Blending your own herbal tea is so amazingly simple; you’ll wonder why you haven’t done it sooner! For supplies, all you need is a couple of measuring spoons, funnel (completely optional), and a mason jar or two (quart size for large amounts, pint size for less). In order to start blending, it helps to understand the qualities, benefits, and indications of herbs. Start small by choosing something that you need a bit of help with, like insomnia or immune support and study the herbs that are indicated for those conditions. The art of blending enables you to “cover all the bases,” as well as enhance the taste of the tea. Here are two recipes that are tried and true in my own household…
2 parts nettle
2 parts raspberry leaf
1 part rose hips
1 part lemon balm
1 part milky oats
Combine the herbs together in the jar and use 1 to 3 tbsp per cup of water for your tea. This tea makes a light, satisfying tonic. Enjoy 2 to 3 cups per day.
2 parts licorice root
1 part each of elecampane root, cinnamon root, and marshmallow root
½ part Echinacea root
¼ part ginger root
Combine all the herbs in the jar. For use, use 2 tablespoons of herb to 1 cup of water. Place in a saucepan, cover, and simmer over low heat for 30 to 45 minutes. Use this tea to prevent lung congestion and/or when a cold is just beginning. It’s best sipped throughout the day, every 30 minutes to 1 hour.
For recipes and research, I definitely recommend books like Rosemary Gladstar's Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health or The Yoga of Herbs by David Frawley. Enjoy your tea!
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