What could be more soothing than a cup of tea? How about a homemade tea that contains fresh orange juice and chamomile flowers; both of which are said to combat stress and promote rest?

Certain studies suggest that drinking chamomile tea on a regular basis can lead to a significant drop in anxiety. This tiny yellow flower also functions as an all-natural sleep aid. When the flowers are paired with orange juice, this recipe packs double the stress-reducing punch. The best part about it is that making this requires no more effort than boiling water. With a pretty pink color – thanks to the added hibiscus flowers – and sweet/spicy aroma, this tea might even having you feeling calmer, before your first sip.

Hibiscus Chamomile Tea (Makes 4-6 Cups)

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ cup dried hibiscus flowers
  • ½ cup dried chamomile flowers
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 whole cloves
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 small orange, juiced (¼ cup)

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a medium-size saucepan, combine the flowers, water, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, and honey. Heat over medium-high until the mixture comes to a boil, stirring occasionally. Turn off heat and allow the tea to steep for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  2. Using a colander or a fine mesh sieve, strain and discard solids.
  3. Stir in orange juice. Serve hot, or chilled over ice.

What’s your favorite homemade tea recipe?

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