With this chill in the air, (up here in the North), I woke today feeling inspired to create a new organic concoction. I’m calling it Tranquility Tea ☕
Fresh herbs used: (I had them on hand – can be replaced with dried)
- Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
- Lemon balm, from the family Lamiaceae, is one of the oldest medicinal plants. It is native to the eastern Mediterranean region and western Asia.
- According to legend, the 16th-century Swiss-German physician and philosopher, supposedly said that lemon balm is more precious than gold!
- Healing Effects:
- Recommended for heart problems and joylessness
- Calms, balances mood, and relieves anxiety
- Used to treat menstrual and menopausal difficulties
- Alleviates stomach cramps
- Effective against colds
- It can ease sleep disturbances (especially if heartache is the cause), calming the ‘thinking pains’ and heart palpitations associated with anxiety and feelings that are difficult to process.
- It also helps if sleep disturbances are accompanied by digestive issues.
- No known side effects.
- Peppermint, from the Lamiaceae family, is a hybrid between two mint varieties (probably by accident!) It is often found growing wild in parts of Europe and the Americas.
- Healing Effects:
- Peppermint leaves are antiseptic, antibacterial, and antifungal.
- They are antispasmodic, and ease digestive upset when ingested.
Dried herbs used:
- Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb, meaning that it can help the body cope with external stresses such as toxins in the environment, and internal stresses such as anxiety and insomnia.
- Some key examples of the healing effects of Ashwagandha are:
- Protects the immune system
- Helps combat the effects of stress
- Improves learning, memory, and reaction time
- Reduces anxiety and depression without causing drowsiness
- Helps reduce brain-cell degeneration
- Stabilizes blood sugar
- Helps lower cholesterol
- Offers anti-inflammatory benefits
- Contains anti-malarial properties
- Enhances sexual potency💥 for both men and women (didn’t know that 👀😉)
- (Source: http://www.chopra.com/articles/what-is-ashwagandha)
St John’s Wort – Helps relieve:
- mild to moderate depression
- seasonal affective disorder
- psycho-vegetative disorders during menopause or following childbirth
- depression developed from early emotional experiences
- Used internally, St. John’s Wort restores balance in every cell of our body and soul
- anti-inflammatory – promotes the healing of cuts, wounds, bruises and muscle pains
- can help the body in many ways:
- lower blood pressure
- prevent chronic disease
- protect the skin
- aid the immune system
- boost metabolism
- improve digestion
- reduce inflammation
- treat depression and anxiety
- induce sleep
- Red raspberry leaf tea comes from the leaves of the red raspberry plant.
- This herbal tea has been used for centuries to support respiratory, digestive and uterine health.
- Not just for women, red raspberry leaf tea can also help support the prostrate
- Eases digestive/stomach ailments in children
- It is naturally high in magnesium, potassium, iron and b-vitamins which make it helpful for nausea, leg cramps, and improving sleep
- Rose hips are the best source of vitamin C; they contain 50% more vitamin C than oranges!
- Excellent immune system booster
- Has diuretic and laxative properties
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Spearmint is very closely related to peppermint and has similar properties.
- Spearmint is used for relief of nausea, cold symptoms, stomach distress, headaches and indigestion.
- Stevia grows abundantly throughout South America and other subtropical areas.
- Other names for Stevia are: sweet leaf, honey leaf and sugar leaf.
- Although it is famous for its use as a sweetener, it is also used as a medical supplement for various conditions.
- Stevia is helpful in treating diabetes, heartburn, gingivitis, osteoporosis and high blood pressure
- A few sprigs of Lemon Balm & Peppermint
- 1/2 tablespoon Ashwagandha
- 1/2 tablespoon St. John’s Wort
- 1/2 tablespoon Lemongrass
- 1 tablespoon Rosehips
- 1 tablespoon Raspberry Leaf
- 1 tablespoon Spearmint
- 1 tablespoon Stevia Leaf
In a pot: Add to 8 cups filtered water (preferably), simmer for approximately 15 minutes, then allow to cool. Strain into glass jars or bottle, and store in refrigerator.
*This will be a very concentrated liquid. I added 2 cups of tea to a glass pitcher, then topped up with more filtered water.
**If a stronger flavour of lemon is desired, add a few drops of organic lemon extract, or edible essential oil.