Herbal Tea is a wonderful way to use seasonal herbs, so experiment with your favorites. The measurements are flexible. Depending on the freshness and strength of the herbs, you may need to add or subtract.
1 cup fresh mint, lemon balm, or lemon verbena
1 quart boiling water
Put herbs in a teapot and add boiling water.
Let steep 3 minutes before serving.
Recipe makes 1 quart.
Soldier's Herb Tea
Soldier's Herb Tea was used for gout, to help clean out nasal passages and to slow menstruation. Also used to expel worms. A tea cooled made from rainwater was used as an eyewash.
The common yard weed with green leaves and two seedie spikes was used by colonials and Indians. A single teaspoon of seeds per 1-cup of boiling water was steeped for 1/2 hour and used for dropsy and jaundice.
For dried powdered leaves, use one level teaspoon and reduce time to 15 minutes. This tea was drunk 4 to 5 times a day until relief was obtained.
Herbal Tea Tips
You could sweeten your nourishing herbal tea with honey or cane sugar should you so require, and a dash of fresh lemon juice may also enhance the taste.
When making herbal teas make a lot! Use it to make your rice, quinoa or couscous. Use cooled tea to water your houseplants to give them added nutrients.
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