Before we can sleep we need to quiet our mind and turn off the light in the ‘thoughts department’. The mind, which has been rushing around all day, comes to rest. Sweet rooibos and chamomile fold you gently in their arms and get you ready for bedtime. Sweet cocoa shells and vanilla sing you a lullaby while warming spices such as clove, ginger and black pepper tuck you in. The essence of this tea is: ‘Sweet Dreams’.
rooibos*, chamomile*, cocoa shells*, liquorice*, vanilla extract*, cinnamon*, cardamom*, lemon balm extract*, nutmeg*, rose petals*, ginger*, cloves*, black pepper*
* Certified organic
Today rooibos, also known as red bush and belongs to the pulse family, is exclusively grown in the Cederberg mountains in South Africa. The plants grow up to two metres tall and are only harvested once a year. Rooibos tea is produced from its leaves, and is the mild, fruit and slightly sweet-tasting national drink of South Africa.
At the end of the 16th century, the famous doctor and botanist, Hieronymus Bock identified chamomile with its pleasant scent as the ‘most commonly-used herb in medicine’. Due to its numerous positive properties, in 1987 it received the very first Medicinal Plant of the Year award, and was voted Medicinal Plant of the Year in 2002.
The ‘queen of spices’ is one of the most popular aromas in the world. It belongs to the Orchidaceae family and is native to Mexico and Central America. Its delicate flavour and extensive production process make real vanilla a particularly valuable spice and medicinal plant.
The shell of the cocoa fruit has a flavour that is soft and sweet, similar to the beans it contains, yet it has far fewer calories. Cocoa shells have been used for thousands of years in Ayurveda, the ancient Indian art of healing. They contain valuable nutrients, from vitamin E to purines and from magnesium and calcium to vegetable fatty acids.
Liquorice has been used since ancient times for its medicinal properties and is one of the 50 basic herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It is around 50 times sweeter than sugar and tastes mild, sweet, bitter and aromatic. Liquorice was selected as the Medicinal Plant of the Year in 2012 due to its valuable nutrients.
Cinnamon is one of the most expensive herbs in the world and is thought to have been used in China around 3,000 B.C. as a herb and medicinal plant. Cinnamon is extracted from the bark of the cinnamon tree. It tastes aromatic and sweet, and contains nutritious tannins as well as valuable essential oils.
Cardamom has been one of the most popular spices in the Asian and Arabian regions for thousands of years. Its delicate, sweet yet sharp aroma means that it is perfect for use in numerous dishes – from spicy curries to aromatic Christmas baked goods. Thanks to its essential oils and other important nutrients, cardamom is one of the oldest healing plants in the world.
In the Middle Ages, the Medicinal Plant of the Year in 1988 had to legally be grown in every monastery garden. Lemon balm contains numerous tannins, flavonoids and mineral salts in addition to essential oils, making it an important medicinal plant. Its leaves have a fresh, spicy and citrusy flavour.
Nutmeg is the seed of the nutmeg fruit. It has a slightly bitter and spicy aroma, and has been used as a spice for many centuries. Nutmeg has also played an important role as a medicinal plant: In the Middle Ages, it was regarded as one of the most important medicinal plants there was and may literally have been worth its weight in gold. Today, nutmeg is one of the most important spices used in the ancient Indian traditional medicine, Ayurveda.
Rose petals smell just as magnificent as they look. This majestic plant has also been treasured for thousands of years as a medicinal plant – in the 17th century roses were used in about a third of the medicine. Rose blossom smells delicately aromatic and contains important tannins as well as essential oils.
Ginger has been used in the Far East for more than 3,000 years as a condiment and medicinal plant. It has a fruity-tart taste and contains essential oils and important minerals as well as various vitamins.
Cloves are the flower buds of the clove tree and are mainly used in our part of the world as a spice in foods such as Lebkuchen (gingerbread) or red cabbage. They belong to the Myrtaceae family and have an intense, spicy aroma, which led to them even being weighed up with gold in ancient China and Egypt.
Black pepper, known as the ‘King of Spices’ nowadays is one of the most important spices in the world, together with salt. It originates from the Malabar coast of India and it has an intensive spicy flavour, ranging from mildly spicy to spicy. Ancient traditional medicine of Ayurveda recommends black pepper not only for its spiciness, but also for its valuable properties as a medicinal plant.
Pour 250 ml of freshly boiled water over the teabag. Allow to infuse for 5 minutes.