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Fall has arrived, and with it, kids return to school and the holidays begin to speed toward us at an alarming rate. Work, family obligations, homework, households, economics all build to one common ailment for the modern age: STRESS. While exercise like yoga helps tremendously, sometimes we or the ones we love need something a bit more to bring on the calm.
Many of us have heard about the healing effects of Lavender (Lavandula officinalis) – an amazing herb! It calms the nervous system, promotes digestion, relieves muscle spasms, serves as a mild antidepressant, and provides antibacterial and antiviral qualities. Many use lavender in aromatic form which can be very soothing. In tea form, it can be extremely strong and so should be mixed with other herbs to provide a balanced taste and to create a combination of attributes to heal the body.
A wonderful compliment to lavender is Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis). Lemon balm is in the mint family, and it promotes relaxation and calm. Herbalists recognizes it as a cold sore reliever and aid for indigestion, nausea and bloating which can all be brought on by anxiety and stress. When mixed with lavender, the tea takes on a refreshing scent and soothing taste. But watch how much lavender goes in – too much and it can taste a bit strong.
Try the following recipe and adapt it to your tastes:
1 part lemon balm leaf, 1/8 part lavender flowers. Substitute whatever measurement you wish to use for “part” cup, tablespoon etc. To make it sweet add 1/8 part stevia leaf. Mix dry ingredients then make a tea by steeping amount for single cup or pot.
It can be served hot but is also lovely served iced. Because of its light taste and appealing scent, children may be drawn to it. It is gentle enough for young and old alike. Drink throughout the day or when looking for that wonderful accompaniment to a good book.
Special note: Expecting mothers should avoid lavender. It is contraindicated for pregnancy. Consult your healthcare provider before using herbs, especially if you have a pre-exisiting condition.
Be safe, live well
Please note that the information presented in this article is for informational purposes and is not intended to prevent, diagnose or treat any illness or malady and is not a substitute for seeking the advise of a qualified medical professional.
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