For years, chamomile tea has been used as a natural remedy to reduce inflammation, decrease anxiety and treat insomnia. In fact, chamomile is commonly regarded as a mild tranquilizer or sleep inducer. Its calming effects may be attributed to an antioxidant called apigenin, which is found in abundance in chamomile tea. Apigenin binds to specific receptors in your brain that may decrease anxiety and initiate sleep.
2. Valerian Root
Valerian is an herb that has been used for centuries to treat problems like insomnia, nervousness and headaches. Historically, it was used in England during World War II to relieve the stress and anxiety caused by air raids. Today, valerian is one of the most popular herbal sleep aids in Europe and the US. It’s available as a dietary supplement in capsule or liquid form. Valerian root is also commonly dried and sold as tea.
Summary Valerian root may increase sleepiness by increasing levels of a neurotransmitter called GABA. Smaller studies suggest that valerian root may improve overall sleep quality by shortening the time it takes to fall asleep and decreasing night-time awakenings.
Lavender is an herb often touted for its aromatic and soothing scent. In ancient times, Greeks and Romans would often add lavender to their drawn baths and breathe in the calming fragrance. Lavender tea is made from the small purple buds of the flowering plant. Originally native to the Mediterranean region, it’s now grown worldwide. Many people drink lavender tea to relax, settle their nerves and aid sleep. In fact, there is research to support these supposed benefits.
Summary Lavender is best known for its relaxing aroma. Drinking lavender tea may improve sleep quality, especially in those with insomnia or anxiety-related.
4. Lemon Balm
Lemon balm belongs to the mint family and is found all over the world. While frequently sold in extract form for use in aromatherapy, lemon balm leaves are also dried to make tea. This citrus-scented, aromatic herb has been used for reducing stress and improving sleep since the Middle Ages.
Passionflower tea is made from the dried leaves, flowers and stems of the Passiflora plant. Traditionally, it has been used to alleviate anxiety and improve sleep. More recently, studies have examined the ability of passionflower tea to improve insomnia and sleep quality.
Summary Drinking passionflower tea may improve overall sleep quality. Also, passionflower in conjunction with valerian root and hops may reduce symptoms of insomnia.
Magnolia is a flowering plant that has been around for over 100 million years.
Magnolia tea is made mostly from the bark of the plant but also consists of some dried buds and stems. Traditionally, magnolia was used in Chinese medicine for various symptoms, including abdominal discomfort, nasal congestion and stress relief. It is now regarded worldwide for its antianxiety and sedative effects.
Summary In mice, magnolia bark tea has been shown to decrease the time it takes to fall asleep and increase the amount of overall sleep by modifying GABA receptors in the brain. However, further research is needed to confirm these effects in humans.
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