Just a few roots and herbs is all it takes to make a delicious sweet tea with no sugar, that can help you on your journey to greater relaxation and flexibility.
Valerian, chamomile, oat straw, holy basil, licorice, and rooibos are part of a group of herbs called nervine relaxants and aptogens.
Excerpt from Mountain Rose Herbs
Nervines are herbs that specifically support the nervous system. Their effects range from tonics like Skullcap and Oat Tops, to mildly calming herbs like Catnip and Chamomile, to strongly sedative ones like Valerian and Hops. They are used to relieve nagging muscle tension and spasms, circular thoughts, insomnia, and the occasional worry we all experience from time to time. Some of these herbs provide multiple nervine actions, such as Skullcap which relaxes the muscles, helps calm worried thoughts, and nourishes the nervous system. Others such as Oat Tops, are not necessarily relaxing to the physical body, but help restore and support healthy nerve functioning when taken on a regular basis.
Adaptogens are another group of herbs that help us face and handle stress as it happens – although the classification is often complicated and the boundaries difficult to define. These herbs restore overall balance and strengthen the functioning of the body as a whole without impacting the balance of an individual organ or body system. Adaptogens facilitate these changes by a wide range of actions and energetics, rather than one specific action. Adaptogens can be stimulating and/or relaxing, many help improve focus, support immune system functioning, or provide some other broad-spectrum normalizing influence on unbalanced physiological processes.
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A healthy and relaxed central nervous system is so important to reaching greater flexibility.
Herbs, spices, berries and barks have many benefits, it’s unbelievable. So I researched all the herbs that are said to relax the central nervous system and came up with my favorite tasty blend.
This tea is seriously sweet even though there is no sugar added! 🙂
When I started getting heavily into stretching, I realized that I loved drinking a quart of tea during training. It became my ritual, wake up brew some tea and start stretching. The tea warmed me from the inside out and I noticed my stretch sessions were always better after drinking my tea.
I like using a quart sized mason jar because it is the perfect amount of tea for me and it’s convenient to travel with. 🙂
You can also make a second batch with the same tea bag!
The best place to find high quality herbs online is Mountain Rose Herbs. You could also check your local health store in the bulk section. A lot of loose tea shops are also popping up in random places. If you are in the DC area check out Smile Herb Shop. Or if you are in Kansas City check out Phoenix Herbs.
Herbal Tea for Flexibility and Relaxation
- 1 qt purified water
- 1/2 tsp rooibos
- 1/2 tsp chamomile
- 1/2 tsp holy basil
- 1/2 tsp valerian
- 1/2 tsp licorice root
- 1/2 tsp milky oats; aka oatstraw
- Measure and put roots and herbs in a tea bag.
- Almost bring water to boil.
- Pour water in with tea and cover.
- Let steep for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
You can re-steep the same tea bag twice.