Home remedies: 3 teas to relax, to focus or to energize

woman-holding-teacupAs a Registered Nurse of 37 years, I’ve seen many changes in the healthcare delivery system.
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.

Replenish-your-energy tea

  • 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.

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