tisane :: anxiety release

lavender
3.0 YARROW
2.0 SPEARMINT
1.0 PASSIONFLOWER, VALERIAN, LAVENDER
0.5  CASSIA CINNAMON
a.    YARROW: diaphoretic, hypotensive, astringent, diuretic, antiseptic, anti-catarrhal, emmenagogue, hepatic, stimulant, tonic
    SPEARMINT*: carminative, anti-spasmodic, aromatic, diaphoretic, anti-emetic, nervine, analgesic, anti-catarrhal, anti-microbial, emmenagogue, rubefacient, stimulant
    PASSIONFLOWER: sedative, hypnotic, anti-spasmodic, anodyne, nervine
    VALERIAN: sedative, hypnotic, anti-spasmodic, hypotensive, carminative, aromatic, nervine
    LAVENDER: carminative, anti-spasmodic, anti-depressant, rubefacient, anti-emetic, nervine
b. Indicated for the relief of anxiety, especially acute instances.
c. This tisane is described by some as having an earthy, bright flavour; although some are off-put by the valerian, which can be strong, overall it is taken well. I recommend this served hot if drinking as a tisane; as a tincture, it can be concentrated and preserved in portable vials for needed occasions, to be consumed in conjunction with other calming techniques such as mindful breathing.
d. RECIPE:
    Mix three parts yarrow to two parts spearmint. To one part each of passionflower, valerian, and lavender, add half as much cassia. Mix together.
e. NOTES:
    Every bodily system will differ, but generally this tisane is suitable for long-term use. For a less intense but equally effective anxiety tisane, read the sleep tisane, here.
    For those who cannot ingest lavender, you might substitute an equal amount of skullcap or wild lettuce; both are also nervines.
    *The properties listed are more specifically for peppermint, for which spearmint can be substituted in this case.

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