Tea For Insomnia

Certain types of tea have long been recommended as a way to alleviate insomnia. Insomnia is a symptom of a sleeping disorder typified by persistent difficulty in falling asleep or staying asleep despite the opportunity.

Insomnia is usually classified as:

  • Transient Insomnia – lasts from days to weeks
  • Acute Insomnia – lasts between three weeks to six months
  • Chronic Insomnia- lasts for years

Often, many herbalists consider insomnia only as the symptom and that there are underlying imbalances within the body that contribute to insomnia.

Some herbs are used to make tea for insomnia due to their sedative effect. These herbs seek to relax the nervous system to induce restfulness and eventually, sleep.


Some of the teas that have been traditionally used as insomnia and sleep disorder remedies are:

Basil Tea – has a sedative effect.

Catnip Tea – is a gentle relaxant with sedative effect.

Catuaba Tea – is believed to induce restful sleep.

Chamomile Tea – is a gentle remedy that calms the senses.

Cleavers Tea – may have some anti-insomnia properties.

Dong Quai Tea – may help alleviate menopause-related insomnia

Fennel Tea – is a spicy tea that also relaxes.

Honeybush Tea – may help soothe and relax the nerves

Hops Tea – has a gentle sedative action on the nerves

Kava Tea – is a good relaxation enhancer

Jamaican Dogwood Tea – may be helpful against insomnia

Lavender Tea – has potent calming properties

Lemon Balm Tea – is a deeply, relaxing tea that also lightens the mood. It also induces restful sleep.

Lemon Verbena Tea – enhances relaxation and promotes restfulness

Motherwort Tea – a relaxing tea that helps calm the central nervous system.

Mullein Tea – may help in calming the nerves

Passion Flower Tea – believed to be effective in stress-related insomnia

Peppermint Tea – is a pleasant relaxant.

Reishi Tea – believed by Asians to have “sleep-promoting factors”.

Schizandra Tea – has a sedative effect on the nervous system

Skullcap Tea – is a minty tea that induces relaxation

Solomon’s Seal Tea – may help in relaxation & fight against insomnia.

Tarragon Tea – may help promote restfulness

Valerian Tea – is a relaxing and sleep-inducing tea. This tea can bring about restful sleep without morning sleepiness.


While recognizing the useful effects of herbal tea for helping treat insomnia, it is also recommended that consultations be done with a qualified medical practitioner.