Caregivers are always looking for ways to relax and have a peaceful rest from the busy-ness of their day. It’s good to cut back on caffeinated or alcoholic drinks, and flavorful herb teas are the perfect way to do it!
There are literally hundreds of different flavors and combinations of herbal teas; too many to mention here. But just to get your curiosity piqued and your mouth watering, here are a few: lemon and ginger, pomegranate blueberry, ginger peach, rooibos orange spice, chai, cinnamon apple, chamomile, peppermint, black cherry and berry, cranberry apple, acai mango, mandarin orange and spices, rooibos vanilla and many, many more.
Caregivers often need help falling asleep even though they are extremely fatigued. It can be difficult to wind down from a busy day enough to have a peaceful sleep. A cup of soothing and calming herb tea right before bed can be the perfect solution. For relaxation and a better sleep, herb tea can help you release your stress and tension.
Herb tea can also soothe an upset stomach. Try peppermint, ginger or raspberry leaf tea. Besides being calming and relaxing, herbal teas also provide some vitamins and minerals from the plants and flowers they contain. Many people enjoy their herb tea with a small bit of honey. Some add a tablespoon or two of milk. Many drink it black. However you’d like to try it, drinking herb tea could be an enjoyable new routine to add to your evening or anytime during the day.
If you have any questions about taking herb tea when taking prescription medication, talk to your doctor first.
If you are trying to replace some less healthy drinks with something else, try herb tea either warm or chilled like iced tea.
Iced Herbal Tea Recipe
¼ cup fresh lemon balm leaves, chopped OR 1 tbsp dried leaves
1 tbsp fresh lavender buds OR 2 teaspoons dried buds
2 cups hot water
2 cups cold water and ice
Fresh lemon for garnish
- Steep lemon balm and lavender in hot (80-90 degree) water about 3 minutes.
- Add cold water and ice.
- Serve over additional ice with lemon wedges.
Keeping a cup or two of iced herbal tea in the refrigerator could be a good way to encourage your elderly loved one to drink more fluids on hot days during the summer months. The elderly can dehydrate very quickly and should drink a lot more water. An occasional cup of iced tea will feel refreshing as well as hydrating.Their in-home care provider can assist them in making some iced tea to sip on those very hot, lazy days when it’s too hot to go outside.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in New Milford, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, CT at (203) 312-7920.