There are countless reasons why drinking tea can be beneficial to both your health and well-being, including that it is rich in antioxidants, contains less harmful caffeine than coffee, and is even high in oxygen radical absorbance capacity, which means that it has the ability to combat free radicals in the body.
Perhaps most amazingly, certain types of tea can even act as a natural muscle relaxer for anyone suffering from muscle spasms, cramp, or other muscular ailments. Chamomile tea, in particular, has shown a strong effectiveness for remedying tight muscles, and for providing a general sensation of relaxation.
Specifically, Chamomile’s 36 known flavonoids are packed with anti-inflammatory properties. Additionally, it’s calming effect on the human body seems to contribute to a faster healing of muscle tissue.
Beyond chamomile, there are also a number of other natural muscle relaxers out there, including cherry juice, blueberries, magnesium & Epsom salt, chiropractic adjustments, and more. Two others that are of particular importance for this recipe are mint and lemongrass essential oil.
Peppermint has been shown to be effective at alleviating sore muscles and pains across the body, and has even been shown to work in reducing tension headaches. The active ingredient within peppermint is called menthol, which features pain-reducing and anti-inflammatory components, which can help with not only pain and inflammation, but also can improve circulation.
Lemongrass essential oil helps to improve circulation of the blood, which helps to lessen the severity of muscle spasms and pains. Additionally, lemongrass offers a distinct lemon flavor to tea, which tastes delicious.
To make your own cup of tasty muscle relaxing Chamomile-Mint-Lemongrass tea, just follow the easy recipe presented below.
Chamomile-Mint-Lemongrass Tea Recipe
Makes one single serving of tea.
- 1 chamomile teabag or 1 big teaspoon loose-leaf chamomile tea (you may also try a teaspoon of dried chamomile flowers)
- 8 oz. hot water (the better the quality of your water, the better your tea will taste)
- 2-3 fresh mint leaves
- 1-2 drops of lemongrass essential oil
- Add your teabag or loose tea (placed in a tea ball/infuser) into your favorite mug
- Add your fresh mint leaves to the mug as well
- In a separate container, bring your water almost to a boil, but not quite (boiling water has the ability to burn your tea, negatively impacting its flavors and health benefits)
- Pour your hot (but not boiling) water into your mug, covering the tea and mint
- Allow the tea to steep for 5-10 minutes (the longer the better)
- Add lemongrass essential oil and stir until combined
Feel free to adjust and play around with the recipe to find the ratios that work best for you, but as long as you’ve got chamomile, mint, and lemongrass in the mix, you are bound to experience its relaxing powers.