Recipe for Maria’s Sleep Tea

Clinical herbalist Maria Noël Groves shares her time-tested tea recipe for getting a good night’s sleep. 

This potent yet tasty sedative tea can be enjoyed by all ages, adjusting the dose as needed. You can take it as a daytime antianxiety tea, but it may make you sleepy.  

Using more lemon balm and less passionflower and skullcap will make it less sedating. The formula listed below is for a small cup of tea at just 4 to 6 ounces, so that you’re not drinking too much liquid right before bedtime. You can premix a larger batch and keep it on hand. Double the herb portions if you prefer it even stronger. Feel free to add or swap in other infusion-friendly relaxing herbs such as chamomile, linden, holy basil, or a sprinkle of roses or lavender.   


  • ½ teaspoon lemon balm 
  • ½ teaspoon passionflower 
  • ½ teaspoon skullcap 
  • ½ teaspoon spearmint 
  • 1 heaping teaspoon honey (optional) 


Combine the herbs. Pour 4 to 6 ounces of near-boiling water over the herbs and let steep, covered, for 15 to 20 minutes. Strain, then sweeten to taste with honey, if desired. 

Excerpted and adapted from Herbal Remedies For Sleep © Maria Noel Groves. 

Maria Noel Groves

Maria Noel Groves

About the Author

Maria Noël Groves is the author of Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies and Body into Balance. She is a clinical herbalist and herbal medicine teacher with more than two decades of experience, and a registered professional member of the American Herbalists Guild. She has written for numerous publications including Herbal Academy’s The Herbarium, Taste for Life, Remedies, Herb Quarterly, and Mother Earth News. Her business, Wintergreen Botanicals, is based in New Hampshire.

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