Bedtime Story

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Homegrown (and home dried) blend of chamomile, chrysanthemum, lavender, and StJohn’s Wort.

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This is my “emergency kit” tea, the one I keep tucked away in my “emergency kit”, a box with a number of different things that I pull out when I’m having issues with depression, or anxiety.

Had a pretty nasty anxiety attack before bed, but calmed down enough to get into bed. Had some nightmares and woke up in hysterics, which then turned into a full blown panic attack. Running on auto pilot and in one quick motion I leaped out of bed, pressed the button on my kettle, pulled out a pre-filled sachet of tea, and tossed it into a cup, inhaling deeply while the water heated. Poured the hot water, took a sip, and instantly everything that had been on my mind melted away.

Still can’t quite calm down enough to sleep, but at least I can breathe again!


<3 Super awesome idea to have tea in an emergency kit.


I also think the idea of having tea in an emergency kit is awesome.
Is this a blend you mix yourself or do you buy it somewhere? If it helps with anxiety, I might suggest it to a friend of mine that has them now and then.

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I blend it myself, with things I grow or that I get from friends’ gardens. A lot of natural food/health stores also carry some of the ingredients (best place to find St John’s Wort if you don’t know someone who grows it) so that’s another option if you don’t grow them yourself. It definitely helps, and I discovered today that it’s actually quite tasty iced with a bit of honey as a bit of an antidepressant cuppa.


What’re your ratios? If you don’t mind me asking that is? And do you just do a tsp/8oz or a different amount? I’m thinking of mixing some up to give to her.

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I usually do up a big batch and then make individual bags (using the DAVIDs cinch-close bags) to keep in a smaller tin in my emergency kit. I tend to eyeball it but here’s an approximation:
1 part St John’s Wort
2 parts lavender
1/2 part chamomile flowers
1/2 part chrysanthemum flowers

If you can only find one or the other of the chamomile/chrysanthemum, then just do 1 whole part of whatever you find. I personally like the flavour of chrysanthemum, but I know a lot of people who don’t.

I usually end up using closer to 1 Tbsp for a 12oz cup, but that’s just my tastes vs the size of the mug I usually use for it (a nice, solid one I got as a gift, it’s brown and has the white silhouette of a bear on it <3 )

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