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Herbs/Teas for Stress Relief

Postby Moth » Sat Apr 14, 2012 3:36 am

Hello,

I am looking for some recommendations on herbs or teas that will help with stress.
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Re: Herbs/Teas for Stress Relief

Postby retrofuturist » Sat Apr 14, 2012 3:49 am

Greetings,

St.John's Wort
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_John's_wort

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Re: Herbs/Teas for Stress Relief

Postby Ben » Sat Apr 14, 2012 4:06 am

Hi Moth,

I have heaps of chamomile growing in my herb garden at work, which is always a pleasure to see. Unfortunately, I haven't seen any staff members avail themselves of the fresh chamomile flowers and make tea. I also like lemongrass tea with honey, peppermint, South African Roibos, bancha (kukicha), and lemon-ginger tea.
My (black) tea favourites include Russian Caravan, Lapsang Souchong, and Orange Pekoe.
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Re: Herbs/Teas for Stress Relief

Postby Yana » Sat Apr 14, 2012 4:10 am

I :heart: tea!I have it twice a day to calm my senses lol.

Mostly Twinings Cammomile and Spearmint.

It's good to have while your reading about the dhamma it really calms you down. :namaste:
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Re: Herbs/Teas for Stress Relief

Postby retrofuturist » Sat Apr 14, 2012 4:11 am

Greetings Moth,

Even moreso that what you actually drink, prepare and drink it with mindfulness.

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Re: Herbs/Teas for Stress Relief

Postby Virgo » Sat Apr 14, 2012 6:27 am

Hello,

If you have stress you should avoid cold drinks. And if you take tea you should take it sweetened with honey. You want a tea that is warming and sweet, and not bitter or astringent. Rich and heavy is good too. Strawberry tea would be good.

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Re: Herbs/Teas for Stress Relief

Postby marc108 » Sat Apr 14, 2012 7:14 pm

my favorite tea for stress is holy basil (tulsi), its not sedating and gives a nice centered energy. 1-3 tsp per day. long term use will help counter the detrimental physiological responses to stress. i drink this regularly, stress or not.

for night time try: 1T chamomile + 1tsp lemon balm

you can also try adding passionflower, skullcap or valerian if you need something more conducive of sleep.


medicinal tea should be brewed as such: freshly boiled water, covered & steeped for 15 minutes. better quality herbs generally have more pronounced effects.
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Re: Herbs/Teas for Stress Relief

Postby Sarva » Sat Apr 14, 2012 7:20 pm

Hi Moth
Lime Blossom is useful if you can find it.
E.g. http://www.herb-health-guide.com/lime-blossom.html
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Re: Herbs/Teas for Stress Relief

Postby manas » Sat Apr 14, 2012 8:44 pm

Hi Moth

Lately I've been seeing how a good night's sleep can affect the rest of the day ahead. Something that works for me in having a restful night's sleep and thus less stress in the day is to not eat too much at dinnertime (so that by bedtime your stomach is more or less empty), and just before going to bed, having a blend of hops - chamomile - passionflower tea. I use the actual flowers (ie, 'loose' tea, not bags). More potent that way. :thumbsup:
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Re: Herbs/Teas for Stress Relief

Postby Ron-The-Elder » Sat Apr 14, 2012 9:14 pm

My favorite tea is made with a slice or two of lemon (squeezed) into a piping hot cup of water. Add a packet of your favorite sweetener, sip, and relax. Tastes good before or after meditation.

Caution: Never add tea to a full cup!
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Re: Herbs/Teas for Stress Relief

Postby Moth » Sun Apr 15, 2012 11:33 pm

marc108 wrote: better quality herbs generally have more pronounced effects.


Do you recommend any particular website or vendor?
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Re: Herbs/Teas for Stress Relief

Postby Ron-The-Elder » Tue Apr 17, 2012 11:29 am

Over the years through experiment and various adaptations according to taste I have developed a blend for hot chocolate:

Ingredients

1 cup Hershey's unsweetened chocolate powder
2 cups Splenda for us diabetics or dieters, or sugar for the rest of the world.
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup cinnamon
2 cups French Vanilla Non-dairy Creamer
1 tsp Paprika

Process

Combine components and mix to a homogeneous blend.
Place mix into an air tight container or plastic , zip lock bag for future uses.

Use

Make a half cup of your favorite hot beverage : coffee or Silk.
Add to this one tablespoon of Hot Chocolate Mix.
After thoroughly mixing add another hot half cup of your favorite beverage.

Sip and enjoy!
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Re: Herbs/Teas for Stress Relief

Postby marc108 » Tue Apr 24, 2012 5:31 pm

Moth wrote:
marc108 wrote: better quality herbs generally have more pronounced effects.


Do you recommend any particular website or vendor?



for tulsi i use: organicindia.com

for everything else i use: mountainroseherbs.com
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Re: Herbs/Teas for Stress Relief

Postby Eccedustin » Wed Jun 27, 2012 4:52 pm

Grounded Kratom Powder mixed with cold Applesauce is a great stress reliever and improves focus, well-being, energy and motivation. It is of the same nature as coffee.
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Re: Herbs/Teas for Stress Relief

Postby Ron-The-Elder » Sat Jul 14, 2012 12:58 pm

Relief of leg Cramps and/or cooling drink on hot day, while doing yard work:

Recently I have discovered a blend, which helps to relieve leg cramps, which arise during especially long meditation periods, or working in the yard on hot days:

Equipment Needed
-Large jogging bottle with lid wide enough to allow entry of ice cubes (approx. three in. dia.)
-Ice cube maker

Ingredients:
forty each - Ice cubes
teaspoon - Favorite instant tea or coffee
1 cup - Tonic Water with Quinine
Fill balance of space with water or other favorite beverage.

Process
In a large container: i use a sixteen ounce jogging bottle with a lid.
Add ice cubes to bottle.
Add tea granules
Add tonic water.
Add water or other beverage to fill container to top.
Let chill.
Drink. :anjali:
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