Teas you make yourself will be more potent and flavorful. Plus, you know EXACTLY what’s in the them.
Herbal teas can be very yummy and super flavorful and can deliver 50-90% of the medicinal qualities of the herbs used. The teas that you make yourself, at home, will be even more potent and flavorful and will cost you more than half the price to make than buying it already made for you. I’m all for experimenting with different herbs and creating your own blend! But be careful to avoid any that you can’t identify confidently being edible or any that may have been sprayed with pesticides. The whole point of making your own is to avoid all that, right?
If you are using dried herbs, you can store your teas in airtight containers for months and months!
How to make your teas:
Use 1-2 teaspoons per cup of hot water. You can use more if you want a stronger tea.
If you are using fresh herbs – use 3 teaspoons per pint of water.
Steep the herbs for about 10 minutes and then strain. I just use the strainer I use for foods 🙂
Below are a list of plants that you can use safely in all teas.
Echinacea (roots and flowers)
Honeysuckle (avoid the poisonous berries)
Marshmallow (use the roots)
Roses (flowers or hips)
BUSHES AND TREES
Here are a couple recipes for some common types of teas 🙂
Just like it says ^^
This tea is going to help clean you out by improving your digestion, help you body in it’s natural detoxing process and give you more energy, which is something we can all use! Combine the herbs in any amount you want but go easy on the Cayenne – trust me 😉 Boil it for 10 minutes, strain and add some honey if you want it to be sweeter.
~Whole Allspice Berries
~Ginger Root – peeled and finally chopped
~Licorice Root – crushed
~Cayenne Pepper – just a little!
TEA FOR THE COMMON COLD
You can mix all the herbs below in any amount you wish. Boil for about 10 minutes, strain and if you like, add some honey 🙂
~Marshmallow Root – eases body aches and reduces inflammation.
~Peppermint – helps with congestion, soothes headaches and calms the tummy.
~Echinacea Roots & Flowers – boosts the immune system.
~Thyme – increases circulation and helps reduce chest and nasal congestion.
~Cinnamon – helps fight infection and reduce inflammation.
~Rosehips, finely chopped – helps boost the immune system due to it’s high vitamin C content.
~Ginger Root, peeled and finely chopped – warms from the inside out.
~Lavender, crushed – eases migraines
~Lemon Peel, finely grated – full of lots and lots of vitamin C.
Add all the herbs together in any amount you wish, except for Valerian. It can be very potent so you’ll want to take the total amount of all the herbs combine, cut it in half and that’s how much Valerian you should use. Boil for 10 minutes, strain and add honey to taste.
~Lemon Balm Leaves
~Valerian Root – crushed
~Ginger Root – peeled and finely chopped
Add all the herbs below in equal amounts. Boil for about 10 minutes, strain and add honey to taste. Just like the others 🙂 This tea you will want to drink one cup a day to help balance out your hormones and to get nutrients that can aid in becoming pregnant.
~Red Clover Blossoms – nourishes the uterus, promotes estrogen and rich in calcium and magnesium.
~Nettle Leaves – high in potassium, phosphorus, calcium, iron and sulfur.
~Red Raspberry Leaves – high in minerals and tones the genitourinary system.