Herbal Tea for Stress recipe

Herbal Tea for Stress recipe

“Stress and anxiety are the most common combined symptoms that I treat and see,” says Rachelle Robinett, herbalist and founder of Supernatural. That has been the case for years, before many of us even knew the words “coronavirus”—and the past year has caused feelings of stress and anxiety to spike even more. Well, at least for me. But I learned this herbal tea Robinett teaches for stress that helped me fight anxious feelings at a moment.


“Herbs are a great way to treat stress and anxiety holistically,” Robinett says. Adaptogens have been the buzzy stress-reducing herbs for a while, but she thinks that most people could benefit more from a specific group of herbs called nervines.


That’s because nervines work pretty immediately to relieve stress, while also providing cumulative benefits. Even if you’re not familiar with the term, you’re probably familiar with at least a couple of Robinett’s five favorite nervines: lavender, chamomile, passionflower, oat, and lemon balm.


Each of these plants brings its own stress-reducing ability to the mix. For instance, she says chamomile is terrific if your anxiety symptoms include irritability and gastrointestinal issues. Passionflower works really well to help calm restless thoughts that just won’t quit. She calls lemon balm “partial sunlight,” as it gives you a gentle mood lift. And lavender takes you to a place of peace; Robinett loves it for pretty much anybody stressed or anxious.


Rachelle Robinett’s herbal tea for stress:


2-4 Tbsp each: oat, chamomile, passionflower, lemon balm, and lavender

Tea-hot water (i.e., just under boiling water)


Add the herbs to a large mason jar or pitcher.


Fill the jar with hot water (it should not be quite boiling).


If you want to drink it right away, let steep for seven minutes, then strain, pour into a cup, and enjoy.


If you want to drink it later, let it steep overnight (or for at least eight to 12 hours), then strain, pour into a cup, and enjoy.

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