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Looking To Calm Stress and Anxiety?? Here are some tips

Feeling a bit on edge? Bitters can help with that.

Crafting bitters from calming herbs and flowers can be an easy (and delicious) way to naturally destress. These soothing bitters are made from three natural remedies that have shown promise to produce a calming effect.
Lavender is one of the most well-known enemies of uneasiness herbs, and we’ll be joining it with valerian root and passionflower to make one genuine, stress-battling triple threat.

Herbal benefits:

  • Lavender has been shown as beneficial to the overall mood, anxiety, and sleep.
  • Passionflower boosts GABA levels in the brain, which promotes relaxation. Passionflower has been shown to ease generalized anxiety with fewer side effects than prescribed sedatives.
  • Valerian root is often paired with passionflower as it promotes similar calming effects. This herb is commonly used as a sleep aid and, like passionflower, increases the amount of GABA in the brain.

While these herbs are generally safe and well-tolerated, it’s important to do your research and to never combine them with other GABA-promoting drugs such as antidepressants and benzodiazepines.

Bitters recipe:

  • 1 ounce dried lavender/herb
  • 1 tsp. dried valerian root/herb
  • 2 tsp. dried passionflower/herb
  • 1 tsp. dried orange peel
  • 1/2 tsp. dried ginger
  • 6 ounces of alcohol

Instructions:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a mason jar and pour alcohol on top.
  2. Seal tightly and store the bitters in a cool, dark place.
  3. Let the bitters infuse until the desired strength is reached, about 2 to 4 weeks. Shake the jars regularly (about once per day).
  4. When ready, strain the bitters through a muslin cheesecloth or coffee filter. Store the strained bitters in an airtight container at room temperature.

 

To use: Mix a few drops of this anxiety-fighting bitters into cold or hot tea, sparkling water, or take as a tincture before bed or during moments of increased stress and anxiety. If you want to add a sweet taste to the bitters, we recommend using a pure vanilla bean, as sugar is shown to worsen anxiety symptoms.

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