According to a study conducted by the American Psychological Association, stress has reached epidemic levels in the nation. Technology keeps producing machines that are intended to make our lives more comfortable, but it usually leaves us in a place where we are expected to do more with less.
More families require both parents to work. This leads to a lifestyle of rushing, eating foods that are prepackaged or picked up at a to go window. Obesity has never been the problem that it is today and that puts physical stress on the body. Even infants are rushed off to daycare on a daily basis, with little time for bonding or maturing with their parents.
Many problems in our homes, jobs, country and world begin with or contribute to stress. It is of significant importance that we take control of this situation.
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We all know there is not an instant cure for stress. We also know that stress must be handled on a personal level. The only person you can control is you.
Stress management will require a lifestyle change. It will need giving up some things that we want to keep and taking on things that we don’t want to take on. However, we do not have to do it all today. Today, we can start with a change that anyone can do with instant results. Below we are going to introduce you to 5 healthy drinks that will instantly relieve stress. Each of these drinks contains essential oils made with the finest natural ingredients. These all-natural essential oils are safe and of the highest quality.
The teas on this list are to be sipped. Do not gulp them down Slowly sip the tea and breathe deeply for faster results.
Peppermint essential oil is a very strong oil and should be used with care. Drinking Peppermint tea is an instant stress buster. Peppermint is well known for its powers to settle the stomach and reduce vomiting. However, pregnant women should not drink peppermint tea. There is a risk of miscarriage if a pregnant woman consumes too much of this oil.
You can use dry or fresh peppermint to make your tea. Add one tablespoon of dried peppermint to 8 ounces of boiling water an steep for 3-4 minutes. If you use fresh peppermint, crush the leaves and allow them to simmer in 8 ounces of hot water for 2 minutes. Strain before drinking.
Chamomile Tea (for stress and sleep)
Chamomile has been used for generations to help people fall asleep. Just add 3-4 tablespoons of dried chamomile to 8 ounces of boiling water and steep for 5 minutes. Again, you can crush fresh Chamomile, but you will need to let it simmer for 5 minutes, then strain the tea before drinking. This is best taken just before bedtime and at least 2 hours after your last meal of the day. Do not use this tea and then drive or operate machinery.
Lemon Balm Tea
This tea is part of the mint family. It has a minty taste with a bit of lemon. It will calm anxiety without making you sleepy. For every cup of boiling water, use one tablespoon of dried lemon balm leaves. This is a mild tea that can keep you relaxed all day Take it along to the office and sip it as you work. You can take along fresh lemon balm leaves and let it steep in hot water. You will need two tablespoons per cup. The aroma will calm others in the room.
Rose Essential oil is excellent for stress, and it is also good for the skin and hair. You can combine it with fruit juice, or just water. However, remember it is a potent oil. For an 8 ounce glass of fruit juice add 1-2 drops. Warning: Rose Oil is also a natural laxative. So, you will soon know if you are adding too much.
Cinnamon Bark, Peppermint, Hot Chocolate
You do not have to save this for the holidays, but you sure will want to drink it to get through the stress of Black Friday. Make a cup of your favorite hot chocolate, add two drops of Cinnamon Bark Essential oil and one drop of Peppermint essential oil. You will feel great and relaxed in no time.
Essential oils are powerful. Treat them with respect and go slow. If you have never tried oil, use one drop at a time. Find the essential oil and the flavor that makes you feel good and make sure you have them around. You will live a very less stressful life.