Sunday, October 28, 2012

Medicine chest ~ Teas that heal

Sleepy time Tea

4 cups water
3 tsp linden flowers
3 tsp chamomile
1 tsp orange zest (no white pith)
1/2 tsp honey

Brew, discard herbs and enjoy.


Stamina Tea

This hearty blend tastes great and is excellent for promoting general energer as well as fortifying the adrenals, blood, and metabolism. Over-worked, stressed out types, this is for you!

1 part dandelion root,
1 part sarsaparila root,
1 part Siberian ginseng root,
1/2 part cooked rhemannia root,
1/8 part cinnamon chips,
1/8 part licroice root

  In a large pot, bring 1 quart water to a boil.
  In a bowl, mix together all ingredients. Add 1/2 cup of the mixture to the boiling water.
  Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes.
  Remove from heat, and steep 15 minutes. Strain.

To Use: Drink 1-3 cups per day, as needed.

Triple detox tea

1/4 c. raw dandelion root
1/4 c. roasted dandelion root
1/4 c. dandelion leaves

Place the herbs in a clean 1-quart canning jar. Pour boiling water over the herbs, filling the jar to the top. Stir well.

Cover jar and infuse for several hours or overnight.

Strain; compost the herbs.

To use: Take 2-4 cups per day a few days per week as a mild tonic, or take 2-4 cups dialy for a few days or weeks for a more powerful cleansing tonic.


General health Tea

1 tsp. black tea
1 tsp. elder flower
2 tsp. fennel
2 tsp. hops
1 tsp. mint
1 tsp. mullien
2 tsp. rose hips
1tsp. white oak

Place in a tea strainer or cloth bag and steep for about 8-10 minutes for best results.


Detox tea

2c. clover blossoms
2 thin sticks cinnamon, bruised
1tsp. grated dried orange rind

Steep for 5 minutes or until able to drink if you want it hot or chill. Which ever you prefer.

Autumn Tonic Tea

This simple tea boosts immunity; start drinking it in early November.

2 stick astragalus root
2 sticks codonopsis root
3 T. sarsaparilla root
3 T. roasted dandelion root
2 T. grated fresh ginger root
1 T. cinnamon chips
1 T. licorice root

Simmer all herbs, covered, in 1 qt. of boiling water for 1/2 hour.
 Turn off heat, and allow to steep for another 1/2 hour.
 Strain, and drink 1-2 cups per day, for several days up to a week.



2 oz Malva flowers
1 ½ oz Mullein flowers

Use 2 tbs of mixture per 1 cup hot water. Steep 10 minutes; strain. Drink hot or cold.


Allergy relief tea

1 pint boiling water
1 oz. dried nettle leaves

Pour the boiling water over the nettle leaves and steep for 15 minutes. Strain.

Adult: 1 to 4 cups per day. During serious flare ups, drink 3/4 cups every three hours OR take 1/3 cup every hour.

Bladder infection Tea

1 ½ oz dried Goldenrod
1/4 oz Juniper Berries*
3/4 oz chopped Dandelion root
3/4 oz chopped Rose Hips

Pour 1 cup boiling water over 2 tsp of mixture. Steep 10 minutes & strain.
*can become toxic, so only drink 2 cups of this mixture daily for no more than 3 days*

Sweet Goldenrod Tea
Considered weeds by some people Goldenrod are used in teas and decorations and are even considered good luck plants by many; still, Goldenrod is a favored plant and is the State plant of both Kentucky and Nebraska as well as a popular garden plant in Europe. Goldenrod grows to the height of 3 to 7 feet and flowers with large clusters.

This tea can be drank or used externally to treat a lot of different things.

Sweet Goldenrod tea is prepared by steeping 1 – 2 teaspoons dried herb in 8 ounces of boiling water for 10 minutes.

Goldenrod Tea Benefits
Goldenrod infusions can be used topically to treat eczema, skin irritations and arthritis.
Goldenrod is often used to treat inflammation and muscle spasms and is being used for restless leg syndrome.
Goldenrod has been used to lower blood pressure naturally.
Goldenrod is often used to flush water and toxins from the body and as an antimicrobial.
Goldenrod Cautions
Goldenrod should not be used if you have low blood pressure.
Use caution when if you are currently taking prescription high blood pressure medications.
Goldenseal should be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding as well as by those persons with kidney or heart function problems.


English Rose tea

1/2 cup dried Red Rose petals
2 tablespoons dried Lemon Balm
1 tablespoon dried Rosemary

Mix well. Use 1 teaspoon for each cup.


Migraine and Circulation Tea

 1 2/3 oz. St. John's Wort
1 oz Valerian
1 oz. Linden Flowers
1/4 oz. Juniper Berries

 Use 1 tsp. of the mixture per cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 min, strain and sweeten. This tea helps dilate blood vessels and improve circulation. If your headaches are triggered by weather, drink the tea as the weather is changing


Burnt-out Tea

This tea really helps when you're feeling burnt-out, fatigued or generally rundown. It's a good gentle pick-me-up, and can be drunk for several days at a time to increase energy, and detoxify or cleanse the blood from bad habits.

1 cup dried Burdock root
1 cup dried Astragalus root
¼ cup dried Ginger root
¼ cup Ginseng root

1. Mix dried roots together and store in a glass
2. To make tea, use ½ cup mixture to 1 quart water
3. Simmer roots gently in water for 20-30 minutes.
4. Add 2 Tbsp honey, if desired.
5. Pour into a quart jar, roots and all. Let sit several hours or
6. Store in refrigerator for up to 3 days. Drink hot or cold, 1-2 cups per day.


Zesty detox tea

Enough freshly-boiled water to fill your teacup or mug
1 T. real maple syrup
Freshly squeezed juice of a half lemon
Cayenne pepper to taste

Simply stir the ingredients together in your mug or cup. Be careful with the cayenne; a little goes a long way.


Winters Brew Tea

To help fortify yourslef against winter 'bugs" (colds or flu) try the following:

2 part fresh lemon balm,
2 parts fresh catnip,
2 parts fresh sage,
2 parts fresh thyme,
2 parts grated fresh gingerroot,
1 part fresh or dried rose hips,
1/2 part licorice root.

Make an infusion with the above. To use: drink 1-2 cups per day as a "protective" tonic and for severe colds/flu drink 3-4 cups per day.
To help fortify yourslef against winter 'bugs" (colds or flu) try the following:


Sore throat tea

This time of year you don't have to scream like a banshee to get a sore throat. This is a popular folk remedy which many people swear by.

1 tsp apple cider vinegar
Pinch cayenne pepper
Juice 1/4 lemon
1 tsp honey

Put all the ingredients in a cup, add hot water and stir well. Take up to 4 cups a day.
I've found it a great soother for sore throats and I use it for coughs too.


Peppermint Rosemary Cold Care Tea

This remedy is good for colds with flu Symptoms.

black elder flowers - 1 cup
Irish moss - 1 cup
juniper berries - 1 cup
peppermint - 1 cup
plantain - 1 cup
rosemary - 1 cup
honey - as needed

Mix all the herbs. Steep 1 teaspoon of the herb mix in 1 cup boiling
water for 15 minutes. Strain. Reheat and sweeten with honey. Drink
twice daily.

Royal herbal tea for servere colds

Useful to treat severe cold symptoms.

1 cup - dried pennyroyal
1 cup - dried catnip
1 cup - dried horehound
1 cup - dried spearmint
1 cup - dried sage
1 cup - dried verbena
1 cup - dried white yarrow
Honey to taste.

Mix the herbs. Pour 1 pint of boiling water over 2-1/2 tablespoons of the herb mix. Cover and let stand 10 minutes. Strain. Sweeten with honey.

Reheat and drink 1 cup every 2-3 hours. Use more often if sweating is desired.


Elderberry cold and fever tea

This remedy reduces fever associated with cold by inducing perspiration.

The comfrey leaves produce an aspirin- like substance that help to ease the discomforts of a cold. It also soothes inflamed mucous membranes of the throat. Comfrey is a demulcent, and an expectorant. The elderberries, a diuretic, serve to flush the system.

1/2 cup of elderberries
several leaves of comfrey - chopped
1 cup of honey
1 cup of distilled water

Chop several leaves of comfrey. Add 1/2 cup of elderberries, 1 cup of honey, and 1 cup of water.
Simmer for 30 minutes. Strain. Take as needed to produce perspiration and reduce fever. Also drink plenty of water as this is a diretic.


Cold Remedy Tea

This herbal tea, purposed to be one of the best cold remedies, helps handle fever and reduce aches, congestion, and inflammation associated with common cold.

1 part - elder (Sambucus nigra)
1 part - peppermint (Mentha piperita)
1 part - yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Combine the ingredients. Steep 1 to 2 tsp of the mixture in 1 cup hot water.
Allow it to steep for 10-25 minutes covered. Strain and drink
it hot just before going to bed. It may be taken with a pinch of
mixed spice and a little honey to soothe a painful throat.

Note: Prepare a fresh cup for each dose. Sip the dosage slowly, never gulp it down. Swish it around the mouth before swallowing. This helps the liquid to mix with the enzymes in the saliva and rapidly assimilates the herbs into the blood stream.

This tea will induce a sweat, and if the cold is caught early enough, may stop it altogether. Even if it is too late for this it will still be very useful. This tea can help the body handle fever and reduce achiness, congestion, and inflammation.

Optional Additions

Other herbs that may be added to the infusion include:

Cayenne (Capsicum minimum): a favorite North American Indian remedy:
use 1.25 ml (1/4 tsp) of the powder to really stimulate the

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum): use a cinnamon stick, and break it into the mixture of herbs, for a gentle, warming and sweat-inducing effect.

Ginger (Zingiber officinalis) : grate a small piece of fresh root
ginger into the mixture for extra heat.

Caution: Peppermint tea may interfere with the beneficial action of homoeopathic remedies.

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