One of the most enjoyable elements of my midlife bedtime routine is a hot cup of herbal tea (more accurately called an herbal infusion or tisane). Here are three of my go-to bedtime blends, containing soothing, sleep-supporting herbs like chamomile, ashwagandha, and skullcap. Pick up one of these and let’s enjoy a bedtime cup together!
I’m typically not a huge fan of chamomile tea – there’s something about the earthy scent and flavor that reminds me of mildew. (Yum, right?) The one exception is Warm Hugs from Good Medicine Tea.
The addition of sweet-and-spicy cinnamon and refreshing mint give this “sleepytime” tea a whole new flavor profile and it’s become one of my favorite evening sips. If you don’t think you like chamomile, definitely give it a try – it just may change your mind!
Ashwagandha is known as a powerful sleep aid, and the blend of warming herbs and spices like clove, cinnamon chips, green cardamom and red and black pepper supports your digestion so you can rest. Let Go from Modestine Tea is a great option if you have trouble sleeping (or staying asleep) due to queasiness, indigestion, or bloating.
Modestine founder Laura Cepeda (who was also a guest on the Mother of Reinvention podcast!) does a lot of great content on Instagram around routines and rituals of all sorts.
I bought this blend for its liver-supporting starring ingredient, dandelion root, and its complex, sweet, and spicy flavor owing to ginger and Krishna tulsi quickly made it a favorite. What I wasn’t expecting is the relaxing punch Dandy Detox from Smith Teamakers delivers, likely owing to an ingredient I almost missed on the list – nerve-soothing skullcap!
It’s not exactly a sedative effect – I can drink it in the afternoon and enjoy a brief respite before cruising into the rest of my day – but as my last cuppa before bed, it effectively sets the stage for a relaxing slide into slumber. (I don’t recommend more than one cup right before bed, though – they don’t call dandelions “pee-the-bed” for nothing!)