Relaxation and Sleep - My Top 3 Tea Picks


Using myself as a guinea pig, I decided to use our three most commonly sold types of tea for relaxation and sleep and document the results.
What I've tested here is Chamomile Tea, Passionflower Tea, and Valerian Tea.

My methods were simple. Drinking only one tea type for one week an hour before bed time and steeping each tea for 5 mins prior to drinking. I would read a book and unwind thereafter (no tv! ) and then judge how quickly I fell asleep, the quality of sleep, and how I felt throughout the rest of the day.

Admittedly, this is not really the most scientific of studies and should only be used as anecdotal evidence but still, I feel much was learned over the course of my small experiment and feel like I now understand these different types of teas a lot better!

Let us start with perhaps the most well known of relaxation teas...


Chamomile Tea - Week 1

This tea is known throughout the world as the go to relaxation tea, which also naturally has the added benefit of promoting a good nights sleep. There are quite a lot of teas that are good for relaxation, but the taste does not reflect this.

For example with Valerian Tea, the relaxation effects may be stronger than Chamomile, but both the smell and taste are really not what I would call 'calming', as opposed to the taste and smell Chamomile emits.

This particular blend of Chamomile is a little lighter and sweeter in taste than usual due to the organic nature, but I have found that compared with other Chamomile, the effects are a bit stronger.

  • Upon brewing and drinking, I noticed an immediate calming of my mental state. I mostly put this down to the taste and smell as mentioned above - as the human mind is particularly susceptible to being influenced by such things.

  • Around the 10 minute mark I really did feel the true effects begin to take place on my body and after half an hour of reading I felt like I could just go to sleep right then and there, so I didn't quite make it through to the full hour of reading I was supposed to do.

  • It took me around ten minutes to fall asleep afterwards, and found the quality of sleep to be slightly better than average.

  • The following day was fairly average and feel that the effects of chamomile are more short term than anything and last perhaps only a few hours.

You'll find I'm quite harsh in my judging, I have pretty high standards!

For Relaxation I rate this tea 8/10
For Sleep I rate this tea 7/10

Passionflower Tea - Week 2

Passionflower is a lesser known tea that is good for both relaxation and sleep. The name sounds incredibly appealing and one imagines the taste to be both fruity and relaxing. To be honest, this actually isn't the case - with this tea tasting particularly herbal in nature and slightly earthy. Some herbal teas should only be taken for their benefits and not taste, but the taste of Passionflower is quite acceptable and after awhile most will start to enjoy it more.


After drinking, the effects are not as immediate as Chamomile. The change is slower and more subtle. That being said, the sense of relaxation feels deeper in the long run from this tea and promotes a slightly different sense of calm - quite difficult to explain!

I feel that this tea would also be quite beneficial for anxiety sufferers due to the type of relaxation it provides.

  • I steeped this tea for 6 minutes, an hour before bedtime.
  • The effects did take about 15 minutes to start to kick in.
  • I felt more relaxed, but more than this - I felt like I wanted to sleep.
  • The quality of sleep was quite good and I would say better than with chamomile.
For Relaxation I rate this tea 6/10
For Sleep I rate this tea 8/10

Valerian Tea - Week 3

Valerian Tea is one of those herbal teas that you'll be taking only for it's benefits. Why? Because it's taste is quite peculiar! It is in my opinion a very earthy taste (it actually tastes how it looks), but don't let this scare you off as this is one of the best teas for relaxation in this list and definitely a good tea to be drinking if you suffer from anxiety.
I found the effects that this tea has on the mind to be quite wonderful, strong, and long lasting.

After a day or so, I actually got used to the unusual taste and started to enjoy it. It's just a very different type of taste I have not really tried before, so I won't lie and say this tea is for everyone. But if you are having trouble relaxing in your daily life throughout the day, I would say that this tea and Chamomile tea is probably your best choices in this list so far!
  • I steeped this tea for 10 minutes as it's a root based tea. It's probably recommended to steep this for 5 minutes at first though as you get used to the taste.

  • The effects were fairly immediate actually. I noticed a change within 5 minutes. This type of relaxation, again, is quite different to Chamomile. I quickly realized that this tea works more on the mind than the body and started to drink it once in the day time also. The effects are not drowsy at all, I just felt more focused and mentally quiet than usual.

  • The effects this tea has on sleep are a direct result of the relaxing effects it has on the mind. If you do not suffer from over thinking, anxiety, and don't have trouble clearing your mind prior to bed time - then you may not find this tea beneficial for sleep. 
For Relaxation I rate this tea 10/10
For Sleep I rate this tea 5/10

Previous Post Next Post

Related Posts

Comments 0
Leave a comment
Your Name:*
Email Address:*
Message: *

Please note: comments must be approved before they are published.

* Required Fields
Tea Life Reviews

Our Feedback

1464 reviews
Brilliant Herbal Tea

I give you 5 stars on everything. The service is quick, your pricing is reasonable. You have a easy website to use and the description of your tea is very informative.
I also find that the tea is doing exactly what you said it would do for my husband. He is very happy with it. Planning on buying the Turmeric Tea later. Can I use the Turmeric Tea in hot milk instead of water. I currently make it with the spice Turmeric, ginger, a little black pepper, honey and coconut oil with hot milk to help with my type 2 diabetes and also my arthritis.

Hi Narelle, thanks for your great review! Re Tumeric Tea: Yes it's very common for people to place this with milk - which I'll add to the teas description now on the website if that information isn't there!

The tea is delicious and arrived quickly. Would definitely buy again!!

Hi Clare, thank you for your review - much appreciated! This one is blended in house with fresh leaves.
Rich and Flavoursome

I love hibiscus tea after having been given some as a gift from Bali. I have been looking everywhere for something similar and am delighted with the Organic product from Tea Life! You don't need much tea to create a good strong cup and I manage to get at least two mugs worth out of the same flowers. In tea heaven!

Thank you for your review Keva! Definitely not much is needed, with a few customers saying on their first brew they made it waaaaaay too strong.
Cocoa husk tea

Delicious, and organic!
I’m very pleased with my purchase.

Hi Tracy, Thanks for your review! That's a good question and I'm still unsure why too! I'm trying to find out, along with trying to source this for a cheaper rate. The inside parts are called 'nibs' and really very very cheap when compared with the husk.
Yarrow tea

Ordered this tea to use for its antinflammatory properties. It smells lovely, packaged in resealable bag and is very mild to drink. Appears fresh.

Hi Rosalyn, Thank you for your review on our Yarrow tea!