Stress is a part of life. I’ve never known someone who hasn’t experienced stress in one way, shape or form. There is no doubt that tea helps relieve anxieties, but what if you want to really unwind?
Herbals would most certainly be the type to brew if you’re looking for a warm beverage before bed or even just a mid day escape. Now I’m not going to pretend to be an herbalist, but over the years I’ve had more than my share of peppermint and chamomile tea.
Peppermint tea both soothes and serves as a breath freshener. It is also known to relax parts of your throat and stomach. In doing so, it promotes burping and helps ease a tense or overfull stomach. Despite its obvious health benefits, I however just like it for the flavor — especially when sweetened.
In brewing peppermint tea, I like to use 2 teaspoons of tea for every 8 ounces of boiling water. Steep for 5-7 minutes depending on your desired strength and then add 2 teaspoons of sugar. It will taste fresh and cleansing, and will be sweet enough to liven up your entire day!
Chamomile is my favorite herbal tea. When I am having an awfully stressful day and I just want to cut loose and free my mind from those worries, I turn to chamomile. While I cannot guarantee the same results for you—a cup or two of “calm” as I like to call it, will set my mind straight and let me focus my attention on being productive, rather than being a nervous wreck. I normally do not sweeten my chamomile, as I think it might detract from my purpose. I recommend traditional herbal tea brewing for hot chamomile, but I will share with you my favorite recipe for iced calm.
- 4-6 teaspoons of Chamomile Tea
- 12 oz of boiling water
- Lots of ice
- Steep for 6 minutes.
To be able to steep 4-6 teaspoons at once, you may need to use either a tea infuser or two to three tea balls. And yes, I do know it is a lot of tea. Make this in a large glass or double the recipe for a medium sized pitcher. My method is to brew and fill the glass with ice. Once the ice melts, add more ice, repeating until it is sufficiently cool. If the glass fills up (keep in mind you may need an 18-20 oz glass for this), pour some into another glass and keep adding ice. Depending on the size of the glass, it might take 3-4 rounds of adding ice to get to an “iced” state.
Try it out today, and see exactly what makes my “iced calm” so unique!