During times of uncertainty and overwhelm, the best support comes from an easy DIY stress relief tea. It is simple to make and tastes pleasant while calming stressed-out nerves.
A soothing, relaxing tea reminds us to slow down, to take a moment to breath. Feeling the warmth of a tasty tea is comforting, making us feel we are truly caring for our wellbeing. These are times that call for self-nurturing so that we are able to be fully present and be there for others.
Some of our most gentle and delicious herbs are exactly what help us to cope. While they are gentle, they are also truly effective at supporting and strengthening our nervous systems. They bring us back into balance so that we don’t let stress get out of control and impact our health.
The herbs in this DIY stress relief tea are easy to find and very safe to use.
Lemon balm is a favorite herb among herbalists for tension and exhaustion. It helps to soothe and quiet the nervous system. If you happen to have fresh lemon balm leaves you will love the refreshing lemony flavor. While the dried herb is not quite as flavorful, it is just as effective medicinally.
Lemon verbena has excellent lemon flavor even once dried and goes exceptionally well with lemon balm. It’s similar in action in that it’s a mild sedative to soothe nerves. Lemon verbena helps to reduce stress, tension and anxiety.
Chamomile feeds and strengthens the nervous system. It’s often one of the first herbs we think of for relaxing nervous stress, anxiety and even insomnia. It is a mild sedative so it can be taken for long periods of time.
Spearmint contains menthol which has a mild sedative effect. This helps to promote relaxation while reducing stress and anxiety. The delicious flavor of spearmint blends well with the other herbs creating a tea you will look forward to sipping.
To Make the DIY Stress Relief Tea
- 1 ounce lemon balm
- 1 ounce lemon verbena
- 1 ounce chamomile
- ½ ounce spearmint
Mix the herbs together and store in an airtight container or plastic bag. To make the tea, place three cups of water in a pan and bring to a gentle simmer. Remove from the heat and add 2 Tablespoons of the herb mixture. Cover and let steep for ten minutes. Strain and drink throughout the day.
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