This time of year we could also use a little extra stress support and I was already to tell you about four awesome herbs that you can use for stress relief. Then I noticed that I had already posted about those exact four herbs! Instead, lets talk about how you can make an awesome nervine blend with these lovely herbs: chamomile, oats, skullcap, lemon balm, and catnip.
Nervines, if you have not read my previous post, are herbs that calm the nervous system, sometimes they can be helpful with anxiety and nervous exhaustion as well. That ‘I have just been doing too much’ feeling that we all get this time of the year. Here are two lovely blends that you can make up with these herbs.
Holiday Nervine Tea
- 2g peppermint leaf (1 tea bag)
- 2g lemon balm leaf (1 tea bag)
- 2g skullcap leaf (1 tea bag)
- 4g chamomile flower (3 tea bags)
Heat 4 cups of water. Mix your herbs or place your tea bags into a quart ball jar. Pour your water to fill the jar. Stir in the herbs to make sure they are all moistened. Cover and let sit for 15 minutes. Strain and drink. Makes 3 cups for yourself for one day.
You may want to make a holiday syrup to sweeten this tea using any of these herbs as well.
Kids Nervine Tea
- 1g catnip (1 tea bag)
- 2g chamomile (2 tea bags)
This is a great simple blend for kids to drink. Heat 2 cups of water. Mix your herbs or place your tea bags into a quart ball jar. Pour your water to fill half of the jar. Stir in the herbs to make sure they are all moistened. Cover and let sit for 15 minutes. Strain and drink. Makes 1.5 cups for one child for one day.
This time of year it is especially important to remember that kids that are overactive are commonly so due to extra sugar and carbohydrates. Remembering to adjust the foods you are making available to your child should always be done first before reaching for herbs. It is also nice to expose your child to different flavors and this is a simple and tasty mix. You can also add in a little peppermint or lemon balm as well but these simple blends will create a calming environment for everyone and a happy holiday season.
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Jillian Carnrick, founder and manager of The Dancing Herbalist, has a Masters of Science Degree in Herbal Medicine, practices as a nutritionist, and is a Certified Personal Trainer and Exercise Is Medicine Professional through the American College of Sports Medicine. Join her for live classes and The Dancing Herbalist’s home herbalist courses online for more learning opportunities.