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Sleep, sleep, where art thou! If you’re someone who tosses and turns through most of the night, we’ve got just the perfect cure for you. Here are some caffeine-free herbal teas to help you get your solid eight hours of sleep.

Lemon Balm and Chamomile Tea

Add a spoonful of dried chamomile and lemon balm leaves to two cups of piping hot water. Let it brew for a few minutes before straining. Sip on this warm cup at the end of a long, tiring day and say goodbye to stress and anxiety.  

Peppermint Tea

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Peppermint acts as a natural coolant and muscle relaxant to relieve stress and anxiety. In two cups of hot water, add about a spoon of slightly crushed fresh peppermint leaves. Depending on how strong you’d like your tea, let the water soak up the goodness of the leaves. You can add a few drops of honey, if needed. Sip on this healthy tonic right before hitting the bed, and enjoy a sound sleep.

Lavender Tea

Studies suggest that lavender helps induce a calming effect, providing immediate relief from stressors, thanks to its mild sedative quality. In a cup of freshly boiled water, add a teaspoon of dried lavender flowers, and let steep for about three to four minutes. After straining the infusion, let it cool for at least one hour before drinking. In addition to sipping on some lavender tea, you could also enjoy soaking in a hot bathtub with a few drops of lavender essential oil.  


Passion Flower Tea

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Studies suggest that passion flower can help relax the nervous system and lower brain activity, thereby improving sleep quality at least in the short run. In a cup of hot boiled water, add a teaspoon of fresh passion flower leaves and let steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Once cool, strain and sip on this infusion while allowing some shuteye to take over.

Ashwagandha Tea

Ashwagandha’s invigorating and regenerative properties can be used to treat insomnia. Additionally, the leaves of the herb contain triethylene glycol, a compound that induces sleep. Boil two tablespoons of the root in a glass of water for 15 to 20 minutes. Once cool, strain and drink. You can also boil a small portion of the root in milk and add some jaggery to improve the taste of the drink.


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