When I have trouble sleeping (which is often), tea usually helps me finally drift off to dreamworld. But sometimes, when I have too much on my mind and lavender or chamomile aren’t getting the job done, it’s time to reach for some valerian.
Traditional Medicinals’ Nighty Night Valerian organic herbal tea with valerian root helps me fall asleep quickly and have a better night’s sleep. Originally recommended to me by my good friend Clare, the first time I tried it, I was skeptical. But when my doubts were proved wrong, I knew this tea was something to keep in the house at all times. Instead of counting sheep, this tea helps me fall asleep. And I love sleep, so this tea is something I don’t know if I could live without.
Ingredients: organic valerian root, organic passionflower, organic lemon balm leaf, organic peppermint leaf, organic caraway fruit, organic licorice root. Taste: mildly bittersweet and minty, earthy and pleasant.
Lemon balm also is soothing, and peppermint leaf as well as passionflower add a good flavor that makes the valerian flavor less overpowering. I wouldn’t say this tea is the tastiest, but the flavor isn’t that bad. The aroma is mostly the valerian root, but I feel like the mint flavor stands out more when you’re drinking it. I thought it was interesting to read that cats like this! I haven’t noticed my cats coming around when I brew it, but if that changes I’ll let you know.
My method of preparation is to steep for about 20-25 minutes, though on the box, they say to steep 10-15. This tea requires longer steeping to be most effective, since it is more of a supplement. The stronger the smell, the better you’ll sleep.
Aside from this being the most effective bedtime tea I’ve had, I really like Traditional Medicinals’ packaging and tea tags. On one side, there’s always a simple, fun word or phrase, and I look forward to reading it. Also, their tea bags are compostable, so they’re guilt-free for the environment as well 🙂
Overall, this tea is super effective for soothing away insomnia. The taste isn’t bad, and the main ingredient makes falling asleep (and staying asleep) quick and easy.
Let me know in the comments if you’ve had this tea before for bedtime, or which nighty time tea is your favorite. And sweet dreams!
NOTE: if you take medications, be sure to check out the interactions here before trying this tea, as well as potential side effects to anyone consuming. I haven’t had any issues so far though!