Medicinal Herbal Tea (With My top 3 Blends)
One of my wellness rituals is fresh herb teas and here is how to make medicinal herbal tea (with my top 3 blends).
I also like the ritual. Drunk alone its a moment of meditation. Drunk with friends its hospitality.
My choice of herbal tea is based on the easiest ones to grow myself rather than expensively packaged tea bags. So part of my ritual is going out to the herb garden, and picking herbs, often based on my intuitive feel for what my body needs.
They are so much more delicious, delicate, and nutritious than dried teas. Also consistent with the low histamine mantra of “buy fresh, cook fresh, and eat fresh” fresh herbs are typically better tolerated.
Once the herbs are selected then it is a very simple. It requires a glass or ceramic tea pot (and specifically not metal), a bunch of herbs, and some boiling water. Voila!
I like to serve it in my favourite fine china tea cup that has all the luxury indicative of this self-care ritual. I’m worth it. So are you!
Mostly I just use around a handful (8 – 10 leaves) per person. When I need an additional boost I use a whole bunch.
A master herbalist has also shown me how to make a medicinal strength preparation that is used in a moment of inflammatory crisis. Holy basil and lemon balm tend to be my go to herbs in these situations.
Here is how to make a medicinal strength blend and my three favourite blends to get your imagination going:
- 100 grams of fresh herbs (or 50 grams of dried herbs if fresh are unavailable)
- 1 litre of boiling water
- Medicinal Infusion:
- Take a china or glass teapot (do not use metal)
- Put the herbs in the tea pot.
- Pour the boiling water onto the herbs in the teapot and put the lid onto it.
- Leave to steep for 20 - 30 minutes.
- Medicinal Dosage:
- mls 3 - 4 times daily for chronic aliments.
Blend 1: Holy Basil, Peppermint, and Lemon Verbena
Any One of These Is Delicious. Together They Amplify Their Tones.
The star in this blend is Holy Basil. It does amazing things to my memory and my adrenals. I can literally feel it hitting my cells and has easily taken over from my morning coffee pick-me up.
This herb is one of the most sacred in India where it is believed to spiritually clear the aura and strengthen the immune system. Indeed is a powerful anti-oxidant and known to boost glutathione. It also is effective in relieving nervous system stress.
Traditionally, it is used for heartburn, where leaves are simply chewed. It is also drunk as a medicinal tea to help with coughs, colds, fevers, and stress. Like Turmeric, there is not much that this herb cannot do, for us sensitive folk.
Blend 2: Rose Geranium Leaf with Lemon Balm
Slightly floral, lemon, and highly refreshing
The star in this blend is the Lemon Balm. This herb has the most delicate lemon flavour without any of the histamines.
In Medieval England Lemon Balm was their turmeric. It has almost adoptogenic qualities that has been used for centuries. Like turmeric, it is an important source of glutathione the master-antioxidant, that perhaps explains its super-powers.
Interestingly, when my ancient (20 year old) kitty cat was dying he would intuitively go and eat lemon balm from the garden.
One day I picked some rose geranium leaves and put it in the blend and oh my. It ads a delicate rosewater type flavour that take the lemon balm to an etherial level.
Blend 3: Orange Peel Thyme and Bergamot Leaf
Has all the taste of early grey with a bit of orange peel.
I have introduced many people to orange peel thyme. Not only does it have the definitive smell and flavour of orange peel, without the histamines, it really is that convincing. It also has all the anti-inflammatory health benefits of thyme.
Also bergamot leaves are used to provide a tea like flavour. It is actually this leaf which is used to give the flavour to earl grey tea. So I often just short-cut the process and use the fresh leaf. The leaf needs to be crushed to exert its flavour.
Perhaps you do not have access to bergamot but also the leaves of lemon trees, kaffir limes, or any other citrus has a citrus type flavour without the histamines.
The point is that teas do not have to be dried and in a bag.
In our society, what we perceive as food, is perceived as what is sold in a supermarket. Somehow along the way we have lost the concept that plants, flowers, leaves, and barks, are often edible. Of course, some are not, and you need to know which ones. But mostly they contain a world of flavour that far exceeds any flavour from a jar, packet, or box.
What’s more straight from the garden hey bring a whole delicate flavour, and superior nutrition, that no amount of branding can impart.
I find fresh herbs addictive; making it easy to forget what I cannot tolerate, and only think about what I love.
If you need some inspiration beyond my blends then you may find it in my anti-histamine infographic.