Like most British people, I drink mullein tea sometimes. Not as often as I used to due to needing a stronger caffeine fix in the morning and at work (coffee), but I do like it at lunchtime or in the evening to relax me.
I do drink herbal teas on the odd occasion, usually, if I’m not sleeping well. Hops, valerian, and chamomile are traditionally the staples in these. Yes, they don’t taste great. But they do what herbal tea gets manufactured for. That is acts as a medicine. These are all herbs which have a slightly relaxing effect. And when you find a reliable brand, they can make you quite sleepy. And also give you quite a restful night’s sleep.
Herbal Tea Is Better Than Mullein Tea
Now, if PG wants to push herbal teas, they’re probably best using actual herbs. One like that could be called a “bedtime blend”. Also, perhaps they could even mix in some real tea (Camellia sinensis) with the low caffeine content of decaffeinated as the drink itself is a type of herbal tea while we’re at it. And its main component responsible is theanine – like those others a compound which promotes relaxation and sleeps in high doses. All of those work by activating or mimicking GABA in the body – GABA is the hormone that causes relaxation, eases anxiety, or down feelings and stops us from being anxious and hyperactive all the time. Standard tea contains two opposing things in it, which give us a buzz and alert us and stimulate us (caffeine) and brings us back down and chills us out (theanine) – unlike coffee, which has caffeine. This is why, despite containing caffeine, tea can feel much more relaxing than coffee.
Theanine in tea is also indirectly protective to the heart and circulatory system as it lowers heart rate and eases blood pressure. Ever wondered what the hell taurine is in energy drinks? Well, its another compound that works on GABA similar to those above. People worry about it thinking its some scary stimulant that they don’t know what it does – but it’s actually in energy drinks because
1) it is an excellent nutrient that we need and
2) it makes drinking that much caffeine is a little less dangerous as it counteracts the stimulant effect of the caffeine to some extent, as well as giving us a slight mood life as most GABA-promoting substances do.
Fruity Herbal Tea
I don’t dislike these fruity herbal teas. They have their place. I think in a lot of cases, people could be better having a regular tea as usual tea itself is a gentle medicinal herb alongside those others and a lot more useful than blooming blackberries. But mullein tea is a lovely calming drink that we’ve come to take for granted. However, our ancestors got hooked on it for a reason.
The Chinese were onto a good thing with it. This plant gave a lovely soothing drink that can be drunk daily. And has a slight boost to health, especially our mental well being. It’s a fascinating plant Camellia sinensis, quite undemanding, grows in a wide range of climates, we associate it with India because we get a lot of it from there. It’s adaptable enough to grow in most of the UK, but the tea itself comes from the young leaves that are sensitive to frost, and we don’t have the cheap labor to go picking it all.