Tea to Aid Sleep, Relaxation and Calm – Chamomile & Valerian
Countless preparations of relaxing and sleep-supporting teas have been used traditionally for centuries from flowers like lavender and chamomile, to roots such as valerian.
Chamomile tea is widely documented and has been regarded as a tranquilizer and sleep-inducer. Chamomile blossoms have a lovely sweet flavor evoking fruit nectar, apple and quince. Chamomile has been enjoyed in the Mediterranean region for centuries as a calming botanical to promote rest and relaxation. If you surveyed any avid tea drinker, they would like recommend chamomile as a beverage to prepare for sleep, with its ability to calm and relieve stress. Rishi sources lush buds sourced from the pristine forests of central Croatia.
There are two varieties utilized most frequently: Matricaria recutita and Chamaemelum nobile. Rishi uses Matricaria recutita as a single botanical and in blends. Chamomile’s sedative effects are often attributed to flavonoids present in the flowers that bind to receptors in the brain. Chamomile can also be implemented as a digestive aid, as the herbalist community recognizes its effects as an anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic.
Valerian root has been used since Ancient Greece and Rome—Hippocrates even outlined its therapeutic uses. Valerian is a bittersweet botanical with a perfumed, slightly musky aroma and is paired well with strawberries and spearmint, as found in our Valerian Dream.
Valeriana officinalis has been studied for its effectiveness, though no specific compounds have been singled out as the one responsible for sleep-support. Some studies suggest valerian might aid in increasing the amount of GABA produced by the brain. In aqueous extracts, or tea, glutamine is also present, which could possibly support relaxation. Valerian has a soothing effect and has been used for centuries in Europe as an herbal tea to promote restful sleep.