The cold is finally here and I’m am convinced there is no problem in the world that tea can’t solve. A cup of tea is like a hug on the inside. I love tea so much that I actually will start to calm down just by hearing that satisfying click as you switch on the kettle. Perhaps I’m slightly addicted but I’m okay with that. Tea for me it is about ritual and routine – warming of the tea pot, spooning in the tea leaves, the brew time and holding the warm cup. It is about taking a moment to breathe.
There are so many different types and each one has its own individual personality. Some teas can even help you sleep.
Here are two of my favourite bedtime tea recipes. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
- Lavender tea
Lavender is so pretty, smells great and has loads of medical purposes including calming the body and mind, and helping with respiratory issues.
To make the lavender tea you will need a couple of tablespoons/sprigs of fresh lavender flowers. If you don’t have a pot of lavender in your garden, a quick stroll around the block is sure to find you some in one of your neighbours gardens – this exercise could help you make friends and find a supplier of local lavender.
Then it is a simple matter of letting the lavender brew for a few minutes in some boiling water. I like to make mine in a teapot and then use a sieve when pouring it into my cup. I don’t find it as relaxing when I’m pulling bits of flower out of my teeth.
Lemon and/or honey go well with this tea.
- Chamomile and turmeric tea
This recipe comes from Green Kitchen Stories and it is amazing!!! I’m on a bit of a turmeric-is-awesome bandwagon at the moment so when I came across this recipe I was keen to give it ago. Chamomile is well know for its ability to sooth the nervous system and has been used to help treat insomnia for years. This recipe really takes the age old classic chamomile tea to the next level.
Recipe from Green Kitchen Stories:
2 cups drinking water
2 tbsp dried chamomile in a tea bag or 2 chamomile tea sachets (organic if possible)
1-3 tsp cold-pressed coconut oil
1 1/2 cup unsweetened plant milk of choice
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
(a pinch of black pepper, optional)
1 tbsp raw honey (Manuka honey if possible) or more to taste
Bring water to a boil in a sauce pan. Turn off the heat, then add chamomile and let steep for 3-5 minutes. Discard the chamomile. Now stir in milk, coconut oil, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, (black pepper) and honey. Taste and add more honey, coconut oil or spices if you prefer. Re-heat on low heat if needed.
If you get a a quiet moment away from the kids, grab your tea, a good mag or blog and enjoy your cup of love.