Yesterday I wrote a post on teas, infusions, decoctions, and tinctures but didn't include any recipes. In these next few posts I'll share a few awesome herbal recipes you make for yourself and enjoy the benefits of herbs in several ways.
A simple way to enjoy herbs is by brewing up a tea or infusion. Often when my husband or I are feeling a little under the weather I'll brew a simple tea to support the body and because it's just enjoyable.
Some of my favorite herbs for tea include peppermint, spearmint, and ginger to soothe digestive upset or herbs such as lavender, chamomile, and lemon balm to calm and soothe. You can feel free to add in a little green or black tea if desired.
For a digestive support tea try blending one part peppermint, one part spearmint, and 1/2 part ginger root. I typically used dried herbs but fresh works as well for brewing up a quart. If you use dried herbs you can make a larger amount and store in a glass jar. The "parts" can be tablespoons, scoops, or cups. It's just a ratio that tastes good to me. You can vary it to your liking. To enjoy use a few teaspoons in a cup of hot water, steep 2 - 5 minutes, strain, add honey or stevia if desired, and enjoy. For an infusion use 4 to 6 tablespoons per quart of hot water, steep 20 to 30 minutes, strain and drink.
Drink small amounts often for acute issues up to four cups a day or simply enjoy 1 to 3 cups in a day.
A soothing, relaxing tea is lavender, chamomile, lemon balm. Try blending one part lemon balm, to 1/2 part lavender, and 1/2 part chamomile. Use a few teaspoons and steep 2-5 minutes, strain, and sweeten if desired for a beverage blend. For an infusion use 4 to 6 tablespoons of dried herb per quart of hot water, steep 20 to 30 minutes, strain and sweeten if desired. Drink small amounts often for acute support or simply enjoy a cup or two to relax. For example to promote relaxation at a stressful time drink 1/4 cup every few hours. To support sleep try drinking a cup about 30 minutes to an hour before bedtime to promote a more restful sleep.
As you get to know herbs you'll discover which ones are best for your needs. Hawthorn for heart, valerian for sleep support, chamomile as a nervine and digestive support and so on.
Although they are simple and gentle teas and infusions can be of great support to the body, mind, and spirit.
Over the next few days we'll look at decoctions and syrups (one of my favorites) and tinctures. Herbs and herbal preparations are readily available and inexpensive ways to support your body, mind, and spirit.
If you have questions about aromatherapy or herbs contact Tricia.