Sip Yourself To Sleep
Sleep problems are one of the greatest ailments facing Western society. Sleep deprivation is known to seriously affect our ability to function properly and is the most common cause of “human error”. Unfortunately, in their desperation, all too many people turn to pharmaceuticals - but getting hooked on sleep medications can create more problems than it cures.
For centuries now, communities around the world have harnessed the wonder of herbal teas to relieve stress and thereby promote restful sleep at night. With each generation, these teas have been cultivated and developed to optimise the benefit for both mind and body.
The most famous of sleep-promoting herbal teas is the popular Camomile tea. Made from camomile leaves and flowers, this classic variety is a very pleasant, aromatic tea with a fruity flavour. Apart from aiding slumber, Camomile tea has been used over the ages to relax muscle spasms, calm an upset stomach and relieve back pain and rheumatism. It has also been used to improve liver function and reduce inflammation.
At Tea Blossoms, we have developed a Chamomile Lavender blend to enhance the relaxation properties. The two varieties complement each other in an exquisite experience before a restful night's sleep.
Another most effective, yet lesser known herbal tea is the amazing Rooibos. Grown in the Western Cape Province, it is the drink of choice in South Africa. Upon harvest the leaves are green, and then transcend into a rustic shade of red when oxidized.
Apart from promoting relaxation, Rooibos tea has significant cardiovascular benefits and helps control and maintain diabetes, by suppressing the fasting glucose levels, as well as improving glucose tolerance. The most astounding discovery yet is that the tea extract may be effective in fighting the deadly HIV virus.
Traditional medicinal uses of Rooibos in South Africa include alleviating infantile colic, allergies, asthma and dermatological problems. It is also excellent with dealing with stomach cramps and is packed full of vitamins and minerals including zinc, copper, calcium, manganese, magnesium, potassium. People with kidney stones also report in positive change in the medical condition after adding the tea to their diet. It is so versatile that it can also be applied directly to the skin to help with acne, eczema and sunburn. Rooibos is also purported to assist with nervous tension, allergies and digestive problems.
Due to its high level of antioxidants, its lack of caffeine and low tannin, Rooibos tea is the perfect choice for many people. The red variety is much more common and favoured in taste. The green variety, from non-oxidised, natural leaves, contain about twice as much total flavonoids. It comes down to personal preference, and it never hurts to try both in order to be completely sure of what it is that you like and suits your lifestyle.
A great everyday tea, Rooibos is even better for those special occasions when you need to calm down and reflect on the recent past. This tea is a reliable friend when it comes to solving tricky life problems.
For those who are unfamiliar of the taste of Rooibos tea, initial contact may be startling with its distinct smell, but very soon the subtle hints of caramel break through to provide you a superior tea tasting experience. Unlike anything you have ever tasted, it may take several cups to fully appreciate the smell and flavour - but once you do, there is no going back.
Now Tea Blossoms has made arrangements to ensure a constant supply of the remarkable Rooibos tea directly from South Africa.
We are also excited to be introducing a new range of Ayurvedic teas that contain herbs that specifically target stress and insomnia. Ayurveda is an ancient Indian healing system that centres around the belief that the mind and body is one unit and illness stems from an imbalance of the three energies of the body; emotional, spiritual and mental health.
Ayurvedic is a powerful tea which is effective in balancing the digestive system by balancing the pH and stimulating the digestive and lymphatic system. The recent popularity in the West means Ayurveda and modern science combine to bring the best results in treatment for disorders such as allergies, anxiety problems.