Restful Slumber Tea

Restoring Adrenal Health
S1:Ep811 mins2010Guest: David Wolfe
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Restful Slumber Tea

When adrenals are weak, sleep becomes even more important to recharge the body's batteries. Unfortunately, many people with adrenal issues also have problems sleeping well. Chronic insomnia can lead to immune system weaknesses and can cause (or worsen) growth hormone deficiency and adrenal fatigue, contributing to premature aging. Poor sleep increases the chances of heart disease and obesity. Without enough REM sleep, we become forgetful, irritable and depressed. Getting to sleep on the earlier side of midnight, ideally by 10 p.m., is much more restorative for the adrenals than sleep that begins later in the night.

Reishi mushroom, when used over a long period of time, is a significant promoter of slow wave sleep. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, reishi contains triterpenoids which, when taken in high doses, can decrease anxiety and produce a sedative effect. Traditional Chinese medicine has long used reishi mushroom to oppose the physical effects of stress.

Schizandra is a bright red fruit that is a superior adaptogenic herb, historically used for longevity. Schizandra is one of the most important supertonic herbs, used widely in Asia and more recently in the West. It is a wonderful herb to increase inner power and to preserve youth. Schizandra is one of the few herbs that affects all of the Three Treasures - jing, qi and shen. For this reason, it is called the "quintessence of Chinese tonic herbs."

Pearl Powder Is a powerful shen stabilizer. This means it can relieve uneasiness, nervousness, anxiety, and tension. Pearl powder promotes sound sleep and is commonly used to prevent or overcome fatigue. Consistent use of pearl supports energy, vitality, and youthful appearance.

Pumpkin seed oil is rich in tryptophan. Tryptophan helped test subjects fall asleep faster with longer undisturbed sleep, which in turn creates better mental awareness during waking hours and a more enjoyable sex life. Dew Drops is an asparagus root formula designed to mobilize day-to-day energy as well as a heightened, immediate immune response at times of overwhelming stress, all while replenishing feminine yin essence.

Serves: 2

Restful Slumber Tea
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Ingredients

(use organic ingredients where possible)

  • 16 oz warm spring dragon gynostemma tea (use 2-3 teabags)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp lucuma
  • 1 tsp pumpkin seed oil
  • 1 tsp longevity warehouse reishi powder
  • 1⁄2 tsp he shou wu powder
  • 1 serving schizandra powder (as per directions)
  • 1 tsp or 4 capsules pearl powder
  • 3 squirts goji and schizandra drops
  • 2 squirts dew drops
  • 1⁄4 tsp vanilla bean powder
  • 1 squirt vanilla stevia
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