Monday, October 29, 2018

Chamomile Lavender Mint Tea Recipe for Relaxing

This recipe is from the book Herbalism: My Grandmother's Legacy
This recipe is my favorite for when I am stressed out, my blood pressure is high, or I need to sleep heavily. This one works so well, that my daughter Ally keeps this tea in her purse for when she’s feeling anxious or car sick on long car trips. (I even dehydrate lemon peel to put in her bagged version of this.)
Chamomile Lavender Mint Tea
• 1/2 cup dried lavender flowers (relaxing)
• 1/2 cup dried chamomile (relaxing and improves digestion)
• 1/2 cup dried peppermint leaves (improves digestion)
• ½ cup dried lemon balm leaves (very relaxing)
• 1/2 cup dried nettle leaves (vitamin D and high mineral content)
• 1 generous pinch ground cayenne pepper (relaxes and is a natural pain reliever)
For each pitcher (optional)
• juice of 2 whole lemons (balances pH)
• 1/4 cup raw honey dissolved in 1/2 cup warm water (allergy remedy)
For the tea:
1. Combine first 5 ingredients (lavender through cayenne pepper) in a large bowl. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
To make a pitcher of tea:
1. In a large kettle, boil 8 cups of water; remove from heat. Add 3 rounded tablespoons of tea to a tea ball and submerge in kettle. Allow to steep for at least 5 minutes. Use a spoon to press tea against the tea ball walls to extract extra flavor. Stir in lemon juice and honey mixture.
2. Allow to cool, transfer to pitcher and refrigerate.
3. Serve with or without ice. Enjoy!

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