If winter isn’t the perfect season/excuse to curl up by the fireplace (or TV, let’s be honest) with a cup of herbal tea and a book, I don’t know what is! While a new year has kicked off, you might be feeling pulled in all directions to make a ‘fresh’ start - I know I am. But… remember, your body is still in hibernation mode, and it’s totally okay to take it slow. Planning? Sure. Getting visible again after a social media break? Why not? During this time of hibernation be sure to listen to your body and allow for long, nourishing breaks. And… infuse the Earth’s goodness into your life with this month’s recipe and herbs’ tips.
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Nourishing Winter Tisane
This recipe will nourish your body and give you a gentle boost to start the year.
Dandelion leaves (fresh or dry)
Calendula flowers (fresh or dry)
Sage (fresh or dry)
Hemp or nettle, depending on your preference and legislation where you live (dried herbs)
Instruction for a medium to large teapot (4-8 cups)
Pour 90 degrees Celsius water in your teapot and add 1 tablespoon of dandelion, 1 tablespoon of calendula, 1 tablespoon of sage, and 2 tablespoons of hemp/nettle with a strainer, infuser or tea bag. Steep for 10 minutes and serve hot with lemon and honey. Steep for longer to strengthen the taste and herbal goodness. Find a comfy spot to settle in, breathe, and take a sip.
Winter Herbs for Calm
Calendula (also known as Marigold) will brighten up any herbal tea with its gorgeous golden colour. It is known to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and is widely used to maintain skin health - you can find it in numerous cosmetics for its soothing and calming properties. Throw a handful of calendula petals in your Epsom salt bath for a mystical and calming touch, and soft and nourished skin.
Lemon balm is such a versatile, leafy herb and I absolutely love to include it in my herbal recipes. It is said to soothe symptoms of stress and will help you to relax. Participants of a study who took lemon balm shared an increased sense of calmness and reduced feelings of alertness. So while we get started with a new year, and the pressure that might come with it, stop and enjoy a cup of herbal tea containing lemon balm. If you haven’t already, try Respire, my calming hemp tea blend.
Stinging nettle no longer stings once in liquid. Try nettle soup! It’s delicious and nutritional! Nettle is a fantastic herb that will calm your digestive and urinary tract systems thanks to its diuretic properties. It’s a personal go-to every month when my PMS induces heavy bloating, and a part of Femme, my hormonal balancing hemp tea blend.
Herb of the month: Cinnamon
Chances are, you’ve been sipping on some cinnamon this holiday season, either in your mulled wine or Christmas teas. And it’s no coincidence. Cinnamon isn’t only delicious, warming and exciting, it’s a wonderful support to your gut health. I was in bed for 5 days (including the new year) with a horrible stomach flu, and cinnamon tea was one of the first things I was able to sip on, and hold down. And it’s also a spice known to bring abundance and prosperity, so light that cinnamon-scented candle to go with that cuppa (or mulled wine, you choose ;))
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Amandine is the tea alchemist behind the Bloem & Moi blends. She writes our Herbal Magic and Tea Alchemy column inside each issue of SOULACY.
Originally published in Issue 10 · January 2022 issue of SOULACY.
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