VALLEY’s Favorite Tea Recipes for Winding Down

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As the days get shorter and final exams loom overhead, stress levels can get pretty darn high. If you have been searching for relief, a cup of tea can be just the thing you need to de-stress and relax for the night.

VALLEY has put together some recipes using trusted tea brands that you can find at your local food store.

Best Teas for Stress and Anxiety

A cup of tea does wonders when it comes to soothing emotions and tensions, and of course relieving stress. Tea blends that include chamomile, peppermint, lemon balm, to name a few, truly help to calm the soul and mind.

Fresh Ginger Chamomile Tea
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What you’ll need:
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • Peeled and grated ginger root (1-2 inch)
  • 2 tablespoons dried chamomile flowers (3 regular tea bags of chamomile works too!)
  • Juice from 1/2 of a lemon
  • Honey
What you’ll do:
  • Pour boiling water into a kettle with a sieve or any heat-proof container. Add ginger and chamomile and let it steep for 10 minutes.
  • Strain tea. Stir in lemon juice and desired amount of honey and pour into your favorite mug. Enjoy!
Warm Peppermint Tea
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What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
  • Pour boiling water into a kettle with a sieve or any heat-proof container. Add peppermint leaves and let it steep for 5 minutes.
  • Strain tea. Add desired amount of honey and pour into mug, enjoy!
Yogi Tea Honey Lavender Stress Relief
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This blend will let your mind and body unwind thanks to calming ingredients such as lavender, chamomile, lemon balm. Passionflower extract, sage, lemongrass, and spearmint can also be found in this blend.

You can find Yogi tea in stores such as Target, Walmart, and Wegmans, along with Amazon as well.

Best Teas for Sleep

Drifting off to sleep can be tough some nights, which is why it is never a bad idea to wind down and get cozy with a cup of tea. Sleepytime tea blends usually contain ingredients such as camomile, ashwagandha, lavender, and lemongrass. Sleepytime teas can also help prevent colds from coming on.

Banana Peel Sleepytime Tea
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What you’ll need:
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Banana peel (washed with ends cut off)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • Honey
What you’ll do:
  • Add washed and cut banana peel to boiling water. Add cinnamon stick and vanilla and boil for 10 minutes.
  • Remove peel from water and strain into a mug. Add desired amount of honey and enjoy!
Chamomile Lavender Sleepy Tea
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What you’ll need:
  • 8 ounces of almond milk (feel free to substitute for another milk)
  • 1 chamomile herbal tea bag
  • 1/2 teaspoon lavender buds
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup
What you’ll do:
  • Place milk into saucepan and heat up until very hot but not boiling.
  • Add camomile tea and lavender buds and let it steep for 5 minutes.
  • Remove tea bag and strain out lavender. Pour mixture into a mug.
  • Stir honey or maple syrup along with the vanilla extract and enjoy!
Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Extra
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This tea blend is perfect for someone who wants to peacefully fall to sleep. With ingredients such as spearmint, camomile, and the sleep aid valerian, this tea will surely make a calming cup for you to enjoy.

Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Extra tea can be found in stores such as Target, Walmart, and Wegmans, along with Amazon as well.

If you make any of these tea blends, make sure to tag @VALLEYmag on Instagram!

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