Teas to help bring on sleep tend to have herbs that are more enjoyable to taste and are often more mild than herbs that you will find in sleep inducing tinctures.

Here are some of the classic herbs that are found in sleep inducing herbal teas:

california poppy, chamomile, chrysanthemum, clary sage, elder flower, gotu kola, hawthorn, hops, lavender, lemongrass, lemon balm, lemon verbena, linden, oat straw, motherwort, mugwort, passionflower, rose petals, skullcap, violet.

None of these are extraordinarily strong but if taken in the evening along with other relaxant activities such as bathing, lowering electric lights, reading gentle enjoyable books, connecting with friends, making love or taking a gentle evening stroll, a good cup of gentle relaxant tea can do wonders.  These recipes below are all start with ingredients to then add to a hot cup of water and then steep for 10 minutes (except the childrens recipe with chrysanthemum which would only be steeped for 5.) The herbs are then strained off and the tea is ready to drink.

 

Sleep and improving digestion

1 tsp Lemon Balm

1 tsp Chamomile

2 strobiles Hops

 

Sleep and helping with grief/heartache

1 tsp Hawthorn flower

1 tsp Motherwort

1/2 tsp Rose petals

 

Sleepy time for children

1 tsp Linden

1/2 tsp Oat straw

honey to taste

 

Sleepy time for overheated restless children

1 tsp Chrysanthemum

1/2 tsp Lemon Balm

Honey to taste

 

Sleep and reducing restlessness

1 tsp Skullcap

1 tsp Lemon balm

1 tsp Gotu Kola

 

Sleep and reducing depression/overthinking

1 tsp Passionflower

1 tsp Skullcap

1 tsp Lemon verbena

 

Sleep and reducing pain/cramping

3 strobiles Hops

1 tsp Lavender

1/2 tsp Mugwort