We're always on the hunt for anything to help get our eight hours per night - and a recent trend to sweep the nation are sleep teas. These delightful herbal concoctions have been said to help you drift off to hushabye mountain when enjoyed before bedtime.
A keen favourite amongst tea drinkers, camomile tea has a calming effect on the body, leading to a more peaceful sleep. camomile in its natural form is a white-petalled flower similar to a daisy. It's sweet and flowery in taste and said to help insomnia, to promote a healthy sleep cycle.
Valerian Root Tea
Not as commonly known as camomile tea, valerian comes from the root of the plant and is often combined with other herbs with sedative effects such as lemon balm. It's been used since the 1700s for its sleep-inducing properties and has a distinct pine-like aroma. Valerian has been said to help ease both insomnia and anxiety.
This minty beverage dates back to Egyptian and Roman times and can promote restful sleep by relaxing the muscles and also the mind. Green in appearance and minty to taste, peppermint tea provides a relaxing experience, bound to send you off into the land of nod. It's also great for digestion after a large meal!
Another tea to lure you into slumber is lavender: with relaxing and anti-stress properties, the spiky purple flower is definitely a winner. Although known for its aroma used in candles and essential oils, lavender has a very floral taste, very similar to how it smells. Try this one for a relaxing pick-me-up.
How to make herbal tea: