Sweet Dreams (Organic)
Country of Origin: Germany / China / Egypt (Blended by Neat Jane’s Tea House)
Grade(s): First grade
Altitude: Approx. 450 metres above sea level.
Manufacture Type(s): Field grown, sun dried.
Cup Characteristics: It has a fabulous aroma and a delicate sweet flavour you will want to drink.
Infusion: Tending light green
Ingredients: Lemon Balm, Jasmine Buds, Lavender, Red Rose Petals
Description: This is the perfect night time brew which helps you relax. This tea helps treat depression & anxiety disorders, induce sleep, soothe menstrual cramps and gastrointestinal complaints.
LAVENDER (Lavandula officinalis) was originally found only in the Mediterranean, but now blooms in many sunny locations around the world and is also very popular as a decorative garden shrub as it produces beautifully scented purple flower heads. The flowers come in a light blue to a deep purple color. These flowers are full of medicinally active compounds.
Main active ingredients of the flowers are the main supplier of lavender oil, which is how the properties are extracted from the plant.
The main active ingredients in lavender are 51% linalool and 35% linalyl acetate. Linalool is a terpene alcohol that is responsible for the strong floral scent of lavender.
Holistic practitioners have often advised that lavender is a healthy alternative to prescription medications to treat depression and anxiety disorders. In 2009, The International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology published a report in which a double-blind study was performed to investigate lavender as an alternative to benzodiazepine. The six-week study, compared larazapam; a common medication prescribed for depression to silexan; a lavender oil capsule. During the study, results were compared using
the Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale. It showed that those taking the lavender capsule showed as much improvement as those taking the lorazepam.
Lavender flowers can be crushed and steeped in hot water to create a tea that can be ingested. The flower should steep in the hot water until it cools and then drink the tea. The aroma helps to relax the sleepless person, and help to induce sleep. It is thought to be the combination of warmth, aroma and natural sedative properties from ingesting the tea that all help you to fall asleep.
Lavender can be inhaled deeply into the air passages and this is thought to help relieve headache pain and reduce stress levels.
LEMON BALM (Melissa Officinalis) was dedicated to the goddess Diana, and used medicinally by the Greeks some 2,000 years ago. In the Middles Ages lemon balm was used to soothe tension, to dress wounds, and as a cure for toothache, skin eruptions, mad dog bites, crooked necks, and sickness during pregnancy. It was even said to prevent baldness. As a medicinal plant, lemon balm has traditionally been employed against bronchial inflammation, earache, fever, flatulence, headaches, high blood pressure, influenza, mood disorders, palpitations, toothache and vomiting.
A tea made from Lemon balm leaves is said to soothe menstrual cramps and helps relieve PMS. The herb is used for nervous agitation, sleeping problems, functional gastrointestinal complaints, menstrua! cramps and urinary spasms. It is thought that the volatile oils in lemon balm contain chemicals that relax muscles, particularly in the bladder, stomach, and uterus, thereby relieving
cramps, gas, and nausea.
ESCOP (European How to Lose Unwanted Belly Fat scientific cooperative on Phytoiherapy) lists ‘its internal use for tenseness, restlessness, irritability, and symptomatic treatment of digestive disorders, such as minor spasms; extemaly, for herpes iabiaiis (ESCOP, 1997).
Recent evidence suggests that lemon balm has a depressant or sedative action on the central nervous systems of laboratory mice. The German Standard License for lemon balm tea approves ft for nervous disorders of sleep and of the gastrointestinal tract, and to stimulate the appetite (IMchll and Ksset, 1994).
Lemon balm may block some of thyroid hormone in the body. Therefore, it has been used in the past to treat Grave’s disease, an autoimmune condition in which the thyroid gland produces excess thyroid hormone. Although laboratory and animal studies show
that lemon balm may help decrease thyroid in the body, no human studies have yet been conducted for possible use.
Mental Clarity, Concentration and Relaxation
Lemon balm is widely used to treat anxiety and insomnia in Europe. It reduces anxiety and stress and eases sleep disorders.
Helpful for Homework
In a study of lemon balm at Northumbria University in England students were tested for weeks while using either Lemon balm
or a placebo. The students did better on the tests after taking temon balm and continued to post improved scores for up to six hours after taking the herb. The students taking Lemon balm were noted to be calmer and less stressed during the tests. (From Prevention Magazine Sept 2004)
Herpes and Antiviral Properties
Research has shown that the plant contains polyphenols, it can help significantly in the treatment of cold sores and combat the
herpes simplex virus, shingles as well as other viral afflictions. Studies have shown a significant reduction in the duration and
severity of herpes. Researchers have also rested a tremendous reduction of the frequency of recurrence.
Several studies have used Lemon balm to treat stress, anxiety and insomnia. The studies have shown improved sleep patterns and reduced stress and anxiety.
Lemon balm is approved for “nervous disorders* and “functional gastrointestinal complaints” by Commission E of the German
Federal Institute for Drugs and Devices, Commission E is the German governmental agency that evaluates the safety and effectiveness of herbal products.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Lemon balm contains volatile (essential!) oils including citronellal and citrals A and 8, which are known to have sedaftive properties.
In both animal and human studies, lemon balm taken by mouth has had calming effects. In larger doses it may promote sleep. In one study researchers found that using lemon balm improved memory and lengthened attention span in individuals suffering from Alzheimer disease.
Hot tea brewing method: Bring fresh cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 teaspoon for each 200-260ml of fluid volume in the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 5-10 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time, the better the flavor as more herb flavor is extracted).
Iced tea brewing method: Not recommended.
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