By Amal Rodgers
AFO Content Writer
It’s Spring time! Alhamdulillah! Hallelujah! Hooray!
Sore muscles and sleepy spirits are bound to follow all the beautiful and buzzing excitement and outdoor adventure. Try this simple tea recipe on a relaxing evening. And try this recipe for a comforting compress to relieve soreness and ease bumps and bruises.
About the ingredients:
These three plants used together can be allies in your Springtime adventures.
**These recipes can be altered to include different herbs to help you care for you and yours throughout the seasons**
Ingredients and supplies:
Dried arnica flowers
Dried chamomile flowers
Dried mint leaves
Pot, heat source, and water
Sweetener (if desired)
Put a hearty pinch of each ingredient into pot of water and bring to just under a boil for 5-7 minutes. Strain and serve hot. Add honey or sweetener if desired. For iced tea, sweeten as desired while hot, allow to cool a bit and pour into container and refrigerate.
Heat a pot of water, add about 1 tbsp of each ingredient for each cup of water. Use more flowers/herbs for stronger infusion.
Do not allow pot to boil. Simmer for about 15 minutes.
Remove from heat and leave covered overnight.
Strain the following morning.
Dip a clean cloth into the liquid and soak. Remove excess liquid and apply to desired area (bumps or bruises, sore muscles, etc) for a about 10-15 minutes at a time.
**although these herbs are gentle, if you have any concern please consult with a healthcare professional before using**
Be honest to yourself about what you want: out of life, to eat, to feel, to do in this world. Honor whatever it is, without judgment. Give yourself whatever it is you need. This is a process that takes time. It is the process of getting to know yourself, getting to know your body – without judgments or assumptions – learning to let all the parts of you be what they are.
Face them, hear them, know them, and find peace in letting them be.
Many of us work against ourselves – denying us pleasure, fulfillment, and fullness. This is no way to find peace. We are working for peace within our bodies and ourselves to reconnect us to our power center. We are learning how to listen to ourselves and honor our needs and desires.
Be kind, be gentle, be love, be open.
Enjoy your body.