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A Tea for Sattva

During a recent bronchial virus, I hit that fretful stage of being ill where I was antsy but tired, was regaining energy but knew I shouldn’t spend it, and was bored with resting. Being bored with resting is a great sign- it means you’re a lot better than when all you wanted to do was rest without complaint. But then, enough already… grrrrrrr! So, tulsi, rose, lavender, and chrysanthemum to the rescue in order to support a sattvic state of mind - full of peaceful calm clarity.

Tulsi, also known as Holy Basil, promotes sattva (peacefulness) and reduces inflammation which was what my bronchii were ALL about during the moments of this illness. I added rose for easing stress and elevating my mood out of grump mode. I pitched in some lavender because you can't really go wrong with lavender. It's anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-oxidant, and anxiolytic (reduces anxiety), and it's been used for soothing for thousands of years. Finally, I added chrysanthemum to cleanse and cool. Chrysanthemum is widely used in Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as in Ayurveda and herbalism. It's used for fever and headache which, along with my bronchial inflammation, is how this bug presented for me. It's also anti-inflammatory and a blood cleanser. Many of us can use help in those places, especially individuals of a Pitta nature. And it reduces blood pressure. I like this blog for more on Chrysanthemum.

This blend was soothing and healing for me, and one I'll go back to for a couple of reasons. The sattvic qualities of Tulsi help with antsyness, frustration, and anxiety. Rose and Lavender are both very good for stress, and for Pitta and Vata in general. And Chrysanthemum is a powerful herb with a gentle flavor, great as a hot tisane and also excellent cooled down for warmer weather.

I hope you enjoy drinking this tea blends as much as I do!

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