I've wanted to share something comforting for living through these surreal and challenging times. I've needed a lot of time to find my footing, and I still struggle with uncertainty and fear. Thankfully, I've rediscovered healing plant allies that I want to share with you.
Neroli essential oil has been a precious friend. I anoint my third eye area with a tiny bit of neroli before bed and it brings me a deep peace. I've also come back to such a "simple" oil - lavender. I like to blend it into an aloe vera gel and apply it to my neck, shoulders, back, and chest. This relieves muscular pain and tension while also bringing relaxation and a lovely cooling effect. Lavender is so perfect for the summertime. In addition to the magic of essential oils, I've also been deeply studying the plants themselves.
I've been fortunate to continue studying herbalism through a wonderful online program during these COVID-19 affected months. I'm happy to share my favorite calming evening tea. I look forward to it every night.
It's a hot infusion of linden, ginger, and chamomile. My herbal teachers refer to linden as a "hug in a mug." Linden leaves and flowers are soothing for the nervous system, including nerve pain, and help alleviate insomnia and stress related ailments. In addition, the green, honeyed, hay-like aroma of linden is gently comforting. Linden plays beautifully with ginger and chamomile; this herbal blend is truly heavenly.
I add about an inch of dried plant material (linden, ginger, and chamomile) to the bottom of a quart size mason jar. Then I boil water, pour it over the herbs, and close the jar. I let this steep for at least 20 minutes, and then strain. You can add honey if you like. My favorite is orange blossom raw honey.
I hope this blend will bring beauty and relief to your evenings.
What is bringing you solace in these challenging times? Feel free to share in the comments below.
Please hang in there. You are not alone.
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