Most of our nervous systems are on overload right now. Whether we realize it or not. Even with all the best practices of getting outside, moving our bodies, meditation, etc. There is SO MUCH great unknown right now. The ultimate lack of control (not that there really ever is complete certainty though). Nothing is as solid as we like to think it is. And that’s a pretty beautiful thing actually. That means that things can shift and change for the better too. Beyond our wildest dreams. Just keep showing up. Taking care of your heart, your head, your center, your health. We can do this.
But plants help a lot.
Kava. Lavender. Rose. Nettles. Milky Oats. Ashwagandha. Holy Basil (also known as Tulsi). These are just some of my FAVORITE calming, soothing, heart holding, nourishing, adaptogenic herbs.
My hearts been racing quite a bit more than normal recently. I think I’m in a pretty good place overall, but there’s so much going on… underlying anxiety whether I realize it or not. So I’m actively having to super up my breath work, self care, etc. This came to me last night as a big need to hold and care for my nervous system, adrenals… to calm me down, support, hold space.
I also just love making elixirs simply for the fact of focusing on such.a deliciously slow task. Not that it takes too long or is hard really, but it’s an act of slowing down. Brewing the tea. Blending it all up. And then we get to sit with this loving cup of bliss. And let it all soak in. Drink it up.
P.S. You could go as simple as just using hot water instead of tea on this. I just know that my body needs as much support as I can give it right now and happen to have a good supply of herbs on hand. You’ll still receive great benefit and deliciousness from the drink either way.
Lavender Kava Adaptogenic Bliss Out Elixir of Love
Yields 16 ounces (1 serving)
1/2 cup coconut mylk (or mylk of choice)
1 drop doTERRA lavender essential oil*
1 tsp kava kava powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp ashwagandha extract powder**
1/8 tsp holy basil extract powder**
2 tsp raw cacao butter OR cashew butter, optional - it does make the drink SO nice, thicker, frothier, but not absolutely essential
1 tbsp raw honey (or liquid sweetener of choice)
1 1/2 cups tea (I recommend a blend of rose, milky oats, and nettle - 1 tsp of each is plenty)
*If you don’t have lavender essential oil or prefer not to use oils internally, simply add loose leaf lavender to your tea blend!
**If you do not have these superfood powders you can leave them out OR add the herbs to your tea blend. I highly recommend the latter if possible. Including them will help your body, mind, and soul tremendously.
Brew tea. I usually do mine in a tea pot by adding hot water from my tea kettle to cover my herbs in my tea pot and let steep for at least 5-10 minutes. You can brew these longer though! You can also do this in a pot on the stove and strain out the herbs. Note: you can rebrew the herbs a couple times to get more out of this plant medicine.
Add all ingredients to blender and blend until frothy. You want to let this blend for at least 30-60 seconds on high to melt down the cacao butter.
Pour into your favorite mug and cozy up. Sip, breathe deep, Feel your heart soften and expand. You are loved. You are safe.
*Always start with a less is more mentality when adding essential oils as they are WAY more potent! 1 drop can be too much sometimes - you can dip a toothpick in and give a swirl. You can always add more, but you can’t take it out.
PLEASE DO NOT consume just any old essential oil, they are not all created equal. It is an unregulated industry and many companies use fillers and very questionable hazardous to ingest ingredients. I have been using doTERRA for 5 years now and the only reason I do is because they have 3rd party lab test results of every single batch of oil that you can look up the spec report for online (each bottle has a code that links it to it’s spec report). To learn more about essential oils + safety click here.