I don’t know if there’s anyone out there who loves sleep as much as me. I’m sharing this herbal tea for sleep recipe because I want you to fall in love with sleep too. Chamomile tea infused with lavender and vanilla create the perfect nighttime steamer sleep tea to tell your body it’s time for bed.

Are you ready to have the best night of sleep?

lavender herbal tea for sleep in white mug with dairy free milk next to fresh bunch of lavender.
Table of Contents
  1. Sleep Tea Ingredients
  2. Health Benefits of Sleep
  3. Best Tea for Sleep
  4. How to Make Herbal Tea for Sleep
  5. Sleep Tea FAQs
  6. More Recipes to Help You Sleep
  7. Lavender Sleep Tea Recipe

Sleep Tea Ingredients

My chamomile tea recipe uses dairy-free milk and a few light herbs with calming properties. Here’s what my tea holds:

Health Benefits of Sleep

Getting enough zzz’s at night is vital for your body to heal, renew and recharge for the next day. Sleep is how your body heals and grows stronger. If you’re not getting enough of it, eventually your own personal growth will suffer! Drink this soothing chamomile tea recipe before bedtime and slip into slumber with ease.

If I fall into a pattern of not getting enough sleep, it shows in all aspects of my life. I’m cranky, sluggish, irrational and eating foods that do me more harm than good. Quality sleep has become a huge part of my wellness journey.

I even created a whole bedtime routine with a bedtime smoothie (complete with the best Coop pillow) to ensure I am getting my beauty sleep.

Best Tea for Sleep

There are so many choices out there and many of them have additives that do more harm than good. I suggest sticking with simple, herbal teas that use ingredients such as this:

  1. Valerian Root: Helpful when you’re having a hard time sleeping due to anxiety or stress.
  2. Poppy Plant: Contains poppy plant acts as a mild sedative to help encourage a deep sleep when you’re feeling restless and achy.
  3. Chamomile: Contains apigenin, an occurring antioxidant that may promote sleepiness and reduce insomnia.
  4. Lavender Buds: Tea that includes lavender can improve your sleep quality and relax you too.
white speckled mug of dairy free milk + chamomile tea.

How to Make Herbal Tea for Sleep

Making your own tea is a simple and soothing process in and of itself.

  1. Heat up milk to hot but NOT boiling. I like the ‘steamer’ creamy feel to this tea, yet you can heat up water if warm milk isn’t your thing.
  2. Add a chamomile tea bag and lavender buds and steep for 5-6 minutes. This will give you good flavor as well as allow the herbs time to infuse the warmed milk. If you’re new to tea, try steeping for less time until you get used to the flavor.
  3. Pour your steeped tea through a strainer into your favorite mug. I’ve got quite the collection of mugs as I am a daily coffee drinker, yet I always choose my clay mug when drinking nighttime tea.
  4. Add just a bit of honey and vanilla extract for the final touch, then sit down and enjoy.

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herbal tea in a white mug on a tea towel next to an unused tea bag, wooden spoon and fresh lavender.

Sleep Tea FAQs

Which tea is good for sleep?

Look for caffeine-free herbal teas like chamomile, valerian, lavender and more. These use natural ingredients that are calming vs caffeinated teas that will wake you up.

Do sleep teas actually work?

While sleep tea is not the ultimate cure for insomnia, an herbal sleep tea uses real herbs that help calm your mind and body to prepare for sleep. You can also choose foods that will gear you up for a good night’s sleep and establish consistent sleeping patterns so your body knows when it’s time to go to bed each night.

How do you make herbal tea for sleep?

Easy! Pick your favorite plant milk and heat it on the stove. You want it hot but NOT boiling. Add in the herbal tea bag (I like to use chamomile) and lavender buds and steep. Strain then transfer the liquid to a mug. Add in your sweetener of choice for a bit more flavor. Enjoy!

fresh herbal tea with flowers in a white mug on a tea towel with a bunch of fresh lavender next to it.

More Recipes to Help You Sleep

I want to set my body up for sleep the best way I can, and a soothing drink with the right ingredients can help me do just that. Try one of these delicious beverages to put you in the mood for sleep.

  • Pink Moon Milk: Another natural sleep aid that warms you up and calms your mind for quality sleep.
  • Golden Milk Latte: A great beverage to naturally calm the inflammation that’s led to too many sleepless nights.
  • Spiced Almond Milk: This is a great way to stabilize your blood sugar throughout the night.
  • Sleep Well Smoothie: If you need a nighttime snack, blend this soothing smoothie to settle your body for the night.

Once you’ve made this lovely tea recipe, leave a rating and review to let me know how you liked it. I’d love to help you on your better sleep journey.

4.93 from 40 votes

Lavender Sleep Tea

This calming, warm tea is just the thing to help unwind and relax after a long day. Chamomile tea is steeped directly in almond milk and lightly sweetened. Add dried lavender buds for an extra calming effect.
Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 6 minutes
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Healing, Plant-Based
Serves: 1


  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 chamomile tea bag
  • 1 tsp honey to taste
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp lavender buds optional


  • Place the almond milk into a small saucepan and heat until very hot but not boiling.
  • Add the chamomile tea and lavender buds, if using and allow to steep 5-6 minutes.
  • Remove tea bag and strain out lavender buds, if needed. 

  • Pour into the teacup or mug. Sweeten with honey, if using and stir in vanilla extract.
  • Drink immediately. 


  • To create more of a frothy latte, pour all contents into a blender and blend before serving.
  • If culinary lavender tea buds are hard to find, use a chamomile lavender tea bag.
  • Swap honey with maple syrup to make this recipe vegan.
  • Use the plant milk of your choice.


Calories: 62kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 325mg, Potassium: 7mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin C: 0.04mg, Calcium: 301mg, Iron: 0.03mg
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  1. 5 stars
    I’ve never had chamomile tea before and this is a definite night time tea I’ll be drinking often. It really helps me to relax in the evening.

  2. 5 stars
    Looooooove this tea time recipe, I actually have been falling asleep easier and sleeping better overall. I would have never thought to steep chamomile in Almond Milk. I also add a dash of cinnamon to ours. I couldn’t find lavender petals but did have culinary grade lavender EO but that was way to strong for the amount of drink, so we enjoy without the lavender. My partner absolutely loves it. Every night during our SGS cleanse she asks, “is it time for our sleepy time tea?”. Overall, this will remain a go to in our house.

  3. 5 stars
    It’s so good and satisfying! I only had it the first night because I couldn’t fit it in. I was too full. I’m hoping I can do better today because it was so delicious!

  4. 5 stars
    I love this bedtime drink so much. It is warming and creamy and has that little bit of sweetness with the vanilla. For me it helps clear my mind ready for sleep.

  5. 5 stars
    This is an awesome calming drink for bedtime. It is helping me fall asleep sooner. My family got addicted to this night time “treat” now. My daughter says it tastes very similar to “horchata” and looks forward to this every night. Thanks for this awesome recipe!

  6. 4 stars
    A nice soothing drink for any time of day! I find this to be a calming drink. I prefer honey instead of maple syrup and haven’t tried the lavender buds. A wonderful way to take a break from your hectic day and have a bit of relaxing time!

  7. 5 stars
    This is my favorite tea! I keep it in the house. I have gotten the best sleep on the nights that I drink this. I love it so much, that I have shared it with my family members. If you have never tried it, try it today! It will quickly become a part of your routine.

  8. 5 stars
    The camomile sleep tea was delicious! I was a little Leary of the flavors but they were wonderful….

  9. 5 stars
    The vanilla camomile steamer is so delicious. It is a warm, calming drink to end your day with. Yum

  10. 5 stars
    The vanilla chamomile steamer is a great, warm drink to end the day. I like to use my own home made almond milk & the lavender buds are a nice, soothing addition.

    1. Homemade almond milk is great to use here, Tina. Such a smart thought!

  11. 5 stars
    I don’t have the lavender around here but I look forward to trying this someday. I do love the suggestion of taking the warm almond milk and putting it in the blender for a few spins. The frothiness is heaven!

    I hear the almond milk over the stove and stir it with mt wooden spoon. I use this as an evening ritual. As I’m stirring, I pretend I’m a child and I tell myself sweet things before bed.

    It’s become something I will continue on after this cleanse.

    My dreams and sleep are better since doing it. Thank you!

    1. What a lovely ritual Victoria. I’m so glad you shared that! <3

  12. 5 stars
    So calming! I’ve been looking forward to it every night since my first one during the Winter reset. Like a lullaby 🙂

    1. Better this cup of warm yumminess sings you to sleep than us, Jen! Happy sleeping! 🙂