Impala and Peacock

Sleeptime Tea

$24.00

A natural, organic, and grounding sleeptime tea designed to help you wind down for bed. The herbs selected act to calm the body and mind making this the perfect nightcap or tea for anxiety. The valerian root in this sleeptime tea has a strong calming effect. 

1 tsp to 200mL cup

100°C degree water temperature

4 min steep time (this is a single infusion tea)

Chamomile, corn flowers, st john's wort, valerian root
(all products are organic)

These herbs are potent and should be treated with respect. Do not drink this tea and operate machinery or drive a car. Some of these herbs function similarly to valium. Refer to the research section for the details.

Valerian root (Valeriana officinalis) has a long history in ancient Greek and Roman culture as a sleep aid [1]. Valerian was used in hospitals, during WW1 and WW2, as a tea for anxiety, treating stress during air raids and bombings[2]. In a 2021 paper [3], researchers summarised its effect as interacting with GABA-ergic neurotransmission, resulting in sedation [4].

A 2006 systematic review and meta analysis of research on valerian root [5], evaluated 16 eligible studies examining a total of 1093 patients. The quality of the research was noted as poor with little control of dosage, publication bias and measurement of different variables, however 6 of the 16 studies found an increase in sleep quality, finding that participants using valerian almost doubled their chance of sleeping better when compared with those who had taken a placebo. 9 of the 16 studies found that participants taking valerian root fell asleep faster with 2 of these studies both finding that participants were falling asleep about 15 mins faster than those not on valerian root tea.

Chamomile tea (Matricaria recutita) is a well known treatment for insomnia and anxiety and has been used by humans for thousands of years. It truly is one of the oldest medicinal plants. It’s sleep-inducing effects are believed to be due to the flavonoid, apigenin [6]. It is believed that apigenin binds to benzodiazepine receptors in the brain [7]. Research has found chamomile to have a depressant effect on the central nervous system, which in turn increases activity of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) which in turn inhibits brain activity, inducing sleep and reducing anxiety [8]. Chamomile tea seems to show valium-like effects [9].


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