As a gift to you, I share this recipe for a Stress Relief Elixir, perfect for the spring! With rose petals and hibiscus, the floral notes relax your senses, smelling of the June months still to come. Rhodiola (Rhodiola Rosea) and Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis) are both herbs that help reduce anxiety and help induce a calming of the mind (1, 2). Perfect for those stressful days filled with work presentations, or those nights where your mind just cannot quit. This elixir well help you find peace and calm amongst the overstimulation and stress inducing days we all have. To help reduce anxiety or stress, take 1-2 tablespoons as needed. For the extra special days, topped with sparkling water and a squeeze of lemon, this elixir can turn into a toast for health!
When purchasing these herbs make sure to get them from a reputable herbalist, as you want to insure highest quality. There are many locations in Seattle or even in the Bellingham area. Also, if you are on medications for blood sugar, blood pressure, using SSRIs, or you are pregnant, consult with your primary practitioner first before using these herbs (1, 2).
Cheers! I hope you find some peace and calm in your busy day. Perhaps you may go for a long walk, a trail run, take a bath, or even try to make yourself an elixir. Either way, may your day be happy and stress-free!
Stress Relief Elixir
Makes about 16-32 servings (depending on dose)
2 cups filtered cold water
3 tablespoons Rose petals
½ tablespoon Hibiscus
1 tablespoon Rhodiola rosea
1 tablespoon Lemon balm
¼ cup brandy
¼ cup honey
1. Natural Standard. Rhodiola. http://www.naturalstandard.com.buproxy.bastyr.edu:2048/databases/herbssupplements/rhodiola.asp?. Accessed March 17, 2014.
2. Natural Standard. Lemon Balm. http://www.naturalstandard.com.buproxy.bastyr.edu:2048/databases/herbssupplements/lemonbalm.asp?. Accessed March 17, 2014.