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January 23, 2022 3 min read

Stress is a given in our day-to-day lives. Whether from work, relationships, external factors or just juggling daily activities, most adults will experience regular feelings of stress. The American Psychology Association released a report titled “Stress in America 2020: A National Mental Health Crisis” which uncovered that an amazing 2 in 3 adults have experienced increased stress over the last 18 months and that nearly half of those people have noted an increase in their negative behaviors associated with that stress.

Stress can cause several nasty side effects, but one of the worst is that it can affect your sleep. A good night’s sleep is critical to our ability to function, both mentally and physically, and therefore has a huge impact on our overall health and well-being.

Believe it or not, tea is proven to help reduce stress, which in turn, will help support a better night’s sleep.

Types of natural tea to help you sleep

A study out of the UK (and summarized in Medical News Today) was conducted to determine if tea could be calming during moments of anxiety. The researchers found that “the ritual of making and consuming tea does make an important contribution to the overall effect of mediating stress.”

While this research was focused on black tea specifically, for those looking to drift off into dreamland with a little (lit(tea)le?) help, there are several different types of natural tea to help you sleep.

Perhaps most commonly associated with sleep is chamomile tea, which according to Healthline, contains apigenin, an antioxidant known to help promote muscle relaxation and sleep.* While it is not known to help people affected by insomnia, it may improve the quality of sleep for those who toss and turn throughout the night and struggle to stay asleep.*

Another option is to leverage the natural sleep aid valerian root, which can be used to make valerian tea. Though most research on the effects of valerian tea is in its infancy, anecdotal evidence suggests that it may help to enhance calmness which in turn could be beneficial in improving sleep quality, particularly in those who are experiencing stress or anxiety.*

A newer alternative to the Western world, Reishi mushrooms are known to help soothe feelings of anxiousness or restlessness.* Most often found in powdered form, Reishi mushroom powder can be added to a warm beverage of choice to create a tea. In East Asian cultures, Reishi has traditionally been used to maintain a healthy sleep cycle and emotional well-being.

Does Reishi mushroom tea help you sleep?

Emerging research on the benefits of Reishi mushrooms would suggest that it may help to bring a sense of calm to the mind and body, which can in turn help prepare you for rest.

Typically used to help unwind before bed, Reishi mushroom powder can be amped up by the addition of ingredients to maximize the benefits. For example, Rritual’s Reishi Relax Elixir is enhanced with Ashwagandha root, which is known to provide whole-body stress support. A go-to herb for anyone experiencing stress, Ashwagandha supports vital bodily systems that can be disrupted in moments of stress. When combined, Reishi and Ashwagandha help nourish the body and cultivate a sense of calmness and centeredness. To learn more about the connection between Reishi and sleep, click here.


Health benefits of Reishi mushroom tea

Reishi mushrooms are what are known as functional mushrooms, a category of mushrooms known to have specific health benefits.

Reishi can help play a vital role in our ability to respond to and recover from stress because these mushrooms contain properties that support the adrenal gland. However, they have also long been revered as a health-promoting food to support longevity. They can help maintain a healthy immune system, as well as the body’s overall well-being. For a complete list of the health benefits associated with Reishi mushroom tea, click here.

How to prepare Reishi mushroom tea

Not only can Reishi mushroom tea be calming and soothing, when made well, it is also delicious! We recommend mixing 3 g (or one of our Reishi Relax Elixir sticks) with 6-8 oz warm non-dairy milk. Our favorite is unsweetened oat milk, but the choice is yours! The powder itself has flavors of rich dark cacao, mildly bitter Reishi, and a hint of soothing cinnamon. When mixed into a beverage, you will note a smooth, creamy, balanced, and dare we say, dreamy flavor.

We recommend taking Reishi in the evening to help support sleep, but you can read more about the best time of the day to consume it, and what to expect after you begin using it here.

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any disease.

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