- Ahead of the Pain Background
- Ahead of the Pain Preparation
A soothing organic remedy for stress and the aches and pains of a long day's work, Ahead of the Pain is a blend of our Nile Delta Chamomile, Wild Tibetan Lavender, and Valerian Root together with peppermint, lemon balm, scutellaria, and ginger root, all of which are known as effective stress relievers in their own right. Combined together they are just that much more effective at ensuring that you stay one step ahead of your pain.
Origin: A Thirst for Tea Blend
Ingredients: Organic Nile Delta Chamomile, organic Wild Tibetan Lavender, organic Peppermint, organic Lemon Balm, organic Scullcap, organic Lemon Peel, organic Valerian Root, dried ginger root
Ginger root is the most widely used and most available herbal remedy in the world. It is used to lower cholesterol, and for relief of nausea, colds, arthritis, allergies and asthma. It is also known to protect the digestive tract and liver against parasites and toxins. Peppermint, and lemon balm have long been used in the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders. Peppermint is known to relieve the pain associated with colitis and colic. Both are considered to be calming herbs as well. The medicinal qualities of Chamomile are widely known as well, but not so much those of these other powerhouse herbs. The use of Lavender was first recorded in ancient Phoenician inscriptions dating back to 1000 BC. The ancient Romans were also very fond of the herb and used it as a fragrant bath scent in their public bathhouses. Modern botanical science indicates that there are at least 28 known species of Lavender - some of these are wild and some are commercially cultivated - the plant grows everywhere from parts of Africa to China. The version that we offer here is a wonderfully fresh smelling organic variety that comes from Eastern Tibet. No one is certain exactly how long the people of Tibet have harvested Lavender. Archaeology indicates that at least as far back as a thousand years Tibetans were using the plant for its physically restorative, and spiritually uplifting qualities. Ancient scrolls indicate that Buddhist monks believed Lavender had a strong "grandmother energy;" they believed its scent contained elements of comfort, compassion, and the wisdom of a long lifetime of experience. The monks also believed that Lavender had the ability to promote a sense of personal peace and stability, and freedom from mental and emotional stress. The herb still plays a large part in the meditative ceremonies of certain temples and shrines in Tibet - the Dalai Lama himself counts Lavender as one of his favorite herbs. For the Tibetans, Lavender has many other uses as well. The flowers are often prepared as a tea or distilled into an oil and used to treat ailments ranging from headaches and muscle cramps to dizzy spells.
Valerian has a long history of use as a sedative in Europe dating back to the time of Hippocrates (460-377 BC.) Galen, the ancient Greek physician, prescribed it for the treatment of headaches, insomnia, nervousness and restlessness. It is commonly used today by herbalists to treat the same conditions, and clinical trials have confirmed that it is especially effective for treating insomnia related to menopause. The extract of the root not only helps one to fall asleep faster, but research shows that it also improves the quality of sleep. It is an effective and potent nerve tonic that helps the body to relax in the presence of pain. It has an incredible effect on the cerebro-spinal system, and is used as a sedative to the higher nerve centers in cases of neurolgic pain and nervous unrest. The advantage of using Valerian for the treatment of pain and/or insomnia is that, while it allays pain and promotes sleep, it has none of the side effects of narcotics, nor does it cause dependency. Valerian Root has a rather strong, pungent aroma that may take some getting used to. Combining with the other highly aromatic herbs helps, but don't let it scare you off!
Scutellaria, also known as Skullcap, is native to North America and Asia. It was traditionally used by North American Indians as a nerve tonic, diuretic and as a female medicinal herb. Common uses of Scutellaria today include insomnia, nervous tension, stress, and headache (especially the dull frontal headache with sensitivity to noise, light and odors.) Studies have shown that it effectively lowers blood pressure by dilating blood vessels, potentially lowering the risk of heart attack and stroke. Research has shown that it is an effective sedative and antispasmodic and it has been used for neurological diseases such as epilepsy and chorea.
Ahead of the Pain should not be used by pregnant women inasmuch as it has historically been used expel the afterbirth. While we know these ingredients to be effective in the relief of pain and stress we are not medical practitioners. We advise people to seek the advise of their doctor prior to using this tea.
Water Temperature: 160-170 degrees
Water Quality: Best with Spring Water
Amount of Leaf (per 6 fl oz water): 2 tsp. (2.5 grams)
Steep Time: 5+ minutes
Number of Infusions: 1
Valerian root has been found to be less effective when brewed above 170 degrees, as such we recommend brewing this particular herbal tea at a lower temperature than usual. Herbal teas can steep for as long as you want with no ill effects or bitterness. You can refrigerate any leftover tea for future use.