The characteristic of this blend lies in the components that make up the mix for the relaxing herbal tea . Herbs such as chamomile, lemon balm, poppy, linden, and others contained in the blend are known to be relaxing herbs.
They possess sedative characteristics for the organism, but also antispasmodic and anti-neuralgic. A good habit of consuming these herbs for insomnia on a daily basis through an herbal tea, certainly makes our body better prepared for sleep.
A good sleep is essential to face busy days, rested and regenerated.
Herbs to sleep well: properties and benefits
We know how relaxing a herbal tea can be before going to bed, and for this we have prepared effective medicinal plants in the blend. They have been used as natural sleep remedies in many traditions.
They have their ability to fight insomnia, but also to calm states of stress and mild anxiety.
Among these, in the blend of herbs for insomnia, chamomile certainly has a prominent place. The flowers of this plant are often used in herbal teas to promote sleep, thanks to their sedative effects.
Contains an antioxidant , apigenin, which can induce muscle relaxation and promote better sleep quality.
Lemon balm is a herb known to help with indigestion and relieve anxiety, and is useful in herbal tea, as both conditions can affect sleep.
Thanks to rosmarinic acid and to some substances (oleanolic acid and ursolic acid), lemon balm plants in our nervous system are efficient receptor stimulators GABA, which is a molecule that regulates muscle tone and excitability. It promotes the reduction of pressure, stimulates the production of endorphins that give feelings of well-being, and prevents insomnia.
Linden flowers also represent a natural sleep aid , calming states of agitation, and helping to lower blood pressure that is too high. This medicinal plant is useful for its sedative effects, giving relief in case of mental stress , which can also occur with mild tachycardia and headache. It is also a good antispasmodic , useful for intestinal well-being if digestive difficulties do not help relaxation.
Hawthorn is a further element historically considered a natural anxiolytic in herbal medicine. Thanks to the presence of flavonoids with calming properties, it reduces states of agitation, and promotes proper rest.
Excellent as an agent to relieve nervousness caused by excessive physical fatigue, or by increasing irritability and emotionality, in the most stressful periods.
From orange blossoms, in the blend of herbs for insomnia, an additional ingredient with calming powers is obtained, useful for stress and the effects of anxiety. Promotes sleep, as a natural sedative enhanced by the action of other plants; in herbal medicine it is also considered useful against states of sadness and melancholy, to stimulate mood balance.
Verbena is historically considered a useful herb for insomnia, because it promotes a natural sedative effect on the nervous system.
Its calming effects are studied through the sugar molecule present, verbenaline, for its probable psychoactive properties. In combination with other medicinal herbs, verbena can help prolong sleep and improve quality.
The dried leaves of woodruff are traditionally used to prepare herbal teas and decoctions that can act as a tranquilizer. It is among the herbs that help relax the nervous system, and its calming action is also excellent for disorders related to anxiety states such as episodes of colitis and gastritis.
The hop plant is also used in the herbal tea for insomnia, since it has a natural sedative action. Some of its acidic elements such as lupulin, humulone and lupulone, are able to interact beneficially against states of agitation and anxiety, promoting relaxation and sleep.
Centella asiatica is an element of the herbal tea, considered effective in herbal medicine to relieve anxiety and lack of sleep. It exerts a tonic function on the nervous system, combined with a sedative one - a natural anxiolytic that acts on some receptors of a hormone involved in the processes that generate satiety and calm.
Poppy has been a plant known for centuries to combat insomnia. Petals, with their great narcotic and calming properties, are used in herbal medicine. In the herbal tea indicated to help sleep, the poppy gives its alkaloids, which make it a useful sedative in case of anxiety and stress.
Origins and History of cultivation
In this herbal blend to avoid insomnia, plants have been selected that have been used for centuries in herbal medicine, as natural calming and sedative.
Most of the ingredients have qualities that are enhanced in the effects of the mix, created for the herbal tea that helps fight anxiety and agitation.
Most of the medicinal herbs in the blend have been widespread in Europe for centuries, and in any case all the ingredients are now available dried and ready for infusion.
Plants and flowers
The components of the calming and relaxing herbal tea derive from parts of medicinal plants, flowers or leaves in most cases.
The hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) , is a plant of the Rosaceae family. It has been present for centuries in Europe, northwestern Africa and western Asia. It displays white flowers, thorny branches, from which it takes its name, and red fruits.
The poppy (Papaver rhoeas) is a herbaceous plant of the Papaveraceae family. Native to Eurasia and North Africa, it is very widespread and grows spontaneously in fields and along roadsides.
Verbena is a perennial herb, belonging to the Verbenaceae family. It shows a fibrous root, small purplish flowers. In ancient times called Herba sacra or Herba veneris, and in herbal medicine the dried flowering plant is used.
The orange tree is Citrus sinensis L. (sweet oranges) or Citrus aurantium L. (bitter oranges) and is always part of Rutaceae family. It appears to be a plant - hybrid, a cross of Asian origin between pomelo and mandarin. It can reach about 5-12 meters, with elongated leaves and the famous white flowers.
Melissa officinalis is an annual plant of the Lamiaceae family. Native to southern Europe, it grows in soils exposed to full sun, up to about 60 cm in height. It blooms from June to August, producing white or pale yellow flowers and very aromatic leaves.
hops or Humulus lupulus, is a perennial plant in the Cannabaceae family. It is a climber native to Europe, western Asia and North America. It gives new shoots in early spring and dies in autumn, with a cold-resistant rhizome.
The sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum Scop.) is a species belonging to the Rubiaceae family.
The shrub is a plant native to Europe and western Asia, now widespread in many parts of the world. Its habitat is that of the undergrowth, growing on humus-rich soils, preferably in the mountain belt between 400 and 1600 meters high.
chamomile comes from the flowers of Matricaria chamomilla, belonging to the Asteraceae family. Its calming properties are famous, due to the top of the plant. It comes in two similar-looking varieties: German chamomile (Matricaria recutita, or Chamomilla recutita) and Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile).
The lime tree is a plant of the genus Tilia - Tiliaceae family. The Tilia cordata Mill variety is grown mainly for therapeutic purposes. It is a plant native to Europe and the Caucasus, which grows preferably in hilly areas.
Centella asiatica is a perennial plant of the Apiaceae family. Native to India and Madagascar, it grows in humid and shady places, along waterways and swamps. The stems are thin, and connect the various plants together.
Nutritional values of the herbal blend for insomnia
The herbal combination makes various useful active ingredients bio-availablefor rest and relaxation
In particular, flavonoids and other antioxidants are active, as well as substances such as xanthumol and lupulin, rhoedin, apigenin and verbenaline, oleanolic acid and acid ursolic .
Vitamins and other nutrients are also present.
How to use herbs in herbal tea for insomnia
The infusion is obtained by placing about 3-5 grams of the mixture of herbs to promote sleep in a cup (250 ml), with water at 100 ° C. Leave to infuse for 8 to 10 minutes, before drinking the herbal tea. Add honey or sugar if desired.
Herbal blend for insomnia: side effects and contraindications
Among the calming and relaxing herbal teas, this blend has no major contraindications.
In any case, it is not recommended for those sensitive to some medicinal herbs contained; that is, with allergies or intolerances to individual ingredients. It is advisable not to consume the herbal tea for long periods, and to respect the recommended doses, to avoid stomach pain, vomiting and dizziness, nausea, diarrheal phenomena and hypotension.
For the presence of substances that act on the nervous system, it is recommended to consult a doctor if you are being treated with sleep-inducing drugs, tranquilizers or psychotropic drugs; in addition to drugs to lower blood pressure.
The herbal tea is not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women.