De-Stress & Relax: An Herbal Tea Recipe to Help You Out
Panic attack? Me? Well, I wouldn't go that far, but I have definitely been feeling very anxious lately. We just listed our home on the market---to sell. I'm talking about our little homestead Mr. V. and I have poured our hearts and souls into the past four years. I cried tears when the "For Sale" sign was put out front. We are beginning the new homestead search in ernest, while getting everything in order here.
Also, I'm traveling to Portland for a blogging conference this weekend---and THAT, my friends, is totally out of my comfort zone. I'm a tad shy, definitely an introvert, and crowds make me nervous. Plus Mr. V. won't be there (he's not a blogger). I suspect I may have trouble falling asleep, too. Boo.
What to do when anxiety and (near) panic strikes? Or when you've had a rough day and need to unwind? Or just want to have some basic relaxation for your poor over-extended nervous system? Or need a little help falling asleep?
Try an herbal relaxation tea!
Really! There are many herbal combinations that work for soothing frayed nerves and calming an anxious spirit, and here is one of my best teas for any of the problems just mentioned.
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I'm not talking about the kind of herbal tea found in the commercial boxes in the stores. Nope. Those are generally oxidized and not as potent as fresher herbs. The leaves are ground into a powder, leaving a lot of surface area exposed to the air. Also, you never know how long those teas have been on the shelves. Just saying.
I grow and forage my herbs if I can. But if I can't, I buy bulk herbs from Starwest Botanicals because of the quality and the speed the herbs arrive at my door. I also like being able to buy my choice of organic or wildcrafted herbs too. Buying herbs in bulk is also much less expensive, and the nice thing about Starwest Botanicals, is you can buy smaller amounts of herbs too.
Relaxation Tea Blend Recipe
About the Traditional "Parts" Method of Blending
I use the traditional herbalist's "parts" method of blending. This means that I adjust my measurement according to how much tea I want to blend. To do this, I use proportions of herbs rather than a traditional measurement.
For this tea, I didn't want to make too much, so I chose a small scoop from a supplement I used up awhile ago as my "part" measure. Using this scoop to measure out my herbs for the relaxation tea yielded about a cup total of herbal tea.
Ingredients (Herbs) for Relaxation Tea
2 parts Chamomile flowers
2 parts Lemon Balm
1 part Skullcap
1 part Passion Flower
1 part Oat Straw
1 part Ginger
Just measure out the proportions, then mix it up! You have a lovely, useful, fresh, herbal tea to use! This will make about ten to 15 cups of herbal tea, depending on how strong you make it.
Read my article on how to make a perfect cup of herbal tea.
About the Herbs in the Ultimate Relaxation Tea
I love the scent of Chamomile--It has a sweet scent and taste that I find delightful. I have also tinctured Chamomile to use in this form with great results! You can find out more about tinctures here!
Chamomile has been used for thousands of years, and is considered one of the premier healing herbs. It has mild sedative properties, therefore helping to calm frazzled nerves. Many people find it helps them go to sleep. Chamomile has also been used traditionally for soothing the stomach, diaper rash (topically), helping with conjunctivitis and eye problems. It's great for the skin too!
Contraindications: If you are allergic to plants in the Aster family (ragweed), you should exercise caution when using chamomile as you may have an allergic reaction. Most people tolerate chamomile well, and it is commonly sold commercially as a tea.
Lemon Balm is a member of the mint family. It has been used for over 2,000 years to help soothe nerves and calm anxiety. Lemon Balm has also been proven to improve brain function and mood, including concentration and focus when used as a tonic. It is also a mild pain reliever and has been used to improve menstrual distress and cramping.
Lemon Balm is a safe herb and is ok to use daily and as a tonic. It is a fairly powerful anxiolytic, however, and because of this should not be used when driving or in conjunction with other sedating medications, including muscle relaxants or anti-anxiety medications.
One of my favorite herbs, skullcap never fails to help me relax. I even tincture it and use it in this form on its own. I love this herb! Skullcap is a member of the mint family and like lemon balm contains powerful chemicals that help calm and soothe the nervous system. Skullcap has mild anti-spasmodic properties, so using it during menstruation may help with cramps. Skullcap contains constituents that help the body detoxify by supporting the liver and kidneys as well.
Like Lemon Balm, Skullcap should not be used if you are taking other anti-anxiety medications unless you get an ok from your doctor. In addition, taking too much may cause nausea or feelings of dizziness. You'd have to take quite a bit, though.
Passion Flower soothes the spirit, calms the mind, and is helpful in cooling the body. Native people in South America used Passion Flower as a mild sedative, and that is exactly how it is often used these days! It may help you go to sleep more quickly, just like Chamomile, Lemon Balm, and Skullcap.
Contraindications: Do not use Passion Flower if you are pregnant, as it may stimulate the uterus. Otherwise, Passion is generally considered safe. However, please do not drive while using this herb.
Oat Straw is another nervine herb, which means it has positive actions on the nervous system. It is also powerfully nutritious and can help improve your overall energy level when used daily as a tonic herb. Oat Straw is very high in a number of minerals, especially calcium. It is thought to improve the libido as well.
You could actually drink an Oat Straw tea infusion as a liquid vitamin!
Ginger is the stimulant herb in this herbal tea blend. This doesn't mean it will excite you or make you feel like you had a cup of coffee---What a stimulant herb does is enhance the effects of the other active herbs.
Ginger tastes delicious, and when combined with the sweet taste of Chamomile and the lemony taste of the lemon balm, it spices the taste of this tea wonderfully.
Ginger also soothes the digestive system, so if you are drinking this tea before bed, it can help your stomach out if you ate too much!
Final Thoughts on Relaxation Tea
This is a pretty powerful blend of relaxant and nervine herbs, so you definitely should wait until you are in for the evening before drinking this beautiful herbal tea. Drinking this tea before bedtime will help you relax and get right to sleep!
You can adjust the strength of this tea by omitting one of the active herbs (chamomile, lemon balm, skullcap, or passion flower) or by reducing the amounts of these in relation to the Ginger and Oat Straw.
If you would like to learn more about blending your own teas and creating your very own infusions for health and pleasure, you'll love my eBook, Making Herbal Teas: Create Your Own Teas for Health & Pleasure. You might also like these related articles: Make a Nerve Soothing Tincture, Throat Soothing Tea, and many more herbal articles!
Do you create your own herbal teas? Have you ever wanted to try? It's fun, easy, and best of all--you know what's in your tea! Just lovely herbs. Leave me a comment or question! :-)
Hugs & Self-Reliance,
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I am not a medical doctor. In no manner, stated or implied, is any statement in this article, elsewhere on my website, or in any of my publications meant to treat, cure, diagnose, or prevent any disease or health issue. Please seek advice from a medical professional if you have any health concerns. Always ask a doctor before using herbs, especially if you are on medications or are pregnant or nursing.