In this time of Covid-19 pandemic anxiety, sleep is even more important. But, letting go of all that stress to actually sleep and sleep well can be difficult. We’re stuck at home, sometimes locked indoors. Our social outlets are totally disrupted. We may be alone. We may have lost our life savings, our jobs, loved ones. The disruptions just keep coming. Mixed messages and rumors are unending. Even touching salad greens might be stressing us out. A cup of calm tea might be your ticket to snooze.
Mother Earth offers many herbs that can serve us well at times like this. Some are gentle and safe. Others can be incredibly powerful and potentially dangerous. And, every person’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.
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 herbal tea recipes. It 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.
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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 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!
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 Seattle, WA may have supplies of these herbs available for purchase in smaller quantities.
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