Sleepy Time Herbal Tea

One of the cool things about being a student at Boucher is that we're encouraged to try (and in this case, are forced to try) some of the modalities on ourselves. We get to practice acupuncture, soft tissue work, joint mobilizations and much more.

In Botanical Medicine class last semester, we did research on stimulant and sedative teas. In the Bot Med world, there are so many options for both of these and you can take it in a lot of different directions (for example, my stimulant tea was for cerebral vascular flow vs having a caffeine stimulant tea). 

This tea was really nice tasting and I felt like it worked quite well. I don't have issues with sleep- I usually clock a solid 7 hours a night and feel great the next day. The only problem I ever have is with sleep onset and might take 30 minutes or so to fall asleep. I found this tea worked well for that, but I also think going through the ritual of preparing a cup of tea an hour before bed, then sitting and relaxing while drinking it also helped get me ready to crash. 

So what was in it? Here's a look at what I prepared:

Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnata), Lemonbalm (Melissa officinalis), Oats (Avena sativa), Valerian (Valeriana officinalis), and Skullcap (Scutellaria laterifolia). 

This combination of herbs has sedative, anxiolytic and calming properties so it's a great mix before bed. To prepare, combine the herbs evenly, put one heaping tablespoon into your favourite mug or pot, pour one cup of hot water over, cover and let it steep for 3-5 minutes.