Drink your beauty (sleep): Yogi Bedtime Tea

09/18/2012

There was drool hanging from my mouth when I awoke this morning. ‘Tis not a very glamorous admission, but I share this with nothing short of delight. Last night I had a small cup of Yogi Bedtime Tea before going to bed. I’m a troubled sleeper, and often wake up throughout the night worrying about this, that and the other. I wasn’t expecting a miracle from the tea, but I was hoping for a natural and safe way to get my mind to stop running laps when it should be resting. As oft times is the case, the proof is in the ingredients:

(from Yogi’s website)

  • Licorice Root: soothes indigestion and the throat.
  • Spearmint Leaf: relaxing, can help to clear the mind and senses.
  • Chamomile Flower: mild relaxant that supports balanced mood.
  • Skullcap Leaf: enhances meditation and awareness; emotionally, as well as physically, calming.
  • Cardamom Seed: supports healthy digestive and respiratory functions.
  • Cinnamon Bark: supports healthy digestive and respiratory functions; helps to promote circulation to the joints and support immune function.
  • St. John’s Wort Leaf and Flower: mild mood balancer.
  • Rose Hip: has astringent action and supplies antioxidants and vitamin C.
  • Natural Flavors: yum
  • Raspberry Leaf: supports the uterus.
  • Lavender Flower: supports balanced mood; helps soothe occasional stress and support sleep.
  • Stevia Leaf: sweetener.
  • Passion Flower Extract: supports a relaxed mood, soothes stress and tension and supports sleep.
  • Valerian Root Extract: promotes relaxation, calms the mind to promote sleep.

Yogi Tea Master Guru Hari talks more about the ingredients in this vid. His voice alone makes me relax.

I added a teaspoon of agave nectar to compliment the subtle licorice flavor, then sipped slowly while watching the latest episode of The Real Housewives of New York City. By the time the show ended, my cup was empty and my mood was softened and relaxed. I clicked off the telly and said out loud to no one in particular: “How delightful.” What an odd thing to say in response to watching an hour of high-brow cattiness.

Anyhoo, I then closed my eyes, and again, in the morning I emerged from a deeply satisfying slumber, drooling like a newborn. This was easily one of the best nights of sleep I’ve had in—let’s see..how old are my kids?—ten years, yep. I can get used to this.

Have you ever tried this tea? What’s your go-to for a good night’s rest?