I’m not even going to deny it — I have a lot of trouble sleeping. It all started back in high school, when I was busy with a heavy class load and work, and by the time I laid down to call it a night, I was wired. Then in college, things got even busier, but I had less time to relax. So I started looking for teas to help, and I realized I am not alone in my insomnia — there are a lot of relaxation and sleep teas out there. And I’ve tried many.
This tea is part of ROT’s “Be Well Red Teas,” which are herbal and have wellness benefitting properties.
Rooibos is a delicious herbal tea, which is the base of this beverage. Mint, citrus and passionflower give it a great, soothing taste. But the big helper ingredient is Valerian Root Extract. I didn’t notice that ingredient was in it when I got it, or even after I drank it, which is a pretty big deal, because Valerian Root has a very bold flavor.
Traditional Medicinals Nighty Night with Valerian helps me sleep, but the taste isn’t my favorite. “Get Some ZZZ’s” minty orange taste overpowers the valerian, which is a good thing in my opinion. It seems a little less strong, in taste and effectiveness, but made me really relaxed.
To prepare “get some zzz’s,” steep fresh, boiling water for 5-7 minutes. I made it with my new electrical tea kettle, which was a gift from my boyfriend. I’d never had one before, and I don’t know how I lived without it. There’s something charming still about the old fashioned kettles, but this kind heats up tea quickly so you can enjoy it right away.
Overall, this is a great tea for bedtime. The warmth and flavor helps you relax and slow your mind down at the end of a busy day — climb in bed with a cuppa and a good book, and you’ll be on your way to dreamland in no time.
Do you have a favorite nighttime tea? Also, let me know with a comment, are you team electric or stovetop kettle?