After a restorative yogasession, there is nothing that I love more than a hot cup of tea to help relax me even more, winding my body down to that space where there is nothing to do but let go of all the tension. It’s a beautiful thing and something that I find to be more meaningful, if time allows, is to create my own loose leaf tea blends. Loose leaf tea is the way to go as you’re sure to get all the delicious antioxidants and quality ingredients as opposed to tea bags which are often lower quality. There are some amazing brands that have tasty tea blends but if you drink as much as I do, it can tend to get a little expensive, which is why I took to creating some of my own.
A good starting place is to find recipes that already exist and then make tweaks so they are the perfect blend for you and your needs. But wait, you don’t know where to get the ingredients? Never fear, there are likely amazing natural foods stores in your area or the online marketplace is full of amazing places. A favorite isMountain Rose Herbs, which offers a super wide variety of all base items, like theactual tea, that you may need along with some of the tasty tidbits you’d use for flavoring. Another option is always Amazon but be careful if you’re looking for truly organic or fair trade as some sellers would need to be researched. OK, now that we have you on track with ingredients, let’s shout out to some gorgeous and calming tea recipes!
Herbal tea blends are wonderful because they’re great to drink in the evening, when you don’t want to ingest anything with caffeine.Learning Herbs has a great recipe for a Vanilla Rooibos Tea that is caffeine free and smells divine, especially if you love a gentle vanilla scent. To brew: Use 1 heaping tablespoon per 8 oz of water. Steep covered for 3-5 minutes. Strain and enjoy. I’ve even added a touch of cream to this recipe, which makes it more of a treat!
Inhabitat.com also has some delicous (and easy) herbal tea blends that will most definitely help you relax. Our favorite is a relaxing Lavender tea. Their advice? Combine a handful of dried mint sprigs with 2 tablespoons of dried lavender flowers into a tea strainer. Pour 3 cups of hot water over the strainer and letsteep for five minutes, then add honey to play up the sweetness of the flower and prepare to relax. I’d personally add a touch of lemon zest to my tea, and that’s where the fun of making your own blends comes in.
New to tea and wondering where even to start? The Wellness Mama has rounded up10 Health Boosting Herbal Teas that increase your fluid intake and sneak in some added nutrients. As she puts it, there are thousands of combinations of herbal teas (chamomile, mint and raspberry oh my!), one for every palate. Plus, once you’ve found that perfect blend, herbal teas can be inexpensive if you buy the ingredients in bulk.
This is definitely one of our favorite (and easiest) ways to relax, whether it’s a cold, rainy day or you’re finishing up that much needed yoga session. You can even have your tea mat side if you’re practicing at home. There’s nothing like a little added motivation than a scent wafting around your savasana.
Tell us, do you have a favorite herbal tea blend to share?
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