Home remedies: 3 teas to relax, to focus or to energize
The older I get, the more I want to get back to nature and more natural things. Nursing is not only stressful—it’s just plain hard work. As caregivers we often neglect ourselves. So I learned a few tricks when I was a young nurse and mother to take care of myself when I can, and do it with what I have at hand.
After working long hours, I like to take some “me time.” It’s not always easy, especially when you have young children and a full-time job. I had to get creative and be cost-effective. I also wanted to look and feel good.
So here are a few herbal tea recipes that I used back then—and continue to use today—to suit my needs.
Tea to relax after a 12-hour shift
- 4 or 5 linden flowers (sweet, relaxing)
- 1 tsp. chamomile (sweet, mildly sedative)
- 1 tsp. mint (sweet, spicy)
- 2 leaves fresh scented leaf geranium (spicy, balancing)
- 1 tsp. lemon balm (green, relaxing)
- Honey to taste
Steep 5 to 10 minutes and sweeten with honey if desired.
Tea for focus and concentration
This tea promotes a feeling of well-being, energy and mental focus.
- 3 parts lemon balm herb
- 1 part lavender flowers
- 1 part rose petals
- 1 part spearmint tea
- 1 part St. John’s Wort
- ½ vanilla bean
- Honey or lemon to taste
Mix all herbs and flowers in a bowl. Store in a glass jar. To prepare the tea, use 1 to 2 teaspoons of herbs per cup. Pour hot water over herbs and allow to steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Flavor with honey or lemon if desired. Drink up to three cups per day.
- 1 part roobois tea
- ½ part fresh grated ginger
- 1 part fresh mint
Add the herbs to boiled water and cover. Let steep for 20 minutes, strain and store in a quart jar in the refrigerator. This blend will keep for 3 days. Pour out 1 cup, warm it and drink several times daily or before bedtime as needed.
Diane Carbo is a licensed registered nurse with more than 35 years of experience practicing in a variety of organizations and community settings, and is an advocate for older adults and their families. She has developed two websites that grew out of her nursing and caregiving experience and her love of tea: aginghomehealthcare.com and your-cup-of-tea.com. Diane and her sister-in-law, Connie Bednar, have found a tremendous amount of happiness and joy in sharing their knowledge and expertise with others, including their passion for tea.
By Diane Carbo