Certain herbs have been used for their effects in helping with sleep for thousands of years. It's not just in recent times that people have had trouble sleeping, but throughout history people have struggled with sleep for a variety of reasons including stress, hormone disruption, poor diet and more.
Oftentimes, these certain herbs can be brewed as a tea to help us absorb the special chemical compounds that can help feel drowsy and drift off into a deep sleep.
At Steep Into It, we included a few different herbs into our blends that have long been known to support sleep. Here's what you can expect to find in our Relax & Unwind blend, which is our favorite sleep-supporting brew...
Chamomile, Passionflower and Valerian Root
These special herbs contain a variety of natural compounds, including apigenin in chamomile, which work by binding to certain neurotransmitter receptors in the brain called GABA receptors, which encourages more GABA to be present in the brain because the receptors are blocked by the chemical compounds in the tea. This promotes a more restful and relaxed state in the brain, similar to the way many anti-anxiety medications work but without the nasty side effects.
These herbs also contain a variety of antioxidants, especially when the herbal tea is organic and high-quality, that reduce inflammation and promote a sedative effect.
So this is an excellent example of our bodies working in sync with the naturally-occurring compounds in nature!
Check out this related article on PubMed for more info!
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