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This article was originally published in October of 2010.
Yesterday I told you why I made the switch to loose leaf teas and what equipment I use for brewing them. I am finding that some teas can be enjoyed on a daily basis for their added nutrients and antioxidants, while others can be used to address specific health issues.
Many of you asked where I source my tea and herbs. Most teas and herbs are difficult to come by locally so I almost exclusively purchase from Mountain Rose Herbs. They have very high growing and freshness standards and they are reasonably priced. I order teas, herbs, spices, and coconut oil from them a few times per year and have never been disappointed. For that reason I link to them as an affiliate.
Our Daily Tea – Green, Black, and Herbal
I like to keep loose green and black teas on hand. Organic and fair-trade are important as conventional teas may contain harmful chemicals and fair-trade ensures that farmers get a fair price for their products.
I keep an English Breakfast and Gunpowder Green tea on hand, which more often than not make it into a cup of spiced chai. While I am still developing my bulk recipe, I thought I’d share how I make our spiced chai, my husband’s favorite, a few times per week.
:: On the Fly Spiced Chai
- In a tea strainer place 1 heaping teaspoon black or green tea.
- In a mortar and pestle combine 4-5 cardamom pods (green), a teaspoon of cinnamon chips, two whole cloves, two black peppercorns, and 1/2 teaspoon dried chopped ginger. Pound until cardamom is broken up and other spices have been bruised or broken, about a minute. If you do not have a mortar and pestle, just crush the cardamom pods underneath a heavy jar. Add to tea in infuser. (this is just a starting point, change up spices as desired)
- Pour two cups of boiling water over mixture and steep for about five minutes for black tea and three minutes for green. Strain, add honey, stevia, cream, milk, and vanilla to taste.
:: For Every Day Health
These are the two teas that we use to brew up a big pot for the family. On their own or in combination with flavored herbs they are great health boosters.
- Tulsi or Holy Basil (caffeine free) – helps strengthen immune system, which Kimi wrote a great article about.
- Roobios (caffeine free) – super high in antioxidants. Also comes in green and vanilla.
:: For Balancing Women’s Hormones
I have mentioned before that I am working on balancing my hormones. I drink at least two cups of Women’s Freedom every day. It is not only delicious, but over time I have noticed an increased "evenness" in my hormone-related symptoms.
Herbal Teas For What Ails You
When someone in our family has an ailment or general health concern I throw together one or more herbs or roots and brew up some tea. Some work in acute situations, but many herbs are best used over time. I recommend doing some research before taking my word for it – even plants have recommended usages.
With that in mind, here is a peek at my herbal tea collection and their usage.
For congestion or cough:
To settle tummies:
To relax or unwind:
To detox or cleanse:
For Fever or Infection
To Build the Blood/Anemia
General Brewing Instructions
:: For Leaves – Use 1-2 teaspoons per cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes, covered, and strain.
:: For Roots and Barks – Use 1-2 teaspoons per cup of water. Add herbs to water, bring to a boil and steep at least 10 minutes. Strain.
This is just a peek into my personal tea cabinet. I am not a medical professional and I do not claim that any of the above will heal or cure a disease. I do, however, keep these herbs on hand for a reason – they work for us.
So tell me… what do you keep in your tea cabinet?
my (grain-free) cookbook
All information found on Nourishing Days is editorial in nature and therefore meant to motivate and inspire rather than be construed as medical advice.
Any statements or claims about the health benefits of supplements or foods made here have not been evaluated by the FDA and as such are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease..
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