When we were kids, our grandma used to give us all sorts of ‘At-Home’ cures and prevention recipes and tricks to maintain a healthy life. One of it that I remember was that generally, tea does not make us sleep. However, traditionally we are more inclined to this fact as the tea that has been our traditional hot beverage day after day and years after years is actually a stimulant to stay awake, forget instigation of sleep.
However, there are a lot of journals and medical research papers that suggest various variations of tea that helps a good night’s sleep for the fact that there are certain variants of tea that instigates relaxation and soothing and their calming effects.
In terms of nutrition, herbal teas are a big hit. These are results of infusions or decoctions of one or more herbs, spices, or other plant materials in hot water and most importantly, generally do not carry caffeine. These are normally power packed with essential nutrients, generally soothing in fragrance and ails a lot of lifestyle related issues. One of the most remarkable benefits of the herbal teas is treating sleep disorders.
So today we talk about the most effective way to bring home your usual order of sleep. Probably, the best in market. We are talking about Chamomile- Lavendar tea which is primarily a mix of two most powerful ingredients (herbs) that are known globally for their relaxing properties.
Chamomile tea is prepared from chamomile flowers. Two main types of chamomile used are German chamomile (Matricaris retutica) and Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile). Chamomile tea is also a digestive relaxant. German Chamomile has been used for inflammation associated with hemorrhoids when topically applied. There is level B evidence that German chamomile possesses anti-anxiety properties and could be used to treat stress and insomnia.
Chamomile has been used for tea since ancient times and has been quite popular. It has a calming effect on the subject when taken in mild quantities and acts as a great anti-depressant. Traditionally, this was used in the homeopathic treatments to treat depression, blood pressure and other anxiety related issues. Sleep issues are generally linked to mental activity. If the brain is hyperactive, there will be difficulty that will arise in natural sleep cycles. Chamomile basically helps the brain to relax and calm down. Hence, one cup of chamomile tea before bed helps reduce stress and therefore helps maintain sleep cycles naturally.
It also helps treat a number of more areas of medicinal intervention like diabetes, muscle spasm, Hemorrhoids, cancer, and many more such diseases.
Lavender has been in use for medicinal properties since the beginning of medical research all across the globe. People mostly, in general, appreciate lavender for its fragrance and hence it is common to see it being used in various cosmetics like shampoos, soaps, etc. However, this herb has also been used as a remedy for a range of ailments from insomnia and anxiety to depression and fatigue. Research has confirmed that lavender produces slight calming, soothing, and sedative effects when its scent is inhaled.Lavender helps treat insomnia, agitation, headaches, nervous disorders, and exhaustion. Herbalists treat skin ailments, such as fungal infections (like candidiasis), wounds, eczema, and acne, with lavender oil. It is also used in a healing bath for joint and muscle pain. One study evaluating treatments for children with eczema founded it was therapeutic touch from the mother that improved symptoms; in other words, massage with and without essential oils (including lavender) both reduced the dry, scaly skin lesions.
All we got to do is to mix equal quantities of chamomile buds and lavender buds (preferably 1 tablespoon) and mix it with 8 ounces of water. To make it all the more aromatic as well as healthy, we may also add honey to the same. Once we combine all the ingredients together, we must bring these to boil in a tea ball. We must add the lavender and chamomile buds once the water boils. We must keep these boiling for 15 minutes. The time of boiling depends on how much we wish to keep these strong or mild as per individual’s taste.
These, once boiled, are ready to be mixed with a small amount of honey (again, as per one’s taste and preferences). The tea is then ready to be sipped anytime of the day.
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