4Chamomile Tea For Sleep
People have used chamomile tea for sleep for thousands of years. Studies seem to back up its calming effect. One Japanese study of rats found that chamomile extract helped the rats fall to sleep just as quickly as rats that got a dose of benzodiazepine (a tranquilizing medication). Better research of chamomile is needed, experts agree. The FDA considers chamomile tea to be safe with usually no side effects.
Plank says: “The trick is to make sure you are brewing it properly. Use two or three tea bags. Then put a lid on the pot to keep oils in the water — so you get the medicinal effects of the tea.”
Use chamomile cautiously if you are allergic to ragweed (the plants are related). Also, don’t take chamomile tea if you are pregnant or nursing.