Calming Tea: A recipe for inner peace
Lemon balm is one of the herbs you can infuse as a calming tea. The medicinal herb is used in naturopathy against stress and is said to improve sleep. If you plan to take it for more than two weeks, be sure to talk to your doctor beforehand. The preparation is very simple:
- Important: Due to the lack of studies, the European Medicines Agency advises pregnant and breastfeeding women not to take lemon balm. Interactions with other drugs are not known.
- For the calming tea, brew two teaspoons of dried lemon balm leaves or three to four fresh ones with 250 ml of hot water.
- Make sure the water doesn’t boil. A temperature of around 80°C is ideal. Once it has boiled, let it cool for a few minutes. This preserves the essential oils of the plant.
- Let the tea steep for ten minutes and then remove the lemon balm leaves.
- If you want to permanently strengthen your nervous system, you should take three cups a day. Take the time for your little “tea ritual” and make the preparation relaxing, for example with a podcast or an audiobook.
Lavender tea as an alternative
If you cannot tolerate lemon balm, natural medicine offers you other calming teas. Lavender flowers, like lemon balm leaves, are said to help with relaxation and also promote sleep quality.
- First, boil the water and let it cool for a few minutes.
- Add a teaspoon of dried lavender flowers or two fresh ones to your mug. Pour the hot water on it and let the tea steep for ten minutes.
- Also, have lavender tea three times a day.
Use St. John’s wort to calm down
St. John’s wort is a versatile herb used in natural medicine but is also used as an ingredient in conventional medicines. It is said to help with mood swings and depression, combat anxiety, and promote healthy sleep.
- Important: Do not take St. John’s wort if you are taking antidepressants or birth control pills. Interactions have been identified that suspended the effect of the pill and increased that of the antidepressant. If you are taking any other prescription medication, be sure to consult your doctor!
- For a cup of tea, you need two teaspoons of dried or two to three fresh St. John’s wort leaves.
- Pour hot water over them and let the tea steep for ten minutes.
- Drink a cup of calming tea twice a day.