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?
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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:
- Almond milk: This dairy-free base can offer a nice, nutty flavor to your tea. Swap with the plant milk of your choice.
- Chamomile tea: A lovely-tasting herbal tea without caffeine.
- Honey: This lovely natural sweetener offers a light sweetness to the tea as well as may have anti-depressant and anti-anxiety properties.
- Vanilla extract: The lovely aroma has a calming effect on the brain.
- Lavender buds: Culinary flowers have been used for centuries in a variety of medicinal teas, tonics and more. They are flavorful and used to treat insomnia and anxiety.
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.
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:
- Valerian Root: Helpful when you’re having a hard time sleeping due to anxiety or stress.
- Poppy Plant: Contains poppy plant acts as a mild sedative to help encourage a deep sleep when you’re feeling restless and achy.
- Chamomile: Contains apigenin, an occurring antioxidant that may promote sleepiness and reduce insomnia.
- Lavender Buds: Tea that includes lavender can improve your sleep quality and relax you too.
How to Make Herbal Tea for Sleep
Making your own tea is a simple and soothing process in and of itself.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Add just a bit of honey and vanilla extract for the final touch, then sit down and enjoy.
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Sleep Tea FAQs
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.
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.
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!
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.
Lavender Sleep Tea
- 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.