Do you struggle with insomnia, or sleeping well at night? In the modern age with our ever-busy lives, many of us experience anxieties that may impact how many hours of shut-eye we get a night. It is not up for debate that a good night’s sleep is paramount to our physical and mental health, but what can we do to aid it if it just won’t come?
The answer? Try chamomile tea! There are many natural remedies that we can try, but drinking a chamomile herbal tisane is both delicious and beneficial in inducing sleep.
There are many natural remedies that we can try, but drinking a chamomile herbal tisane is both delicious and beneficial!
What is chamomile?
Chamomile is a herb from the Asteraceae plant family that produces daisy-like flowers. There are two varieties that are cultivated and sold commercially – the Roman Chamaemelum nobile and German Matricaria recutita. Both plants contain the essential oil chamazulene, a natural anti-inflammatory.
Chamomile also contains chemicals called ‘flavonoids’, nutrients rich in antioxidants. These help regulate cellular activity to help your body fight off everyday toxins and function more effectively.
One of these antioxidants is called ‘apigenin’, which binds to receptors in your brain that may promote sleepiness, and many studies have been conducted that highlight the effectiveness of chamomile infusions on some consumers.
Chamomile has been used in folk medicines for thousands of years, and many also believe it has multiple other benefits such as improving digestive health, relieving anxiety and improving skin health. In ancient Egypt, it was sacred to the sun god Ra, and was thought to be superior over all other herbs.
What ingredients does our English Garden blend contain?
Here at Holy Cow Tea, our English Garden blend is 76% chamomile, meaning its high potency offers more health benefits than a blend with a lower concentration.
It also contains 20% rose petals which are particularly high in gallic acid, an antioxidant known to have anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and analgesic effects. Rose is also used in Chinese medicine for menstrual pain, so it’s not just sleep that this blend will benefit!
We have also included some mallow flowers, a common plant found in many parts of Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North Africa. The dainty purple flowers contain mucus, tannins, flavonoids, essential oil, vitamin C and other chemicals.
With the variety in the three blooms, this is a vibrant blend in both taste and appearance, which will calm you and nourish your body and soul.
Why the name?
We decided to name our blend after the quintessential English cottage garden, filled with beautiful roses which have been a symbol of beauty throughout history. The association between roses and love is thought to have come from ancient Egypt when Cleopatra used rose petals to seduce Mark Antony. With the chamomile flowers similar in appearance to daisies, a common English wildflower, we felt the name English Garden to be fitting. It aims to evoke feelings of the beginning of Spring, complementing its light and fragrant properties.
We hope you enjoy the blend, and let us know your thoughts!