Sunday, December 20, 2009

Herbal Healing Teas

Recipes for Herbal Healing Teas

Cold and Flu Tea
1 part peppermint
1 part yarrow
1 part boneset
1 part elder flower
A few drops of vinegar and honey to taste
Place two to four tablespoons of the herb mixture into an empty glass,
ceramic, or stainless steel container. Boil a quart of water; pour over
herbs; cover; steep for at least ten minutes, then strain. The tea will
become more bitter the longer you brew it, so feel free to adjust the
vinegar and honey to taste.

Sleepytime Tea
1 part valerian
1 part passionflower
1 part skullcap
To make a quart of tea, place two to four tablespoons of the herb mixture
in
a glass, ceramic, or stainless steel container; boil water and pour over
herbs; cover and steep for at least 10 minutes; strain.

Soothing Tea
1 part oatstraw
1 part linden flower
1 part lemon balm
1 part passionflower
Place two to four tablespoons of herbs in a glass, ceramic, or stainless
steel container; boil water and pour herbs; cover and steep for at least 10
minutes; strain.

Cold Prevention
1 part horsetail
1 part alfalfa
1 part nettle
1 part red clover 1 part red raspberry
Licorice, orange peel, or anise seed to taste
Pour a quart of boiling water over two to four tablespoons of herbs; cover
and steep for at least 10 minutes--even overnight; strain.

Laxative Tea - Drink At Bedtime
1 part senna leaves
1 part buckthorn bark
1 part anise seed
1 part fennel seed
1/2 part licorice root
Steep 1 tablespoon in 1-1/2 cups boiling hot water for 10 minutes. Sweeten
as desired

Digestion
2 parts peppermint leaf
1 part fennel seed
1 part anise seed
1/2 part ginger root
Steep 1 tablespoon in 1 cup boiling water. Sip slowly.

Immunity Booster
- three cups a day during cold or flu
2 parts echinacea root
1 part hyssop
1 part peppermint leaf
1 part thyme
Steep 2 tablespoons in 1 cup of boiling hot water.

Sore Throat/Laryngitis
1 part marshmallow root
1 part mullein
1 part licorice root
1 part blue malva flowers
Mix in equal parts. Steep 1 teaspoon in 1/2 cup boiling hot water. Sweeten
with honey or rice syrup.
Ginseng Tonic Tea - for fatigue
1 part white Asian ginseng root
1 part red Asian ginseng root
1/2 part Chinese licorice root
1/2 part Chinese red jujube date

Steep 1 tablespoon in 1 cup of boiling hot water.

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