Monday, November 14, 2011

Herbal tea Recipes

To make Lavender Tea you will need:
2 1/2 tbsp. fresh lavender petals (or if dried and crushed, about 4 tsp.)
3/4 cup fresh mint leaves (or if dried and crushed, about 4 1/2 tbsp.)
Sugar (or better yet, HONEY) to taste
8 cups of water
Bring the water to boil on the stove, then turn off the heat, toss your herbs in, cover the pot, and let it sit and steep for about 5 minutes or so. After that, add the honey (or whatever NATURAL sweetener you prefer, if any), stirring it up, and letting it cool for just a bit - then strain it through a sieve into a pitcher. Either serve warm (not hot), or chilled.
Lavender, taken internally as a tea, can aid your health in many ways, taking care of things including exhaustion, stress, anxiety, insomnia, headaches, migraines, depression, digestion, gas, upset stomach, colds, gallbladder and liver problems, loss of appetite, nervousness, and makes a great breath freshening mouthwash!
Mint taken in this way is good for the digestion, can act as a sedative to help you relax, and aids in perspiration to lower fevers.

To Make Catnip & Chamomile Tea you will need:
(All ingredients dried.)
1/2 cup of catnip
3/4 cup of chamomile
1/4 cup of lemongrass
1 cup of lemon balm
1/4 cup of mint
Put all of this into an airtight container - you know, like one of those Tupperware thingies... with the lid on good and tight, shake the heck out of it until it's all good and mixed. Now, when you want a cup of this goody-good tea, toss a couple of teaspoons per teacup into however many teacup's worth of boiling water, heat turned off, and let steep for about 5 minutes. Strain, pour, and sip to your heart's content!
Catnip is reported to have blood purifying properties, and also has calming effects as a sedative, but it's mild enough for small children. In fact, it is also said to relieve the effects of colic in children as well. This plant can also be used as a digestive aid.
Chamomile is good for stomach cramps and indigestion.
Lemongrass reduces cholesterol and soothes the stomach.
Lemon balm breaks fevers, helps regulate the menstrual cycle, is antibacterial and antiviral, promotes longevity, and acts as a calming agent, much like a very weak Valium.

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