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Eat Well Feb. 16. 2021

Afternoon Cup of Calm Tea

Feb. 16. 2021
McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Founder of Nutrition Stripped® and the Mindful Nutrition Method™

Take a pause to check in with yourself in the afternoon by making yourself a cup of calm tea.

Not only do herbal, calming teas help you to relax on a cellular level, but taking a break in the afternoon to slow down, make a cup of tea, and give yourself a few minutes to relax as you enjoy that tea is a beautiful way to bring more slowness to your day. Even on the busiest of days, we all can find 15 minutes for a tea break.

For many, adding in a practice of using herbs is a fun way to add more nourishment to their day in an enjoyable way and it’s a practice they can easily maintain because they truly enjoy it. If this sounds like something you’d enjoy, then give herbal teas a try and see how it makes you feel to have this type of practice as part of your daily or weekly routine.

This blend of calm tea herbs is a great place to start if you’re new to herbal nutrition or steeping your own tea.

Get to Know the Herbs in This Cup of Calm Tea


Chamomile teas have been associated with improved sleep, improved digestion as well as optimal blood sugar control. It’s often used as a pre-sleep ritual to help promote a calm, restful night of sleep.


Rosehips are a seedpod from the rose plant. They have a tart taste to them and contain Vitamin C.


Stinging nettle is a plant in which people use the leaves for medicinal purposes. Though it needs more research, potential effects include anti-inflammatory properties and alleviating symptoms of arthritis. It’s also known as a diuretic, meaning it makes you urinate more often.

With a similar taste to spinach, nettle gives your water that fresh green flavor. Mix it with berries for an even better sip.

Where to Purchase Herbs for Your Calm Tea

There are many options for where you can purchase everything you need to build a mindful tea routine. Many grocery stores, specialty health stores, and even farmer’s markets now carry herbs, so there may be local options available to you. For online ordering, we recommend Mountain Rose Herbs.

Additionally, if you don’t already have a kettle that supports loose leaf tea and herbs, you can purchase one here.

Hydration Tip

We’ve heard from many clients, friends, and readers that it can be tough to consistently drink plain water. That’s where herbal water and tea can be helpful. They add nutrients to your day while also giving your flavor and variety, encouraging you to drink more and keeping you hydrated.

The Recipe

Serves 2-3 cups



  • 1 tablespoon chamomile
  • 1 tablespoon rosehips
  • 3 teaspoons of stinging nettle
  • 3 orange slices
  • 3 lemon slices
  • 2-3 cups of water

*Note: Everyone’s preference for how strong their tea is and the size of the kettle you have is different. You can use these measurements as a guide, but please adjust as needed to your unique preferences!


  1. Add the chamoile, rosehips, and stinging nettle to the infuser of your teapot
  2. Add the orange and lemon slices to your pot
  3. Fill your teapot with hot water and let it steep for 15 minutes, give or take to your preferences
  4. Pour and enjoy!

Note: You can re-steep this mixture a couple more times to be resourceful!

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