We often hear people say “a cup of tea makes everything better...” and what's not to love about it?
Herbal Tea has enjoyed paramount cultural significance for centuries now, particularly in Australia where half the population (about 9.8 million) drinks at least one cup of tea every day.
Tea is just not a drink; it’s a cherished beverage that changes our mood in seconds, refreshes us, and accompanies us through conversations. There is nothing “a cup of hot tea” cannot do for us, especially, a cup of tea that helps you sleep and may also reduce stress and aid rest.
In today’s stressful times, it’s often difficult to gain peaceful and extended sleep. More than 30% of people around the world and up to 45% in Australia suffer from sleep disorders or insomnia.
But what if your favourite sleep tea could help beat insomnia and sleep better? Certain combinations of herbal ingredients in sleep tea promote sleep by soothing and calming the mind and body, and making sleep tea a part of your bedtime ritual may help relax your mind for deep and serene rest. Research shows that certain ingredients in blends of herbal sleep tea can effectively help with insomnia and aid in natural restorative sleep.
After being under a lot of stress at work and moving and having sleep troubles, I tried The Sleep Boss sleep tea. I have honestly never slept better with this natural herbal sleep tea. - Georgia Cunningham.
What are the benefits of Herbal Loose Leaf Sleep Tea?
Any tea enthusiast knows that tea is mainly available in two forms, bagged or loose leaf. Bagged tea is mostly the dusty and broken pieces of actual tea leaves, and has generally lost most of its quality and benefits. Also, bagged tea is often so profoundly processed that it hardly contains the goodness of actual tea. Moreover, there’s a significant possibility that the bagged tea available at your grocery store has been sitting on shelves for quite a while, probably having lost most of its potency.
Pure, unprocessed goodness!
Herbal loose leaf tea still retains its pure form and is usually much less processed. As a result, it offers a delicious aroma, flavour, and all health benefits. Being significantly high in antioxidants, substances that remove free radicals and other toxic compounds from the body, some of the benefits of herbal sleep tea are as follows:
- Repairs cell damage and promote cell growth
- Lowers levels of bad cholesterol and prevent/improves diseases such as hypertension and cardiovascular heart disease
- Improves circulation
- Boosts the immune system
- Boosts metabolism which aids weight loss
- Protects the body from the growth and accumulation of cancerous cells
- Has an overall calming effect that promotes mental clarity, and improves memory and concentration
In truth, the list of the benefits of herbal sleep tea could go on and on. However, one thing to consider is ‘quality’. If your goal is to consume tea for all its health benefits, then processed tea bags are definitely not the way to go. Always prioritise quality before anything else and ensure the tea is potent and unprocessed when purchasing.
What are the Types of Loose Leaf Herbal Tea?
There are many varieties of herbal loose leaf tea to choose from, based on their different flavours, aromas and health attributes. For colder climates, there are teas and herbs that induce a warming effect on the body. Teas made with cinnamon, cloves, turmeric, echinacea, and sage are among the best for warming up. For warmer climates, there are teas and herbs that exert a cooling effect on the body. Teas made with lemon and lime, lemon balm, rosehip and petals, elderflower, hibiscus, or yarrow are among the best for cooling off.
Tips to Make the Perfect Cup of Sleep Tea
Perfecting the ritual of tea making to create the perfect brew is easier said than done. Here are some pointers to help you in your tea brewing process:
- Always fill the kettle with fresh, cold water to achieve optimum taste. Avoid re-boiling pre-heated water.
- Make sure the water is at the right temperature. This is essential again for achieving the best flavour. For black tea, around 95ºC to 98ºC is considered ideal, while for green/delicate teas, 80ºC to 85ºC is preferred. This difference is because each type of tea releases its flavour compounds at a different temperature.
- Brew the tea for at least 3 to 5 minutes. This allows all compounds to be released into the pot and gives the tea a wholesome flavour, aroma and consistency.
- Choosing the right crockery is important as well; porcelain is always the best choice since clay tends to taint flavours especially if they aren’t well-glazed.
- For making cold teas, add loose tea leaves to a jug of fresh water at room temperature. After soaking for 30 minutes or so, place it into the fridge for an hour so it to chills considerably. Once desirably cold, just sieve, pour yourself a cup and enjoy. This could be used as a refreshing summer chiller as well.
If you don’t have a kettle or the main supplies required to make tea, don’t worry. For heating the water, simply use a saucepan or any other small pot. The microwave is a good option as well. Before adding water to the tea, allow it to cool for two to three minutes, since boiling water might make it bitter. If you don’t have a standard strainer to filter tea debris from your cup, you can try using cheesecloth to remove loose tea leaves.
Apart from the general health benefits of consuming teas, this wonder beverage has many other potential uses as well and can be used as an:
- Exfoliant – simply add some loose leaf herbal tea to your regular body wash to create a natural scrub for removing dead skin and revitalising your body with antioxidants.
- Face Mask – mix loose green tea leaves with honey or Greek yogurt to make a face mask that is rich in antioxidants and caffeine to help rejuvenate skin and clear redness.
- Dark Circle Reducer – placing damp tea bags or loose leaves on the eyes will help soothe them and reduce dark circles and puffiness.
- Mouthwash: lightly flavoured tea such as green tea can help deodorise the mouth and minimise off odours.
Certain concoctions of herbal sleep teas are excellent for curing insomnia and can become a part of your nightly ritual. Some of the most effective herbal teas for sleep are chamomile, lemon balm, valerian, passionflower, and turmeric (when used in warm milk and honey).
So, if you’ve tried everything from blue light to white noise to sleep masks, but still find yourself tossing and turning all night, sleep tea might just be the magical brew you need.
Sleep Tea will not only help you rest peacefully but it will also enhance your sense of overall well-being and health.
Read more about The Sleep Boss Sleep Tea.
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