Teas for Sleep & Relaxation

Teas have long been used as a natural remedy for sleep and relaxation. They can be made from dried flowers, herbs and roots.  From chamomile to valerian root, there is a wide range of teas that can help you wind down and get a good night's sleep. Each with its own unique properties that can help you relax and unwind. We will explore the different teas that can promote sleep and relaxation, their benefits, and how to incorporate them into your bedtime routine.

Benefits of Sleep and Relaxation Teas

The benefits of sleep and relaxation teas are numerous. They can help you fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, and wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. These teas are also a great way to reduce stress, anxiety, and tension, which can all interfere with a good night's sleep.

Types of Calming Teas

Chamomile tea (Matricaria chamomilla) has an earthy, flowery, sweet flavour and has been used for centuries to calm the mind and soothe the body. Chamomile contains compounds that act as natural sedatives, helping to calm the nervous system and promote a sense of relaxation. Drinking a cup of chamomile tea before bed can help you unwind and get a better night's sleep.  We use organic Egyptian chamomile in our teas.  You can drink chamomile tea on its own or it blends well with other flowers and herbs such as rose, lavender and lemon balm.

chamomile flowers growing in a field

Chamomile flowers growing

Valerian root (Valeriana officinalis) tea is another popular choice for those looking to improve sleep and relaxation. Valerian root is known for its calming properties and has been used for centuries to treat sleep disorders. This tea has a slightly bitter flavour, but its natural sedative properties make it a popular choice for those who struggle to fall asleep at night. 

Valerian root for sleep

Valerian root from the valerian plant

Lavender tea (Lavendula)  is a fragrant and flavourful tea that can help you relax and sleep better. Lavender has a long history of use as a natural remedy for sleep and anxiety, and its calming scent has been shown to help promote relaxation and sleep. 

Lavender flowers for sleep

Lavender flowers growing in a field

Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) can be found growing as a vine.  It's another tea that is known for its calming properties and ability to promote sleep. Passionflower is a natural sedative that can help calm the mind and body, making it easier to fall asleep.  It also aids anxiety and nervous problems. This tea has a sweet and slightly bitter flavour, and drinking a cup of it before bed can help you get a more restful night's sleep.

Passionflower growing on a vine - for sleep and relaxation

Passionflower from the passionflower vine

Lemon balm tea (Melissa officinalis) is a refreshing and calming tea that can help you sleep better.  It may also help ease the symptoms of anxiety.   Lemon balm has a bright, citrusy flavour and contains compounds that act as natural sedatives, helping to calm the mind and body.

Lemon balm leaves for sleep and relaxation

Lemon balm leaves

Rose (Rosa) is a lovely tea which is available as rose petals or rose buds.  You can even get petite sized rose buds.  Rose petals are full of antioxidants, and their calming properties are great for calming anxiety which can help ease your mind and help you get that peaceful night's rest that you need.

Rose petals for sleep and relaxation
Red rose petals


At Tea by Birdy, you can find a range of high-quality sleep and relaxation teas. One of our top sellers is Sleepy Tea.  An organic blend of chamomile, lavender, lemon balm, and passionflower, this tea is perfect for those who have trouble relaxing and falling asleep.
Want to get creative?  You can blend up your own teas based on your taste preferences.  We can supply the herbs and botanicals, all you need to do is blend them together.  Some suggestions could be:
  1. Nightea Night Tea - A blend of valerian root, chamomile, and passionflower, this tea is great for those who struggle with staying asleep throughout the night.
  2. Calming Chamomile Tea - This tea is made from pure chamomile flowers, which are known for their soothing properties.
  3. Chamomile & Lavender Chill Out Tea- This tea is a blend of lavender and chamomile, two herbs that are well-known for their relaxation and sleep-promoting effects.
  4. Lights out Tea - A chamomile free blend guaranteed to send you off to sleepy land.  Combine Passionflower, Valerian, Lemon balm, Linden and Rose. 

Cup of tea and a book relaxing image

If you're looking for a natural and gentle way to relax and get a good night's sleep, sleep and relaxation teas are a great choice. At Tea by Birdy you can find a wide range of high-quality teas that are specially formulated to help you unwind and drift off to sleep.  Incorporating these teas into your bedtime routine can be as simple as making a cup and drinking it before bed. It is important to remember that while these teas can help promote sleep and relaxation, they should not be relied upon as the sole solution for sleep problems. It is always a good idea to speak with your doctor if you are having trouble sleeping, as there may be an underlying medical condition that needs to be addressed.  You should also avoid too much food, alcohol or caffeine before bed and turn screens off an hour before you plan to fall asleep.