by: Isabella Sarlija
We don’t know about you, but we love anything that helps us unwind after a long and taxing day. We’ve been turning to nighttime self-care routines full of calming baths, mindfulness, and herbal teas. They can help to soothe the mind and body and prepare it for a full night’s sleep. Here are some of the herbal tea we’ve been sipping on after sunset.
If you experience IBS symptoms or an upset stomach towards the end of your day, consider a warm cup of chamomile. Chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties that work to soothe irritation in the digestive tract as well as other parts of the body. Additionally, it has a calming effect, making the transition into a restful evening a breeze.
Valerian root is native to Europe and parts of Asia and has been used for years to treat symptoms of insomnia and stress after a tumultuous day. Additionally, it’s fantastic for suppressing the sometimes unbearable symptoms of menstruation.
This tea has some serious chill-inducing benefits. Lemon balm is said to increase GABA levels in the brain, which helps to calm the overactive communication between nerves that may be keeping you up at night. Lemon balm is also said to decrease levels of stress and anxiety.
Consider this plant from South Africa if you are having trouble catching some z’s. Rooibos is high in potassium, iron, and magnesium, all of which work to quell your stress before a restful slumber.