The fall season is a time to nurture and nourish ourselves and rest up for the holiday season. As the hours of darkness increase, so should our amount of sleep. All the excitement between gatherings, holidays and surprising weather can give us a restless feeling. That’s when we turn to our herbal allies to help us calm down and unwind.
Herbs like passionflower, chamomile and catnip are commonly used in Western herbalism to help folks relax, such as in our Nighty Night tea blend, one of our original teas from 1974. Passionflower is what we use the most of in this formula, because of its incredible herbal power. Also known as maypop, this vine is both a gentle sedative and a nervine, the perfect combination to help you get to sleep and get a good night’s rest.*
Tried and true chamomile flower, a classic bedtime remedy, is also in the blend. This herb has been used for centuries by herbalists worldwide to help calm the nervous system, reduce restlessness and ease digestion.* The ancient Egyptians adored this herb so much they offered it as a gift to their gods.
Another potent herb in the mix is catnip. While catnip’s scent might stimulate your cats, it will put you straight into relaxation mode.* Medieval herbalists of Europe would use this herb for a variety of purposes, including as an ingredient in soups and stews, and catnip is now used by herbalists around the world. Herbs that can be used this way are often called “pot herbs” in western herbalism since you can cook them in your soup pot.
In addition to passionflower, chamomile and catnip, Nighty Night also includes linden and hops to promote relaxation,* along with spearmint, lemon verbena, lemon peel and lemongrass for flavor. It’s minty, mildly bitter and sweet with pleasant notes of citrus and spice.
It’s minty, mildly bitter and sweet with pleasant notes of citrus and spice.
Nighty Night® Valerian
If you’re looking for a different formula, we also have Nighty Night Valerian, which can help you mellow out so that you can get quality sleep. Valerian is a popular herb that was first recorded as useful for occasional sleeplessness by Greeks in the second century. Its roots are notorious for their musky smell, and for attracting cats as much as catnip.
Valerian has been widely used as a gentle sedative since the 1700s and is considered one of nature’s best relaxing herbs.* In our Nighty Night Valerian blend, valerian works wonderfully together with fellow relaxing herbs passionflower and lemon balm, complemented by peppermint, caraway and licorice for a mildly bittersweet, earthy and minty taste. Similar formulas have long been used in Europe and are commonly made in German pharmacies.
Valerian has been widely used as a gentle sedative since the 1700s.
Our two Nighty Night teas have different active herbs, and you may find one works better for your sleep needs. Through the fall and winter seasons, whether you’re using our teas to sleep more soundly, eating more nourishing foods or just creating something to feed your soul, we encourage you to honor this season’s inward energy so you can remain vibrant.
For a deeper look into our herbal teas, check out the Tea section of Plant Power Journal.