Herbal rituals for stress

Herbal infusions can also become part of a ritual. If you’re feeling adventurous you can create a meditation around it to feel the full effects, to connect with it’s healing properties and reduce stress levels. For example:

  1. Select the herbs you wish to use. Hold them in your hand and connect to their energy. Send the herbs love and gratitude for their nourishing properties

  2. Place the herbs in a tea strainer in a teapot or in a mug

  3. Pour the hot water over the herbs

  4. While you are waiting for it to brew for at least 5 minutes you can do some breathing exercises. For example-breath in through the nose for 4 seconds and out through the nose for 6 seconds. Do this gently and without force, being sure to push your belly out as you breath in. My favourite meditative position is with my feet on the ground, sitting upright, palms facing upwards-but you can find what works for you. It can also help to put on some calming music.

  5. Then you can pour your brew into a mug

  6. Hold the mug and feel its warmth. Imagine this warmth entering your body and comforting you from the inside

  7. Smell the aroma of the infusion and take note of how it makes you feel

  8. Sip slowly

My favourite herbal infusions to reduce stress:

(Disclaimer-Please always consult your doctor or nutritional therapist before introducing any new herb/supplement especially if you are taking medications)

Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla/Chamaemelum nobile)

Lavender (Lavandula)

Rose (Rosa)

Common Marigold (calendula officinalis)

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon)

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Valerian root tea (Matricaria chamomilla/Chamaemelum nobile)

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)

Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra)

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)