Most people have heard of chamomile and know it's used for its sleep inducing properties. One of the first herbal teas I made was a chamomile tea. For this tea I am going to use chamomile but I'm adding a few others herbs too. This is the recipe:
- 1 tablespoon dried Chamomile flowers
- 1 teaspoon dried Lemon balm
- 1 teaspoon dried Catnip
- 1 teaspoon dried Lemongrass
- 1 teaspoon dried Lavender flowers
This tea tends to have a bit of a floral taste from the lavender so if you don't care for that just skip the lavender. If it doesn't seem to help you very much after a few days you could add some valerian root. Only add a teaspoon of valerian to the whole mixture but steep 10-15 minutes instead.
I happen to grow my own herbs but if you don't you can order them online or find them in grocery stores. I prefer to buy them from health food stores though and if possible I always choose organic. The Bulk Herb Store's website has an amazing selection of dried herbs!
If all you have is the grocery store for herbal teas, my old standby is Celestial Seasonings Lemon Jasmine Sleepytime tea. I like to carry this one with me when I travel since I sometimes have trouble falling asleep in a hotel.
If you want to learn more about herbs, the Herbal Academy is now holding a free mini herbal class. In order for it to be free you must sign up by the last day of January, but you have 3 months to finish the course.
The course is free but you can choose to buy a workbook if you'd like to have something special for your notes. I've joined the class and I hope you will too....How can you say no to free?
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