Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Health Journal - Relax & Nourish Tea
I have never been fond of Chamomile tea...until I came up with this herbal tea combination. Emily felt the same way. This is an excellent tea to drink after dinner, in preparation for a good nights sleep. It will relax and nourish your body. The three ingredients in this tea - chamomile, oatstraw, and anise - make a wonderful flavor, especially when combined with a little cream and honey. :) Here's the recipe along with some information on each of the herbs:
Relax & Nourish Tea
4 cups of water
1 heaping teaspoon of chamomile
1 heaping teaspoon of oatstraw
1 heaping teaspoon of anise seed
Bring the water to a boil. Turn off the heat and stir in the herbs. Cover and let steep 5-15 minutes. Add cream and honey to taste. Enjoy! :)
Chamomile is a great herb for helping to induce a deep sleep. If you struggle with anxiety, insomnia, ADD, PMS, ulcers, IBS, or stress, chamomile will be a great aid for you. It is also anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, and antiparasitic. This herb will relax your muscles - try soaking in a chamomile bath sometime! It is also a safe herb for children and helps with colic. I make a glycerin tincture with chamomile that is a great remedy for a child that cannot sleep or has a tummy ache.
Another wonderful herb for helping the body to relax is oatstaw. Due to the high amounts of magnesium, calcium, and vitamin B complex in oatstraw, it is restorative to the nervous system. It helps with hysteria, irritability, menstrual problems, depression, urinary tract infections, and osteoporosis.
The third ingredient in this tea, anise seed, is another great remedy for the stomach. It helps with digestion, colic, gas, respiratory ailments, flu, and even bad breath.
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