Happy Spring Equinox! A time of new beginnings, growth + coming out of winter hibernation. The canyon in the springtime is full of new life. Walking the roads with Yarrow, I notice all of the native plants alongside the road that are starting to bloom; vetch, ceanothus, hedge nettle, yarrow, yuccas, echium, etc. The smells are so strong, especially after the rains. This is a great time of year to incorporate herbal teas into my daily routine more. I find that they help me slow down, are nourishing + aid with nervous system. I rarely drink caffeine so herbal teas have become one of my go-to drinks. During the winter they are great warm, and during the cooler months I stick my infusion in the fridge overnight and have a refreshing tea to drink throughout the daytime. Some herbs I prefer to use in my infusions are: tulsi, oatstraw, rose petals, lemon balm, skullcap, nettles, peppermint, hibiscus, and yerba buena. If an infusion tastes a little too bitter for my liking, I'll add in some peppermint and honey and it does the trick.
Spring Infusion Blend: Take a couple tbls of each dried herb into a large jar. Cover with boiling water and place lid on jar. Let steep for at least an hour (I let mine steep for 3 and sometimes overnight). Strain + enjoy :)
Rose: Calms the mind, relaxes the body, soothes the gut, heart healer
Tulsi: Soothes the nervous system, strong adaptogen
Skullcap: Nourishes the nervous system, mood boosting, promotes relaxation, eases nerves, supports restful sleep
Peppermint: Soothes the gut/aids with digestion, helps with mental clarity + focus
Nettles: Helps with seasonal allergies, boosts the immune system, helps with hair, skin + nails growth