Interesting thought for insomnia sufferers or to counteract caffeine effects
L-Theanine is what we learn about at teavana as an amino acid that produces rest and relaxation. IDK
I’ve been looking at David’s Teas at their ones with Valarian root. I have HIIIIIIGH anxiety at times and thought that ingredient might be fun to try before something that would bring anxiety usually. hmmm, idk. I don’t know if any of you have tried it.
Personally all tea relaxes me but I don’t really own any high caffeine ones except golden monkey. But caffeine has always had a relaxing affect on me to the point where I just can pass out at night. Don’t know whyyyyyy. My body is weird.
Valerian is not a nice taste – but – the tablets work wonders for anxiety. only one reported case of overdose and he ate 20 times the regular dose, and was just ill for 24hrs. Much safer than benzodiazepines which seem to get prescribed all to0 easy (in america at least)
I know this first hand and have taken both. They do make you drowsy though & have cumulative affects with alcohol and any nervous system or respiratory depressant.
consult a doctor if you are on medication but if not I would definitely recommend them!
Ive heard bad things..
Yeah, here we go, its banned in a few countries due to concerns about liver damage:
There are in my opinion two problems with adding Valerian Root itself to tea, one it tastes terrible, and two it is so dense I find simply steeping the tea doesn’t really extract it, you really have to boil it or perhaps crush it first.
Ironically, while it is generally useful for insomnia, one of the reported side effects of Valerian Root is insomnia.
I think if you break through the sleepiness you might be able to get wired from it. its kinda narcotic in its effect
and you are messing with your bodies cycle a bit
edit* i dont think narcotic is the right word. Psychoactive is better
While Valerian is not classified as a narcotic drug it has in my opinion a very mild effect similar to a narcotic sedative. If it was strong enough to be classified as a narcotic it would be by prescription only.
I have tried both DT’s valerian root teas, The Big Chill and Mother’s Little Helper. They are both quite good. I suspect TBC contains more of the root as it is more vile tasting. Neither one of these teas knock me out unless I am already tired. I don’t know whether they contain enough valerian root to do the job.
I have found the problem with Valerian Root in tea is you have to boil it to extract the Valerian. I have a huge mortar and pestle designed for making Thai curry paste. I have been thinking of using it to crush some Valerian Root so I can extract the root while just steeping it. Don’t know if it would work.