Sleepy Time Tea Ingredients: Wild Lettuce, Hops, Ginger, Peppermint, Catnip, Valerian, St. Johns Wort, Red Clover, Licorice, Echinecia, Lobelia, Lemon Balm, Spirulina, Stevia.
Parts Used: leaf and stem
Summary: Wild lettuce is used for whooping cough, asthma, urinary tract problems, cough, trouble sleeping (insomnia), restlessness, excitability in children, painful menstrual periods, excessive sex drive in women (nymphomania), muscular or joint pains, poor circulation, swollen genitals in men (priapism), and as an opium substitute in cough preparations.
Parts Used: Dried leaf
Summary: Medicinally, the German Commission E has approved peppermint leaf for supporting the gastrointestinal tract as well as the gallbladder and bile ducts. It is specifically used to support healthy bowel function. Peppermint oil may be used for aromatherapy, helping to support the upper respiratory system for brief periods during times of need.
Precautions: For best results, avoid boiling a peppermint tea, and instead add simmering water to a cup of the material instead of boiling directly.
Parts Used: dried Leaves.
Summary: Catnip tea, drunk before bed (a cup or 2 of a strong brew will do) acts as a tranquilizer to put you to sleep so you can rest at night. Be careful drinking lots of catnip tea during the day, as catnip can make you drowsy even as it helps calm your nervous anxiety if you drink too much.If you have a stomachache or a headache, or just a body ache in general, catnip can work wonders to help soothe your muscles and give you relief. As a relaxant, catnip tea helps loosen tight and irritated muscles and brings crampiness out of the stomach and head and soothe your aches and pains.
Catnip is particularly great for people prone to panic attacks and nervous behavior. Keeping catnip nearby to scent or to drink (don't drink catnip purchased for cats; rather, buy catnip at a health food store) helps to calm nervous tendencies and help calm an individual down when they are in a stressful situation or feel panicky.
Precautions: Not recommended for use while pregnant.
Parts Used: The dried flowering tops and leaf.
Summary: St John's Wort is traditionally used to support healthy mood and promote emotional well-being. Numerous clinical trials have studied the efficacy of St John's Wort in this capacity, with most of them showing positive results that are comparable to conventional treatments.
Precautions: St. John's wort extracts may increase sensitivity to sunlight and risk of sunburn, but this is extremely rare when the whole herb is used. Not to be used with a MAO or Protease inhibitor.
Parts Used: The cone and grains of the hops flower.
Summary: Insomnia Treatment For those who have trouble getting to sleep, hops can provide some significant benefits. Hops have a sedative effect, for which the plant was used long before it made its debut in brewing beer.Treating Anxiety and Nervousness. The sedative properties of hops also help with nervousness and anxiety.Hops have long been used for treating digestive problems. Diarrhea (particularly due to anxiety) can be helped in this way, as can indigestion. Hops also have organic compounds that are thought to help fight osteoporosis and even help keep it from developing in the first place.
Precautions: The hops in beer are responsible for an unfortunate condition in men known in German herbal medicine as "beer drinker's droop," or erectile dysfunction. Avoiding excessive consumption of beer or hops helps men retain potency. If taken during the day, the supplement can cause unwanted drowsiness.
Parts Used: Dried, peeled rhizome, chopped.
Summary: Historically, ginger has a long tradition of being very effective in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress.Ginger contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols. These substances are believed to explain why so many people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis experience reductions in their pain levels and improvements in their mobility when they consume ginger regularly.
Precautions: Although there are warnings in both Traditional Chinese Medicine and some medical texts about using ginger during pregnancy, ginger used in moderation, that is 3/4 teaspoon up to three times a day, poses no risk to mother's or baby's health. Studies in the late 1990's found that eating as much as 2 to 3 tablespoons of raw ginger or 5 to 8 tablespoons of dried ginger daily will not stimulate uterine contraction. Excessive use may cause gastrointestinal upset.
Parts Used: Dried root.
Summary: When prepared as a tea, it is slightly sweet and spicy with a touch of bitterness, making it palatable to some, but not all individuals. It is traditionally used to support healthy sleep and relaxation, When combined with hops, valerian root has been approved to support healthy sleep.
Precautions: If you use valerian for several months and suddenly stop using it, you may experience withdrawal symptoms such as headache, insomnia, racing heart, and general grouchiness, although rare. Reduce dosage of a period of about a week if you wish to discontinue using the herb suddenly.
Parts Used: Flowers and sometimes the leaf
Summary: Red clover is used for cancer prevention, indigestion, high cholesterol, whooping cough, cough, asthma, bronchitis, and sexually transmitted diseases.
Precautions: Red clover should not be taken by pregnant or nursing women, as the effects on developing fetus and infants is not determined. There are some studies that suggest taking red clover may affect fetal development. It is also recommended that you do not take red Clover while on blood thinning medication.
Parts Used: The leaf, dried and cut
Summary: lemon balm is for supporting a calm and healthy sleep. It has also been approved in supporting the gastrointestinal tract. Lemon balm has been shown in clinical trials to support healthy memory and cognitive function, as well as to increase self-reported calmness.
Precautions: Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of lemon balm during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Parts Used: The root in dried form
Summary: Licorice is used for various digestive system complaints including stomach ulcers, heartburn, colic, and ongoing inflammation of the lining of the stomach
Some people use licorice for sore throat, bronchitis, cough, and infections caused by bacteria or viruses.Licorice is also used for osteoarthritis, systemic lupus Eratosthenes liver disorders, malaria, tuberculosis, food poisoning, and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Precautions: Don't use licorice if you have high blood pressure, and don't use licorice if you eat a meat and potatoes diet. Your body needs potassium from fruit and vegetables to compensate for the excretion of potassium stimulated by licorice. If you use steroids or an asthma inhaler, licorice will increase both the effectiveness of the drug and the severity of its side effects. Its long term use is not recommended, and it is not recommended for use by pregnant women. May cause stomach upset if taken in large quantities.
Parts Used: Aerial parts during the seeding stage
Summary: Lobelia is used for breathing problems including asthma, bronchitis, whooping cough, and shortness of breath (apnea) in newborn infants. Some people take lobelia as a sedative to help them relax. Other people use it to increase sweating.
Precautions: Because of its similarity to nicotine, lobelia may be dangerous to susceptible populations, including children, pregnant women, and individuals with cardiac disease. Excessive use will cause nausea and vomiting. Not recommended for use by pregnant women.
Parts Used: The root, leaves, stems and flowers
Summary: Echinacea is widely used to fight infections, especially the common cold and other upper respiratory infections.
Precautions: Use with caution if you are allergic to ragweed
Parts Used: Dried and processed algae
Summary: Blue-green algae are used as a source of dietary protein, B-vitamins, and iron. They are also used for weight loss, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), hay fever, diabetes, stress, fatigue, anxiety, depression, and premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and other women’s health issues.
Precautions: Persons with PKU should consult a doctor before taking spirulina.
Parts Used: Leaves
Summary: Stevia leaves are one of the sweetest substances known in nature, with a sweetness rating of up to 300 times the sweetening power of sugar. They have been called a "super-sweetener", and are the source of stevioside, a widely available tabletop sweetener in many Asian countries. With no calories and very little bitter aftertaste, stevia is an excellent alternative sweetener to sugar for teas and other recipes that call for sugar. PLEASE NOTE: Most commercial Stevia which is a white crystalline color is actually the dried powdered extract of Stevia and is not the whole leaf.
Precautions: Stevia has no reported side effects.
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