Relax! Try Some Stress-Reducing Tea

As part of your changing lifestyle, take a moment to try out this great stress-reducing tea blend.

Blend all of these ingredients and place in a glass jar with a tight lid. Store this herbal tea blend in a cool, dry place.

Making your tea: To steep your tea, pour 1 cup of boiling fresh water over 1 tbsp of the stress reducing herbal blend. Use a sieve if possible. Drink your stress reducer tea prior to bed or at a time that is quiet.

Lemon Balm Leaves – It has been used to reduce fevers, induce sweating, calm the digestive tract, treat colds, and relieve spasms related to cramps and headaches. Lemon balm has been shown to be sedative, to relieve spasms, and inhibit the growth of fungi and bacteria.

Linden Leaves – Linden is used by some cultures in connection with anxiety. Linden flower tea can help people with mild gallbladder problems, upset stomach or dyspepsia, and excessive gas causing the stomach to press against the bottom of the heart. When taken as a hot tea, linden flowers act as a diaphoretic. Diaphoretics induce a mild fever, thereby possibly helping to increase the immune system’s ability to fight infections.

Valerian Root – Valerian is a plant native to Europe and Asia. It grows to up to four feet high and has trumpet-shaped flowers. The roots are used medicinally. Although the fresh root is relatively odorless, the dried root has a strong odor that many find unpleasant.

Valerian is believed to have been used since at least the time of ancient Greece and Rome. It was used as a folk remedy for a variety of conditions such as sleeping problems, digestive complaints, nervousness, trembling, tension headaches and heart palpitations.

Ginger Root – Ginger root is well known as a remedy for travel sickness, nausea and indigestion. It is a warming remedy, ideal for boosting the circulation, lowering high blood pressure and keeping the blood thin. There is new research that Ginger has been shown to work against skin, ovarian, colon and breast cancer.