During the rush of a normal busy week, I can spend up to 4 hours a day in my van. That is taking kids back and forth to TaeKwonDo, part-time jobs, as well as running family errands like grocery shopping, banking, and trips to the post office. Add in planning and making 21 meals a week, paying bills, balancing the checkbook, keeping up with kids on schoolwork, running our homestead, and even working from home... I'm a super busy mom. And I am tired.
Sometimes, I am more mentally tired than I am physically tired. Mental exhaustion seems to take a bigger toll on me. Maybe it's because when I am just physically tired, a nap or early bedtime helps me recover. Mental exhaustion, however, requires more than a nap. It requires downtime. Downtime like closing the computer, turning off the phone, and putting on some classical music. Downtime means I can just BE, instead of DO. That's the perfect time for this Mommy Time tea blend. This blend adds in helpful herbs that soothe, comfort, and even help to re-energize tired moms.
Herbs For Mommy Time Tea Blend
-- a.k.a. the "memory herb". Rosemary
is great for those times you need a mental pick-me-up. It's scent is refreshing and energizing. And hey, if anything can help my "mom brain", it's rosemary! Mint
-- has cooling properties that help to calm, soothe and relax. This is also a great herb to use for those "I need sugar and I need it NOW" moments, as mint is naturally sweet and has tummy-soothing properties that help to aid in digestion or even ease anxiety. Rose Hips
-- are naturally packed with vitamin C to help keep your immune system healthy. Rose hips
add a gentle flavor that is subtle, yet blends with the other herbs easily. When we are so busy, our immune system can take a toll and get run down. Adding this is an easy way to help supplement that a bit. Lemon Peel
-- is another soothing, yet energizing scent that is great in this blend. It adds that "needed finish" to the blend, helping it to end with a tangy, citrus-y note. So grab these herbs, a jar with a tight-fitting lid, and a measuring cup. It's that easy!
- 1 part dried rosemary
- 3 parts dried mint
- 2 parts rosehips
- 1 part lemon peel
Mix together by gently shaking all the dried herbs in the jar. To use, simply spoon 1 tablespoon into a cup of boiling water (8 ounces). Allow to steep for 5-8 minutes, strain the herbs, and sweeten as desired. Put your feet up, close your eyes and enjoy the relaxing scent, and sip away!
How do you take time out for YOU? Would you like to try this Mommy Time Tea Blend next time?