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Way past her bed time, she stumbles into the kitchen and requests her sleep time tea. Sitting at the kitchen counter in her footy pajamas with
the cheetah pattern, my daughter stalls for more awake time rather than going
to bed. Soothing
herbal blends are popular in my house just before bed. Herbal teas are technically tisanes and are
not strictly speaking teas – which are brews from the tea plant a/k/a/ Camellia
senensis plant. This night, I choose
Nighty Night tea by Traditional Medicinals.The largest ingredient in Nighty Night tea is passionflower.
Spanish explorers discovered passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) in Peru. Native people of America used this plant for
rest and relaxation. Although
Passionflower was formerly approved as an over-the-counter sedative and sleep
aid in the U.S., few scientific studies have tested passionflower for these
purposes and it was taken off the over the counter market in 1978 because its
safety and effectiveness had not been proven. However, according to the University of
Maryland Medical Center, scientists believe passionflower works by increasing
levels of a chemical called gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. GABA
lowers the activity of some brain cells, making you feel more relaxed. 
Passionflower remains on the herbal market mixed in teas and other herbal blends. A warm cup of passionflower tea with a bit of sugar is how my little one likes it and it may be just the thing to lull her to sleep.
It's the week of the 2015 World Tea Expo. Me and thousands of other tea
enthusiasts from all over the world have flocked to the annual World Tea Expo,
held this year in Long Beach, CA.I've
had a great time perusing the tea product displayed by the tea vendors. It
can be challenging for a tea company to come up with new ideas for this
centuries old beverage. It
was nice to see, nestled amongst the traditional standards, some unique and interesting
ideas exhibited. Here are a
few I noticed.
One was Owl’s Brew (affil.), which sells tea cocktail mixers.Their tea and natural spices are mixed,
brewed and bottled in their factory in Vermont.Just add the right liquor, as suggested in their recipes, and voila! you
have a tastey cocktail.
Another was Summus Tea, with a new product designed for slow brewed
ice tea.The loose oolong tea leaves are
sold in individually vacuum sealed capsules inside a lovely re-useable glass
bottle.Empty one capsule into the
bottle, fill it with water, and let sit for 24 hours to get the perfect brew.
Serve chilled on ice.
Then there’s bkon (they don’t capitalize their name). This company
champions the cause of serving perfectly brewed tea with no messy strainers or
tea bags. Their product is an automated
brewing machine with programmable menu.Just
input water and tea leaves and press the button for the recipe that matches the
tea type.The bkon brewer brews it up at
the proper temperature, extracts flavors using patented reverse atmospheric technology,
and gives you the final product perfectly brewed to the exact specifications