Does anyone know of a tea that has calming and relaxing effects?
Chamomile is said to be relaxing. Valerian is supposed to make you drowsy.
I see by your member profile that you're in the US, so I can't legally or ethically recommend the one that might be most relaxing.
Remember, too, that only something from a camellia sinensis plant is tea. Any of that other crap is just boiled weeds. :yuck:
chamomile, linden or mint tea. I like the last
might want to avoid valerian, it's a bit druggy and you can build up a tolerance. does it even come in a tea?
ginger for nausea. you may or may not like perfumy teas like jasmine (i can't stand it). for me, i prefer earl gray (bergamot flavoring) over just about everything. whatever gives you "comfort" i guess. aromas can awaken some pretty deep buried memories and emotions, so keep that in mind. maybe orange spice reminds you of christmas in your childhood, etc.
there are other things that are non-tea if you're interested...
Marrow is usually in sleeping teas
I'm registered as a marrow donor, but I don't think that I want to go through the pain just for some sucker to drink it.
haha oops, I ment Yarrow
isn't that illegal?
this looks good
Actually, no. Once something is donated, the recipient can do whatever s/he wants to with it. There are 'vampires', usually victims of porphyria or hard-core goths, who buy bags from blood banks in order to drink it. My registration was with the intention of helping leukemia patients, but it's none of my business once it's out of my body.
If you have a neighbor or friend that grows bee-balm to attract bees and hummingbirds, ask if you can have the plants in the fall. They should be cut back in the fall to let the roots over-winter, and you can hang and dry the stalks and make tea from the leaves. Guess what? The plant is also known as chamomile and the dried leaves can make a nice soothing bed-time tea. Bee-balm is drop-dead easy to grow, as are most members of the mint family. Combine the leaves from bee-balm with dried peppermint, spearmint, etc, so you don't have to shell out big bucks for herbal teas.
Even if all you have is a tiny bit of patio-space or a place to hang a window-box, you can grow these in containers. It's easy. Instead of buying tea-bags, you can crush the leaves and steep them in boiling water using old-fashioned tea-balls or make temporary tea-bags out of cheesecloth or similar.
Or just boil the leaves in a tea kettle as is and pour the tea through a strainer into your cup.
That's how my grandmother did it. Great memories, great tea!
I enjoy Chrysanthemum tea
I've always thought that those were poisonous. Are you joking, or was my mother lying? (No offense taken if the latter; she's lied to me about a lot of stuff.)
I really hope they are not poisonous!
right now I’m drinking sage tea, it’s nice and calming
Sage tea?? that sounds awesome
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