Tuesday, August 27, 2013

DIY Sleepy Time Tea Recipe

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Insomnia and other sleep issues affect a lot of people. However, I was surprised to learn that almost half of America has trouble sleeping. 30-50% of the population struggles with insomnia, according to Get Better ZZZS. In the article by nourishedkitchen.com they recommend this DIY sleepy-time tea to enjoy before bed to "help you unwind and bring on the zzz's.

  • 1 tablespoon dried lemon balm
  • 2 teaspoons dried peppermint
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon dried rose petals
  • 1 teaspoon dried lavender flowers
  • 2 slices dried licorice root
Ground the ingredients in a mortar and pestle, then combine with boiling water in a teapot. Strain and enjoy!"

I enjoy a cup of tea as part of my nighttime winding down routine so I thought I'd give my own version of this tea a try. I don't happen to have all of the ingredients listed above on hand but I do plan to dry some of the lemon balm, peppermint, rose petals and lavender flowers from my garden and give that combination a try. If you have digestive woes though, the fennel and licorice would probably be especially beneficial.

On nights when I have trouble sleeping, I still use this hypnosis program. But most of the time my routine helps me wind down and sleep soundly. 

What works for you for good sleep? I hope you have deep, restful sleep tonight! May God bless and keep you and give you deep, restorative sleep!

Get Better ZZZS article on page 76 of the Fall 2013 issue of ZLife Magazine (for Zumba Instructors who are ZIN members)

Related articles:
Natural sleep aid: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2011/11/pill-free-natural-sleep-aid.html
Tips for better sleep: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2013/07/4-simple-tips-for-better-sleep-and.html
Happiness tips: http://lovejoyandpeas.blogspot.com/2013/08/75-ways-to-feel-happier.html 

Disclaimer: This post is my opinion only and I wasn't paid or asked to write it. My only connection to anyone or thing mentioned is as a certified Zumba instructor.

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