I have just discovered the perfect blend of herbal tea with ingredients touted to induce calmness in mind and body. It includes different herbal ingredients that, when drunk as tea, help the drinker attain feeling of calmness and stillness. This is different from stimulating effects of coffee and tea brew. I have just discovered “Serenity Wellness Herbal Tea”.
Serenity wellness tea is blended by Metropolitan of Canada, with ingredients from different parts of the world. It is available in biodegradable tea bags, consisting of coarse herbs and fruit. The blend contains 12 ingredients. It does not contain pharmaceutical drugs and synthetic compounds.
Ingredients of Serenity wellness tea
The blend of Serenity wellness tea is designed to induce a feeling of calm and stillness to the drinker. The natural herbs in the blend are carefully formulated to produce desired effect of reducing anxiety and nervousness. Here are the ingredients of Serenity wellness tea:
1. Chamomile – Matricaria recutita, this herb is known to help reduce anxiety and induce sleep. The most potent anxiety reducer in chamomile is the flavonoid Chrysin. This makes it ideal for persons with Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
For tea, flower petals of the plant are used. It is also good for calming sore stomach, irritated bowels (like in irritable bowel syndrome) and reducing healing time for wounds.
2. Rooibos – Aspalathus linearis, an herb indigenous in a mountainous area in Western Cape Province of South Africa. It is drunk as tea in the region for hundreds of years, and today known for its hefty antioxidant content without containing caffeine. The leaves and young twigs of the plant are used as tea.
Rooibos tea, unlike tea and coffee, can help ease nervous tension. It can also help alleviate allergies and digestive problems. Plus it contains potent antioxidants such as aspalathin, nothofagin, phenolic compounds and flavanols. Studies show that these compounds in Rooibos have antibacterial, antifungal and anti-cancer properties.
3. Lemon Balm – Melissa officialis an herb native in Mediterranean region of Southern Europe with gentle lemon scent. Its effects on the body are remarkable; trials show that it can lift mood and mental performance while inducing calm and lessening anxiety.
Lemon balm is great for people who feel huge amount of stress. Its effect stems from the herb’s ability to influence the brain’s muscarinic and nicotinic acetylcholine receptors that controls mood and alertness. Lemon balm is also found to have excellent antioxidant activity, removing free radicals from cells to reduce oxidative stress. Lemon Balm is also great migraine headache natural remedy.
4. Lemon Verbena – Aloysia citrodora an herb native in South American countries. Like lemon balm, it also possesses a lemony flavor. The plant is a popular herbal tea in its native region. It is also a feature in dishes ranging from meats, vegetables to desserts.
Though it does not have pronounced calming effects, lemon verbena is shown to protect neutrophils i.e. the most common white blood cell in the body and the mainstay of immune resistance, from oxidative damage. It is also helpful in reducing damage to body’s cells due to overwork. Surprisingly, it is also effective against Candida albicans.
5. Linden – Tilia Americana is a species of tree whose related species are found in Europe and North America. The fragrant mildly sweet petals of linden flowers are used to make tea. Young leaves of linden can be eaten as well.
Linden flower tea is helpful to calm agitation and reduce symptoms of anxiety such as indigestion, irregular heartbeat and vomiting. The compounds in its sticky flowers help suppress inflammation while its antioxidant content helps cells recover from stress.
6. Anise – Pimpinella anisum a flowering herb whose seeds are important spice to many regional cuisines. Anise seeds contain an organic compound named Anethole, which have notable antimicrobial properties against bacteria, yeast and fungi.
If taken internally, anise can help kill eggs of parasites residing in the intestines to reduce their numbers.
7. Cinnamon – Cinnamomum verum a famous spice derived from grinding dried inner bark of the cinnamon tree. Besides being a favored ingredient in drinks due to its sweet aroma, cinnamon contains numerous bioactive compounds, which several of it is found to be potent antivirals; in experiments it is shown to kill herpes viruses. The main responsible ingredient for it was Eugenol.
In addition, compounds in cinnamon help lower blood sugar and reduce risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
8. Oat straw – Avena sativa a member of the grass family whose seeds are widely used as a cereal. Aside from its healthful seed grains, straw from oats are used to make tea. Oat straw is noted for its health-promoting properties inside and outside the body. For example, it can help soften bath water for people with sensitive or inflamed skin.
Oat straw can help relieve digestive problems. It is a mild drink that is helpful for people with insomnia and agitation, as well as easing off physical and emotional fatigue.
9. Hops – Humulus lupulus this plant is better known for its flowers, also called hops, which are an important flavoring for beer. Surprisingly, hops have anxiety and agitation lowering properties. Much of it is due to aromatic scents and volatile compounds found in the flowers.
10. Passion flower – Passiflora edulis is a beautiful flowering plant that bears sour fruits called passion fruit. The leaves of the plant are used to make tea, practiced by Native Peoples in North America since ancient times.
Fresh or dried leaves of the plant are used as tea for conditions like insomnia, hysteria and epilepsy. It also has some analgesic properties too. This can be due to its alkaloid content, which is not present in large amounts in fruits and leaves. In clinical trials, tea from passion flower is shown to be beneficial to people with Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
11. Orange peel – Citrus sinensis the peel from the fruit of the orange tree is a good addition to tea due to its comforting fruity scent. The peel of the orange fruit is an overlooked source of nutrition; it is a richer source of vitamin C and fiber than the pulp, without containing excess sugar.
The peel of the orange fruit is also rich in essential oil (notably Limonene) which is studied due to its ability to protect cells against cancer.
12. Liquorice – Glycyrrhia glabra herb known as a spice and flavoring in sweets. The root of the Liquorice root is used, which is rich in numerous bioactive compounds that are beneficial to the body. Liquorice root is very popular in Europe and Asia as confection and medicine.
The compound found in Liqourice root, called glycyrrhizic acid, is used for viral infections of the liver (chronic viral hepatitis) and tuberculosis. It can also disrupt development of Kaposi’s sarcoma, a type of cancer. It can also help the body kill the bacterium Helicobacter pylori (causative agent of stomach ulcers. Liquorice is a good medicine for irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease and ileitis because it reduces spasm of the bowels.
Preparing Serenity wellness tea
Serenity wellness tea is very easy to prepare. To make hot drink, simply pour a cup of freshly boiled water over a teabag. Cover the cup (to prevent volatile oils from evaporating in the air) and steep for at least 5 minutes but not longer than 10 minutes. Longer steeping times helps extract more oils and fruity flavor from the herb. Too long soaking can result in a bitter astringent brew. Sweeten the tea with honey or sugar to taste.
Serenity wellness tea is also great served cold. This is the recipe to make 1 pitcher of iced tea: put 6 teabags of Serenity wellness tea in a teapot and add 1.5 cup of freshly boiled water. Let it steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove the teabags, then add cold water and ice to make a pitcher of iced tea. Sweeten with sugar or honey to taste.
- Serenity wellness tea is made up of natural herbs. If you have allergy to one or more ingredients of the tea blend, do not drink the tea.
- Some ingredients of serenity wellness tea, like chamomile, are contraindicated to pregnant and nursing mothers.
- Serenity wellness tea has calming and mild sedation effect, so it’s not for people who are driving or operating heavy machinery.