Eating right before bedtime can really impact your sleep quality. While you sleep you don’t want precious energy spent on digesting food. Instead, we want our bodies focused on rest, recovery, and repair. At the same time, we need to ensure our bodies have sufficient fuel to perform the necessary rest and recovery functions. This simple soothing bedtime tea should provide your body with the energy it needs for a good night’s sleep.
Soothing Bedtime Tea
What You Will Need:
- 1 tbsp Fresh ginger peeled and grated
- 1 tbsp Fresh turmeric peeled and grated
- 1 cup of water
- 1 tbsp grass-fed butter (like Kerrygold)
- 1 tbsp MCT oil (start slowly maybe 1 teaspoon and slowly increase)
- 3 drops lemon Essential Oil
- 1 tbsp raw honey
*If Your Dairy Free: you can use coconut oil or red palm oil in place of the butter.
First thing you will want to do is make the ginger & turmeric tea. If you want, you can make several cups at a time and then store them in the refrigerator for an easier bedtime routine. Bring water to boil and then add the ginger & turmeric. Allow it to steep for 10 minutes and then strain. This would make a nice soothing bedtime tea in itself, but we want to kick it up a little bit and add some extra nutrient power.
Next, you will want the tea to cool slightly. You want it warm enough to melt the butter, but not so hot that it would destroy the beneficial enzymes in the raw honey. You will also not want to add piping hot water to your blender.
Add the butter, MCT oil, lemon essential oil, and honey to the blender. Once the tea cools enough pour that in and blend until smooth and frothy. (about 15-30 seconds depending on your blender)
****CAUTION**** MCT oil can cause cramping if you’re not used to it, so start with a teaspoon and work your way to a full tablespoon over a couple of weeks.
Pour into a mug, curl up under a blanket with your favorite book and enjoy.
When making this Soothing Bedtime Tea for your Kids
We give this soothing bedtime tea to our son with autism every night before bed. It really seems to help him get a more restful sleep. It’s not a magic potion, but it does seem to help.
I like to let the tea cool to room temperature before giving him this soothing bedtime drink. It makes it easier for him to drink. He drinks everything super fast, so I wanna make sure he doesn’t give himself heartburn or burn his mouth.
A Spoonful of Honey Helps the Tea Go Down
When making it for the first time start, you may want to start with extra honey. If your kiddo is hesitant to drinking it, try motivating them a teaspoon of pure honey as a reward for drinking their bedtime tea. Once they get used to it, getting them to drink it should be no problem at all.