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Herbal Teas for Stress

January 04, 2018

There’s nothing better to help you relax than a nourishing cup of herbal tea.

This article details a few of my personal favorite tea recipes to relax stress and encourage a calm, peaceful mood.

For the following teas, 1-3 cups daily is a good therapeutic dosage.

Getting Started

How to make a tea blend:

I make my tea formulas with “parts.” How big your part is will depend on how much tea you make.

I start with small batches and prepare just a few cups. For small batches, I use about 2-3 tbsp. of dried herbs for my “parts.”

How to make a cup of herbal tea:

General tea blend: Use 1- 2 tsp. of dried herbs per 8 oz. of water. Steep for 10-15 minutes.

Recipes to Soothe Stress

1. Stress Less Tea

Suffering from family, financial, or job stress? Cut it back fast with this tea.

2 parts Chamomile flowers (Matricaria recutita)
1 part Skullcap root (Sculletaria lateriflora)
1 part Lemon balm leaf (Melissa officinalis)
1 pinch dried Lavender blossoms per cup (Lavandula angustifolia)

Sweeten with a little honey, agave, or stevia to taste if desired

2. Cool Breeze Tea

Feeling angry, agitated, or overheated? Cool down with a calming and refreshing tea.

2 parts Spearmint leaf (Mentha spicata)
1 part Peppermint leaf (Mentha piperita)
1 part Catnip leaf (Nepeta cataria)

Sweeten with a little honey, agave, or stevia to taste if desired

3. Find your Zen Tea

This is an excellent tea to drink before meditation, beginning a project, or if you’re feeling tired and unfocused.

2 parts Chai tea blend (Find this premade if you can. Or, if you like experimenting, make your own Chai blend of Coriander, Green Cardamom, Ginger, Cloves, Black Peppercorns, Fennel, Cinnamon and Anise).
1 part Gotu Kola leaf (Centella Asiatica)
1 part Ashwagandha root (Withania somnifera)
A few drops Vanilla extract (Vanilla planifolia) if you like

Sweeten with a little honey, agave, or stevia to taste if desired

4. Heart Blend

This is a blend to soothe the heart, ease sadness, and get grounded.

2 parts Hawthorn berries (Crataegus laevigata)
1 part Motherwort leaf (Leonurus cardiac)
½ part Rose buds (Rosa spp.)
½ part St. John’s wort herb (Hypericum perforatum)

Sweeten with a little honey, agave, or stevia to taste if desired

5. Headache Blend

Try this blend to help with stress accompanied with spasms and headaches.

2 parts Feverfew leaf (Tanacetum parthenium)
1 part White willow bark (Salix alba)
½ part Ginger root (Zingiber officinale)
½ part Valerian root (Valeriana officinalis)

Sweeten with a little honey, agave, or stevia to taste if desired

Round Up

If you’re feeling stressed out, experiment to see what herbal teas work best for you. For general stress relief, I recommend starting with a blend like Stress Less.

For stress with signs of excess heat like anger and flushed complexion, I like Cool Breeze or Headache blends.

For stress with melancholy, low energy, or lack of focus, a Heart or Meditation tea may work best.

We’d love to hear from you! What teas do you use for stress relief?



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