Lemon verbena tea could help you sleep

Researchers from Iran have discovered that the South American plant lemon verbena could help insomniacs get better sleep.

They recruited a group of people suffering from sleep loss to their study – giving half of them lemon verbena syrup to drink and the other half a placebo syrup, an hour before bed, for four weeks.

Those who’d taken the lemon verbena reported better quality sleep, less severe insomnia.

Try brewing a night-time cuppa yourself. We like Steenbergs Organic Lemon Verbena loose leaf tea, £2.20 for a 20g box. Available here: steenbergs.co.uk

And Verbena Tea Bags from Newby Teas, £5.50 for 25. Available here: newbyteas.co.uk

Expect a citrus aroma and lemony herbal taste.

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