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Elysian Being: 3 Wellness Teas to Make at Home

Written by Jessica Comingore Photography by Jennifer Young

A few years ago, I gave up caffeine. Not because I didn’t love the taste and the ritual, but because I started to notice the affects it had on my body and mind. From restless nights, to 3pm slumps, to a brain that couldn’t focus on one thing without jumping immediately to another, I knew it was time to explore a caffeine-free life. The transition definitely came with some painful headaches and a longing for that smooth, rich taste that only coffee can give you, but it wasn’t long before my reliance on caffeine was replaced with a much deeper affinity for herbal teas.

The shift originally began with a few cups of ginger tea per day to soothe my digestion, but eventually lead to discovering blends for every kind of ailment, at any time of day. A tea for sleeplessness? Done. A tea for calming the mind? Found it. A tea for soothing a sore throat? It exists. After taste-testing what felt like every herbal variety on the market, I started to tinker with my own concoctions, a few of which I thought I’d share with you today.

Though I’m always exploring new varieties (homemade or store-bought), there are 3 blends that have become my go-to’s for morning, afternoon and night. One to jumpstart my digestion, one to destress mid-day, and one to unwind before bed. Even if you’re a caffeine fiend with no plans of giving it up, I like to think there’s a little something here to benefit everyone.

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The Sunrise Blend

Ingredients:
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 teaspoon fennel powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

Add 10-12 oz. of hot water, and stir thoroughly.

Directions:
Drink first thing upon waking up in the morning, right before stretching or meditation.

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The 3pm Blend

Ingredients:
1 bunch fresh mint

Wash and dry mint leaves thoroughly and place a handful into the bottom of a mug. Pour 10-12 oz. of hot water over the top and let steep for 3-5 minutes.

Directions:
Drink mid-afternoon to relieve stress and anxiety.

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The Before Bed Blend

Ingredients:
1 teaspoon dried hops flowers
1 teaspoon dried chamomile flowers
1 teaspoon dried skullcap
1 teaspoon dried spearmint
1 teaspoon dried lavender flowers

Combine ingredients in a tea bag and pour 10-12 oz. of hot water over it. Let it steep for approximately 3 minutes.

Directions:
Drink 15-20 minutes before bed for a calming, restful night of sleep.

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For those wanting to jump off the caffeine train, I’ve included my three favorite herbal varieties to start you off below:

1. Steven Smith Teamaker, Blend No.67, Meadow
2. Quitokeeto Turmeric Wellness Tea
3. La Tisaniere Nuit Calme Tea

Comments (1)

  • Gabi

    This post came at just the right time. I’ve been attempting to give up coffee for months and can never seem to commit. Despite how unpleasant its effects are on me physically and mentally, It’s so attached to my “treat myself” mentality that going without seems impossible. and decaf coffee just isn’t as good. I love tea but usually go the prepackaged route. Making my own seemed hard, I guess? These three sound wonderful and simple and I can’t wait to try. Thanks for posting!

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