Soothing Recipes to Aid Stress and Relaxation

Juicing Recipes for Stress and Relaxation

This section has drinks with several different applications. Some have calming properties that reduce anxiety helping you to function well during a busy day or stressful situation. Others have a sedative effect, useful if you are having trouble sleeping but do not want to resort to drugs. Some of the drinks are non-alcoholic replacements for cocktails. Some are warming, some are cooling, but all of them will help you feel better.

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Stress seems to be the buzzword of the times. Everyone is busy overworked, “stressed out,” and there are so many factors contributing to this. There is pressure from our jobs, relationship and family problems, money worries, life changes, and losses to deal with.

Stress is a physical condition, originally important and healthy for the human race, as part of our survival instinct. In primitive times, a rush of the hormone adrenaline in response to a “fight or flight” situation facilitated a quick response. Adrenaline causes physical changes that are useful if you are threatened by a wild animal, but modern humans experience the same physical responses with no physical release. Combined with other factors, such as poor diet and lack of exercise, the stress that was designed to help us survive can be a life-threatening problem. Stress can contribute to heart disease and strokes, and can suppress the immune system leaving the body susceptible to illness.

There are several ways of dealing with stress. Exercise is good, as it simulates the original use for adrenaline – try running, fast walking, or a sport you like. The physical release is fast and effective, releasing endorphins, which make you feel good, and take your mind off problems. A more passive approach is to learn relaxation techniques, such as yoga, meditation, breathing, or positive visualization.

Maximum nutrition is one of the best ways to deal with stress. An increased supply of B vitamins, vitamin C, and zinc helps the body to cope with the extra demands placed on it, and boost the immune system. Eat nourishing meals and avoid fatty hard-to-digest foods. Cut down on stimulants, such as coffee, soft drinks, alcohol, and cigarettes, which deplete nutrients and lead to further anxiety. As well as coping with stress, look for ways to reduce it. Deal with problems and resolve conflict as it arises, as delaying often causes more stress in the long term.


Mulled Rose Hip Tea


A tasty and warming drink for a cold winter day. Rose hip tea is an excellent source of vitamin C, and the cinnamon stimulates circulation.


1 rose hip tea bag

1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml) boiling water

1 cinnamon stick

1 strip orange zest, 1-inch (2.5-cm) wide

1 teaspoon honey


Put the tea bag in a cup and add the boiling water. Add the cinnamon stick and orange zest and let steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bag, cinnamon stick, and orange zest, and stir in the honey.

Makes about 1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml); serves 1


Watermelon Cooler


If you are having a busy day and are feeling hot and bothered, try this cooling, soothing drink. All the ingredients have cooling properties and are very hydrating.


2 cups ( 10 oz/300 g) chopped and seeded watermelon flesh

1 small cucumber chopped

few drops rose water to taste (optional)


In a juicer, process the watermelon and cucumber. Add rose water to taste, if desired, and stir to combine.

Makes about 1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml); serves 1


Warm Spiced Milk


It’s not just an old wives’ tale-warm milk really does help you to fall asleep. Milk contains the amino acid tryptophan, which is converted in the body to serotonin, helping to induce sleep. The cardamom and nutmeg are also soothing and sleep inducing.


1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml} milk

pinch ground cardamom

pinch ground nutmeg


Put the milk in a small saucepan and heat over low heat until warm. Pour into a cup, add the spices, and stir to combine.


Makes about 1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml); serves 1


Peach and Raspberry Cocktail


A lovely non-alcoholic cocktail to sip on a warm summer evening.


2 ripe, juicy peaches, peeled, pitted, and chopped

1 cup ( 4 oz/125 g) fresh, or thawed frozen, raspberries

sparkling mineral water to taste


In a blender, puree the peaches and raspberries until smooth. Press through a fine-mesh sieve to remove the raspberry seeds. Pour into 2 tall glasses, then gradually add the mineral water to your preferred consistency. Stir gently to combine.

Makes about 1 3/4 cups (14 fl oz/440 ml); serves 2


Warm Apple and Chamomile Drink


Chamomile tea is very relaxing and helps to reduce anxiety. The apples and vanilla add delicious flavors.


1 chamomile tea bag

1/2 cup (4 fl oz/125 ml) boiling water

2 apples, unpeeled, cored, and chopped

1 teaspoon honey

3 drops vanilla extract


Put the tea bag in a cup and add the boiling water. Let steep for 5 minutes then remove the tea bag. In a juicer, process the apples. Stir the apple juice, honey and vanilla into the warm tea.

Makes about 3/4 cup (6 fl oz/180 ml); serves 1


Strawberry Soother


Valerian is a sedative herb that calms the nerves and induces sleep. Lettuce also has calming, sedative properties.


1 valerian tea bag

1/2 cup (4 fl oz/125 ml) boiling water

1 cup (4 oz/125 g) hulled fresh, or thawed frozen, strawberries

1 1/3 caps (4 oz/125 g) chopped iceberg lettuce


Put the tea bag in a cup and add the boiling water. Let steep for 10 minutes, then remove the tea bag and refrigerate the tea until cold, about 20 minutes. In a juicer, process the strawberries and lettuce. Pour in the tea and stir to combine.

Makes about 1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml); serves 1


Pineapple, Ginger and Lemon Juice


This drink tastes great and has a real kick. The pineapple has enzymes which stimulate digestion, and, like the lemon, it also contains vitamin C. Ginger also stimulates digestion.


1/2 pineapple, peeled, cored, and chopped

1/2-inch (12-mm) piece fresh ginger

1/2 lemon, peeled and seeded


In a juicer, process all the ingredients.

Makes about 1 1/4 cups (10 fl oz/300 ml); serves 1


Tomato and Basil Aperitif


Choose beautifully ripe tomatoes for the best flavor, and optimum nutrients. This is a great before-dinner drink, as pepper stimulates the appetite. Basil complements the flavors of the tomato, and has the added benefit of boosting the immune system.


8 large basil leaves

3 ripe tomatoes, chopped

1 small cucumber chopped freshly ground black pepper to taste


In a juicer, alternately process the basil with the tomato, then the cucumber. Stir to combine. Season with the pepper.

Makes about 1 1/2 cups (12 fl oz/375 ml); serves 1-2


Warming Apricot Smoothie


This is a nourishing, relaxing drink to have when you want to wind down. The dried apricots are rich in beta-carotene, iron, and potassium, and the warm milk is slightly sedative.


1/3 cup (2 oz/60 g) dried apricots

1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml) water

3/4 cup (6fl oz/185 ml) milk

pinch ground ginger

1 teaspoon honey, or to taste


In a small saucepan, combine the dried apricots and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes; let cool slightly. In a small saucepan, heat the milk until bubbles form around the edge of the pan. In a blender, combine the apricots and their liquid, the milk, ginger, and honey. Process until smooth and drink warm.

Makes about 1 1/4 cups (10 fl oz/300 ml); serves 1


Tropical Colada


This delicious and nutritious drink is great for when you don’t want to drink alcohol at a party.


1 mango, peeled, cut from pit, and chopped

1/4 pineapple, peeled, cored, and chopped

ice cubes

1/2 cup (4 fl oz/125 ml) coconut milk


In a juicer, process the mango and pineapple until smooth. Put a few ice cubes into 2 tall glasses and pour the juice over. Add the coconut milk and stir to combine. Serve immediately.

Makes about 1 3/4 cups (14 fl oz/440 ml]; serves 2


Melon-Berry Crush


This pretty, summery drink is very refreshing and rehydrating. Strawberries are thought to have calming properties.


1 1/2 cups (8 oz/250 g) chopped and seeded watermelon flesh

1/4 cantaloupe (rockmelon), peeled, seeded, and chopped

1 cup (4 oz/125 g) hulled fresh, or thawed frozen, strawberries

ice cubes


In a blender, combine all the fruits and process until smooth. Serve immediately over ice.

Makes about 2 cups (16 fl oz/500 ml); serves 2


Soothing Citrus Iced Tea


Lemon balm calms the nervous system, helps you to sleep, and eases indigestion.

1 lemon balm tea bag

1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml] boiling water

3-4 ice cubes juice of

1 large orange

6 fresh mint leaves, finely chopped


Put the lemon balm tea bag in a cup and add the boiling water. Let steep for 10 minutes, then remove the tea bag and refrigerate the tea until chilled, about 30 minutes. Put the ice cubes in a tall glass, and add the orange juice and tea. Stir in the mint leaves.

Makes about 1 1/2 cups (12 fl oz/375 ml); serves 1



10. September 2010 by Sue
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