Mountain Rose Herbs for organic, bulk herbs that have been ethically harvested. And their website is like an herb encyclopedia, which is awesome.

Chamomile has been used for hundreds of years as a calmative, and modern studies have confirmed these calming effects.

Lavender is awesome. I use it in so many things that a few of my friends associate the smell with me at this point. I use it in facial oil, baths, relaxing eye pillow, linen spray, and in place of dryer sheets — to name a few. And that’s mostly because lavender smells amazing.

But lavender has also been extensively studied in clinical trials for its relaxing properties. One study even showed that lavender was as effective of an anti-anxiety as the prescription anti-anxiety drug Lorazepam. But this is without any of the potential drawbacks of Lorazepam, like addictive potential, withdrawal symptoms, and other side effects. In fact, lavender has been shown to have almost no adverse effects.

Passionflower is not messing around. It will knock. You. Out. In a friendly way. Passionflower has also been used for centuries by many cultures as a sleep aid. And not surprisingly, when passionflower was studied in clinical trials it was shown to… make you sleepy.

This tea is really simple to make. All you need is a tea bag, tea steeper, or tea pot.

Sleepy Tea Recipe

Servings 1 cup of tea

Ingredients

  • 1-2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp chamomile
  • 1 tbsp lavender
  • 1 tbsp passionflower

Instructions

  1. Add one tablespoon chamomile, one tablespoon lavender, and one tablespoon passionflower to a mug. If you’re really wound up like I tend to be, you can add extra passionflower.
  2. Boil some water, pour it in the mug, and wait a few minutes for it to steep.
  3. By the time it’s cool enough to drink, it’s potent enough to do the job. This tea is good for about two steeps.

 

I find that after the second cup I have a hard time staying awake — which for me is a rare and amazing feeling.

Now shut up and go to sleep.