Sleep is one of the most important aspects of healthy living. It is not only enjoyable and refreshing, but it is restorative of the body and critical to being productive during the day. It’s not only an indulgence – getting a good night’s sleep has been linked to clearer mental focus during the day, while not getting enough sleep has been linked to a slew of diseases and disorders.
Only a few years back, the CDC reported that 1 in 3 adults in America was not getting enough sleep on a regular basis. That’s troubling news, and there is no single consensus on the reasons that Americans don’t get enough sleep. There has been conjecture that a combination of lifestyle, environmental stressors, and social conditions have made sleep tenuous for many people. Whatever the reason, the fact remains that sleep does not come readily to enough people in this country.
Moreover, a lack of quality sleep has been linked to many, many issues that can, in some cases, be entirely prevented with a good dose of quality sleep. After all, think about a time when you didn’t get enough sleep one night and were in a fog the next day. After catching up on your sleep debt, you probably felt much better. Something as simple as grogginess and irritability can, in most cases, be entirely prevented with adequate sleep.
Even so, there are many conditions that are linked to poor quality sleep, the risks of which can be mitigated with something as simple as getting enough sleep.
A lack of quality sleep has been linked to individuals reporting an inability or difficulty concentrating and focusing, and mental acuity suffers from degradation of sleep. Sleep deprivation, or a lack of quality sleep, can cause issues with regulating mood and it can also adversely affect the immune system. Those who do not regularly experience a good night’s sleep may be at a higher risk of infection.
Sleeping less than eight hours per day also puts you at a higher risk of increased blood pressure, as well as a higher risk of diabetes, as lack of sleep makes it difficult for your body to release and regulate insulin. In addition to being at a higher risk of developing high blood pressure, not getting enough sleep has been linked to a number of cardiovascular complications.
There are many other problems associated with a lack of adequate sleep, but our purpose here is not to enumerate them, only to underscore the importance of good sleep for holistic well being. There are many ways that one might go about trying to increase their quality and duration of sleep, including mindfulness practices, altered daily routines, and even herbal supplements. Our passion here at Detox Tea is wellness, and so we have developed several special herbal teas that may be instrumental in increasing the overall well being of our customers. Our tea for better sleep is only one of these.
Our tea for better sleep is specially blended with a number of natural herbal ingredients that may confer the benefits of enabling you to achieve a better night’s sleep. It is blended to calm and soothe, and in some cases, peace and serenity are the first steps toward getting a good night’s sleep in the first place. Here is a rundown of what we include in our blend of tea for better sleep.
Chamomile is an herb that has been grown and used for hundreds of years for its calming, pleasant flavor. Known for its very tiny white flowers that look like little daisies, it is slightly sweet, slightly spicy, and a touch earthy and has a rich complex flavor profile. Some people enjoy it because they claim it has a calming effect on them – even if you only enjoy it for the flavor, it’s quite a treat.Chamomile also contains an antioxidant known as apigenin which binds to certain receptors in your brain. It may induce a feeling of sleepiness or help to counteract insomnia in some people. One way or the other, chamomile presents a pleasant flavor profile that is calming and delightful in and of itself.
Saffron is perhaps best known for the fact that it is one of the most expensive spices if not the single most expensive spice in the world. It is also known for the fact that it gives the bright yellow color to Spanish rice; It is fairly difficult to produce and has been used since ancient times for the belief that it offers a number of health benefits.
Saffron contains a number of powerful antioxidants and is commonly used because it is believed to help improve mood, which can be a boon for people experiencing an excess of stress. Stress is implicated in preventing people from sleeping peacefully, and compounds that reduce stress may also help in inducing sleep. Saffron is brightly colored and when used in cooking is known as the sunshine spice – perhaps also because it may be implicated in boosting your mood.
Our tea for better sleep also contains licorice as well, which may need no introduction. Famous for its tart, immediately recognizable flavor, licorice also may offer a number of other benefits besides its piquant flavor.
Though you may have previously thought of licorice root only as an ingredient in the candy of the same name, licorice contains a compound known as gabrol, which may bind to GABA receptors in the brain. It has been suggested that gabrol may be capable of inducing calming Alpha waves in the brain which may be able to afford better and more restful sleep. It’s also important to note that licorice contains natural adrenal tonics that can help to regulate the release of adrenaline – which makes you feel stressed and harried.
Ginger root is not just for use in sushi and baking, and it, like licorice, may need no introduction. Ginger is used in many different culinary applications and it is widely appreciated for its strong, astringent, and spicy flavor. But ginger may be able to offer you a lot more than just some extra zing in your cooking exploits.
While some people report a feeling of stimulation and alertness after consuming the powerful notes of ginger, others report that it has a pleasant sedative effect. Whatever the case, ginger is also used to treat nausea and can potentially even promote digestive health. For those who are kept awake by gastric distress, a little touch of ginger in our blend of tea for better sleep may be just the perfect touch.
You’ll probably recognize fennel seeds, like many of the ingredients on this list, from its widespread use in cooking. Interestingly enough, fennel seeds can add a flavor to foods that are not entirely dissimilar to licorice, and like licorice, may be able to offer you some potent health benefits.
It is possible that fennel seeds can offer some digestive benefits and cleansing and they are believed to help clean the blood as well. Fennel may also have anti-inflammatory properties, which can have a great effect on the quality of sleep. Chronic inflammation is a problem with which many people contend and it can leave you feeling ill at ease. No one feeling ill at ease is likely to experience a restful sleep, so addressed inflammation may improve sleep.
Even in ancient times, some cultures used fennel to help relax the body to prepare for sleep. It does have the potential to calm your body and muscles, and as we stated previously, relaxation is one of the keys to good sleep.
Closely related to basil and other forms of mint, spearmint is a spicy, soothing, cooling herb that has many uses besides its obvious uses in cooking. A common flavoring in candy and dental products, spearmint’s soothing and cooling properties are widely known, if only anecdotally.
Spearmint may also promote digestive health and help to cleanse the digestive system and settle upset stomachs. In addition, it has been reported that spearmint can help to promote a feeling of relaxation and has been linked to stress reduction. As it may be able to help mitigate feelings of stress, it can have a positive impact on the onset and quality of sleep as well. In addition, spearmint, like licorice, contains compounds that may bind to GABA receptors in the brain to calm and steady the mind and body. Interestingly enough, this is only one of the many reputed benefits that spearmint can offer. It’s no panacea, but it does have quite a number of reported benefits.
Often invoked and less understood, rose hips are the portion of the rose beneath the petals and contain the ovary and seeds of the plant. Rose hips are rich in vitamins and are often used in medicine and as a flavoring for culinary purposes.
Over the years, rose hips have been used to treat conditions such as nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, cramps, fatigue, and many other ailments. Rose hips have also been used to treat short term inability to sleep. Rose hips are also rich in antioxidants and may also be able to fight back against inflammation and chronic pain. As we stated previously, chronic inflammation can take a serious toll on the quality of sleep. Any reduction in inflammation can have a positive effect on the quality and duration of sleep.
Lemongrass has many uses in aromatherapy and cooking, and it can be nearly immediately recognized by its fresh, citrusy scent. It has far-ranging uses, not only including cooking but also in insect repellents and in making candles and other consumer goods.
Lemongrass has a number of properties that make it attractive to a large number of people, including the fact that it possesses certain antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Like many of the other ingredients in our tea for better sleep, lemongrass is loaded with antioxidants.
Lemongrass, when used in aromatherapy, is said to calm the mind and body as well as to provide a boost for the mood. Because it may help alleviate feelings of stress and worry, it has widely been used as a remedy for insomnia. Those who take tea brewed with lemongrass report that it is calming, much like lemon balm tea, which is similar and sometimes used for the same purposes.
Despite the name, holy basil is not a close relative of any of the much more familiar cultivars of basil which are actually closer relatives to mint. Holy basil is more popular in the cuisines of Southeast Asia from whence it comes, and is known for its aromatic, spicy flavor profile.
Delicious as it is, holy basil has also used to treat a number of ailments, including a number of stomach issues and skin conditions. It is also said that holy basil may have positive effects on mitigating stress and enabling the body to better cope with stressors. As such, we have included holy basil in our list of ingredients in our bedtime tea. Like many of the other ingredients in our sleepytime tea, holy basil may help to alleviate stress to enable you to achieve better, more wholesome sleep.
Our tea for better sleep includes these ingredients as well as rose buds and natural lemon flavor, culminating in a cup of tea that is not only designed to soothe you and prepare you for sleep but is complex and delicious as well. With spicy notes from the chamomile and holy basil and unique, interesting pitches from the fennel and licorice, this one of a kind type of tea is every bit as delectable as it is calming.
If you’re interested in trying some of our teas for sleep, you can also find our formula on our site with probiotics as well as in K-cups to make it easier for you to brew them. If you have any questions about our blends or the purported therapeutic benefits, feel free to give us a call at 407-601-4944 and we’d be glad to help you out.
-When using our products, remember that individual results may vary. None of these statements has been evaluated by the FDA. Products mentioned on this website are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always consult your doctor before beginning any new dietary program.