Mocktail Pack Magic
By Anna Marie Beauchemin / Clinical Herbalist + Holistic Nutritionist
This month we’re taking a deep dive into the magic and science behind the flavors that create Sunwink’s Mocktail Tonic Pack. Whether you’re a friend or a foe of the Dry January movement, there’s always room to explore how plants can be used in place of traditional alcohol libations. The benefit to exploring plants in this way? Not only are you clinking your glass with something bubbly and tasty inside, but you’re receiving the benefits of plants at the same time.
Mocktail Pack Magic
Interested in learning more about the special botanical ingredients that give Sunwink’s Mocktail Pack its special magic? Read below for a deep dive into each blend’s star player.
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
The shining star in the Hibiscus Mint Unwind blend, this popular botanical has a wide range of benefits, but it’s most notable is as an adaptogen with a serious side of chill. Ashwagandha is one of the few adaptogens in the herbal materia medica that is actually thought to have a calming effect on the body (rather than a stimulating one), and is the main reason that it was included in this mix. Ashwagandha has long-been revered as a soothing herb and is often taken before bed as part of an unwinding and relaxing ritual.
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
The queen of all mood-boosters, lemon balm is well-known in the herbal world for its traditional use as both a mood-boosting and soothing botanical all in one. Whether you’ve had a day full of stress or one stacked with bad news, lemon balm is sure to bring comfort at the end of a long day. As a nervine, lemon balm is a specific for working with the nervous system and is one that is traditionally used when you want to keep things light and smooth. It is the main ingredient in Lemon Rose Uplift, and paired with rose is the reason behind the “uplift” name in this light and airy blend.
Burdock Root (Arctium lappa)
Though this botanical may not give you a major head change, it does support the liver and body’s natural detoxification pathways in a big way. Traditionally used to help support both digestion and elimination, burdock root has been used for thousands of years to help support overall health and wellness, making it a beneficial swap out for your evening cocktail that doubles as support for your natural cycles and processes. In addition to being the star herb in Detox Ginger, this earthy root can also be eaten as a food and is delicious pickled too!
Note: The information in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please make sure to consult with a licensed physician before adding herbal or dietary supplements into your life, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, or on medication.