DIY Herbal Tea for Sleepy Time

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Struggling to get good shut-eye? If you’ve tried all the tricks for better sleep but still find yourself tossing and turning at night, it may be time to put the kettle on. Steep this homemade tea blend – comprised of classic relaxing herbs such as chamomile and valerian – and snuggle up with a mug. Before you know it, you’ll be off to dreamland, getting the peaceful rest you need. Bonus: Assembling your own loose tea blend not only saves you money, it’s also better for the environment! Invest in a reusable stainless steel tea ball and say goodbye to disposable tea bags forever!

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Makes: 3-1/2 cups loose tea

Ingredients

1 cup chamomile flowers
1 cup rooibos
1 cup spearmint leaves
1 cup loose valerian root
Optional: ½ cup other herbs or dried flowers, such as lemongrass, lavender buds, rosehips and/or ginger root

Directions

In large bowl, combine all ingredients and stir well. Pour loose tea mixture into a glass jar for storage. Tea can be stored in a cool pantry for up to six months.

To use: 

French press method

1. Add 2 Tbsp. loose tea to French press; pour 2 cups hot (just under boiling point) water over leaves. 

2. Place lid on French press and let steep 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, press down lid. Serve.

Tea strainer method

1. Add 2 Tbsp. loose tea to strainer or tea ball; place in mug. 

2. Pout 2 cups hot water into mug; let steep 5 minutes.