PART 3. THE REMEDIES
MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Life is full of frustrations, deadlines, hassles, and demands that all add up to stress, a normal response to events that upset your sense of balance. Sometimes feeling a little pressure works for you by spiking your energy and creating focus so you can get things done. At other times, tension gets out of control, causing problems at work, harming your health, and interfering with relationships. Next time you feel overloaded, try one or two of these remedies.
YIELD: 1 CUP
STORAGE: NOT RECOMMENDED
TIME: 15 MINUTES
Chamomile and tarragon come together with rosemary and sage to relieve stress, even if only temporarily. This savory infusion pairs well with a variety of foods.
1 teaspoon dried chamomile flowers
1 teaspoon dried tarragon, crumbled
½ teaspoon dried rosemary, crumbled
½ teaspoon dried sage, crumbled
1¼ cups water
1.In a small saucepan, combine all the ingredients and bring to a boil.
2.Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer the herbs for 10 minutes.
3.Strain into a mug, using the back of a spoon to press the liquid from the herbs before discarding them.
4.Drink 1 or 2 cups of this infusion anytime you feel stressed. Add some lemon and honey if you prefer a sweet flavor.
Lemon Balm–Orange Iced Tea
YIELD: ½ GALLON
STORAGE: REFRIGERATE IN A PITCHER
TIME: 30 MINUTES
Lemon balm has a faint minty flavor. Not only does it make a wonderfully refreshing iced tea, it helps to alleviate stress and reduce anxiety.
4 tablespoons fresh lemon balm
8 cups water
2 oranges, sliced thinly
1.In a large saucepan, add the lemon balm and water. Bring to a boil.
2.Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes.
3.Remove from the heat and cool.
4.Strain into a pitcher, using the back of a spoon to press the liquid from the herbs before discarding them.
5.Add the orange slices and refrigerate until cold.
6.Serve over ice.
7.Drink as much as you want, any time of day.
Frankincense–Lavender Stress Balm
YIELD: 4 OUNCES
STORAGE: GLASS JAR OR TIN
TIME: 15 MINUTES
Rub your temples and pulse points with this fragrant balm next time you’re feeling stressed. The combination of frankincense and lavender smells amazing, and it helps you feel less tense.
3 ounces organic olive oil
1 ounce beeswax, grated
20 drops frankincense essential oil
20 drops lavender essential oil
1.In a double boiler over low heat, combine the olive oil and beeswax. Stir gently until the beeswax has melted completely.
2.Remove from the heat and cool for 2 minutes.
3.Add the frankincense and lavender essential oils.
4.Pour into a jar or tin.
5.Cool the balm completely before capping tightly.
6.Apply a thin layer to your temples when feeling stressed. You can also dab this balm onto your pulse points. Store in a cool, dark place.
This is a fantastic remedy for stress-induced headaches. Combine it with other stress relief techniques for maximum relief.