There are many types of herbs that will help to reduce anxiety and in this section are some recipes for a number of recipes.  Lets start with a list of anxiolytic herbs that often go well in tea:

ashwaghanda, bacopa, bee balm,  california poppy, catnip, chamomile, chrysanthemum, citrus, elder, gingko, gotu kola, hawthorn, helichrysum, hibiscus, holy basil, honeysuckle, hyssop, jasmine, lavender, lemongrass, lemon balm, lemon verbena, linden, magnolia, mimosa, motherwort, mugwort, milky oats, oatstraw, passionflower, reishi, rose, rosemary, sage, shatavari, shankpushpi, skullcap, violet,  zizyphus

And here are some herbs that both have a strong taste and a strong effect as well.

Akuamma, anemone, betony, black cohosh, blue cohosh, bupleurum, calamus, cannabis, corydalis, cramp bark  graviola, hops, jamaican dogwood, kava, kratom, nutmeg, pedicularis, peony, poppy, skunk cabbage, valerian, wild lettuce. 

 

Gentle Relaxer:  Good for children and elders and helpful for those with an upset stomach as well.

Lemon balm  1 teaspoon

Linden  1 teaspoon

Catnip  1/2 teaspoon

Blend ingredients and add a cup of boiling water.  Steep for ten minutes, train and drink.

 

Heart Ease:  Good for those with heartache and grief.

Hawthorne leaf and flower  1 teaspoon

Motherwort 1 teaspoon

Passionflower 1/2  teaspoon

Blend ingredients and add a cup of boiling water.  Steep for ten minutes, train and drink.

 

Restful Sleep:

Lemon Balm 1 teaspoon

Lavender  1/2 teaspoon

Rose  1/2 teaspoon

Hops  1-2 strobiles

Blend ingredients and add a cup of boiling water.  Steep for ten minutes, train and drink.

 

Kid’s Gentle Relaxer: 

1 teaspoon linden

1/2 teaspoon lemon verbena

1-2 teaspoons of honey

Add a cup of hot water to the herbs.  Steep for ten minutes, then strain.  Add honey.

 

Calm Spirit: 

Skullcap  1 teaspoon

albizzia flowers  1 teaspoon

Hawthorn  leaf and flower 1/2 teaspoon

mugwort  1/2 teaspoon

Add a cup of hot water to the herbs.  Steep for ten minutes, then strain.  Add honey.

 

Strong  Relaxer:

1 teaspoon of crampbark

1/2 teaspoon jamaican dogwood

1/2 teaspoon of black cohosh

1/4 teaspoon of licorice

Place in a pot with a pint of water.  Bring to a boil and then simmer (decoct) for 40 minutes.  Strain and drink.  You should get between 8-10 ounces of tea at the end.  If its the end of the night and you don’t want to drink so much beverage, concentrate it by simmering for another 20-30 minutes until you are left with only about 4 ounces of tea (watch carefully!).  Also-  this is a very bitter tea, not a tasty one even with the licorice.  You can add a tinct of honey and/or almond milk to sweeten it a tad but its going to taste strong.

 

Kava:

There are a a variety of ways of making a good kava drink.  Generally the key here is that you generally need to add a source of fatty milk such as coconut, goat or cow milk to extract the kavalactonoes.  Those constituents are only extracted either by alcohol or something fatty.  Traditionally kava is also prepared by adding it to a cool liquid as hot liquids can destroy those kavalactones.  Avoid steeping kava in any liquid above 140 degrees as this will degrade those constituents.

So generally one works with the powdered form of kava.  You can purchase it that way or you can buy whole kava and grind it up yourself in a coffee grinder when you need it.  That option will insure that you get more potency from your kava beverage as powdered kava will degrade in time.  Please make sure you are purchasing kava from a good ethical source.  There are a variety of types and strains of kava but in general the Noble varieties are effective and safe for sustained use.  Please beware of the Tudei varietals that potentially could lead to nausea and lethargy and potentially cause hepatic toxicity.

 

Recipe:

1-3 teaspoons (about 2-6 grams) powdered Kava (depending on desired potency)

8 ounces of milk (or half water/half milk)

Add your mix together in a blender.  Blend for 5 minutes.  Strain through some cheese cloth or a muslin bag and squeeze out all the liquid you can.  (I know an herbalist who uses an old sock- clean that is.)   Boom you have a nice drink.

Now if you don’t have a blender you can also just  steep it in a muslin tea bag but I would do it for a longer period of time- upwards of 30 minutes. Generally the kava is massaged during this time as well to really get the most out of it.

Now drink up and relax…