Herbal teas that calm, soothe and relax have great value in today’s often hectic world. So, select one of these special herbal teas, sit back, and relax.
The general rule is to use one teaspoon of dried herb or 3 tablespoons of fresh crushed herb per cup of boiling water. Pour boiling water over the herb leaves or flowers and steep for 5 to 10 minutes. (5 minutes is sufficient in most cases. Overlong steeping can ruin a delicate flavor.) Many of these teas can also be drunk cold or made into iced teas. Keep in mind that although the general rule given applies to most teas, certain herbs have different preparation methods and steeping times. Chamomile, linden and hops flowers should not be allowed to steep more than 3 to 4 minutes.
Chamomile – Chamaemelum nobile (Roman) and Matricaria chamomilla (German)
Roman and German chamomiles have similar appearance and uses. To produce this aromatic, wheaty tea only the fresh or dried flowers are used. The tea has a soothing and mildly sedative effect which helps us to relax after or even during a hectic day or as an aid for a good night’s sleep. Chamomile is safe to use, even for children. For total relaxation why not try a cup of chamomile tea while lingering in a warm and soothing chamomile bath?
Besides its high antioxidant content, green tea could help you relax because it contains theanine. Research shows that this amino acid promotes alpha waves in the brain, which are linked to relaxation. Green tea does have caffeine though, so if you're looking to calm down, you may want to try the decaffeinated kind.
Lemon Balm- Melissa officinalis
This is a refreshing, anytime tea that should be tried by everyone for its calming effects. It is special in that it soothes the entire nervous system, yet stimulates the heart at the same time. Lemon balm leaves and flowers can be steeped a bit longer, up to 15 minutes, to release more of its lemony flavor. Serve hot or cold. This tea will also help you to get a good night’s sleep and even helps soothe a headache.
Catnip – Nepeta cataria
Yes, catnip is the plant with leaves that cats find intoxicating and thoroughly relish. Not too many realize that catnip also provides us with a tasty, aromatic and refreshing tea. The tea is both soothing and mildly stimulating at the same time. It makes a perfect nightcap, easing restlessness and nervousness. This woodsy-tasting tea is also mildly stimulating and often taken as a tonic.
American Passionflower – Passiflora incarnata
A mild sedative, this particular species of passionflower provides a vegetal-tasting tea that calms nervousness and anxiety and helps you get to sleep at night. It is generally considered safe to use, but should be avoided by pregnant women.
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