The importance of a sound night’s sleep cannot be overstated when it comes to good health and waking up with a sense of vitality. There are a multitude of factors that can get in the way of sound sleep, many of them environmental or lifestyle related. However some of the trickiest barriers to sleep can be: stress, anxiety, restlessness and digestive troubles.
Fortunately the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda can help us out here! A simple practice you can add to your daily routine is drinking Tulsi Sleep Tea before bed. This is a beautiful blend of herbs known in Ayurveda to be calming and soothing to the mind, our nerves and our digestive system, balancing during stressful times and sleep inducing.
These herbs work together to soothe restlessness and facilitate nighttime relaxation to promote a calm, restful sleep. This ORGANIC INDIA blend includes: Tulsi, Cardamom, Chamomile, Peppermint, Shankpushpi, Ashwagandha, and Gotu Kola.
Here are a few ways Tulsi Sleep Tea helps promote a delicious night’s sleep.
Soothes an anxious or restless mind
Tulsi, Ashwagandha, Gotu Kola and Shankpushpi are known to calm the nervous system, be helpful for anxiety, insomnia and alleviating stress (1). They are also known to relax frayed nerves, tonify the central nervous system and calm the mind. Scientific studies have also shown Chamomile to have a calming effect. (2).
Adaptogenic herbs – deal better with stress and restore balance
Tulsi, Ashwagandha and Gotu Kola are all Ayurvedic adaptogenic herbs: herbs that help with the adaptation to stress and the promotion of homeostasis. Regular consumption of adaptogenic herbs enhances the body’s capacity to maintain balance in the midst of a variety of everyday stressors (3). Gently building stress resilience is a great tool that supports peaceful sleep.
Promotes digestion – digest better to reduce sleep disturbance
Poor digestion can really disrupt your sleep. Cardamom and Peppermint are well known digestives that can stimulate digestion, while also being calming to the digestive system, and even reduce digestive discomfort and provide relief from indigestion. Shankpushpi is also known as a digestive – especially when digestion upset is caused by nervousness and anxiety (1).
And of course, since stress is the biggest disruptor to digestion, herbs that calm the nervous system and help with stress and anxiety will also be aiding digestion.
On another note: to make sure you have digested your dinner before sleep, eat your last meal at least 3 hours before bedtime whenever possible.
Contains known sleep-inducing herbs
There are many plants known for treating insomnia and promoting sleep, including Chamomile and Shankpushpi. Chamomile has even been known to be a certain remedy for nightmares (4).
This is a truly special blend of certified organic herbs renowned in traditional medicine for promoting sleep, supporting a reduction in the effects of stress, anxiety, restlessness, and digestive issues. That is why the combination of ingredients in Tulsi Sleep Tea make it the perfect hot drink to sip at the end of the night.
Savour this one at least an hour before going to bed. Sleep tight!
(1) Pole, Sebastian (2013) Ayurvedic Medicine: The Principles of Traditional Practice.
(3) Cohen, M. (2014). Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum L.): A herb for all reasons. Journal of Ayurveda & Integrative Medicine.
(4) Grieve, M. (1931). A Modern Herbal: The medicinal, culinary, cosmetic and economic properties, cultivation and folk-lore of herbs, grasses, fungi, shrubs and trees with their modern scientific uses.
About the Author: Sarah Holloway is an ORGANIC INDIA team member with a keen interest in Ayurveda and a background in environmental resource management. She is a proud Aunty and lives near Byron Bay with her husband and beloved pooch.