Healing Herbs and Tea
We believe in self care and self healing here at District of She. We are huge fans of herbal teas and tinctures as ways to incorporate herbs into your medicinal practices. We've added some tried and tested herbal remedies recipes below for teas that are effective and easy to prepare. Now there is a difference between a tea and a tincture. Medicinal teas are not as potent as tinctures typically but they are wonderfully effective for chronic, long term imbalances.
Although the idea of mixing and mashing herbs for homemade remedies brings up thoughts of the dark ages and traditional apothecaries within most people it is a wonderful and beautiful holistic way to awaken the ability to self heal within the body from products straight from the Earth. Plus it's a lot easier than you'd think. All you'll need to be successful at creating your own medicinal tea blends is the specific herbs, boiling water and a jar for storage. Easy!
What you need to know...
Medicinal teas are unlike your traditional sweet tea's, they are not meant to be consumed in large cups at a time. To truly be effective drink in small amounts throughout the day. Chronic problems, drink half a cup three to four times a day and pesky problems like colds, migraines, sinus pressure, fever etc try little sips every 30 minutes or so to calm symptoms. When creating your concoction remember that fresh herbs will require almost double the amount of any recipe that you find in comparison to dried herbs. A good rule of thumb is 1 cup of water equals out to about 1-3 tablespoons of your herbal blend depending on how strong you prefer your tea. Now on to some two of my favorite recipes...
This tea is an absolute must around that time of the month for me (hence the name)
It has calming properties for cramps, fatigue and it tastes amazing. You can drink Moon tea hot or even iced either way it is' wonderful. My preferred method is hot and sipping it all day long.
What you'll need:
2 tablespoons of dried lavender
2 tablespoons dried chamomile flower
1tsp ground ginger root
1 tablespoon fennel seed
1 tablespoon whole dried Juniper berries
Mix it up!!
Add your desired amount into a a tea strainer and or homemade tea bags in a cup and pour boiling water over it. While your tea is steeping add in the following
2 Drops Raspberry leaf extract
1 tablespoon local honey
Cold and Flu Remedy
What you'll need
One clove chopped garlic
1 bag black tea
1 tablespoon local honey
Sliced ginger 3-4 pieces
A sprinkle of cayenne pepper
Boil in a medium saucepan chopped garlic, and sliced ginger for about 20minutes. Use your infused water to steep your black tea.
(use something simple like earl grey tea)
Add in a tsp of cayenne pepper.
Drink 3-4 cups a day. This spicy blend helps to ignite sweating and pulling of toxins out of the body.
Written By: Amanda Grieve