Drinking herbal teas are a great way to get some of the benefits of the herbs in a soothing drink.
I love drinking herbal teas, especially in the winter as they are so warming and comforting. During the summer months, I make the tea and pour it over ice for a refreshing boost. If you are new to the herbal tea world, you may find some of them taste different that what you expected at first. But, they are all so tasty! For an added taste boost, I leave a nub of peeled ginger in my teapot to infuse with the herbs.
After Dinner Tea
5 grams dried chamomile flowers
5 grams dried peppermint leaves
5 grams dried lemon peel
5 grams dried nettle
5 grams dried lemon balm
5 grams dried rosehips
Add all the above to a quart jar, shake gently to mix. To use, simply add 1 T. of the herb mix to 8 ounces of boiling water. Steep for 3-5 minutes, covered. Strain the herbs and sweeten to taste. This will be a great aid for digestion, especially after a big meal, and the chamomile is calming before bedtime.
Aunt Flo Blend
This is a blend my friend and I came up with to help ease cramps during a monthly period. Red raspberry leaf (Rubus idaeus) does have a history of being used as a female uterine tonic and clinical trials support a shorter labor and reduced use of forceps during delivery.
15 grams dried red raspberry leaf
10 grams dried calendula
10 grams dried peppermint leaves
Add the dried herbs to a quart jar, shake gently to mix. To use, add 1-2T per quart of boiling water. Infuse for 10 minutes, covered. Strain the herbs and sweeten to taste. This is especially great when drunk 3-5 days before a period begins, although you may enjoy this at any time. This may also be helpful in the case of diarrhea, as the red raspberry is soothing to the digestive tract.
This is just a tea blend that we enjoy around our house, especially on a cold winter night for relaxing. It has calming properties that make it great to enjoy before bedtime as well. Over ice, it’s also outstanding!
5 grams dried calendula
10 grams dried lavender
20 grams dried chamomile
15 grams dried lemon peel
5 grams dried rosehips
Add the dried herb to a jar, shake gently to mix. o use, add 1-2T per quart of boiling water. Infuse for 10 minutes, covered. Strain the herbs and sweeten to taste. We love bringing this along when we go camping as well.
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