Give your body the nutrition it craves with this vitamin and mineral rich herbal tea recipe.
In my quest to learn more about natural herbs and how they can benefit our health, I’ve discovered that herbal teas can make a huge difference in how our bodies feel and in our overall well-being.
If you don’t know this about me, I am a research junkie. If I find something I enjoy (like herbalism) then I research the beejezzus out of it.
I am obsessed with all things natural and healthy and just can’t seem to get enough. I crave knowledge. (Isn’t google and the internet awesome?!)
As my obsession with herbs has grown and my knowledge has expanded, so has my home apothecary.
I’ve got a pretty big selection of herbs in pots and growing in my yard, dried herbs, tinctures, infused oils and salves that we use for cuts, burns, pain, tummy issues, sleep, colds and flu, allergies, immune issues and so many more things that could arise.
Ready is my middle name…well, actually it’s not but you know what I mean.
Using herbs to make a lovely healing tea is probably the most common way to use herbs.
You’ll find that most herbalist drink a lot of tea on a daily basis.
Why is that? Because infusing herbs in water is a gentle way to reap the benefits of herbs.
Making tea with herbs can be done in a matter of just a few minutes, without planning or weeks of macerating (extracting) in alcohol or oil.
You can make a cup of tea on the fly if you have the ingredients.
Last fall I had surgery that left me with a lifelong need to supplement vitamins and minerals. I hate taking pills, especially huge horse pills like some of the vitamins I need to take, so I turn to herbs to get that nutrition.
Nutritional tea is the answer for me. I bet it could be for you and your family too. I’m not suggesting that you stop taking your supplements, but this tea could be a great addition to your daily healthy regimen.
I’ve come up with an herbal tea recipe that we just love at our house. It’s chocked full of amazing vitamins and minerals!
And it tastes so good!
I’ve been making and drinking my Nutritional Tea Blend for a few months now. I drink at least a quart a day and infuse it in a half gallon jar.
Here’s what’s in it…
Mentha x piperita L.
Peppermint is high in antioxidants and well, it just tastes great! It has a relaxing effect and is soothing to the tummy. It adds such a wonderful flavor and aroma.
Urtica dioica L. ssp. dioica
Nettle is found growing in meadows and lightly wooded areas all over the world. It’s one of the most nutritious herbs that I know of. It’s very high in vitamins and minerals.
Stinging nettle’s leaves and root provide a wide variety of nutrients, including:
- Vitamins: Vitamins A, C and K, as well as several B vitamins
- Minerals: Calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and sodium
- Fats: Linoleic acid, linolenic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid and oleic acid
- Amino acids: All of the essential amino acids
- Polyphenols: Kaempferol, quercetin, caffeic acid, coumarins and other flavonoids
- Pigments: Beta-carotene, lutein, luteoxanthin and other carotenoids
What’s more, many of these nutrients act as antioxidants inside your body.
Nettle is also thought to be an anti-inflammatory and an effective histamine blocker, among many other things.
Alfalfa is exactly what you think it is. It’s used for feeding livestock and highly nutritious.
It’s up to 50 percent protein, beta-carotene, chlorophyll, octacosanol, saponins, sterols, flavonoids, coumarins, alkaloids, acids,
The plant also contains vitamins (A, B, B6, B12, C, D, E, K, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, folic acid), amino acids, minerals (Ca, K, P, Ma, Fe, Zn, Cu), and trace elements.
It’s an antioxidant, and may help promote healthy cholesterol, improved blood sugars and ease menopause symptoms.
Alfalfa…it’s not just for cows anymore. 🙂
Avena sativa L.
Acording to HealthyEating.com:
Oatstraw, also known as avena sativa, is traditionally used as a mild relaxant and sleep aid. Although there’s no supportive scientific evidence, this herb is thought to calm the nervous system and relieve anxiety. It does carry a high nutritional value that shouldn’t be overlooked. It’s rich in calcium, potassium, iron, vitamin A, vitamin C, dietary fiber and antioxidants.
The tea made from this herb has a similar nutritional value. Loaded with polyphenols, it fights oxidative stress and offsets its harmful effects. It appears to be particularly beneficial for the brain, sexual function and bone health. These benefits are due to its high content of B-complex vitamins and calcium.
In addition to B-complex vitamins, oat straw tea is high in minerals like iron, phosphorus, magnesium and selenium. It also contains amino acids, such as tryptophan, lysine, leucine and arginine. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein, helping to build and preserve muscle, support healthy energy levels and regulate your metabolism.
WOW!! This herbal tea is so good for you!
So here’s how I make my Nutritional Tea Blend.
I drink this tea every day and sometimes I use it as a base to add other herbs to according to my families changing health needs. For instance I may add in some Astragulas during cold and flu season or Lavender or Chamomile if we need a nice relaxing cup of tea.
I use the Folk or Simpler’s method of home herbalism, meaning I don’t do fancy equations or formulas to make my herbals. I use an infusion of 1 part each meaning the same amount of everything in this tea blend.
I drink at least a quart of this a day so instead of making a cup of tea, I infuse a half gallon of it, so I make my dried herbal tea blend up in large amounts. Usually a quart jar full at a time then, I can measure out what I need as I need it.
I mix all the herbs in a bowl before I add it to my jar to be sure they are mixed well, so when it comes time to use it the flavor is always good.
I get my dried herbs from Starwest Botanicals or Amazon. I’ll hook you up with those links at the bottom of this post.
Infusing herbs simply means brewing gently for a long time. Most herbalists add the lose herbs right into the jar they are infusing. I hate having to strain all the herbs out before I can drink the infusion so I use these big tea bags and add 4 tablespoons of herbs. That’s perfect for 1 quart. Or fill 2 for a half gallon.
1 cup – use 1 tablespoon of the herb blend.
1 quart – 4 rounded tablespoons
half gallon – 8 rounded tablespoons
Brew by the cup:
Let steep 7-10 minutes to pull all of the good nutritional properties out of the herbs.
Infusion by the quart or half gallon:
• Pour boiling water into your jar over the herbs or tea bags. Cover with a lid. DO NOT be tempted to shake the jar while it’s hot or it will spew out everywhere and you’re liable to get burned.
• Let sit for at least 4 hours then refrigerate overnight.
• Strain the herbs out or remove tea bags and enjoy hot or cold. I usually make mine in the morning and put it the fridge in the evening.
You can reheat and add cream, honey, stevia or whatever you like. Or you can pour over ice for iced tea.
Will keep in the refrigerator for 2 days before it starts losing its nutritional benefits. 3 days at most.
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Products I use to make my herbal tea (at the best price)…
If learning how to use herbs for health interests you, check out my post Resources To Become A Home Herbalist For FREE
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