Teas to calm your nerves

With the holiday season coming up, you may be getting a sense of anxiety over the idea of planning that huge Thanksgiving dinner and getting all the right presents for your loved ones this Christmas.  A big mug of soothing tea may be just the trick after a long day of sending out Thanksgiving invites and holiday shopping. There are several teas that have been shown to naturally calm you that you may want to try out to get that perfect night of rest.

Kava tea

Kava is a natural, herbal tea that is very well researched and proven to fight anxiety and induce a sense of calm over you.  However, kava teas brought in your regular grocery stores will not be strong enough to combat anxiety, so check out any tea shops around you to see if they sell pure kava herbal tea.  Be sure to combine the tea with something that has fat in it, like milk and also do not drink kava if you have liver problems.

 Passionflower tea

Passionflower tea is like kava, but not nearly as strong.  It is shown to be very relaxing when taken in the right dose. However, since “dosing” is not quite well known, it is unsure if store bought teas will be potent enough.  Therefore, buy passionflower extract and put in a few drops in some warm water. Start with small amounts to see what works best with you.

Valerian root tea

Valerian root tea is not designed specially for anxiety, but it is very well known for the calming effect it has.  Since it can be pretty potent, drink it with caution and for your first time, try it at night before bed to see just how fast it makes you sleepy.


Cheese Daddy

Something we probably all grew up with is your mom making you a delicious grilled cheese sandwich after school.  The fond memories of that ooey-gooey cheese melted in between 2 crispy, crunchy slices of bread.  To you, there was no better meal.  Luckily, a new restaurant has opened that promises to let you relive those delicious memories with more types of grilled cheese sandwiches than you can probably imagine.  Cheese Daddy, located at 16 NW 18th St #105, Gainesville, is a short walk from midtown or a quick ride from downtown Gainesville. Their menu is full of options that will leave your mouth watering, from the Plain Jane and the Italian, to a grilled cheese pizza and even a grilled cheese donut!  Finish off your meal with a bowl of creamy tomato bisque and soft drink.  Open every day from 11 am to 10 pm, be sure to stop by today…your mother would be proud.


Maintaining your silverware

Whether you got it for yourself, it was a gift, or it is a family heirloom, if you have valuable pieces of silver, you want to try your best to keep them looking shiny and brand new. Tarnish starts off with a yellowish tint and the more time passes, the darker it gets until it is a purple or black. Don’t ever let your silver get that bad because to have that repaired requires a professional, a lot of time, and a lot of money. If you are starting to notice a bit of tarnish on your silverware, here is a step-by-step process on how to carefully remove it:

  1. Rinse each silver item in hot water to remove any surface dust.
  1. While the silver is still warm, use a moistened foam sponge to spread the silver polish one at a time to each piece of silver.
  2. Spread the cream quickly over the silver piece to cover it completely.
  3. Gently rub each tarnished area. Move all around the piece until the tarnish is gone.
  4. Wash with mild dish soap and rinse in warm water.
  5. Dry each piece with a very soft cotton towel to remove all of the water.

Remember, silver is a soft metal so be careful when rubbing the polish on your pieces.