Serenity Grove herbal tea is nature's answer to the modern day problem that is a depressed mood and functioning brought about anxiety, stress, or sadness. Peace invoking tonic designed to nourish and heal the body, for both the short & the long term.
St. John's Wort,
Vana Holy basil,
Red Rose petals,
Loose herbal tea blend best lightly boiled or simmered for 3-5 minutes. Recommended 4-6 teaspoons for a best effects, using 2 teaspoons per cup of water.
St. John's Wort is a highly regarded herb that has been utilized from Europe to Eastern Asia, and to this day is still the go-to herbal for low mood & depression. It functions primarily as a Selective Serotonin-reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), but also has reuptake effects on Dopamine & Norepinephrine as well, circumnavigating the many side effects associated with modern day SSRI type medicines.
Gotu kola, regarded in China as one of the "miracle elixirs of life" has also been an important part of Ayurvedic medicine as a tool for increasing psychic sensitivity and rejuvenating the spirit. It is believed to heighten mental facilities and strengthen the immune system. Gotu kola increases the synthesis of GABA from Glutamate, changing the over-all function of the body to a more peaceful state of mind.
Bacopa monnieri, otherwise known as the legendary Brahmi, is a sacred Ayurvedic herb that promotes a thoughtful state of mind while relaxing and protecting the body. Brahmi is the foremost tonic for the nervous system and general cognition. Brahmi when taken over the long term can reverse deficits in the Serotonin system caused by pharmaceutical anti-depressant or illicit drug use.
Holy basil is one of the most highly revered herbs in India and Ayurveda, a true adaptogen, balancing the physical workings of the body in a health promoting manner while reducing stress and healing the temple that is our body. Holy basil is an anti-inflammatory agent (COX-2 inhibitor) and reduces cortisol production. The Vana variety is suited for this blend thanks to its citronella-lemon like aroma.
Lemon balm is an ancient herb used by philosophers and poets, doctors & sages alike. It is also known as Melissa and is one of the oldest remedies for reducing anxiety and stress. Lemon balm functions as a GABA-transaminanse inhibitor, preserving the newly created relaxing GABA brought about by Gotu kola and a functioning Serotonin system.
Orange peel is common tonic of the east with a semi-sweet citrus taste, containing a very impressive amount of readily absorbed polyphenol anti-oxidants and eliciting a mild state of relaxation & peace.
Red Rose petals are included in this blend for their calming & uplifting effect, eliciting feelings of elation even just from the smell. Roses have a long history as a medicinal & cherished plant, signifying peace, love, & happiness.
Lavender is a well known medicinal herb & spice, producing a distinctive smell & flavor. Lavender is very proficient at improving the mood & reducing anxiety, and is effective at settling the stomach, as a circulatory tonic, & as a general purpose nervine.
This blend contains St. John's Wort and should not be mixed with SSRI or MAOI type drugs (prescription anti-depressants). St. John's wort also speeds up drug metabolism, and has the potential to reduce the efficacy of birth control medications. St. John's wort also increases photosensitivity, so extended suntanning should be avoided while taking high doses of this herb.
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