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Calm the Eff Down Herbal Tea Recipe

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How this calming tea recipe came to be…

When the Covid pandemic had us locked down, calming tea recipes made all the difference for us. A big reason was that when we’re anxious, restful sleep is even more important. But, in times of stress, “letting go” can be hard. And that means sleep and sleeping well can be difficult.

Calming Tea Recipe Herbs

At that time, many of us were stuck at home, sometimes locked indoors. Plus, our social outlets were totally disrupted. In fact, we may have been alone. Moreover, we may have lost our life savings, our jobs, loved ones. Too, the disruptions just seemed to keep coming. As well, mixed messages and rumors seemed like they would never end.  For a while there, it even touching salad greens might have been stressing us out.

So, we turned to herbs to help us let go. And with calming tea recipes, we found some respite.

Can a cup of tea help you relax safely?

For many, offering a cup of tea is a first reaction to help another looking for comfort. And usually that means a cup of warm tea. That doesn’t always mean the tea is herbal. However, Mother Earth offers many herbs that can serve us well in tea blends. Some are gentle and safe. Others can be incredibly powerful and potentially dangerous. And every individual’s relationship with each herb may vary from another person’s reaction to it. So, always do your research before you use any herb for any purpose, at any time and for any duration. ^Also, read this before you go any further!

Now that we’ve been clear about plant medicine power and your responsibility to know yourself and your herbs before you use them, following is one of our favorite simple, calming herbal tea recipes.

This tea helps us calm down, fall asleep, and when we’re lucky, we even get a full night’s rest before awakening refreshed to face the on-going, evolving challenges to humanity. So even in days when we aren’t locked down during a pandemic, this warm brew might help you calm the eff down deliciously.

Calm the Eff Down Calming Herbal Tea

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Makes about 4 cups or one small pot of tea


  • 2-3 T lemon balm, dried (if using fresh, use about 1/3 cup chopped)
  • 1 t schisandra berries, dried (if using fresh, use about 1 T)
  • 1 t oat straw, dried
  • 1/2 t dried linden flower (if using fresh, use about 1 T)
  • 1 T lemon verbena, dried (optional)

Combine herbs in a tea diffuser. Place diffuser in a 4-cup teapot. Pour hot (not boiling) water over the herbs. Cover. Steep about 10-15 minutes.

Pour a cup. Inhale the sweet, delicious fragrance. Sip.  And Calm the Eff Down!

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A little bit about the herbs in this recipe…

All of the herbs included in this recipe are plants you can likely grow in your garden! So if you want to grow your own, consider some of these:

  • Lemon balm – this mint-family member is a generous giver in the garden. In fact, it’s so giving, you’ll want to be sure to harvest it regularly so it doesn’t spread seed everywhere and take over your garden. Lemon balm is an herbaceous herb that is easy to harvest spring through early autumn. Plus, if you’re diligent about cutting it hard to the ground each season, you’ll likely be rewarded with more harvests that same year. And you won’t be bothered by seedlings popping up everywhere!
  • Schisandra berries – These are the fruits of the decorative magnolia vine. This hardy, woody vine puts on pretty little flowers in our garden in early spring. It does need a structure to grow on. And, bonus, it prefers a shadier spot to full sun. So it might help you design challenging spaces. When you source your plant, be sure to find self-fertile variety if you only have room for one plant. Otherwise, you’ll need to plant both a male and a female vine.
  • Oat straw – This is exactly what it sounds like – the straw part of an oat plant. So in many situations it’s considered a waste product, but really this is a key ingredient in many calming herbal tea recipes. Plus, it is often one of the seeds included in cover crop seed mixes!
  • Linden – If you’re ready to plant a big shade tree, linden (aka Tilia or “lime tree”) might be the one for you. Research and site your tree carefully. Not only do these deciduous trees get big, but some varieties are prone to aphids. And that means it may be dripping with nasty, sticky frass (aka aphid poop) part of the year.

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Need to order herbs for this tea recipe?

If you’d like to try ordering from an online apothecary, to have your herbs shipped or to schedule a pre-paid pickup, Dandelion Botanicals in Washington State may have supplies of these herbs available for purchase in smaller quantities.

2 comments on “Calm the Eff Down Herbal Tea Recipe

  1. Mike Hall on

    Thanks for sharing this article. Really Herbal Tea is best for health and I have used your method to create the tea. That was nice. Thanks again for sharing this article.

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