Dr. Jen Green, ND, FABNO
Naturopathic Doctor

About “Resilience Medicinal Teas”

Slow Medicine

“Resilience Medicinal Teas” are my attempt to create a healthy pause in the hectic, increasingly complex demands of this age. When we watch the hot water pour over the flowers, leaves and roots of these herbs, my hope is that we call in all of the nurturing, wild resilience and the innate balance present in nature.  When we breathe in the aromas and taste the medicine, my prayer is that we will feel connected to our senses and the world around us. There are always times when the sudden stresses of life seem to exceed our internal resources. In these times, herbal allies have given me the strength to continue on. I pray they will do the same for you….

Research on Herbal Tea for Stress, Anxiety and Mood

In a double blind placebo controlled trial, daily passionflower tea for seven nights improved sleep compared to placebo[i]. In a double blind placebo controlled trial, chamomile extract for eight weeks improved generalized anxiety[ii]. In a randomized controlled trial of daily rose tea, adolescent girls had significantly less anxiety, distress and menstrual cramps[iii].In a remarkable double blind randomized crossover trial, the effect of herbal teas that were prayed over by Buddhist monks was compared to tea from the same source that was not prayed over. As was expected, participants who believed the tea was prayed over had improvements in mood superior to those who did not believe their tea was prayed over. However surprisingly, those who drank the treated tea, regardless of their belief, showed a greater increase in mood than those who drank untreated tea[iv].

Herb Tea Sources

All of “Resilience Medicinal Teas” are either certified organic and kosher (Mountain Rose Herbs, Frontier Organic Herbs and Mushroom Harvest), or grown in local gardens such as my own that have been pesticide free for ten years or more. The herbs have been prayed over by a Jew, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu with the following intention “May the person who drinks this tea manifest optimal physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. May they enjoy an increased sense of wellbeing”. According to the evidence, prayer will improve the effectiveness of the herbs. Prayer certainly can’t hurt.

 

[i] Ngan A1, Conduit R. A double-blind, placebo-controlled investigation of the effects of Passiflora incarnata (passionflower) herbal tea on subjective sleep quality. Phytother Res. 2011 Aug;25(8):1153-9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21294203

[iii] Tseng YF1, Chen CH, Yang YH. Rose tea for relief of primary dysmenorrhea in adolescents: a randomized controlled trial in Taiwan. Midwifery Womens Health. 2005 Sep-Oct;50(5):e51-7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16154059

[iv] Shiah YJ1, Radin D. Metaphysics of the tea ceremony: a randomized trial investigating the roles of intention and belief on mood while drinking tea. Explore (NY). 2013 Nov-Dec;9(6):355-60. doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2013.08.005. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24199774