Self-care is essential for our overall wellbeing as we can't pour from an empty cup. Self-care can look different for everyone, but can include things such as lighting a candle, reading a book, going for a walk, dancing to your favourite songs, a bath, going to therapy, eating nutritious foods, or drinking a big cup of tea.
Plants have amazing properties that can help our bodies from the inside out, and making that big cup of tea for your self-care routine could have some added benefits for your mind, body, and soul to reduce anxiety, tension, sleeplessness, and overall stress with this list of our top herbal picks to add to your daily self-care ritual, and what they may help with:
Chamomile: relaxing, anti-anxiety, digestive issues
Milky Oats: overall stress, fatigue from stress, anxiety
California Poppy: restless sleep, sleeplessness from worry
Motherwort: parenting stress, new mother stress, frazzled nerves
Skullcap: busy mind, insomnia from overthinking, nervousness, edginess, overwhelmed
Linden: relieves tension (headaches, shoulders), palpitations
Rose: mood lifting, calming, soothing, relaxing
Catnip: restlessness, nervousness, winding down for sleep
Lemon Balm: life stress, nervousness, tension, digestive issues
What happens when our stress and overwhelm are calmed? We release fear. We are less agitated. Our digestion and immunity may improve. By supporting these systems within the body, and specifically the nervous system, we have the opportunity to get through our days with less emotional weight and feel our happiness increase.
It is recommended to use one or several of these plants into a tea to consume on a regular basis. Add 1-2 teaspoons of dried herb or herbs in a tea ball or tea infuser, place infuser in tea pot or mug, pour just boiled water into pot or mug and let steep for 10-15 minutes. Add honey to taste if desired. It can take up to 3 months of continuous use to see results.
DISCLAIMER: The information presented in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Check with your healthcare provider first if you have concerns about your health. In addition, you should speak with your healthcare provider or pharmacist before making adjustments to your diet or lifestyle and prior to introducing herbal and nutritional supplements as they may affect any treatment you may be receiving. You are advised to disclose any and all nutrient and herb supplements you are using to your healthcare team