Friday, February 5, 2010

Herbal Tea Blends



Herbal teas have many health benefits and are very tasty. Here are a few of our favorites. I can not remember where I got the recipes from, they have been written on a piece of note paper for years. Roots are best steeped in boiling water for about 15 minutes, leaves and other parts are steeped for 3 to 5 minutes. Honey can be added for a bit of sweetness.

For Upset Stomach:

Equal parts:
Rose hips
Peppermint leaves
Lemon-balm leaves

Equal parts:
Dandelion root
Dandelion leaves/stems
Peppermint

Equal parts:
Fennel seeds
Peppermint
Lemon-balm

Equal parts:
Raspberry leaf
Peppermint

2 part catnip
1 part fennel
1 part lemon-balm

To Help With Arthritis:


2 parts nettle leaves
1 part each willow bark and peppermint

As a Gargle for Sore Throats:

Equal parts:
Sage
Fennel seeds

Sleep Aid:

Skullcap. Drink before going to bed.

Blood Cleanser:

Equal parts:
Red clover
Rose hips
Dandelion leaves

For Coughs:

2 parts marsh-mallow root
1 part lemon-balm
1 part plantain leaves
1 part thyme
1 part calendula flowers

To Calm Nerves:

2 parts hops
1 part hawthorn leaves
1 part lemon-balm
1 part valerian