Organic Banana Tea Recipe

Natural remedy for insomnia, active minds and frazzled nerves

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Lola Medicine Keeper, Bananafannafofama

14 Mar 2018

Soothe Your Weary Mind with Banana Tea

When following any transformational path, our nervous systems (and therefore our sleep cycles) can become frazzled. Over-active imagination, worry, excitement, fears, etc. can all lead to depleted energies. Even without any deep inner work, our bodies and minds suffer from our constant go-go-go.

As we explore deeper levels of consciousness and work on our limiting beliefs, we often unlock or access intense energies that can further overwhelm our system. Thankfully, many herbal remedies exist to support us in these times of imbalance!

Enter this delightful, surprisingly delicious (despite its appearance) nighttime organic banana tea recipe.

Making this drink an hour or so before bedtime helps you sleep deeply thanks to a host of sleep aids; including the banana peel’s hearty dose of magnesium and the nervine sedatives of passion flower (Passiflora incarnata) and valerian root (Valeriana officinalis). Both passion flower and valerian contain GABA, which helps reduce brain activity – one of the main causes of insomnia and restless sleep.

We opted to include ashwagandha root (Withania somnifera), a powerful adaptogen that helps the body recuperate from stress, and regulate hormones and blood sugar. You may be able to find these herbs at your local health food store. They’re also readily available online through our favorite herb resource: Starwest Botanicals.

This sleepy-time banana tea recipe is a new favorite of ours. You can just boil the peels (and eat or discard the fruit), but we enjoy leaving the banana fruit in with the tea as it cooks to add some natural sweetness.

Banana Tea for Sleep and Dreaming

Ingredients

  • 1 Ripe, Organic Yellow Banana (not over or under ripe)
  • 2 grams Dried Ashwaganda Root
  • 2 grams Dried Valerian Root
  • 2 grams Dried Passion Flower
  • 2 cups Filtered Water
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick

Recipe Deets

  • Serving Size: 2
  • Prep Time: 5 min.
  • Cook/Steep Time: 40 min.

Instructions

  1. Rinse and clean banana. Use only organic or homegrown bananas to avoid harmful pesticides.
  2. With peel on, slice banana into discs. Discard brown ends of banana.
  3. In sauce pot, add water, banana slices, valerian and ashwagandha. Bring to boil.
  4. Once boiling, add cinnamon stick and simmer on low (covered) for 20 minutes.
  5. Turn off heat. Add passion flower and steep for another 15-20 minutes.
  6. Strain tea and consume warm. Serves two.

Sleep well, let us know how it goes, and let us know any remixes you create!

Lola - Creator of Wildly Amazing Things at WildPlayground.com

Lola Medicine Keeper is a healer, herbalist, and wild witch; offering ceremonies, rituals, and perspectives informed by her teachers in Peru and Mexico as well as her ancestral European lineage. She continues to study with indigenous elders around the world to deepen into her practices and uncover more of what her bones remember. She is devoted to seeing with her heart, knowing with her soul, and revering the magic + medicine of life.

She’s honored to guide her clients as they navigate the turbulent waters of waking up. When not leading ceremonies, retreats and classes or in a client session, you can find Lola soaking up the sun, drinking wildcrafted tea, or playing with her rambunctious family in the mountains North of San Diego, CA.

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