Healing Teas

Coffee Helps!

  • Caffeine (in coffee) improves short-term alertness, attention, memory and may have long term protective benefits on cognitive decline as well.
  • Many studies confirm that aspirin and other analgesics work faster and better on headaches, when combined with caffeine.
  • Coffee consumption has been associated with long term weight loss, likely from the thermogenic effects of caffeine raising the metabolic rate.

Borrowed from: The Prosperity Project

A Tea For Nursing Mothers

Some mothers find it difficult to either commence milk production or to maintain a high enough level of production while breastfeeding.

Since it is best for the child to be on breast milk for as long as it is feasible, herbs that will help can be invaluable. For this, herbs such as Aniseed, Blessed Thistle, Caraway Seeds, Fennel Seeds, Fenugreek Seeds, Goat’s Rue and Vervain are available, with Goat’s Rue being perhaps the most powerful.

These seeds, which are rich in volatile oils, are also very effective and can be combined to make a very pleasant tea.

Combine the following:

  • 2 parts Caraway seed
  • 1 part part Fennel seed
  • 2 parts Fenugreek seed
  • 1 part Aniseed

Crush two tablespoons of a mixture of the seeds listed above and put them in a cup of cold water. Bring it to simmering point and then remove from the heat. Leave it to stand for 10 minutes, covered to reduce the loss of the volatile oils. Drink a cup of this tea three times a day.

From: The Complete Illustrated Holistic Herbal

Mother’s Milk Tea

You can change this recipe as desired, if you do not have access to all these herbs. The best galactic herbs are nettle, alfalfa, blessed thistle, and red raspberry leaf. The other herbs add wonderful nutrition and are healing to the body. The herbs can be rather bland and grassy tasting on their own, so I added cinnamon (about 1-2 tsp for this quantity), which provided a delightful flavoring. You could try chamomile or lemon balm as an alternative.

  • 1/2 cup nettle leaf, dried
    – a vitamin factory, high in calcium, iron, potassium, etc
    – strengthens and tones entire system
  • 1/2 cup red raspberry leaf, dried
    – nourishing tonic for the reproductive system
    – high in calcium
  • 1/4 cup alfalfa leaf, dried
    – a superlative restorative tonic, rebuilding vitality and boosting milk supply
  • 1/4 cup dandelion leaf, dried
    -beneficial for all conditions due to the wonderful source of minerals, vitamins, fiber, and micro-nutrients
  • 1/4 cup fennel seed
    – Increase milk production and tone the digestive system, curtailing colic and indigestion
    – you could also substitute fennel with any of these seeds: anise, cumin, caraway, coriander or dill
  • 1/4 cup blessed thistle, dried
    – Stimulates the milk flow and helps restore vitality to weary mothers
  • ground cinnamon,
    – to flavor

Use about 1 tablespoon herbs per cup of boiling water. Allow to steep covered for 15 minutes before consuming. Best results if you consumed 3-5 cups per day. A teaspoon of honey tops it off for a refreshing tea beverage. I use my french press for this recipe with perfect results.

You can make as little or as much as you desire. I choose to make a larger batch at once and used 1/4 cup as my 1 part measurement, but you could cut the recipe in half as desired. This produced about 1 quart full of dried herbs. Combine herbs well and cover securely with a lid.

Store the herbs in a dark cupboard as light will cause nutrition loss.

Found at: Passionate Homemaking

Medicinal Teas with Dandelion Root

42-16056826-teaHere are three recipes for medicinal teas using Dandelion Root:

Infuse 1 OZ. of Dandelion in a pint of boiling water for 10 minutes; decant, sweeten with honey, and drink several glasses in the course of the day. The use of this tea is efficacious in bilious affections, and is also much approved of in the treatment of dropsy.

Take 2 OZ. of freshly-sliced Dandelion root, and boil in 2 pints of water until it comes to 1 pint; then add 1 OZ. of compound tincture of Horseradish. Dose, from 2 to 4 OZ. Use in a sluggish state of the liver.

Mix together 1 OZ. Dandelion root, 1 OZ. Black Horehound herb, 1/2 OZ. Sweet Flag root, 1/4 OZ. Mountain Flax. Simmer the whole in 3 pints of water down to 1 1/2 pint, strain and take a wineglassful after meals for biliousness and dizziness.

Marsh Mallow for Kidneys

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Put the flower and plant (all but the root)of Marsh Mallows in a jug, pour boiling water, cover with a cloth, let it stand three hours – make it strong. If used for gravel or irritation of the kidney, take 1/2 pint as a Tea daily for four days, then stop a few days, then go on again. A teaspoonful of gin may be added when there is no tendency to inflammation.

~From a family recipe-book
For information about the individual herbs visit: The Encyclopedia of Herbology

Marsh Mallow Water

marshmallowroottearecipeMarshmallow water may be used with good effect in all cases of inveterate coughs, catarrhs, etc.

Soak one ounce of marsh mallow roots in a little cold water for half an hour; peel off the bark, or skin; cut up the roots into small shavings, and put them into a jug to stand for a couple of hours; the decoction must be drunk tepid, and may be sweetened with honey or sugar-candy, and flavoured with orange-flower water, or with orange juice.

~Francatelli’s Cook’s Guide
For information about the individual herbs visit: The Encyclopedia of Herbology

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