Stress….need I say more? We all have stress, tension, anxiety in our lives to varying degrees or another. Do we not? It is quite common for people to pour a glass of wine or beer at the end of the day to de-stress. Yet, there are other more healthful beverages that can help, to not only de-stress, but actually support the body nutritionally. Don’t get me wrong, I myself love a glass of organic red wine or port. It’s a pleasant treat on occasion. However, I’d much rather give my body some actual health benefits with the beverages I choose.
I love a cup of tea at the end of a busy day. There is just something about cozying up to a warm mug and sipping slowly, just melts the stress away. Herbs have wonderful stress relieving properties and certain herbs blended together go a long way to helping with relaxation. I love a blend of lavender, chamomile and lemon balm.
Lavender is known to have a soothing or calming effect on the nerves. It is also a mild antidepressant and has often been used for headache relief. Great for relieving stress, tension and helping with insomnia.
Gentle and soothing, chamomile is wonderful for children. Use it for colic, nervous upset, tummy troubles and even infections. I try to add chamomile to any tea I offer my kiddos in the later part of the day! It’s beautiful and has a lovely flavor as well.
Lemon balm also holds calming soothing properties. It has been called ‘one of nature’s best nervine herbs’. I use this herb a lot for one of my children who tends to get anxious. He also loves to just hold sprigs of the herb at night in bed. Lemon balm also has antiviral and antisepetic properties. It’s great for tummy troubles too. This is a great herb to use with children.
Lavender Stress Relief Tea Blend
This tea blend is super simple to make. I create about a pint jar’s worth and keep it in my tea cabinet. I’ll often add other herbs to the mix depending on what mood I’m in or the time of day.
Simply mix together equal parts of lavender, chamomile and lemon balm. Store in a jar with a lid, keeps a long time. Use 1 heaping teaspoon in a tea ball. Steep in hot (not boiling) water for 5 minutes. Add honey to taste, relax and enjoy! I sometimes add 1 teaspoon of spearmint to my tea ball with this mixture. By itself this blend can be a bit potent in taste due to the lavender, which I myself love, but not everyone will. I recommend blending it with another herb or two or steeping it for less time if the lavender flavor is too strong for your liking.
Other herbs you can try blending with the above base would be; passionflower, Rooibos, spearmint, lemongrass, peppermint, lemon myrtle leaf, sage leaf, stevia. All would additionally add to the relaxing, calming, soothing effect of the basic tea blend.
Making this herbal tea concoction a very affordable way to get in some additional nutrition and health benefits. I also recommend picking up a copy of Rosemary Gladstar’s book, ‘Herbal Recipes For Vibrant Health‘ if you want to learn about more natural recipes for your family. I’m finding it to be an invaluable reference in my home.
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