It’s one of my favorite afternoon rituals when I want to begin slowing down and working with the natural rhythms of my biology so I can prepare for a great nights rest. Dandelion is a mild diuretic and helps detoxify and release what the body has been holding onto during the day. Chamomile is calming and helps the body and mind settle down in a way that’s constructive for sleep. The fresh lemon adds to the detoxification effect and the bergamot perfumes the tea while also giving you a dose of polyphenols to increase your body’s ability to repair and restore. Speaking of polyphenols, the tea seed oil provides a magnificent source too. The healthy fat helps stabilize your blood sugar, right at the time many of us experience a dip in blood sugar and want to hit the candy machine! Sip, savor, soothe, (and relax!).
Dandelion Chamomile Tea
During the afternoon, it’s thought that our “second sleep” occurs. This is where our body temperature dips and prepares for the evening rest. While a short nap is backed by science, proving it helps you sleep better at night, helps increase focus and cognition as well as uplifts mood and energy, sometimes a nap isn’t possible or isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Luckily I have a cup of tea everyone can enjoy though: My Dandelion Chamomile Tea.
1 tea bag roasted dandelion root tea
1 tea bag chamomile tea
Juice from 1/2 lemon
5 drops real bergamot extract
1 teaspoon tea seed oil
Steep the tea bags in 4 cups of boiled water for 15 minutes. Remove tea bags and save for a final steep later or another day. (Store in a small jar in the refrigerator).
Add the lemon juice, bergamot, and tea seed oil. Stir to combine.
Sip, savor, soothe (and relax!).