Hey, y’all! It’s been warm in North Carolina recently. I love the warm weather, but I’m really not ready for it yet. I’m still in hibernation mode, which is why I’m stoked that the temps are taking a dip this weekend. Giving me the perfect opportunity to wear this adorbs new sweater… and to make my favorite calming chamomile tea lattes.
I stumbled across chamomile tea lattes when I gave up coffee last year. Giving up those delicious doses of caffeine was hard, but my mental health demanded it. Caffeine triggers anxiety – and the last thing I want is something to kickstart my racing thoughts. What I need is something yummy and relaxing. Chamomile tea lattes are both.
Does Chamomile Really Work To Soothe Anxiety?
Scientific studies have found that chamomile really does have a calming effect. This is due to its active ingredient, apigenin. Apigenin is a mild sedative that binds to benzodiazepine receptors in the brain and produces a relaxed state. Apparently, this effect is strong enough that it even works on those who are experiencing mild to moderate anxiety.
How to Make Calming Chamomile Tea Lattes at Home
- Honey Vanilla Chamomile Tea. I would usually use plain chamomile tea for this recipe, but this is my go-to and what I had on hand.
- Milk. I use 2%, but feel free to use whole or soy, if you prefer.
- Vanilla Extract. Vanilla has been proven to have stress-relieving properties.
- Honey. I may be a little biased, but this is the best honey ever. If you make an order, bee sure to tell them Cassie sent you!
- Ground Cinnamon. Like vanilla, cinnamon has been shown to reduce anxiety.
- Nutmeg. Nutmeg is totally optional, but I love the way it compliments the cinnamon in these lattes.
- Put 2 cups of milk, 2 teabags, and a dash of cinnamon in your saucepan. Heat on Medium-High until bubbles begin to form. You’ll want to monitor the saucepan to ensure the milk doesn’t scorch.
- Turn off the heat. Allow the tea to steep for the next 5 minutes.
- Discard the teabags. Pour the hot milk into your blender. Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon of honey to the mixture. Blend until the lattes reach your desired texture. *Keep in mind the milk will expand as bubbles form.
- Pour into two mugs. Sprinkle with nutmeg.
Seriously, y’all have got to get in the kitchen to whip these up after a rough day. Bonus points for going the extra mile and grounding while you do it!
Be sure to drop a comment below to let me know if you’ve made these before. Do you like them? If not, what’s your favorite hot beverage? I’d love to give it a try!