New blog series coming in hot and inspired by my continuous self soothing via herbal tea. My mental and emotional selves have been put through the ringer in the passing weeks. Anyone who ever tries to tell you transitioning into working for yourself is cake, has likely never tried to work for themself. But aspiring entrepreneurship aside, my greater source of stress was a traumatic run in with my number one tangible fear. I’ll spare you the kitty gritty (and graphic) details, but know this: my stress and anxiety has been off the charts this week.
But such is life, right? How does the saying go? The only thing in life that’s guaranteed is death and taxes…and stress? Just kidding, but hey: stress happens to all of us at one point or another. Thus, I’d say it’s rather apropos to share with you a simple recipe for my go to Nerve + Stress Tamer Tea.
Taming Stress With Nervines + Adaptogens, But Also Mindfulness
The herbs of choice for this stress tamer tea are lavender buds, chamomile flowers and holy basil. All three of these herbs have nervine properties meaning they can promote relaxation and feelings of calmness in the body. Holy basil is also considered an adaptogen, meaning it supports the body in its ability to respond to stress. Chamomile is also an antispasmodic and carminative; and can soothe upset stomachs and nausea associated with anxiety.
But it’s important to also remind you that while herbs can certainly support our health, they aren’t the be all, end all. If you’re feeling stressed and anxious, it’s just as crucial to have positive coping mechanisms in place. Sip your herbal tea, yes. But I also recommend that you try journaling your thoughts, performing breathing techniques or take a moment to share your feelings with a friend of family member.
Making the Stress Tamer Tea.. or Infusion.
Herbal infusion is the fancier — and more technical — term for herbal tea. To make an infusion, you’ll combine the herbs with hot water and let them brew for at least 10 minutes or for up to 24 hours. If you want to harness the power of the sun, you can make solar infusion by combining room temperature water and herbs and letting them take in the sunlight for at least 4 hours before straining. Always crunch your herbs with your fingers or in a mortar and pestle before brewing to help break down the cell walls before brewing! You can enjoy the tea warm or you can chill it and serve over ice for a more refreshing summer beverage!
Nerve + Stress Tamer Tea
soothe your stress and calm your feelings of anxiousness with this simple nerve and stress taming tea with lavender, chamomile and holy basil!
- 1 tbsp dried holy basil
- 1 tbsp lavender buds
- 1 tbsp chamomile flowers
- 4 cups filtered hot water
- raw honey optional
Combine herbs together in a bowl and lightly crunch the herbs with your fingers or a mortar and pestle.
Place the herbs into a 32 ounce jar and add a splash of hot water. Wait 10 seconds and then pour the rest of the hot water into the jar. Cover andlet brew for at least 10 minutes before straining out the herbs.
Option to stir in honey to lightly sweeten. Serve warm or pour over ice to enjoy cold!