Is tea your go-to drink for relaxation? If it is, you are not alone. Many people enjoy a tea break to overcome the tiredness of a busy day. Besides, some people look for the relaxing effects of tea. Here are some calming herbal tea recipes to help.

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The Elderberry Tea

Elderberries are full of antioxidants, molecules known to fight against free radicals and strengthen the immune system. Have an elderberry tea after waking up for a relaxing morning. 

  • Ingredients
    • Water: 1 Cup
    • Elderberry syrup: 2 tablespoons ( you can purchase from a store or use homemade syrup)
  • Process to Make
    • Begin with microwaving water until it becomes considerably hot, approximately 2 minutes. 
    • Take a cup, pour elderberry syrup in it, and add the hot water. 
    • Stir until mixed.

Service size: 1 Cup

Nutrition per serving: sodium 10mg; potassium 43 mg; sugars 11g; 48 calories; carbohydrates 13g; dietary fiber 1g.

You can prepare elderberry syrup at home by heating 1 cup dried elderberry and 2 inches of freshly peeled and chopped ginger in 2 cups of water. After the combination reaches 100 degrees F, lower the heat, cover, and leave it for 50 minutes. Then stir in 1 tablespoon cider vinegar and ½ cup honey. Lastly, use a fine-mesh sieve to pour the mixture into the jar. Refrigerate overnight. Use this mixture in the tea to get the goodness of honey and ginger.

Ginger Tea

Ginger is well-known for its benefits, such as increasing blood circulation, fighting inflammation, boosting the potency of other herbs, and promoting digestion. So have ginger tea in the afternoon for a relaxing lunchtime. 

  • Ingredients
    • Water: 4 cups
    • Ginger: 1 piece or 2 inches ( freshly peeled and sliced)
  • Process to Make
    • Take a medium-sized saucepan over high heat. Pour water into the pan. Add sliced ginger to it. 
    • Once the water starts boiling, reduce the flame to low. Let the ingredients simmer for 15 minutes. Then turn off the flame. 
    • Use a sieve to strain the tea, throw the solid, and serve hot. 

Serving size: ¾ cups

Nutrition per serving: 2 calories; 15mg potassium; 8 mg sodium.

You might not like the taste of plain ginger tea. So, you can add honey, lemon, or turmeric to it. Add a tablespoon of honey for honey ginger tea after discarding the solid waste in step 3. Add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice for lemon ginger tea instead of honey. For turmeric ginger tea, add 1-inch of peeled and thinly sliced turmeric or the same amount of turmeric powder in step 1. 

Cinnamon Tea

Cinnamon is not only for flavor; it has several properties that could soothe your nerves after a busy day. Here is the recipe to prepare Cinnamon tea.

  • Ingredients
    • Water: 5 cups
    • Cinnamon sticks: 5 sticks ( of at least 3 inches)
  • Process to Make
    • Put a medium-size saucepan on high flame. Pour water on it.
    • Add cinnamon sticks and wait for the water to boil. Then lower the flame. 
    • Let the water simmer for 20 to 25 minutes or until it gives a delightful fragrance and tastes like cinnamon. 
    • Strain the liquid and discard the solid waste. Serve hot!

Serving Size: 1 cup

Nutrition per serving: 21 calories; 10 mg sodium; 3mg potassium.

If you get bored of Cinnamon tea, you can add various things to the tea and make a mouthwatering combination. You can try Cinnamon apple tea, Cinnamon Maple tea, and orange spice tea. 

For Cinnamon apple tea, add 2 thin and large apple slices with cinnamon and water in step 2. To prepare Cinnamon maple tea, add 1 tablespoon of maple syrup in step 4 after throwing the solid. For Cinnamon orange spice tea, add ½ teaspoon of cloves and 2 strips of orange zest with cinnamon in step 2. 

These ingredients will bring a variation to your drink, so you never get bored with your afternoon tea.

Kratom Tea

Kratom is a tropical plant getting widespread success in western countries. The alkaloids in Kratom leaves might stimulate brain receptors, giving various benefits, such as relief from anxiety, pain, stress, sleeping disorders, and inflammation. Here is a Kratom tea recipe.

  • Ingredients
    • Water: 8 oz
    • Kratom powder (according to your dosage)
    • Strainer
    • Lemon: 1 (small size)
    • Sugar, honey, maple syrup, or agave juice (optional)
  • Process to Make
    • Pour water into a large saucepan and set on flame. Please wait until it becomes hot and not boiling. 
    • Add lime juice to the water. 
    • Then add red dragon Kratom powder according to your daily dose.
    • Stir the water until kratom powder dissolves in water. Let the ingredients simmer for 15 minutes.
    • Strain the tea using a sieve or strainer. Throw the powder residue in the filter. 
    • Your kratom tea is ready.

Serving size: 1 Cup

Try to replace your morning coffee with kratom tea to begin the day on an energetic note. You can also use different sweeteners, such as honey, maple syrup, agave juice, or sugar. It will enhance the taste of your tea. 

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Chamomile and Lavender Tea

Chamomile is a popular herb for its various benefits, such as calming the parasympathetic nervous system, relief from jitters, stress, anxiety, boosting immunity, and soothing indigestion. 

Besides being a beautiful color, Lavender is also a helpful herb. Here is a recipe for Chamomile and Lavender tea.

  • Ingredients
    • Chamomile flowers: ½ cup
    • Lavender flowers: ½ cup
    • Apple mint leaves: ½ cup
    • Lemon: 2
    • Honey: ¼ cup
  • Process to Make
    • Boil water in a large pot. Let the water cool for 1 minute. 
    • Add mint leaves, lavender flowers, and chamomile flowers to a tea ball. Infuse with hot water and let the ingredients steep for 5 minutes. 
    • Take the tea ball out. Strain the tea to get the flower residue. 
    • Add honey and lemon. 

Your Chamomile and lavender tea are ready to serve. Sip this after a busy day to get a relaxing sleep. 

Useful Tea Herbs

Besides the herbs in the recipes mentioned above, there are various other beneficial herbs that you can add to your tea. All these herbs enhance tea taste and give some or other benefits. 

  • Gotu Kola
  • Peppermint
  • Tulsi ( Basil)
  • Ginkgo Biloba
  • Bacopa
  • Rosemary
  • Passion Flower
  • Lemon Balm
  • Skullcap
  • Oatstraw
  • Valerian
  • Spearmint
  • Milk Thistle
  • Chicory root
  • Stevia
  • Schisandra
  • Licorice
  • Dandelion root
  • Cacao Nibs 

You can try different combinations of these herbs. However, before combining any two herbs, make sure they do not react together to produce adverse effects.

Conclusion

Sometimes it is challenging to rest in a busy work life. However, with calming tea recipes, you can incorporate a healthy and soothing drink into your lifestyle without putting in much effort.

Author: Sierra Herscovitch

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