How to find Tranquility in a cup!

 

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 ☕

Today’s Features:

Fresh herbs used:  (I had them on hand – can be replaced with dried)edf

  • 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.
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In Planter: Lemon Balm, Peppermint, & Strawberry Everbearers
  • Peppermint
  • 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.

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Dried herbs used:

Ashwagandha

  • 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

Lemongrass

  • 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

Raspberry Leaf

  • 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

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Rosehips

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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Tranquility Tea

  • 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.

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