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Anatomy of a Blend: Lullaby

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Formulated to sing you softly to sleep, Lullaby is distinguished by overtones of honeysweet chamomile and tangy citrus, and velvety undertones of French lavender and smooth licorice. Ashwagandha separates this inviting amber brew from other sleepy-time teas. A functional ingredient well-known in traditional Indian medicine for its calming properties, Ashwagandha is sought after by herbalists around the world for its purported adaptogenic qualities. This infusion has splendor to spare in both flavor and appearance: close examination of one of Lullaby’s plant-based sachets will reveal flaxen Egyptian Chamomile buds and azure-blue lavender pearls, nestled amongst delicate chords of the finest lemongrass. This soporific blend is almost too elegant to brew, but it’s worth it for a night of tranquil slumber.

Pile of loose Lullaby blend to show ingredients like lemongrass, chamomile buds and lavender.

In the spirit of transparency, a core value here at Smith, we have deconstructed the organic ingredients in Lullaby below, sharing how each individual ingredient contributes to the final infusion:

Chamomile: One of the most ancient therapeutic herbs known to mankind, chamomile is known to relax the body on both an emotional and a physiological level. Several studies suggest that drinking chamomile may promote sleepiness, but there’s no doubt that you’ll feel snug as can be with a cup of Lullaby.

Lemongrass: Widely coveted by chefs for its bright citrus flavor and its ability to hold up to high temperatures, lemongrass also adds a distinctly minty flavor when brewed in herbal tea. According to traditional Chinese medicine, lemongrass is great for the digestive system and promoting relaxation.

Ashwagandha: A functional ingredient well-known in traditional Eastern medicine for its calming properties, Ashwagandha is sought after by herbalists the world over for its purported adaptogenic qualities. A revered herb in Indian Ayurvedic medicine, it’s been served in a variety of herbal tonics for centuries as a purported cure for insomnia.

Lemon Balm: This hearty herb grows pretty much everywhere. Although it’s a member of the mint family, it has a brilliant citrus flavor and aroma. Studies suggest that consuming lemon balm may promote relaxation and help fight insomnia.

Lavender: Also a member of the mint family, lavender has an extremely broad range of applications, from seasoning (herbes de provence), to perfume to – of course – tea (have you luxuriated in the rich flavors of our new Black Lavender tea? This herbs' pungent aromas are thought to reduce stress, anxiety, and even mild pain.

Licorice: Licorice is, in fact, a legume, from the same family as chickpeas and soybeans. Because of its naturally sweet, floral taste, this edible root was used to brew tea by people as far back as the ancient Egyptians. As an added bonus, licorice is said to provide a boost to the respiratory system.

Unwrapped sachets of Lullaby and pile of loose blend beside a teacup filled with tea.