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Soothing Herbal Drinks…More Helpful Than Alcohol or Coffee?…

In this crazy world of ours, we look to anything that will help us relax. The adverts, movies and magazines tell us that coffee will wake us up quickly and alcohol will relax us and help us to have fun. Well, in the short term, yes this is true…Most of us have tried these methods and been momentarily soothed by them. The problem comes when we find that we have come to rely on them so much that we are unable to function without them.

How about trying some herbal teas and food to help maintain a healthy balanced physical state?

Chamomile (Matricaria recutitia) is a gentle herb that helps to relieve anxiety.
Soothing Iced Chamomile and Granadilla tea:
15ml chamomile herb
1 litre hot water
Steep for half an hour and strain

Add fruit of 2 fresh Granadilla
15ml Raw Honey
Mix well

Cool in the fridge or add some ice cubes.
Delicious and calming in one glass.

Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) is an emotionally balancing herb that helps promote good health; relieve nervousness, anxiety and hysteria.
Low carb Lavender cookies:
Ingredients
For the cookies
• ¾ cup Coconut flour
• 1/4 teaspoon Salt
• 1 teaspoon dried Lavender
• 100g softened unsalted Butter
• 1 tablespoon Raw Honey

Icing/Glaze
• 2 tablespoons Coconut Oil
• 2 tablespoons Macadamia Nut Butter
• 1 teaspoon Raw Honey

Instructions
1. Mix the coconut flour, sea salt, and lavender in a medium bowl.
2. In a large bowl with a hand or stand mixer, cream together the butter and honey.
3. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix until the pieces start to come together into a big ball.
4. Pour the mixture out onto a piece of plastic wrap and shape into a log shape. Wrap with the plastic wrap.
5. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or freeze for up to 3 months.
6. Preheat the oven to 180 C.
7. Remove the log from the fridge, unwrap from plastic, and cut into 1/2 cm slices. Put the slices on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper.
8. Bake for 15 minutes or until starting to turn golden brown.
9. Let sit for at least 10 minutes to cool before moving from sheet.
10. Meanwhile, melt the glaze ingredients together in a small pan over medium heat. Stir to mix.
11. Using a spoon, pour the glaze on the cookies and enjoy!

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) gives a gentle boost when we are exhausted. It also helps relieve a tummy troubled by anxiety.

Lemongrass

Warming soothing Lemongrass tea with lemon and honey
15ml dried Lemongrass
500ml hot water
5ml Lemon juice
5ml Raw Honey

Place dried herbs into your teapot or coffee plunger (French press).
Pour hot water over and allow to stand for 10 minutes.
Pour into your mug or cup, add lemon and honey.
Sit back, relax and enjoy.

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) reduces stress and anxiety.
Add a teaspoon Lemon Balm to your soups, stews or vinegars. Use it as often as possible to help keep your stress under control.
Lemon Balm infused vinegar:
Dried lemon balm (Organic if possible)
Raw apple cider vinegar
Glass jar (A sterilised honey jar works well)

Place dried herb in jar to halfway mark.
Fill up with ACV.
Place wax wrap over the neck of the bottle.
Seal well with lid.
Mark your jar with the name of the herb and the date of bottling.
Store in a cool, dark cupboard for at least 2 weeks.
Remember to shake daily.
At the end of two weeks, strain and pour into a glass bottle.
Store in the fridge.
This is a delicious vinegar to add to your salad dressing.

Peppermint (Mentha piperata) is a spirit lifting herb which helps reduce nausea and flatulence which can be brought on with high stress levels. It is suggested that this occurs because the liver is put under strain by our bad coping habits (overindulging in alcohol, food or coffee).

Add a soothing homemade mint sauce to your array of condiments.
Mint sauce
30ml dried peppermint leaves
60ml hot water
80ml Raw apple cider vinegar or White wine vinegar
10ml Raw honey

Pour hot water over dried peppermint. Allow it to stand until cool.
Add honey and stir to combine.
Add the vinegar and mix well.
Taste and adjust vinegar or sweetness.
Place in a bottle in the fridge until ready to use.
The longer it stands, the stronger the flavour.

We hope that these recipes will give you some ideas on how to use herbs to reduce stress and anxiety in your everyday life. Using a variety of herbs in different ways every day, helps nourish our body, mind and spirit.

Much love to you all.

Sue and Chris

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