Let’s take a moment to debrief. Most of the time we’re told to “slow down and listen to your body.” Seems simple, right? Not really.
For most of us, this means taking a deep breath and promptly jumping back into the hectic hustle and bustle. It’s not until stress manifests its way into a physical form that we actually have to slow down and listen to our bodies.
Eliza Timpson is no exception to this mantra. It was her own autoimmune diagnosis that helped her identify and directly link poor stress management to her physical health. This red flag warning was her body’s unambiguous way of telling her it was time to slow down and listen. With frequent visits to an herbalist, Timpson began to learn the ins-and-outs of plants’ medicinal uses for wellness.
One of the oldest rituals used for self-care, Timpson started playing with various accessible, delicious, and transparent herbs to create herbal tonics that would combat stress and everyday triggers. The result was Sunwink.
Along her herbal healing journey, Timpson would often find herself puzzled about certain supplements and how to take them. She smiles as she remembers thinking, “I’m never going to be the kind of person who can make a smoothie with 10 ingredients every morning!”
Sunwink became an easy way to incorporate herbal health into her own daily routine. Each drink is crafted with the help of a herbalist and blended with 4-8 times the herbs you would find in a typical herbal tea bag — all containing at least 1,000mg of herbal extracts. “We’re not just putting a dash of herbs in our drinks,” explains Timpson. “We want you to feel like you’re actually drinking something that will support your body and mind.”
The brand’s high standards and ingredient transparency has raised the bar on what it means to be a clean beverage. They always avoid natural flavors (which typically translate to chemical additives) and only use lemon juice as a preservative (instead of citric acid). Additionally, their ingredients are consciously sweetened with maple syrup as opposed to sugar because it has a lower glycemic index and is vegan and paleo-friendly.
With certified organic herbs sourced from around the globe, each Sunwink creation is tied to real women and the herbal remedies she uses. “When I started exploring herbal health, friends began sharing with me the herbs they had used growing up,” Timpson shares. “It was such an amazing ecosystem of storytelling. The stories were often about remedies and recipes passed down from mothers and grandmothers.”
Much more than a sparkling elixir, Sunwink urges consumers to deepen their understanding of the healing properties of herbs and aims to inspire and support not just the herbal community, but also the global community at large. Last year Sunwink donated 1% of all net sales to Sakhi for South Asian Women, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund.
With its rich rooted history — figuratively and literally — Sunwink offers a wide-array of uplifting flavors designed for specific needs. And, as if that’s not enough to get us all about their herbal remedies, Sunwink’s unmistakable and aesthetically pleasing baby blue powder-coated Sunwink bottle doubles as a beautiful bud vase — the perfect pop for your coffee table and a subtle reminder to drink more herbs, daily.
Emily Moore is an avid trinket collector, self-proclaimed poet, trail runner, and lover of all things found in Erewhon Market. Find Emily at @emmmmillyy or on her website.