I hate to admit it, but it’s true: The moments in my day when I’m not staring at a phone or computer screen, hustling to make deadlines, texting or Googling have begun to feel like luxuries, rather than normalcies. Oases of quiet in an ocean of digital and media stimuli.
Constant connectedness can be overwhelming, and it’s easy to lose track of moments reserved for stillness and quiet. Carving out a ritual around the practice of reflection makes all the difference. And because I prefer my rituals to involve sensory-soothing flowers and super yummy beverages, I created this lavender chamomile tonic.
Steeping dried lavender and chamomile flowers in hot water immediately stills a frantic mind and busy body. Demands presence. Instills calm.
Both blossoms have transcendent healing and restorative properties: Lavender soothes, revives, and regulates mood, while chamomile relaxes and tends to even the most frazzled nervous system. Reflection comes easily as the noise of life falls away.
By Lily Diamond
- 4 cups boiling water
- 2 teaspoons dried or fresh lavender flowers
- 2 teaspoons dried or fresh chamomile flowers
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- honey to taste
Place lavender and chamomile in a tea sachet or strainer, if you have one, or loose in a teapot. Add boiling water and steep for 5-10 minutes (or longer, if you prefer a stronger flavor). Remove sachet or strain out blossoms. Stir in lemon juice and add honey to taste, if desired.
Make a double batch and enjoy hot or chilled. You can even take some to work and immerse yourself in inner relaxation whilst sipping and responding to important emails.
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat
- 5 mg
- Dietary Fiber