Stress-proof your life with these wonderfully healing brews
\r\nBy Laura Goldstein – Prevention\r\n\r\nChamomile\r\n(Matricaria recutita)\r\n\r\nA mild, relaxing tea with a delicate flavor, it contains oils that relax the smooth muscles in the stomach. Three cups daily will ease indigestion, irritable bowel problems, and colitis. Choose 100 percent pure chamomile flowers with a strong, fresh apple aroma. Use 1 tablespoon of flowers per cup of boiling water. Take for 2 months or more for chronic problems.\r\n\r\nLemon Balm\r\n(Melissa officinalis) \r\nReduces anxiety and restlessness\r\nThis citrus-fresh herb helps tame tension, nervousness, and a mild case of the blues. Relax with a cup before bedtime to help you feel sleepy. Choose fresh or dried leaves that have a strong lemony mint scent. Use 1 tablespoon of leaves per cup of boiling water, and drink as needed.\r\n\r\nPassionflower\r\nEases you into restful sleep\r\nThe flower, vine, and leaves contain substances that have proven, gentle sedating qualities. Recommended by herbalists as a top treatment for insomnia, it’s especially helpful when sleep is disturbed by anxiety. Use 1 teaspoon of dried herb per cup of boiling water.\r\n\r\nPeppermint\r\n(Mentha x piperita) \r\nHelps banish indigestion\r\nFresh or dried, mint tea is a super way to ease stubborn indigestion and gas and to quell nausea and vomiting. Do not use other mints, such as spearmint, because only true peppermint contains the digestive aid menthol. Use 1 tablespoon of mint leaves (or more, according to taste) per cup of boiling water.\r\n\r\nRosemary\r\n(Rosmarinus officinalis) \r\nCan ward off headaches\r\nThis fragrant spice-shelf herb not only perks up roasts and poultry, it can also ward off certain kinds of stress-induced headaches. Because rosemary helps keep blood vessels dilated, it can prevent headaches caused by vasoconstriction (when blood vessels narrow). Use 1 teaspoon of dried rosemary per cup of boiling water.\r\n\r\nSage\r\n(Salvia officinalis) \r\nBanishes night sweats\r\nThe same herb that seasons poultry stuffing can reduce or sometimes eliminate night sweats, which will help you relax and get a good night’s sleep. Use 4 heaping tablespoons of dried sage in 1 cup of boiling water. Cover tightly, and steep for 4 hours or more. Strain, then drink.\r\n\r\nThyme\r\n(Thymus vulgaris) \r\nReduces cough, bronchitis, sinus pressure\r\nSip savory thyme tea to help relax the bronchial spasms that trigger coughing due to colds or bronchitis. Use 2 teaspoons of dried thyme per cup of boiling water, steep for 10 minutes, and drink three times a day.