There’s nothing better on a cold, dreary day than comfy clothes, a blanket and a steaming hot mug of tea.
Herbal teas are wonderful winter companions. Not only are they tasty they also may have many benefits for your health. Making your own Soothing Herbal Tea Blend is a simple task that can help you relax and unwind.
It’s important to understand the herbs you use because some can have contraindications to existing health concerns – especially if you take medications.
Always do your research! I’m also not a doctor and not giving health advice…just sharing my favorite herbal tea blend recipe and why I love it.
This Soothing Herbal Tea Blend has only 3 ingredients.
Natural foods and herbs are important for good health. YHWHs creation is full of plants with beneficial properties, and many can be grown in your own back yard or found growing wild in your area. It’s important to properly identify plants, so be sure to consult a good herbal source before foraging!
Red raspberry leaf
I was initially intrigued by red raspberry leaf because it may have hormone-balancing properties. I’m 45, which means I’m quickly approaching that time in a woman’s life where her hormones go off the rail.
It’s also equally beneficial to my 16-year-old daughter. We both find it helpful in alleviating PMS symptoms. It can also help regulate menstrual flow. Our third GRANDCHILD was born just today, and honestly, it really is aggravating that I’m a grandma and still dealing with all that! But, I guess since I’m kind of a young grandma (my husband’s older boys have made us grandparents), it’s not that unusual.
But still. Hmph.
It’s also reported to be helpful for women trying to conceive, during labor, postpartum, and nursing. It’s safe for all ages and genders, and its mild flavor is much like regular tea (without the caffeine). If you’re looking to replace caffeinated tea give red raspberry leaf a try!
Red raspberries can be grown in your back yard, yielding both delicious, juicy berries and leaves to dry for tea. You can find dried red raspberry leaf at natural food/health stores, or through my affiliate partner.
I’d heard that stinging nettle is good for sinus and allergy problems, and I have troubles with those from time to time. I was worried that it would taste awful, but it really doesn’t. It’s also another mild-flavored tea.
It grows wild in many areas but can be tricky to pick with the stinging nettles and all. If you’re brave enough to try and gather your own, kudos to you! If not, you can do like I do and buy it in bulk at a local natural foods co-op or order online through my affiliate partner.
Nettle contains a surprising amount of nutrition: tannic acid, lecithin, chlorophyll, iron, silicic acid, lime, potassium, phosphorus, sulfur, sodium, chlorine, and vitamins A and C. It is considered a “nutritive” herb because of its high nutrition content. The leaves contain high amounts of magnesium and calcium, two very essential nutrients to good health. [source]
Some other benefits to nettle tea are reported to be pain relief, lower blood pressure, lower blood sugar, and fighting infections. [source]
It’s considered a blood purifier and has been used for centuries as a medicinal herb. You can also eat it! The sting of the nettle disappears after it’s cooked, thankfully.
According to this source, stinging nettles should not be used during pregnancy. Leaving this herb out still results in a soothing herbal tea that is considered to be safe to consume during pregnancy.
These are actually the fruit of the rose plant and are very high in vitamin C. You may have seen vitamin supplements listing rose hips on the label. In addition to the high amounts of vitamin C, they contain vitamins A and E, B complex, and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, manganese, selenium, and iron [source].
The big star here is the vitamin C, which is essential to support your immune system and help counteract stress hormones. You can find them in most natural food/health stores or through my affiliate partner.
How to make this Soothing Herbal Tea Blend
It’s so simple, I hate to even call it a “recipe”. You simply mix together the ingredients in a 1:1:1/4 ratio. For example, one cup red raspberry leaf, one cup stinging nettle, 1/4 cup rose hips.
Use two to three teaspoons in an infuser (I use this handy twisting tea ball) per mug of boiling water and let steep, covered, for several minutes. Covering it helps keep the volatile oils in the herbs from evaporating into the air with the steam, keeping the goodness of the herbs in your tea.
- 1 part dried red raspberry leaf
- 1 part dried stinging nettles
- 1/4 part rose hips
- Mix well and store in an air-tight container
- To brew, use 2 to 3 teaspoons in a mug of boiling water.
- Cover and brew for several minutes.
This Soothing Herbal Tea Blend will help you relax and unwind.
At least, that’s what it does for me. I absolutely love this tea and drink it almost daily. It is so soothing and relaxing, I love to enjoy it while crocheting or reading. Or while writing blog posts…like this one!
You could also cold-brew this in the summer and have it over ice. It’s a great way to get more water, along with beneficial nutrients.
The next time you need the soothing effects of a hot herbal tea, get into your comfy clothes, brew a mug of this Soothing Herbal Tea Blend and snuggle up in your favorite blanket.
Sip. Relax. Aaahhh.
And while you’re relaxing, watch The Homesteading Hippy and I as we mix up a three herbal tea blends, including this one!
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