Do It Your self Herbal Medicine

PART 3. THE REMEDIES

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THE DAY AFTER

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Even a minor car accident can leave your body feeling sore and your mind in a fog. Not to mention the stress involved in dealing with other involved parties, insurance companies, tow-truck drivers, and police. Herbal teas are an excellent go-to when you need comfort, plus a medicinal kick to calm the nerves and relieve achy muscles.

Chamomile Chai Tea

YIELD: 1 CUP
STORAGE: NOT RECOMMENDED
TIME: 5 MINUTES

This comforting caffeine-free chai tea can easily be multiplied when the stress of the day calls for a double. For a livelier version, replace the chamomile and valerian with a plain black tea bag—but heads up, black tea contains caffeine.

1 tablespoon dried chamomile flowers

1 tablespoon dried valerian

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 pinch ground ginger

1 pinch freshly ground black pepper

2 whole cloves, crushed

1 cardamom pod, crushed

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 cup cold water

⅓ cup milk

1.In a small saucepan, add the chamomile, valerian, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, cloves, cardamom, and brown sugar to the water. Bring to a boil.

2.Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes.

3.Remove from the heat.

4.Strain into a mug, using the back of a spoon to press the liquid from the herbs before discarding them.

5.Add the milk and stir before drinking.