Lifestyle | January 27, 2023

The Spice(s) of Life

By Rory Coulter
The Spice(s) of Life


From the mountains of Guatemala to the islands of Indonesia, join us on a Nedventure around the world to see just how far we go (literally!) to make Shuteye Chai taste so dreamy.

First stop: Cobán, Guatemala for cardamom

The green cardamom in Shuteye Chai is sun-grown and hand-harvested for the highest color and flavor on a small multi-generational family farm located deep in the mountains to the east of Cobán in the Alta Verapaz Department of North-Central Guatemala, the cardamom capital of the world. An abundant source of natural melatonin, this ancient Ayurvedic spice helps regulate the sleep-wake cycle and promote better sleep. 

Next stop: Kaduna State, Nigeria for ginger 

The ginger in Shuteye Chai is grown on small multi-generational family farms in Kaduna State in north-western Nigeria, home to the highest grade ginger where much of the indigenous ginger farming community is made up of women. Thought of in Ayurveda as “universal medicine”, this warming spice helps you relax before bedtime. 

Now over to: Kegalle, Sri Lanka for clove

The clove in Shuteye Chai is cultivated by small farmers in the humid tropics of Kegalle in the Sabaragamuwa Province, the clove capital of Sri Lanka, also known as “Spice Island.” A mild natural sedative, this ancient Ayurvedic spice helps you relax and fall asleep easier. 

Next stop: Yen Bai Province, Vietnam for cinnamon

The cinnamon in Shuteye Chai is hand harvested by small multi-generational family farms in the mountains of Yen Bai, Northern Vietnam. The cinnamon trees are selectively hand harvested when they are 10-15 years old to maintain the integrity of the forest ecosystem. A powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, this ancient Ayurvedic spice works wonders relaxing your muscles and relieving tension to help you sleep better. 

Next down to: Quang Tri Province, Vietnam for black pepper

The black pepper in Shuteye Chai is cultivated by small rural farmers in the Quang Tri Province, the pepper capital of Vietnam. Black pepper has been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. This ancient spice acts as a mild sedative, containing compounds that promote calm and relaxation to help you get deep, restful sleep. 

Last stop: Banda Islands, Indonesia for nutmeg

The nutmeg in Shuteye Chai is cultivated by smallholder farmers on the Banda Islands in the Indonesian province of Maluku, the indigenous home of nutmeg. Used as a natural sleep aid for centuries, this ancient Ayurvedic spice contains compounds that help bring balance and calm to your mind and body. 

Now back to Nedquarters! If you’re feeling jet lagged, you know what to do!

The spices in Shuteye Chai are produced in partnership with Roots of Peace, a non-profit dedicated to supporting the world’s most vulnerable farmers and removing the remnants of war by helping turn former battlefields into productive farmlands.  Learn more about Roots of Peace >

Shuteye Chai, our new Mellö Superblend Latte, is a delicious and deeply nourishing all-natural, caffeine-free and dairy-free evening latte made from a healing blend of adaptogens, aminos, functional mushrooms, and magnesium, wrapped in a heavenly masala chai-inspired spiced body, crafted from the highest grade single origin ingredients, ethically sourced from some of the world’s best small-scale farms. The carefully selected rich, whole ingredients in Shuteye Chai reflect Ned’s values and celebrate Ned’s mission to help people feel better and live better through the powers of the natural world. Everything you love about Ned – in a cup. Learn more about all the ingredients in Shuteye Chai. >


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