What's in this blend and why:
- Chamomile has properties that may aid sleep and digestion. It contains apigenin, an antioxidant that binds to certain receptors in your brain that may promote sleepiness and reduce insomnia. Many researchers believe that chamomile tea may function like a benzodiazepine (a prescription drug that can reduce anxiety and induce sleep). Some research suggests that chamomile binds to benzodiazepine receptors.
Lemon Balm is said to soothe symptoms of stress, help you to relax, and boost your mood. It may also be used to help reduce symptoms of anxiety, such as nervousness and excitability.
White Willow Bark - Often called "nature's aspirin," white willow bark has been used for over 5,000 years as a pain reliever. In 1829, French pharmacist H Leroux identified willow bark's active chemical constituent – salicin which is a powerful anti-inflammatory and analgesic. Several other components of willow bark (including polyphenols and flavonoids) have antioxidant, fever reducing, antiseptic and immune boosting properties. Some studies show that this plant is as effective as aspirin for reducing pain and inflammation at much lower doses. White willow bark can also be used to relieve menstrual cramps and bring down a fever.
Skullcap - Native to North America, skullcap was the go to herb for the relief of anxiety and nervous tension. Skullcap stimulates the release of endorphins and generally balances your mood. It also promotes sound sleep without the unwanted side effects, leaving you feeling refreshed and revitalized in the morning.
Peppermint has antioxidants that increase circulation and allow white blood cells to travel faster throughout the body, increasing the speed with which your body can fight off viruses and bacteria.
Spearmint has the ability to soothe digestion, improve the immune system, protect the body against fungal infections, and lower inflammation.
Lemongrass - with its citrus aroma and flavor, has antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Nettles - Stinging nettle leaves are packed with more minerals, especially magnesium and calcium, than a number of other medicinal herbs.
Calendula - packed with antioxidants, calendula also boasts anti-inflammatory compounds.