Herbs have been used as medicinal remedies for centuries to treat a variety of physical ailments. But did you know that herbs can be beneficial for your mind and emotions, as well? Below are 5 herbs to help open your heart and elevate your spirit, as well as a delicious Heart Opening Tea recipe.
1. Holy Basil (Tulsi)
The “queen of herbs” is also known as Holy Basil. This Indian sourced herb is used in Ayurveda as an adaptogen to balance stress in the central nervous system, regulate blood sugars and support the immune system. It makes a delicious tea or infusion on its own!
Uses: As an adaptogen (anti-stress agent), a natural remedy for anxiety, acne, blood sugar regulation and supporting the adrenal glands.
Rose is high in vitamin C and minerals, plus a potent dose of vitamin A, which is known for healing and promoting skin health. It also boosts the immune system, opens the heart and beautifies the spirit.
Uses: A tea that consists of dried rose petals can be sipped on before bed to help promote sleep by regulating hormonal activity, reducing inflammation and easing stress. It can also rebalance the gut flora, and relieve bloating and fluid retention.
Used for centuries across the world, jasmine has been added to green, black and white teas to add a floral flavor. Jasmine holds high antioxidant properties, boosts the immune system, protects the heart and helps to relieve stress. Jasmine blossoms on their own contain no caffeine.
Uses: Dried Jasmine is often used to calm and soothe the mind and spirit. It’s a powerful ally for regulating nervous tension, helps to regulate blood sugar, and acts as an anti-aging remedy.
The sweet, floral flavors of cardamom make it a perfect addition to any tea or warm beverage. It is nutrient dense, full of vitamins and helps to boosts circulation in the body. Cardamom also helps to reduce skin irritations and heals respiratory issues while detoxing the body and improving digestion.
Uses: Cardamom aids in heart health, specifically hypertension, due to its high amounts of potassium that work as a vasodilator to reduce strain on the heart, veins, and arteries. The iron content in cardamom supports circulation in the body, creating more red blood cells that will oxygenate the skin, increase organ function and boost overall health.
5. Star Anise
Star Anise’s delicious and warm flavor brings with it lots of powerful antioxidants. It positively impacts your digestive and immune system, while aiding in the prevention of diseases.
Uses: This herb contains strong antibacterial properties for boosting immunity, along with anti-inflammatory properties that help to soothe sore throats and calm painful respiratory infections. Star anise aids optimal digestion and the assimilation of antioxidants.
Heart Opening Tea Recipe
This calming tea blend with a base of holy basil combines rose, jasmine, cardamom, and star anise to uplift and soothe the heart + elevate the spirit. It’s the perfect alchemy of herbs to transition to the new season with ease.
2 cups of Holy Basil
1/2 cup of dried Roses
2 tbsps Jasmine Flowers
1 tbsp Cardamom Pods
5-6 Star Anise
Combine all of the ingredients into a mason jar, shake & store for future use.
To make, use 1-2 tsp of the blend with 8oz of boiling water – steep for 5-10 mins & enjoy!
You’ll find this caffeine-free blend very calming and soothing – so helpful for relaxation & grounding.
*you can also find many of the herbs & spices in the dried herbs/bulk section of your local coop for a reasonable price