As our bodies seek to adjust to the hour change, falling asleep quickly may be difficult. Sipping a cup of hot herbal tea an hour before bedtime could help with relaxation.

Chamomile is a well-known tea for improving sleep quality. For centuries it has been used for this purpose.

Beatrix Potter introduced most children to chamomile tea in “The Tale of Peter Rabbit.” Because he was not feeling well, Peter’s mom put him to bed and gave him some chamomile tea. Mothers everywhere became empowered to solve discomforts with chamomile tea. proposes that chamomile tea might have numerous health benefits. They encourage scientific research to justify the claims regarding chamomile’s ability to boost immunity and improve skin health.

The ability for chamomile to reduce anxiety and depression might be a consequence of users getting better sleep. As with all products, consumers should be aware of the possibility of an allergy.

The website promotes Seven Blossoms tea for better sleep and a calm feeling. Seven Blossoms originated in Mexico as a sleep remedy. This blend has various ingredients depending on the manufacturer.

Most brands are based on chamomile or a similar calming herb. Petals of flowers and herbs are added for flavor. Be aware that some blends even contain a bit of caffeine.

Those who enjoy Seven Blossoms tea claim many benefits, the main one being better sleep and relaxation. Better sleep leads to an improved mood and reduced stress. Others claim better circulation, improved digestion and more.

Rinosan is a very old blend of various herbs, roots, and other ingredients known to have a calming effect. This tea has a strong earthy flavor.

Traditionally consumed throughout Latin America, using the tea is passed on by grandmothers. It is compared to being wrapped in a warm blanket for calming comfort.

Spearmint tea is used to reduce stress and promote relaxation. Studies show that mint essential oil in products can also reduce pain. Such relief greatly facilitates sleep.

In our area once famous for the production of mint, it is easy to grow mint plants. Only plant it in a contained area as it spreads readily and can be invasive. The leaves can be steeped, or water can be infused with mint leaves. My grandchildren make infused lemonade using mint leaves from my yard.

Anyone can make mint beverages using fresh leaves. Bring two cups of water to a boil. While waiting, rinse and tear a handful of freshly picked mint leaves. Remove boiled water from the heat. Add torn leaves. Cover and steep for five minutes. Strain and enjoy a cup of warm tea.

Herbal teas are derived from flowers, leaves, bark and roots. Some folks might have reactions to the natural ingredients. Whenever trying a new tea, begin slowly with only one cup a day for the first week. As is true for everything we put in our bodies, moderation is best. Limit consuming cups of tea per day.

Teas are like dietary supplements. They do not replace medications recommended by doctors. Furthermore, tea ingredients might react with or change the potency of medications. Advise your doctor of all substances used regularly. and inquire about possible interactions.

Always consult a physician before using herbal teas as a medical remedy. Never give children herbal tea without a consultation with a medical practitioner.

The purpose of this column is to provide general information. Always consult a physician about medical issues. Please do not self-treat.

Pioneer Drug, 1428 Center Avenue in Dos Palos, carries a selection of herbal teas, those mentioned in this article and others. Many are acclaimed for sleep improvement benefits. As always shop locally first.

(Janet Miller is a freelance writer specializing in family faith. She offers Family Prayers and Activities: Weekly Guides o compact disc for families to explore the Bible together. Email

Janet Miller

Janet Miller is a freelance writer specializing in family faith. She offers Family Prayers and Activities: Weekly Guides on compact disc for families to explore the Bible together. Email