If you’re prone to bouts of insomnia, or just struggle with falling asleep on occasion, you might be tempted to resort to sleeping pills. Medications like that have their place, but if you’re looking for a safer, but still effective alternative give this blend a try. You may even find it to work better than the medications you’ve resorted to in the past.
This blend calls on Valerian, which is a standby ally of many herbalists. It also calls on the help of Blue Vervain, which is a lesser known, but equally powerful herb often utilized by those who have sleep issues.
The flavor and scent of these two herbs can be intimidating to those who are not used to herbal medicines, but this can easily be remedied by adding sweet, aromatic herbs to the mix. In this recipe, we use Lemon Balm for this purpose. Lemon Balm mellows the flavor of the other two herbs and has some nervine properties of its own.
Blue Vervain Herbal Tea Recipe
What You’ll Need
- 1 ounce of Blue Vervain
- 1 ounce of finely chopped Valerian root
- 1 ounce of Lemon Balm
- The Sweetener of your choice (vervain is quite bitter)
How to Make It
- Bring your desired amount of water to a boil
- Measure out a tablespoon of your blend per cup of water
- Pour the boiling water over your herbs and let steep for 10 minutes
- Strain the mixture and sweeten to your liking
As with all blends that use sedating herbs, it is important not to drink them if you think you may end up having to drive or perform other complex tasks.
Some of these mixes can come on stronger than you might initially think, so give yourself a chunk of undisturbed time to see how you react to them and adjust the amounts that you use in accordance to your own natural tolerance.