It was alarming.
I do not to this day even remember getting up and going to bed.
As night fell upon us 24 hours later, I regaled my family with the wonders of Sleepytime Extra Wellness Tea, and encouraged my daughter Bernadette to have a cup with me.
The next morning we both agreed we hadn’t slept that well in years.
A few days later, Charles wanted a cup before retiring for the night. “Best night’s sleep I’ve ever had,” he informed me the next morning.
What exactly are the ingredients in those tea bags? I decided to read the back of the box: “This relaxing and delicious herbal tea starts with the time-honored blend of chamomile, spearmint and other soothing herbs.”
So far, nothing out of the ordinary.
The paragraph continues, “We then add valerian, trusted as a natural sleep aid since the days of the Greeks and Romans because of its mild sedative properties.”
Since the days of the Greeks and Romans?
And then there is the word valerian, which sounds like Valium.
No wonder we were all in a zombie-like slumber, sitting upright in our chairs or laying prostrate in our beds with our eyes closed, contentedly snoozing the night away.
But alas, there is more good news.
Take heed. For those of us with sinus issues, there is menthol-infused Sleepytime Sinus Soother Tea, a handcrafted blend of time-honored herbs featuring tulsi, trusted for centuries to promote respiratory comfort, and stinging nettle, traditionally used when mild congestion occurs.
Oh happy day!
Alvia Lewis Frey is a columnist for the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.