And in the last year or two we’ve heard more and more about the importance of sleep and how many of us are not getting enough.  So, along with a low-key bedtime routine and turning off screens an hour before hitting the sack, here’s a tea recipe that will help you get those zzzzz’s you need!

Sweet Dreams Lavender and Passion Flower Tea

(Source: Mommypotomus.com)

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I’m sure you’ve seen in the news more and more lately about the importance of sleep and health.  We all have stress in our lives, among other things, that steal away our good night’s sleep!  So here’s a recipe that’s sure to calm the mind and sooth the soul before bedtime.  This is a one-cup-at-time recipe with a tea blend you make and keep on hand.  Since it has gelatin in it, DO NOT REFRIDGERATE or you could find an interesting dessert later!  This recipe is from Mommypotomus who has tested this recipe on her son so it’s “Kid Approved”! {insert check mark!}

First make the blend of the herbs and flowers which most can be found on Amazon.  Keep the blend in an airtight container and use as you need to for the recipe below.

Combine the following and keep in an air-tight container.

 

2 parts Passion Flower

1 part Lavender Blossoms

2 parts Catnip

1 part Chamomile

2 parts Hibiscus Flowers

She says, “I’ve found that consuming some form of healthy fat before bed is helpful for balancing blood sugar throughout the night, which seems to decrease night waking for me. I sometimes add butter to my chamomile blend, but I’m not a fan of it (or coconut oil) in the passion flower blend. “ 

Grass-Fed Gelatin

She uses Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides for the grass-fed gelatin because, as she says, it “is rich in several amino acids, particularly glycine, that are thought to calm the body and promote healthy sleep.”

Honey

As mentioned in this study, some experts believe that “a major function of sleep is to replenish glycogen stores in the brain that have been depleted during wakefulness.” While not formally studied, some people believe a little honey before bed supplies the liver with a boost in glycogen that helps the body complete this task, thus increasing how rested we feel in the morning. Of course, it tastes good, too.

Salt

If you crave salty and crunchy foods when you’re stressed, there’s a good reason for that. According to this study, salt improves our stress response. There is even some evidence to suggest that it raises or oxytocin – aka the feel good hormone – levels as well. (SOURCE: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/14962074/)

Sweet Dreams Tea Recipe

1 tsp tea blend (Lavender and Passion flower or you can find a good Chamomile blend if you prefer)

 

1 tbsp unflavored gelatin

 

Raw honey

 

Pinch of sea salt

 

1 cup hot water

Boil water and add it to your favorite mug.  Put 1 tsp of the tea blend in a tea ball (or any kind of loose tea strainer) and let it sit in the hot water for 5-7 minutes.  In that time the water will cool enough to drink.  Then add the remaining ingredients, stir and enjoy!