BLENDING YOUR OWN SIMPLE TISANES (HERBAL TEAS)
By: Donna Easto, C.H., H.C., H.E.
Blending your own herbal teas doesn’t have to be a mystery. First, decide whether you want a drinking tea or a medicinal tea, or a blend of both (in which case the difference lies in the length of the brewing time, not necessarily the ingredients). Next, decide what you want the tea to target, for example hay fever. Then choose an herb that is primary for hay fever, let’s take Stinging Nettle as a great example, it has immune-stimulating properties as well as being strongly anti-inflammatory. You can then add a complementary herb such as Ginger Root, which is anti-inflammatory and warms your feet and toes by improving circulation; or Elderflower or Sage. Since Ginger, Sage, and Elderflower taste really good, you need add nothing else to your tisane. Your ratio should be 80% Nettle to 20% complementary: Ginger Root (fresh is great) or Elder Flower, if using sage, I’d want to add a bit less. If you have gallstones, don’t use Ginger, and if you have high blood pressure or are pregnant, don’t use Sage.
Looking for ways to boost healthy bone minerals? Consider making a tea from one or a combination of these herbs:
- Stinging Nettle leaf – calcium, magnesium, silica, boron,
Vitamins C, D, and K;
- Red Clover blossoms – minerals and phytoestrogens. If you have and condition that might be made worse by exposure to estrogen, don’t use Red Clover;
- Oat Straw – mineral rich, often used in herbal formulas to aid bones healing, also a good choice for anxiety;
- Horsetail herb – rich in silica – contains nicotine, so don’t use for children or if you are pregnant, try eating almonds, flax or sunflower seeds, bananas or asparagus instead.
My Granddaughter, who is four, loves the taste of this tea, to make it extra special I print a special label for it with her picture and name it “Maddie’s Tea.” It’s good tasting, very gentle and soothing to tummy upsets and aches and helps when she’s running a bit of a fever.
- Mix equal parts of these dried herbs: Catnip leaf, Chamomile flower, Lemon Balm leaf
- To prepare: steep 1 teaspoon of the herb mix in 1 cup of boiling water for 2-4 minutes. Cool to room temperature (you might need to add an ice cube, so be prepared by having some already made from the tea ahead of time.) For a fussy baby, give a few teaspoons every hour as needed. No honey for kids under one year of age.