As you probably noticed already from the pictures, I reviewed Traditional Medicinals Nighty Night Tea during the day. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t feel the effects! Trust me when I say, this herbal tea does wonders for your mental state whether it’s time for bed or not.
I’m reviewing the classic tea blend from Traditional Medicinals, not the extra-strong valerian root option. Find out what I thought about the flavour, how to brew it, and the health benefits of this tea, in my full review below.
Organic Nighty Night Tea at a Glance
● Blend: Passionflower and chamomile sleep tea with various herbs and spearmint
● Flavour: Mild herbal notes of soft hay, chamomile, and sweet spearmint
A very calming and mild tea to help you sleep. The aroma and flavour are a medley of fragrant garden herbs, with chamomile dominating the mellow body and spearmint sweetening the aftertaste.
Full Review – Traditional Medicinals Nighty Night Tea
- Type: Tagged paper tea bags
- Ingredients: Passionflower herb, chamomile flower, catnip herb, hop strobile, spearmint leaf, sweet orange peel
- Health Benefits: Sleep aid, reduce anxiety
- Flavour Notes: Mild herbs, soft hay, sweet spearmint, chamomile
- Aroma: Dried herbs, spearmint, hay, liquorice, garden rain
- Milk or Lemon: Honey, if desired
- Where to Buy: Amazon
Opening the packet (it’s tamper-proof), I’m hit with that generic dried herb aroma you get from many herbal teas – especially Pukka teas. But after a few deep breaths, bright spearmint and hay-like chamomile spring up with a slight sweetness that reminds me of liquorice.
It brews into a very inviting hay orange colour with a slight oily film on top. Most herbals go a weird brown-green colour, so this was way better than standard.
The aroma of the brewed tea is fantastic. It’s that exact smell of a herb garden after spring showers have dampened it. A beautiful medley of fragrant flowers, mint, and spring green leaves.
As for the flavour, it’s very mellow with mild herbal notes. The chamomile creates a soft hay body with sweetness and spearmint adds a very slight hint of menthol to chase it down your throat after you swallow.
It’s incredibly pleasant and expertly designed to help you drift off to sleep.
How to Brew Nighty Night Herbal Tea
Brew for 10 minutes.
Yep, that was my reaction too. But I always start by brewing according to instructions and then adjusting future brews until I find just the right time. It turns out, 10 minutes in freshly boiled water was perfect for this tea. It left it just mellow enough to feel calming while strong and medicinal enough to have a genuine effect on me.
If you’re drinking this tea to help you sleep, don’t eat anything at the same time. We’re trying to shut our bodies down, not fire them up with sugar.
However, adding a drop of honey to your tea could be beneficial, especially if the flavour of herbal teas usually turns you off. So, heat your mug before adding the tea (this will mean it’s still hot after 10 minutes) and once it’s brewed add a teaspoon of honey.
Why Traditional Medicinals Sleep Tea?
I was lucky enough to receive this tea in a big box of teas from a friend in Canada. It sat in the back of my cupboard until I was finished with Pukka Nighttime Tea and just had to have some herbal remedy to help me sleep.
I’m impressed with this tea. As you can see, the ingredients don’t look out of the ordinary… but looks can be deceiving. 41% of ingredients are certified as Fairtrade, plus this tea is non-GMO verified and has the Canada Organic seal on the box.
Traditional Medicinals state that all the ingredients are organic, including the Fairtrade chamomile and spearmint.
Nighty Night Tea Ingredients
Traditional Medicinals have split their ingredients list into medicinal ingredients and non-medicinal ingredients. Honestly, I don’t think there’s much of a difference. For example, why is chamomile flower considered a medicinal ingredient while spearmint leaf is not? Both can have equally potent health benefits. I digress.
This tea is designed to help you sleep. The “medicinal” ingredients are:
- 350mg of passionflower herb – treats anxiety, sleep problems, and ADHD.
- 350mg of chamomile flower – promotes sleep and treats insomnia.
- 175mg of catnip herb – calms anxiety, restlessness and nervousness.
- 70mg of hop strobile – lowers body temperature and has sedative effects.
It also contains spearmint leaf (great for treating digestive problems that are keeping you awake) and sweet orange peel which gives it a slightly nicer, sweeter flavour.
I do recommend this tea, especially for soothing evening anxiety as well as sleep troubles. You can find it on Amazon (buy a big box as you’re directed to drink up to 4 cups a day) as well as a super-strong Nighty Night Valerian blend that I also recommend if you really have trouble sleeping at night.
If herbal teas are your thing, you’ll find plenty of new teas to try on my blog! One of my favourites right now is Bion Organic Herb Company’s Rose Tea. It’s amazing how much flavour is packed into the small tea sachets of rose petals.