If your morning caffeine craving is the main reason you get out of bed, you already know how much of an impact a warm cup of coffee or tea in your hands can have on your well-being when incorporated into your routine.
Watching the sun rise with your trusty hot beverage by your side is a great way to kick-start your morning, but this is a practice that doesn’t just have to be relegated to the first few hours of your day. Drinking certain teas before bed can have a major impact on your health and your quality of sleep. So, break out your favorite mug, put a pot of water on to boil, and let’s take a look at the best teas to add to your bedtime routine to sleep soundly tonight.
Brewing Up Benefits
There are several varieties of tea you’ve probably heard of, but did you know that all “true” teas come from the same plant? Camellia sinensis grows primarily in Southeast Asia and its leaves are processed in a variety of ways to bring us black, green, white, oolong, and pu-erh teas. These teas are packed with antioxidants and l-theanine to provide a natural boost of energy and help support your immune system. Herbal teas, or tisanes, are actually not derived from the tea plant but are made with fruits, flowers, roots, leaves and spices from other plants.
Avocado Leaf tea is considered an herbal tea, this warm beverage can have a myriad of health benefits and the process of making and drinking tea is both relaxing and downright delicious. Tea making can be a meditative process–waiting for the water to boil, gently steeping your chosen tea blend, waiting for the flavors to infuse fully–every step requires patience and precision.
Inhaling the steam off a mug of tea and filling your belly with warm liquid in the evening can actually have a similar effect to taking a relaxing pre-bed bath or shower. Our bodies have a natural regulatory sleep cycle (circadian rhythm), which is primarily controlled by internal body temperature. When you sleep, your body temperature drops to conserve energy. Heating your skin or core gently a few hours before bed can help to kick start the cool-down process and actively make you feel sleepy.
In its natural state, tea actually contains more caffeine than coffee. Through processing and dilution, however, a cup of tea usually ends up containing about half the caffeine that your morning cup of joe does. Before bed, though, you probably want to avoid a caffeine kick, so opting for an herbal tea or a decaf blend is the way to go. Below you can read about Avocado Leaf Tea/Chamomile blend that can be brewed to reap several health benefits and induce better sleep.
1) Avocado Leaf
Avocado Leaf is considered an herbal tea. Made from all natural avocado leaves, our tea is handpicked, dried & milled and packaged into an easy to use plastic free biodegradable pyramid sachet. Avocado leaf has been found to contain extraordinary properties and are high in antioxidants. They blend well with other herbal ingredients, especially Chamomile.
This popular floral tea has a light and crisp vaguely fruity flavor. Its calming properties have made it a staple pre-bed tea, and for good reason. The antioxidants present in chamomile are purported to help reduce the stress hormone, cortisol, and increase serotonin and melatonin levels, which help alleviate stress and bring about sleep. Chamomile’s antioxidants may also help to open blood vessels, making it an exceptional choice for those looking for headache or migraine pain relief.
Blending the two together
Our Avocado Leaf/Chamomile blend has only two ingredients; The first natural avocado leaf and the second, natural chamomile flowers. Both are whole ingredients that are good for your body, mind and spirit. Nutritional relaxation at its best. Treat yourself tonight with a warm "cuppa" Avocado Leaf/Chamomile tea for a good nights sleep.
For additional herbal ingredients that can be beneficial for sleep see: Best Teas To Help You Sleep.