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Head in the Clouds Sleepy Tea
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Head in the Clouds Sleepy Tea

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Head in the Clouds Loose Leaf Sleepy Herbal Tea.

Pure organic herbal floral tea in a refill packs with a compostable bio pouch - everything is as ethical and ecologically sourced as possible at The Modern Witch Apothecary 🌿🌱🍄

This product is also available for gifts and real apothecary pleasure bottled in beautiful violet glass apothecary bottles, which looks black but is actually deepest deepest violet and blocks out all light except the ultra violet. This protects your herbs, ointments and preparations from bacteria and light damage and helps keep the products as natural as possible.

A soporific, calming sleep aid tea, naturally caffeine free.

Directions: either fill a tea pot with freshly boiled water and a teaspoon or so of Head in the Clouds Sleepy Tea per cup and steep for a good 5 minutes
Or!
Place a teaspoon or so of the tea for each cup in an enamel pan (metal pans can interfere with the herbs!) and boil up for about 3 minutes.
As always ! Strain the tea when pouring yourself a lovely cup.

Ingredients: (all organic) Valerian Root, Wild Lettuce, Passion Flower.


Some Health Benefits of the Herbs in Head in the Clouds Sleepy Tea:

Valerian:
Valerian has been used for centuries and supported human beings in reducing anxiety, stress, tension, irritability, and insomnia.
Most of valerian’s effects are attributed to the interaction of its constituents with the GABA receptor. Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is a neurotransmitter that sends chemical messages through the brain and nervous system. Its role is to inhibit or reduce the activity of neurons or nerve cells. In large enough quantities GABA can cause a sedative effect – Valerian root has been shown to increase GABA levels in the brain which can in turn not only reduce the amount of time taken to fall asleep, it can also improve the quality of sleep too. It does this by binding to GABA receptors in the amygdala, the region of the brain involved in fear and emotional responses to stress. This produces a calming effect similar to benzodiazepines (anti-anxiety drugs), which is why valerian has been called “nature’s valium”.
The aforementioned GABA also helps to calm anxiety with its regulation of nerve cells. The valerenic acid and valerenol contained in the Valerian root act as anti-anxiety agents, stabilising the central nervous system. The improved GABA levels make it easier for the mind and body to relax, meaning Valerian root can also help to keep your stress levels down – significantly helping with daily stress management.
Valerian appears to work directly on the nervous system as a natural pain reliever.
Naturally sedative and antispasmodic, Valerian root acts as a powerful muscle relaxant and can be especially helpful in easing menstrual cramps. It can effectively calm the severe uterine muscle contractions experienced by some women during menstruation.
Extensive studies have found that GABA also regulates blood pressure. Properly regulated blood pressure has a direct positive impact on the health of the heart, with high blood pressure increasing the risk of a heart attack or stroke.

Wild Lettuce:
Otherwise known as “Opium Lettuce”, this plant does not contain any opiates and is entirely legal. Its pain relieving effects come from the milky white substance it excretes, lactucarium, whose active compounds are comparable to the distilled, synthetic versions found in prescription painkillers. The main active compounds in lactucarium are lactupicrin, lactucin and lactucopicrin. These compounds have been found to possess analgesic activity, along with sedative activity.
he compounds found in the lactucarium work in the way morphine does, directly impacting the central nervous system, blunting its ability to feel pain.

It is recommended by herbalists as a remedy for severe migraines and is especially effective for women who suffer acute pain during their menstrual cycle. The pain relieving qualities of Wild Lettuce also aid in relaxing the body. This makes it very useful in the treatment of insomnia and anxiety, with it also called a feeble opium because it does not upset the digestive system. However, it is said to produce a euphoric, dreamy effect making it much easier to drop off to sleep.

This sedative effect make it especially beneficial to an overactive nervous system and it’s particularly good for hyperactive children.
Wild lettuce can be used as a natural treatment for asthma and coughs. The powerful herb helps reduce irritation of the bronchial tubes and lungs. It’s also able to loosen mucus and difficulty breathing associated with asthma. Furthermore, it can be an effective treatment for whooping cough and bronchitis.

Passion Flower:
This beautiful flower is native to the Americas where it has been used for centuries to heal bruises and cuts. Modern day herbalists recommend it as a powerful nervine tonic to treat stress, anxiety and to help the mind prepare for a restful night’s sleep. It has also been used traditionally to provide relief to women who are experiencing menopause symptoms such as hot flashes, and is especially adept at dealing with insomnia related to this change in a woman’s life.
Passion Flower is a gentle anti-anxiety and mildly sedative herb. One particular study asked volunteers with trouble sleeping to drink a cup of Passion Flower tea at bedtime for a period of time, all reported significant sleep improvement.
The increased GABA in the brain that Passion Flower can induce will also reduce the anxiety so often associated with insomnia. In addition, Passion Flower is known to be a muscle relaxant, easing away tension that can make it more difficult to drift off to sleep.
Passion Flower is powerfully antioxidant due to the presence of the antioxidant compounds; vitexin, isovitexin, kaempferol, quercetin, rutin, apigenin and luteolin glycosides. It also contains indole alkaloids, fatty acids, gum, maltol, phytosterols, sugars and traces of volatile oils. One compound in particular – quercetin – has been extensively studied, it has been found to be exceptionally effective in ridding the body of damaging free radical molecules and it inhibits various enzymes that cause inflammation. These compounds also relax the nervous system, helping to relieve nerve related pain such as back pain.
Studies show that using extract of Passion Flower can help to reduce high blood pressure (hypertension). It was found that one cup of Passion Flower tea daily can help to regulate blood pressure levels in people with mild hypertension. However, it is important to note that those on blood pressure medication should not consume this herb as it can lower blood pressure to dangerous levels.


70g pack.