Hey all, welcome back to my Self-Care Sunday series! Sorry, I missed last week I was crazy busy with tons of houseguests who were in town to celebrate our daughter’s third birthday, where does the time go? Any-whoo, I’m back and after that excitement, I think I need to slow down a bit so I thought I would share my Self-Care Sunday Chill Out Herbal Tea Recipe. This herbal tea is a blend of calming and relaxing herbs designed to help us chill out after a hectic day or week… or life! lol
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We all know how important it is to stay hydrated and drink tons of water as part of our self-care regimes, but I’ll admit it, sometimes I want something a little tastier than just water… Herbal teas are great hot but I also really enjoy them cold. This tea is awesome over ice on a hot day, and it’s mild enough to pour into your water bottle and sip on all day.
The herbs in this recipe are easy to find in any local herbal shop, online or hopefully in your own garden. Growing your own herbs for tea is easy and super rewarding.
Herbs you’ll need for this recipe:
Lemon balm (melissa Officinalis) is so easy to grow and fill empty space with gorgeous green mounded plants that smells amazing. I have been growing it for years as a beautiful landscape plant but never really loved the flavour, so imagine my surprise to hear lemon balm described as the “Fountain of Youth Herb”; with a name like that – I’ll give it a second chance! Lemon balm grows easily from seed and although it self-seeds readily, you will have best results when you start indoors in early March-April. Learn more about starting seeds indoors here.
Lemon balm is said to calm and relax the nerves, easing stress and stomach upset.
Lavender(Lavandula spp.) is a staple in many herb and flower gardens, it is beautiful and hardy, lavender is able to thrive in hot dry climates while still overwintering in temperatures well below -20 degrees Celsius. Lavender grows best from cutting and likes full sun and well-draining soil.
Lavender has been used herbally for centuries to aid in sleep and relaxation.
Chamomile (Anthemis noises and Matricaria recutita) is a really pretty and easy to grow flower it has charming little white flowers with sunny yellow centers. Chamomile will self-seed in most climates which makes it a great herb for beginner gardeners. This herb likes a bit more water than lavender but can still handle hot sun and periods of dry weather.
Chamomile is a very familiar herb in North America and is often used to calm and soothe a stressful nervous system.
So it stands to reason that a hot or iced tea infused with lemon balm, lavender blossoms, and chamomile flowers could help to calm and soothe stressful nerves and aid in sleep and relaxation, which makes this a perfect combo for my Chill Out Herbal Tea Recipe.
Disclaimer: Of course contact your healthcare professional before taking herbs. Do not take herbs if you are pregnant or nursing. This recipe is not intended as a replacement for medical treatment.
Chill Out Herbal Tea Recipe
- What you'll need:
- 1 tsp Lemon balm, dried
- 1 tsp Lavender blossoms, dried
- 1 tsp Chamomile blossoms, dried
- 3-4 cups boiling water
This tea is soothing and earthy and a perfect way to carve out a little time for yourself. Buy or grow high-quality herbs, grown using organic practices and you will not only be giving back to your body and mind but nourishing your soul as well.
To learn more about preparing and using herbs pop over to The Herbal Academy’s site and check out their blog it is full of amazing free resources. And come back soon, I will be writing more on my journey with The Herbal Academy as I embark on their Introductory Herbal Course this spring. Feel free to sign up through my Affiliate link and join me on this journey, if you do please let me know by commenting below and let’s work together to build a strong, healthy online community of Herbal Practitioners.
Ok, that’s it for now but take care and thanks for hanging out!
Enjoy and happy Sunday.