One of the most common complaints I am hearing this year is an extreme increase in anxiety. There are so very many causes of, and contributors to, anxiety – from stress to disease to mental health disorders to imbalanced nutrition, gut dysbiosis, hormonal changes, over-exposure to external stimuli, and environmental toxins – just to name a few.
In order to effectively treat a person with chronic anxiety, a dive into one’s lifestyle, medical history, and personal habits would be in order.
But when you just need to take the edge off, or a little support for when emotions are high and your nerves are running away with you, calming herbs can be a great comfort.
This tea anti-anxie-tea is a blend of calming medicinal plants that have been used for years, and even centuries, for treating nervousness and anxiety.
Lemon Balm (also known as Beebalm and Honey Plant) has been used for centuries, to counter worry, anxiety, and insomnia. Lemonbalm has sedative properties, digestive and antispasmodic effects and is use for digestive upsets including nervous stomach, cramping, gas, bloating, etc., and is also helpful with menstruation pain.
Oatstraw, classified as a nervine, helps relax and tone the central nervous system. In addition, it is an excellent herb for strengthening the connective tissue, skin, mucous membranes and nerve fibers, reduces skin irritation and inflammation, and is packed with trace minerals and vitamins. Note: people with celiac or gluten sensitivity should avoid Oatstraw
Lavender flowers are used medicinally to balance the nervous system and re-establish equilibrium and calm. It is useful in the treatment of uneasiness, agitation, and turbulent thoughts, and is sometimes used as a gentle antidepressant. Lavender is often used at night for symptoms of sleeplessness and is a valuable antispasmodic.
Chamomile is an herb that offers numerous gentle benefits, from digestive support, treatment of anxiety and insomnia to pain and hormonal support. Among other notable qualities, Chamomile is also an excellent digestive bitter, an antispasmodic, a relaxant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory.
Peppermint is a popular culinary and antimicrobial medicinal herb used around the world traditionally in herbal medicine. It is probably prescribed most commonly to aid digestion and flatulence, and as an antispasmodic for treating menstrual cramps.
However, along with many other useful traits, it is also a widely used remedy for nervous tension andas a sedative for people suffering from insomnia.
Anti-Anxie-TeaCourse: Beverages, Blog
2 tablespoons dried lemon balm
1 tablespoon dried oat straw
1 tablespoon dried chamomile
1/2 teaspoon dried lavender
1/2 teaspoon dried mint leaves
- Combine the ingredients well and store in a jar (with a lid) in a dark cool place.
- For a single serving hot cup of tea, place 1 tablespoon of the tea blend into a tea ball or bag. In a mug, add the filled tea ball or bag and fill with 1 cup hot water.
- Cover & let steep for 8-10 minutes, and enjoy!