Tucked inside your home, possibly for an indeterminable amount of time, your days may be slightly disorganized while you cope with change. Our nights are soothed by a grounding ritual paired with a grounding tonic to aid in deep sleep. In this warming concoction, welcome the earthy elegance of rooibos, adaptogenic herbs, milk, and honey.
When nothing has gone as planned, or there's cause for worry, heightened stress and uncertainty, ground down with this roots' red tonic. An evening ritual may be just the medicine to bring you back into balance. When it's 9pm, and you're elbow-deep in a sink full of dishes, reward yourself with this relaxing recipe before night's end.
This is the tonic you'll return to again and again. Reel in the accomplishment of the day, if only to acknowledge the survival of it. Change into comfortable clothing and rest in your favorite corner of the couch, legs propped up, grounding tonic in hand. Welcome the relief and welcome a deep sleep.
A Grounding Tonic To Aid In Deep Sleep
1 cup freshly boiled spring (or filtered) water
1 rooibos tea bag
¼-½ tsp ashwagandha
¼-½ tsp shatavari
splash of milk of your choice, up to ½ cup
1 tsp honey (optional)
Bring water to boil and allow bubbling to cease. Pour a splash of the hot water into your favorite ritual mug and swirl to warm. Add the remaining hot water and place tea bag inside mug to steep for 5-6 minutes, or until suggested on tea tag or box. Remove tea bag and either save, covered in the fridge for en eye compress later, or discard. Stir in the adaptogens with a spoon, or small milk frother, until fully combined. Add the honey now, if using. Top off with a splash of milk. For best results, warm the milk before adding. Alternatively, the cold milk brings the tea to the perfect drinking temperature. Enjoy & sip sun.
I use organic cow's milk, but I have also enjoyed this grounding tonic with coconut milk, oat milk, and other blends of dairy-free milks. Quite simply, the rooibos tea is grounding and relaxing on its own. The milk adds comfort and depth, while the honey soothes a nearly empty belly and will help keep you from waking up in the night feeling hungry.
I love to use adaptogenic herbs before bed when I need an extra soothing touch to my evening ritual. Ashwagandha is an herb that helps to alleviate stress, anxiety, and even insomnia. It's so powerful at adapting that it aids in daytime activities too like concentrating, low energy, and fatigue.
Shatavari is a rejuvenating herb that cools the body and maintains healthy production of female hormones, supporting a healthy immune system and aiding in digestion. According to Banyan Botanicals, it "soothes the membranes of the lungs, stomach, kidneys, and reproductive organs. Shatavari may also help to regulate your menstrual cycle.