For a refreshing drink that can help with stress, brew your own herbal teas
Did you know there are herbs you can plant in your own backyard that are easy to grow, and are excellent antidotes for stress and anxiety? These three plants are available locally, and don’t take gardening experience, or even a garden; just a plot of ground, some sun, and water. Each of these can be easily brewed into tea.
Melissa Officinalis: A lemon scented, mild flavored member of the mint family. Lemon balm has been used as a mild sedative and as a digestive aid. Research has shown it can help reduce stress and relax the body.
Care: Plant in Medium to Direct Sunlight. Keep the Soil Moist. Cut back once a year.
Tulsi or Holy Basil
Ocimum Sanctum: The sweet scented “Kapoor” tulsi has been used in India for over 5,000 years, and grows easily in the Pacific Northwest. Due to its calming effect, it’s used to relieve anxiety.
Care: Plant in Medium to Direct Sunlight. Keep the Soil Moist.
Common Angustifolia Lavender: The beautiful purple flowers, and sweet aroma of Lavender makes it a favorite in the Pacific Northwest. It is also one of the easiest to grow. Lavender helps to soothe and relax muscles and nerves, relieve stress, headaches and muscle pain. Studies show Lavender tea can also reduce depression and anxiety.
Care: Plant in full sun, and keep soil moist.
- Use only the leaves. They can be fresh or dried.
- Cut the leaves up.
- Steep 1 teaspoon dry herb or 2 teaspoons fresh in 1 cup of hot water for 5 minutes or longer.
Try adding lemon and honey and storing in the fridge for a refreshing and healthy summer drink. Strain leaves out after 3 hours, or leave the leaves in while refrigerated and strain prior to serving for a stronger tea.
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