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Herbs for Relaxation

Pukka’s relaxing herbal heroes can support and encourage the mind and body’s natural processes before and during sleep. Whether you’re trying to adapt to a new sleep pattern, or just need to get a good night’s rest, there is a vast range of herbs that have a longstanding use for nourishing the nervous system and helping us to relax and wind down.


  • Lavender is a traditional aromatic sleep remedy, high in essential oils to relieve stress and support sleep.

  • Adding a touch of gentle sweetness to our Night Time tea, aromatic fresh or dried lavender flowers are also an ideal herb to keep by your bedside, especially for children, to promote calm and peaceful sleep. 


  • Perhaps the most widely used relaxing herb for soothing stress and anxiety within the entire body - most notably within our digestion and muscles. 

  • Ideal for the person who always feels some underlying anxiety, perhaps with jittery nerves, butterflies in their stomach, or constantly worrying. 

  • Can be found in many Pukka varieties, including Love and Chamomile, Vanilla & Manuka tea.

Oat Flowering Tops 

  • A nutrient rich and deeply tonic herb, traditionally used to nourish the mind and strengthen a stress-overloaded nervous system.

  • Traditionally, oat tops were used to soothe mental exhaustion and deep fatigue (and best when used for at least four weeks!). 

  • Great for new parents, stressed out students, and folks working long hours. 

Valerian Root

  • A time honored herb used for generations to promote deep and restful sleep, especially for those with heavy physical fatigue who feel “tired and wired”. 

  • Valerian root helps to sedate, ground and settle a hyperactive nervous system (from too much daily stress), whilst also regulating the sleeping pattern to ensure an undisturbed and refreshing night's sleep.

  • Can be found in Pukka’s Night Time tea, where it works synergistically with several other calming herbs in the blend.

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Author: Lindsay Kluge

Herbal Educator, Pukka Herbs US

Lindsay is a clinical herbalist and nutritionist with a passion for bringing plants and people together. Through her work as a teacher and practitioner, she is passionate about helping people feel empowered in their health through community organic gardening, health education, and connection with nature. She has worked in clinical practiced with naturopathic doctors and MD’s alike, bridging the gap between alternative and conventional medicine to bring comprehensive, research based botanical medicine to her local communities. With an undergraduate degree in horticulture and a Masters in herbal medicine, plants are Lindsay's love language. She currently serves as the herbal educator for Pukka Herbs in the US, and teaches clinical nutrition at her alma mater, the Maryland University of Integrative Health. She is a guest lecturer at herbal medicine schools and conferences throughout the US.


MS Herbal Medicine

Years of Experience:

10+ years as a clinical herbalist and nutritionist practitioner

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