Best Calming Tea Recipes – Top 10 Herbs to Use!

Calming Tea

With all the health benefits that herbs and herbal teas can provide, it is easy to forget that the one basic element of most hot, brewed beverages is a calming and soothing effect. Part of this is gained from the simple act of slowing down and enjoying a warm beverage. But, many herbs found in nature take this soothing moment and add another layer of relaxation as well. Some help take the edge off a stressful day at work; others, help falling asleep fast simple and enjoyable. No calming tea will have the same effects of medications designed for the same purposes, but they also lack many of the side effects associated with medications as well. Enjoying soothing and relaxing herbal tea recipes can be a safe and soothing way to unwind, and we compiled a list of the best ten herbs to include in your brew for this purpose.

1. Lemon Balm: Lemon balm is a popular component in many herbal tea recipes, but it actually boasts some medicinal benefits of its own in addition to a pleasant and enjoyable flavor. Lemon balm acts mildly as a sedative and the mint family plant therefore is found in many commercially produced calming tea products and is often found alongside valerian.

2. Valerian Root: Of all herbal calmers, valerian is one of the better known. It works by slowing down the breakdown of certain chemicals in the brain (GABA) which in turn can lead to a calming and sedative effect. Valerian is useful as a calming tea, but many people use it before bed in order to promote a rejuvenating and restful night’s sleep.

3. Hops: Most people know hops for its use in beer, but the main ingredient itself is also thought to have a calming effect. The plant is used medicinally both for anxiety and insomnia in alternative medicine and is found readily in commercially produced teas. This may come as a surprise to many that may have assumed its role in beer manufacture was singular.

4. Lavender: Lavender is best known for its use in aromatherapy, and that is no surprise given its studied ability to promote relaxation when the gentle aroma is breathed in. Lavender has many uses however, and some find it an excellent component in a calming tea, both for its flavor profile and benefits as well as the soothing smells it provides.

5. Passion Flower: Although the name suggests that it may be more related to libido than a relaxing brew, passion flower actually has sedative properties that make it a popular choice in a calming tea. The methanol extracts that are found in the plant’s leaves, flowers and stems can bring about anti anxiety effects, lending to its calming abilities.

6. Kava Root: Natives to the south pacific region of the world have long enjoyed the numerous purported health benefits of kava, a plant indigenous to the region. This herb is regularly enjoyed for its muscle relaxing properties which can bring about feelings of relaxation. Kava should not be used by some individuals, including those that are pregnant or on other medications. And, kava found in herbal tea blends should also be avoided by these individuals as well.

7. Chamomile: Few herbs are as well known as chamomile because it remains a key component of calming tea, both homemade and commercial produced, for a very long time. The herb is best used before bedtime as it brings about a relaxing and soothing state and may be useful in helping people fall asleep faster. Chamomile has also been used in persons experiencing anxiety and stress to help bring about a calmer and more relaxed state.

8. Lotus: Lotus is known for its role as a sacred plant in many parts of the world. But, the beautiful flowers of the enigmatic plant hold medicinal properties that have been useful in traditional medicine for thousands of years. Many believe that the lotus holds sedative properties, and it can be useful in calming tea for this reason.

9. Wild Lettuce: It sounds much more innocuous than it truly is. Wild lettuce is also referred to as opium lettuce or bitter lettuce, and is known for producing effects similar to those of opium, though on a milder scale. Available in tea form, it does carry a unique and sometimes bitter flavor. Widely used both for arthritis and insomnia, this tea should be discussed with a health care provider beforehand, particularly in individuals who have health conditions or are taking medications.

10. Ylang Ylang: Once a very well known herbal remedy, few hear much about ylang ylang anymore. As herbal remedies have gained in popularity, Ylang Ylang has lost some of its luster. But, it has not lost any of its potency. Although considered to have a somewhat stimulant effect, Ylang ylang is thought to be a relaxing herb and hence appropriate for a calming tea. It has an intense aphrodisiac properties thanks to an irresistible and sensual aroma.

The simple act of enjoying herbal tea can be a relaxing experience in itself. However, when using herbs that are known for their soothing effects, this relaxing experience can be furthered. Calming tea can help take the edge off a stressful day or help you unwind in the evening. It can also help promote a peaceful and enjoyable night’s sleep.