Life gets a little hectic and we begin to stress out because things seem to spin out of control. I know I’ve stressed out a lot lately due to graduate school, teaching, and general life being life. When this happens, I find that it’s hard to sleep. Whether it’s going to sleep or staying asleep – this worsens my situation: when I can’t sleep I stress out even more, which causes me to not be able to concentrate or be productive, which leads to more stress. It’s cyclical and hard to break out of it.
Yoga, meditation, and healthy eating can help so far – there are many ways to de-stress, but sometimes you need a little extra nudge. Tea is a wonderful way to help calm the nerves and get us to relax enough to fall asleep. I discovered this tea years ago from a favorite tea shop in Boston which helped put me to sleep no matter what. Seriously – no matter what. Unfortunately, they stopped making the tea and I had to resort to figuring out how to make it myself. Fortunately, it was only 3 simple ingredients and with some tinkering, I got it as close as I could get. And guess what? It still works.
I have kept this recipe mostly to myself, but here’s the ingredients and proportions. I recommend also experimenting yourself to see what work for you. Sometimes you want a stronger mint or chamomile flavor.
Dharma’s Relaxation Tea
- 1 cup Loose Peppermint Tea
- 3/4 cup Loose Chamomile (not from a blend)
- 1/4 cup Dried Lavender Flowers
Note: you can find all of these ingredients at your local organic/health shop (sometimes in bulk). If you can’t, buy the tea bags of unblended mint/chamomile tea, cut open the bags and mix in the bowl.
Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. Mix well. I had some extra old tea tins in which to store the mix (keep in a dark, cool, dry place). Before putting it in your tea ball or in loose tea bags, make sure to mix it up a bit. I found that the chamomile worked its way to the top and the mint to the bottom. You want to make sure there is an even distribution of all the ingredients.
This is the way (I think) it works: the mint soothes the stomach, the chamomile helps relax your mind/body, and the aromatherapy of the lavender calms the nerves. I’ve given this to a couple insomniacs and they both told me it worked. I need to make another batch soon – I’m finding that I am running low. Comment to let me know how it works for you.