What to Drink Before Bed to Detox and Sleep Great

No denying that I appreciate my morning coffee. In fact, I wrote about my adoration here as well as some things I like to put in it to amplify it healthiness here, but tea, has a place in my heart, too, and I hope in yours as well.

Find which herbal teas to drink at night to create great sleep, detox and boost your health all at the same time!
Plain iced organic black tea with lemon, especially in the summer, is a favorite way for me to stay hydrated a large part of the day,  But, my tea affection does not end there. Let me share my nighttime appreciation for some other tea leaves that I use to wind down and signal the nighttime slow down.







Why Herbal Teas Are a Great Choice at Night


Best pivot carefully away from any caffeinated foods and drinks come mid-afternoon to avoid sleep disturbances. Reaching for herbal teas that do not contain any caffeine is a great alternative with lots of added health benefits, too. Come take a look!

  • Herbal tea is not the tea made from the Camellia Sinensis plant that gives us black, green, white and oolong teas, but an infusion of leaves, seeds, roots or bark of various herbs. 
  • Drinking a well-steeped herbal tea gives you the plant’s benefits in an easily digestible and tasty form and may help you wind down, provide a hydrating boost before bed and even help clear toxins as well.

Don't miss this: The four main kinds of regular tea and what each can do to boost your health.




Call for NightTime Tea Time 


I rotate various herbal teas that I link to below to pour at night before bed depending on my mood and what I am trying to accomplish (give my digestion a boost, relax or de-puff).  Here are three I reach for often and why you may want to as well. Make sure to not miss and pay special attention to the herbal tea prep tips below when making these teas to gain the many health benefits:


1.  Weeds may serve a purpose after all!

Squeeze all you can out of a nighttime tea bag ritual and do some detoxification at the same time! When consumed as a tea, roasted dandelion root tea can serve as a gentle liver cleanser and may also assist in the production of bile, which can help with our digestive process.  The root is abundant in vitamins and minerals, and the slightly bitter flavor may help trigger function of other digestive organs like the gallbladder and kidneys and help rid your body of excess water, too. Not bad at all for one bag of tea.

Don' miss this: some current research that could show cancer-fighting benefits to this tea as well.



2.  A sleepy-time combo does double-time.

Chamomile tea's association with sleep promotion is well deserved as its can cause a relaxing of the nerves and stomach, encouraging a sense of calm. But, I have been enjoying this chamomile and lavender tea blend adding a floral note to my evening that is nice.  The addition of lavender is a known insomnia fighter, but be sure to steep it well and note tips in the chart below to get all the medicinal benefits.

The two types of chamomile especially known for their health benefits and targeted in current research are German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) and Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile); thus, look for those when purchasing your tea.




3.  The freshness of mint soothes.

Peppermint herb tea is a naturally caffeine-free tea that has great stomach settling benefits that can be a great choice after a big dinner or for a disagreeable tummy. Anything that upsets your stomach surely can play havoc with getting a good night's rest.  This peppermint tea also contains good amounts of potassium, calcium and vitamin B, all useful to fight a cold or flu as well. And, let's not forget it does some good to freshen your breath!

Don't miss this:  Another great way I use mint.





Herbal Tea Brewing Tips


Brewing herbal tea is a tad different than brewing black, oolong, white or green teas to obtain the health benefits. Remember these three important pointers when choosing and brewing herbal teas to do it right:


1.  Use a lid.

Steep herbal teas in a covered vessel or put a plate over your mug.  This aids in containing the beneficial essential oils of the plants.


2.  Watch the timer.

Brew herbal teas longer than other teas. Ensure you steep your loose tea or tea bags long enough—in some cases, as long as 10 to 15 minutes—to really bring out all the healthful properties.


3.  Shop carefully.

Purchase high-quality ingredients and brands as always show care to what you put in your body.

Don't miss this:  Here is some information on better herbal tea brands to buy.



brewing tea method, tea infographic




For Even More On The Topic . . .



Do you frequently use herbal teas? Any favorites you turn to?

48 comments:

  1. I love cranberry herbal tea... I steep it for 15-20 mins and drink it when I don't feel well... I always feel better xox ♡

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    1. Have not tried that one, Launna! Thanks for the lead! Cranberry has loads of health benefits.

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  2. Great article, I've personally seen some amazing benefits with chamomile. Anyone interested in herbal medicine should definitely check out the ebook "10 super herbs that will change your life forever". You can download it for free here: tensuperherbs.com. I tried a few of the herbs from that book and my life has changed completely :)

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    1. Glad to hear it and thanks for passing on the tip, Roger.

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  3. I love the idea of drinking more herbal tea, but when it gets hot, do you think I could make a chilled drink out of it? Any recipe ideas for me? I'm struggling with sleep lately and would love a refreshing drink during the afternoon that would help sleep. Thanks so much for your guidance!

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    1. Absolutely, Laura. Pour any of these over ice. Here are some other ideas, too (the lavender would be good for sleep issues): http://www.motherearthliving.com/cooking-methods/fresh-and-fruity-herbal-iced-teas.aspx. Let me know how it turns out!

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  4. Thanks for the info. I have trouble falling asleep I need to try these.

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    1. Do! Even the ritual of making it signals to yourself that you are preparing to wind down for the day!

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  5. I try not to drink too much before bed, so I am not up in the middle of the night, but I sometimes have a peppermint tea to help with digestion.

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    1. It really does help, Dannii. Thanks for adding in!

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  6. I've never heard of the cover cup/pot thing -- interesting! I have a "sleepy time" tea every night. Definitely going to try this!

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    1. Great! Glad you learned something new, Bri. Appreciate you coming by!

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  7. I LOVE LOVE LOVE tea before bed...my mom always had hot tea in the AM and right before bed...I've fallen in love with coffee :) but still love my bedtime tea when restless.

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    1. Daughter like mother! Nice memory and I am right there with you drinking tea at bedtime many nights.

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  8. I like drinking tea but I've never drank it to help myself go to sleep. I will have to look into more herbal tea, this is a great resource!

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    1. Love tea here, too! Happy to hear you liked the post, and, yes, do try it at night to put you in the sleep zone!

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  9. I've heard so many stories about my great grandfather regularly making dandelion wine when my mom was young. She said it was gross. Great list...I personally love lemongrass tea in the evening! #sharewithme

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    1. Dandelion wine? Well, that is a new one on me!! Interesting flavor I am sure. Lemongrass tea would make a nice way to shut down the day. Nice idea. Thanks for adding it, Jessie.

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  10. Thanks for the info on teas. Sleep is so important and you have written on that before.
    Thanks for bringing these helps to Fridays Blog Booster Party

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    1. Yes, Kathleen, sleep is crucial and something I and many others battle with.

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  11. Love this!!! So helpful. I've been trying to drink more tea lately! Do all teas have to say if they have caffeine in them? Sometimes I'm afraid the one I'm buying has caffeine if it doesn't say caffeine free! Any tips?

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    1. Glad you liked the post! To clarify, caffeine is in various amounts of all types of tea made from the tea plant camellia sinensis, such as in green, black, white and oolong teas. Herbal teas and Rooibos Teas are naturally caffeine free and do not contain caffeine. Hope that helps, Liz!

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  12. Great suggestions! I love tea in the afternoon and evening, and that chamomile/lavender tea sounds great! What brand to you suggest?

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    1. Traditional Medicinals is the brand I use and like. Try and let me know what you think!

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  13. I love herbal tea. I've never thought about it as a bedtime drink through. My husband and I usually drink Hot Chocolate. It sure helps us sleep but maybe next time we will try tea. Visiting from Fridays Blog Booster.

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    1. Hot chocolate can be a nice one too, Rebecca, but the caffeine in chocolate could bother some. Thanks for adding in!

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  14. I don't have any issues falling asleep...staying asleep is another story. I'm guaranteed to wake up at least once during the night. I love drinking tea but don't do it as much as I should.

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    1. I wake up, too, sometimes. Such a bother and I can sympathize, Cassandra.

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  15. Travis wonderful right before bed. Chamiolle is perfect for sleeping.

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    1. Chamomile is really nice, I agree!

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  16. I drink tea a lot. Nowadays mainly for my liver.
    Camomile tea is my favorite to sleep.
    I'm here from #FridayBlogBooster

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    1. Consider the other teas too for liver support. Thanks for coming by and taking the time to comment.

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    1. There are, Sheryl, and many others, too. Have a great weekend.

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  18. I drink hot tea as part of my nightly routine. It's so relaxing and a great way to settle the mind.

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    1. It can be relaxing, Jill. That is true. Thanks for stopping in.

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  19. I recently started drinking Dandelion Root tea at night so I was delighted to read you post. Thank you for sharing your helpful healthy information and insights with us at the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I'm pinning and sharing.

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    1. A great practice, Deborah! Thanks for stopping in and sharing.

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  20. I love green tea, I drink cranberry tea when my kidneys feel under strain and I love peppermint if my tummy is sore. Thanks for linking up to Pin Worthy Wednesday, I have pinned your post to the Pin Worthy Wednesday Pinterest Board.

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    1. Thanks, Amber, and I will have to try the cranberry tea, too!

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  21. Great tips! I've struggled with insomnia in the past. Thanks so much for sharing at #HomeMattersParty. Hope you'll join us again.

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    1. Insomnia is the worst and I experience it, too, Kristi. It is so worth taking steps to get our sleep, though.

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  22. These are brilliant as I love a hot drink before bed to help me relax. I am really getting into my teas lately too. Will make a note of these. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

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    1. Glad I could introduce you to some new ones, Jenny!

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  23. Amazing blog.. I would love to try these.. Right noe I am havinh lemon Water this is one of the drinks I routinely recommend to drink throughout the day made by either squeezing fresh lemon in water or by slicing lemons and adding them to a jar of water.

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    1. Happy to hear you enjoy the blog! Lemon water is a big favorite of mine as well!

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  24. Herbal teas are all the rage for many medicinal qualities they are supposed to possess.It can help me with everything from easing a cold and indigestion to fighting infection and nausea.Love your blogs :-)

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    1. So great that you have found some teas that help you so much! That can really do some magic!

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