This blend was created as a calming tea for those about to enter the world of floating at the new Zen Mountain Float & Wellness centre here in Kimberley. I am a big fan of floating and the idea of creating a herbal tea to support that experience was very exciting for me.
Some of the herbs in this blend have also been used on a regular basis by a nutrition/herbal client of mine to support a taxed nervous system. The results from that experience were amazing and truly showed me how brilliant herbs can be at supporting the nerves, when things such as depression, insomnia and anxiety are at play.
Working with herbs and creating tea's specific to an individuals needs has become a favourite part of my job.
The medicinal properties of each plant, along with the energetics of herbs is such a subtle and beautiful thing to observe.
Now allow me to delve into the benefits of the herbs in this tea, and convince you that this is something we should all have in our cabinet at home.
Borage (Borago officinalis.)
Damiana (Turnera diffusa.)
Milky Oat Tops & Oatstraw (Avena sativa.)
Lavender (Lavandula officinalis.)
Rose Petals (Rosa canina.)
Borage is known as a very cooling herb, and used for cases of extreme nervous exhaustion and low spirits. Traditionally used for menopause and as a galactagogue (promoting breast milk), Borage has a multitude of uses.
Damiana has a reputation as an aphrodisiac, but it is also an amazing herb for strengthening the nervous system. I think the good people over at Mountain Rose Herbs describe it best "This desire eliciting herb invites the mind to relax and go with the flow. It helps those that are too "in their head" to re-establish a connection with their more sensual side. The leaves are used to relieve excess mental activity and nervous debility."
I just love the flavour that Damiana brings to this tea.
Milky Oat Tops & Oatstraw are added to this blend partly because they combine great with both Borage & Damiana. But Oats are also considered a nutritive, full of minerals like silicon, iron, zinc and manganese. This herb supports a depleted nervous system. Great to use if you are the type who has a wandering, busy mind.
Lavender is one of those plants that can be suited to almost anyone. As Matthew Wood puts it "Lavender opens up the mind so that some of its contents can be moved out". The addition of Lavender to this tea means that it can be used in cases of headaches, especially where too much heat is rising to the head. Use for any sort of anxiety, stress or insomnia, but also as a carminative (digestive support). Lavender also gives a gentle, floral taste to this blend and smells amazing!
Rose Petals because everyone could use more rose in their life.