Herbal Teas to Calm the Mind, Relax the Body

There is something instantly nourishing and soothing about steeping a cup of aromatic herbal teas, and the medicinal herbs used in your tea can help take your sense of calm and relaxation to a whole new depth. Herbal tea is a simple and very effective way to work with plant medicine.

Herbs, like most medicines, make changes in the body through chemistry.  When we ingest herbs through capsules, tinctures, or teas, we are allowing heir benefits to come into our systems so that positive changes can be made. One of the greatest changes we can receive from healing plants is the removal of stress. There are particular herbs that can give your mind and body the support they need to release tension, stop negative though cycles so that peaceful relaxation can occur.

Herbal tea is easy to work with and enjoyable to experience.  The general guideline is to use one teaspoon of dried herb or 3 tablespoons of fresh, crushed herb per cup of boiling water. Pour the boiling water over the herb leaves or flowers and steep for 5 to 10 minutes. (Usually, 5 minutes is sufficient and over-steeping can ruin a delicate flavor.  Many of these calming teas can be drunk cold or made into iced teas.)

Try one or more of these when you need some calming, relaxing support.

– Chamomile (it means ground apple) is a very popular tea worldwide.  It tastes apple-like and slightly earthy.  It is relaxing for the muscles as well as the nervous system as a whole.  It helps the entire body relax while also soothing the mind and emotions. Many people drink some before bed, because it helps release the day and welcome a wonderful night of healing rest.

– Lemon Balm is known for its ability to bring on the joy while also soothing the nerves and delivering a sense of wellness and contentment. Lemon Balm tea works to relieve tension in the body. In cases where stress and strain are wrapped up in sadness or lack of happiness, it is a particularly choice. Lemon Balm has a delicate lemon-like flavor and fragrance.

– Common Sage is a favorite of many people for dealing with all manner of tension, strain, and pain.  It is an amazing muscle relaxer, and when the body is able to fully relax, the mind will soon follow. For times when your mind has gotten your body wound up in knots, or when stressful feelings have caused strain to enter into the deepest parts of your muscles, sage is and wonderful friend.

While it is tempting to buy teas in handy tea-bags, remember that their quality may not be as good as the fresh or dried herbs that you buy in bulk.  Making your own teas is another thing to learn for some people making healthier choices for themselves, but well worth the ride on the slight curve. Also, you can increase your tea-drinking pleasure by blending herbs. Enjoy!

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