When my youngest, Isaiah, was a baby, a friend asked me for some information on herbs for sleeping. I did some research and came up with a list of herbs that were calming and safe for children.
Then Isaiah started teething. He was miserable and having such a hard time sleeping so I decided to put that information to use for our family.
What I got was a huge success! And we still use it today.
Not only do I enjoy it, but the kids do, too. Granted, I stir in a tiny bit of honey, but they always ask for more after I make them a cup of sleepy tea. The best part? It works!!!
I aim to serve the kids their tea after dinner. Chamomile is also a great digestive aid, so I figured that would be a great time. Whenever I brew this tea for the kids I notice that there is less fussing about bedtime and they tend to sleep all night long.
It also works really well for adults. I’ve used it several times to help myself sleep and brew a cup whenever I have a stomach ache.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own batch:
The ratio that I use for the tea is 2 parts lemon balm and catnip and 1 part chamomile. Also, it might make you sneeze. A lot. I have no problems with drinking it, but chamomile just does that to me.
In a bowl, mix 1/4 cup chamomile, 1/2 cup lemon balm and 1/2 cup catnip. You can increase or decrease the amount, I just thought you might like some numbers. Combine them well.
Put your tea basket in your cup and add about 1 tsp tea (1 tbsp for adults). Add hot water and let steep for a few minutes.
Add a bit of honey if desired if you’re making it for someone at least one year old. This tea is safe for infants (minus the honey) but should be diluted with a few ounces of water.
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Do you have any herbal sleep remedies that work well for your family?