Lavender Sleepy Time Tea

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Lavender has long been touted as an excellent sleep aid. I just read this study about lavender essential oils. Psychologists at Wesleyan University asked 31 men and women to sniff lavender essential oil one night and then distilled water the next for four 2-minute periods just before bedtime. The researchers monitored their sleep cycles with brain scans. On the night they whiffed the herb, subjects slept more soundly; they also felt more energetic the next morning. So, make some tea and by all means splash some lavender on your pillow before bed. You will thank me in the morning.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp lavender flowers
  • 1 tbsp chamomile
  • 8 oz hot water
  • 1 tsp organic honey

Instructions:

Bring water to a boil.

In a loose-leaf tea strainer, teaball, or empty teabag place the lavender and chamomile buds.

Put the straining device in your cup and pour the boiling water over it.

We suggest letting the tea steep for 10-15 minutes-to fully develop the flavor.

Add honey if desired.

If you don’t have a tea-ball you can pour the water directly on the buds, and after steeping you can strain with a mesh strainer.

Originally published: October 23, 2017

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Dr. Natasha Turner, NDContributor and Founder & Director of Clear Medicine Wellness Boutique  

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Dr. Natasha Turner, ND is a regular contributor to various publications and television programs as a natural health expert. Shows like The Dr. Oz Show, The Marilyn Denis Show, Canada AM, CP24, CTV News, Breakfast Television, Rogers TV, Shaw TV, and more have used her expertise to educate audiences. Print publications include SELF, ELLE, Glow, Canadian Business, Health, Today’s Parent, Lush The Magazine, Alive, National Post, Metro, Tonic, Vista, Fit Life, Cocoa, Viva, Healthy Living Now, Get Outside, and several websites, including a regular column for Chatelaine.com, Blisstree.com, and Huffingtonpost.ca.