Let’s Create Some Herbal Remedies ~ Our Favorite Recipes Using Herbal Teas

cropped-tea-herbs.jpgThree-Seed Tummy Tea

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This delicious tea is a favorite for preventing gas after meals. You’ll notice that it’s a light decoction followed by an infusion because of the plant parts that are included. This recipe can be made with either fresh or dried herbs; you can use a mixture if you have some of both.

3 teaspoons fresh or 2 teaspoons dried cumin seed

3 teaspoons fresh or 2 teaspoons dried fennel seed

3 teaspoons fresh or 2 teaspoons dried caraway seed

2 teaspoons chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried orange peel

1 – 2 teaspoons chopped fresh or 1/2 teaspoon dried licorice root

3 cups purified water

1 – 2 teaspoons fresh or 1/2 teaspoon dried peppermint leaf

Place the cumin, fennel, caraway, orange, and licorice in a saucepan. Add the water and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the peppermint, and let steep, covered, for 15 minutes. Strain and compost the herbs. Drink 1 cup up to three times a day. You can make a larger batch and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Sleep Deep Tea

lemon-balm-flowersThis is a blend of pleasant herbs to help relax your body and mind and promotes a deep, refreshing sleep.

2 – 3 teaspoons fresh or 1 teaspoon dried valerian root

3 cups purified water

4 – 6 teaspoons fresh or 2 teaspoons dried chamomile flower

2 – 3 teaspoons fresh or 1 teaspoon dried St. John’s wort flowering tops

2 – 3 teaspoons fresh or 1 teaspoon dried lemon balm herb

2 – 3 teaspoons fresh or 1 teaspoon dried hops flower

2 – 3 teaspoons fresh or 1 teaspoon dried catnip herb

4 – 6 teaspoons fresh or 2 teaspoons dried passionflower herb {optional}

1 teaspoon fresh or 1/2 teaspoon dried stevia leaf {optional, for sweetness}

Make a light decoction { see post-Let’s Create Some Herbal Remedies – Teas} with the valerian root and water. Add the chamomile, St. John’s wort, lemon balm, hops, catnip, and optional passionflower and stevia. Cover the saucepan and steep for 20 minutes. Strain and compost the herbs. Drink 1 or 2 cups before bed as desired. You can make a larger batch and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Our Cold and Flu Brew

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This classic blend is comforting and healing during the misery of a cold or flu. It helps lower a fever, removes toxins from your body, fights viral infections, and acts as a decongestant. This recipe is unusual because it calls for simmering flowers to draw out special chemicals that take additional heat to extract. The recipe is formulated for fresh herbs, but if you need to substitute dried for any of them, just use half the quantity listed.

4 teaspoons chopped echinacea leaf

4 teaspoons elderflower

4 teaspoons yarrow flower or leaf

3 cups purified water

2 teaspoons peppermint leaf

1/2 teaspoon stevia leaf {optional, for sweetness}

Place echinacea, elder, and yarrow in a saucepan. Add the water and simmer, covered, for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the peppermint and optional stevia and steep the entire mixture, covered, for 10 minutes. Strain and compost the herbs. Drink up to 3 cups daily. You can make a larger batch and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Cleansing Tea

fennel-seedsThis fantastic tea contains cleansing, liver-stimulating, cooling, and soothing dried herbs to reduce inflammation or irritation throughout your digestive tract, along with giving your system a good cleanse. It tastes great, too!

4 – 6 teaspoons fresh or 2 teaspoons dried fennel seed

2 teaspoons dried fenugreek seed {Trigonella foenum-graecum}

2 teaspoons dried flax seed {Linum usitatissimum}

1 heaping teaspoon grated fresh or 1/2 heaping teaspoon dried powdered ginger root

1/2 – 3/4 heaping teaspoon chopped fresh or 1/4 heaping teaspoon dried licorice root

3 cups purified water

1/2 – 3/4 heaping teaspoon fresh or 1/4 teaspoon dried peppermint leaf

Place the fennel, fenugreek, flax, ginger, and licorice in a saucepan and add the water. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the peppermint and steep the entire mixture, covered, for 10 minutes. Strain and compost the herbs. Drink 1 cup three times a day or as desired. You can make a larger batch and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Calming After-Dinner Tea

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A cup or two of this relaxing and delicious infusion is the perfect ending to a satisfying meal.

2- 3 tablespoons fresh or 1 tablespoon dried lavender flower

4 – 6 teaspoons fresh or 2 teaspoons dried lemon balm leaf

4 – 6 teaspoons fresh or 1 to 2 teaspoons dried chamomile flower

4 – 6 teaspoons fresh or 1 to 2 teaspoons dried fennel seed

2 – 3 teaspoons fresh or 1 teaspoon dried oat straw or tops

1 teaspoon fresh or 1/2 teaspoon dried stevia leaf {optional, for sweetness}

3 cups purified water

Place the lavender, lemon balm, chamomile, fennel, oats, and optional stevia in an infuser or a container. Bring the water to a boil. Immediately pour the water over the herbs and let the mixture steep, covered, for 20 minutes. Strain and compost the herbs. Drink the infusion in 1-cup doses at least three times daily, up to 6 cups per day. You can make a larger batch and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Our Stress-Buster Tea

This infusion supports the adrenal glands and helps counteract the harmful effects of stress.

4 – 6 tablespoons fresh or 2 tablespoons dried chamomile flower

2 – 3 tablespoons fresh or 1 tablespoon dried lavender flower

4 – 6 tablespoons fresh or 2 tablespoons dried oat straw or tops

6 – 9 tablespoons fresh or 3 tablespoons dried lemon balm herb

2 tablespoons chopped fresh or 1 tablespoon dried orange peel

1 teaspoon fresh or 1/2 teaspoon dried stevia leaf {optional, for sweetness}

4 cups purified water

Place the chamomile, lavender, oats, lemon balm, orange, and optional stevia in an infuser or container. Bring the water to a boil. Immediately pour the water over the herbs and let the mixture steep, covered, for 20 minutes. Strain and compost the herbs. Drink up to 5 cups a day. You can make a larger batch and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Our Immune-Support Tea

This decoction strengthens your natural immunity.

4 – 6 teaspoons fresh or 2 teaspoons dried ligustrum berry

2 – 3 teaspoons chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried astragalus root

2 – 3 teaspoons chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried shiitake mushrooms

1 – 2 teaspoons chopped fresh or 1/2 teaspoon dried licorice root

5 cups purified water

In a blender or food processor, combine the ligustrum, astragalus, shiitake, and licorice. Process the herbs coarsely and place them in a saucepan. Pour the water over the herbs and stir to thoroughly combine. Heat and simmer, uncovered, for 20 to 30 minutes. Remove from the heat. Strain and compost the herbs. Drink 1 cup three times a day as needed. You can make a larger batch and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Menopause Tea

The herbs in this light decoction have a mild estrogenic effect, regulate all the female hormones, aid in blood circulation, and have a general health-promoting effect on the female organs.

4 – 6 teaspoons fresh or 2 teaspoons dried nettle herb

2 – 3 teaspoons fresh or 1 teaspoon dried vitex berry

2 – 3 teaspoons fresh or 1 teaspoon dried ligustrum berry

2 – 3 teaspoons fresh or 1 teaspoon dried lavender flower

2 teaspoons fresh or 1 teaspoon dried fennel seed

2 – 3 teaspoons fresh or 1 teaspoon dried licorice root, or stevia herb, to taste

3 cups purified water

Optional

1 teaspoon dried black cohosh root {Actaea racemosa}

1 teaspoon dried dang gui root {Angelica sinensis}

Place the nettle, vitex, ligustrum, lavender, fennel, licorice or stevia, and optional black cohosh and dang gui in a saucepan. Pour the water over them and stir to thoroughly combine. Cover and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let steep, covered, for an additional 15 minutes. Strain and compost the herbs. Drink up to 3 cups a day as needed. You can make a larger batch and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.