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.

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

Dandelion Chamomile Tea
Serves 1

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

Instructions:

  1. 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).
  2. Add the lemon juice, bergamot, and tea seed oil. Stir to combine.
  3. Sip, savor, soothe (and relax!).

 

Naomi Whittel

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