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The ritual of making a bedtime tea can be enough to calm the mind. Chamomile and lavender sooth the nervous system and tone the parasympathetic nervous system, stimulating our ‘rest-and-digest’ mode – the ideal state before bed. Chamomile also helps to reduce excess cortisol, a stress hormone which can be damaging in large amounts. Chamomile can ease stomach cramps and may also be helpful in preventing migraines.
Makes 1 x 250ml serving
2 teaspoons chamomile
1 teaspoon lavender
A grating of nutmeg
250ml freshly boiled water
Combine the chamomile, lavender and nutmeg in a teapot and pour over the freshly boiled water. Steep 5 minutes then strain into a mug.
Use with caution or avoid altogether if you are pregnant or attempting to conceive.
Taken from Tonics & Teas, by Rachel De Thample, published by Kyle Books. Photography by Ali Allen
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