It’s 10:30 p.m. and you know you have a long day tomorrow. You have an exam and a presentation in your early childhood education class that you’ve been working on for weeks. But you’re sooo not tired. You’ve turned off the TV, put on your jammies and brushed your teeth. For all intensive purposes, you’re ready for bed.
Now, it’s 11:00 p.m. You try reading from your college algebra textbook hoping that that will help you fall asleep. You close the book and close your eyes.
You roll over and it’s 11:30. Now, you’re really getting frustrated. After counting 50 sheep (how is that supposed to help, again?), you think about pulling an all nighter and getting some other stuff done. By now, you’re really tired, but you just can’t get to sleep.
If you’re having a hard time relaxing and falling asleep, I have a great tea blend that can help.
I love blending my own herbal teas and making new and tasty teas that help you stay awake, fall asleep and keep your organs healthy. All you need to make your own tea blend is:
- A stainless steel tea ball or a tea infuser ($1-$3)
- Hot water
- A variety of herbs
Once you’ve got a tea ball, the possibilities are endless. You can buy bulk herbs online or at health food stores for practically nothing. For the purpose of falling asleep, I’ve crafted a Nighty Night tea blend, just for you.
CHAW’s Nighty Night Tea Blend
- Valerian Root
Fill the tea ball with 1/3 valerian root, 1/3 chammomile and 1/3 catnip. Steep in hot water for 3-5 minutes. Drink up and feel yourself getting very, very sleepy.
Why/How it works:
is an herb that has been used for centuries as a natural sleep aid and sedative. It’s one of the strongest sleep herbs. It will work wonders in putting you to bed. It is, however, a little bit stinky. That’s why we add the chamomile and catnip.
is another great herb. It will help calm any indigestion you may have. It will also quell your late night anxiety or insomnia.
(yes, the same kind you use to drive your kitty craaazy) is a relaxing herb for humans. It’s one of the weaker sleep herbs, but it’s a member of the mint family and it tastes fantastic, which will helps balance out the taste of the valerian root.
Are you asleep yet? If not, you soon will be. This tea blend will knock you out without any nasty side effects (reminder: ambien can make you eat in your sleep
). You’ll wake up without that groggy feeling that over the counter medications, and whiskey, will give you. It also tastes and smells wonderful. It’s got a very earthy, floral and light mint smell that’s relaxing in its own right.
Did you try this blend? What did you think? What are your favorite tea blends?