HerbMentor Radio: John & Tara’s Magical Winter Special, Stress-Relieving Herbs for the New Year

So, usually we interview a special guest on the pod, but today to bring in the new year we’re chatting just the two of us all about herbs for wintertime.

Winter really asks us to slow down, rest, and dream about our year to come.

But many of us don’t have the time and space to actually slow down right now. Whether we’re recovering from the festivities of the holiday season, working, or caring for our families, modern life sure makes it hard to slow down.

Luckily, we can still draw on herbal remedies and rituals to nourish and soothe our nervous systems so that we can feel fueled enough to dream and plan for the year ahead.

In this episode Tara shares her 3 key herbal strategies for stress relief like…

  • Drinking her favorite nourishing herbal tea blend (recipe below)
  • Working with blue vervain tincture
  • And herbal body oiling (listen to find out exactly what body oiling is!)

Plus, we offer you a simple framework for planning out your herbal year so you can prepare for all of the beautiful seasons to come.

Okay, as promised here’s the recipe for Tara’s nourishing herbal tea blend:


  • 1 big handful Oatstraw (dried)
  • 1 small handful Hawthorn berries (fresh or dried)
  • 1 pinch Cardamom (powdered)
  • 1 pinch Cinnamon (powdered)


  1. Add all of your herbal ingredients and two quarts of water to a pot.
  2. Cover the pot and heat it enough so that the water reaches a steady simmer.
  3. Simmer your herbs for about 15 minutes.
  4. Remove herbs from the heat and let cool for about 15 minutes. Now strain your tea and enjoy!


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