Friday, November 9, 2012

Homemade Gifts: Nourishing Herbal Tea


Last week we got started with homemade vanilla extract since it needs some time to brew.  This week I continuing my homemade gifting love with my favorite herbal tea.  My family drinks this daily and absolutely loves it.  My youngest will actually stand in the kitchen repeating "tea, tea, tea" until I can get him some.  It's pretty unfortunate when I don't have any brewed (for both of us).


The great thing about this tea is that it is oh-so good for you while tasting delicious.  There are no actual tea leaves in this brew so it is caffeine free- but it is full of herbal goodness.  I'm still fascinated by herbs and all of their amazing abilities and love that I can nourish my family through something as simple as a tea.


If you're new to the wonderful properties of herbs, you probably don't know how nourishing they can be.  Below, I highlight some of the awesome properties of these herbs that are passed on to this tea.

Nettles- Nettles are highly nutritive and contain iron, calcium, potassium, zinc, and vitamin C.  They support the immune, circulatory, urinary, digestive, and respiratory systems. Nettles can also help the kidneys eliminate toxins and reduce inflammation throughout the body.

Red raspberry leaf- Raspberry leaf is high in calium, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and C, E, A, and B vitamins.  It is most commonly known to support pregnancy health but it also supports the digestive system.

Oatstraw- Oatstraw is another great nutritive herb.  It is full of a wide range of vitamins (A, C, E, and Bs) and minerals (notably magnesium and calcium) and also contains protein!  It's high content of B vitamins make it great for improving moods.  It is also beneficial for digestion and supports liver and pancreas function.

Alfalfa- Alfalfa is a super herb! It has one of the highest mineral and vitamin contents of any herb.  It also contains 8 essential amino acids, protein and has the highest chlorophyl content of any herb.  Alfalfa is an excellent blood purifier and supports oral health.

Lemon balm- Lemon balm is a soothing herb.  It is rich in flavonoids, antioxidants and anti-inflamitories.  Lemon balm can help reduce stress, support digestion and has antiviral properties.

Rose Hips- Rose hips are high in calcium and manganese.  Besides vitamins A and E, they also contain bioflavonoids (flavonoids & vitamin C) which are great at fighting infections.  Rose hips support the circulatory system and can help reduce stress.

Hibiscus- I add hibiscus for the flavor but it also has benefits!  Hibiscus is high in vitamin C and antioxidants and has been shown to help lower blood pressure, aid in digestion, and prevent muscle spasms.


Awesome stuff right?  I'm amazed all the time by how beneficial herbs can be!  So not only can you give someone a tasty beverage, but also a great boost in nutrition.  I'll leave it up to you on whether you share how healthy this tea is with the recipient (wink wink).


So a couple details...
While I call this a tea, it is actually an infusion if you let it sit as long as I prefer.  To maximize all of the health benefits of these amazing herbs, you'll want to let this steep anywhere from 4-10 hours.  I like to make a batch right before bed and leave it sit covered overnight.  Of course if you're in a hurry, you can steep for 15-30 minutes and have a perfectly tasty tea.  It's good hot or cold and my kids love it when I add a little raw honey.  If you're going to enjoy it cold, make sure to let it cool before adding your honey so you can take advantage of the health benefits of that too!

If you are looking for quality herbs, I like Mountain Rose Herbs- they are organic and very high quality.  I'm not an affiliate, I just love their herbal goodness!

Nourishing Herbal Tea

makes about 4 cups of dried tea

1 cup nettles
1 cup red raspberry leaf
1/2 cup oatstraw
1/2 cup alfalfa
1/2 cup lemon balm
1/4 cup rose hips
1/8 cup hibiscus


Combine all herbs and mix well.


To give as gifts, measure 1/4 cup portions into jars.


You can make them pretty if you like.


To brew, bring 1 quart of water to a boil and add 1/4 cup of tea.
Turn off heat and cover.
Allow to brew 4-12 hours.


If you're giving as a gift, remember to provide instructions for preparation!


So go get your gift givin' on and make some special tea for your special someone!

This post is shared at Simple Lives Thursday, Pennywise Platter ThursdayKeep It Real Thursdays, Foodie Friends Friday, Gluten Free FridaysFarm Girl Blog Fest, Monday Mania, Meatless Monday, and Homestead Barn Hop.

9 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing with us at FFF this week.
    Dawn

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  2. Hi Laura, I’m Anne from Life on the Funny Farm (http://annesfunnyfarm.blogspot.com), and I’m visiting from Farmgirl Friday.

    I've wondered about making homemade tea, but never knew where to start, so thanks for posting this. I hope you can pop by my blog sometime to say hi…

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    1. Hi Anne! Love the blog :) Homemade tea is so easy and it doesn't have any weird ingredients!

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  3. I found your page on teas from the Foodie Friends Friday party. This looks like a really good tea mixture. Did you grow all the herbs yourself? I love the way you present the tea also.
    Cynthia at http://FeedingBig.blogspot.com

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    1. Cynthia, this tea is sooo good! You would love it. I don't grow the herbs myself though I would love to someday. Right now I have a tiny backyard and I'm focusing on growing some veggies. I get my herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs :)

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  4. Laura, Thank you for linking this up with us at gluten free fridays. I love your knowledge of tea! And I love mountain rose herbs myself:) I know my readers (if they havne't already clicked on your post in the link up) will love this information so I'm going to feature this as one of my friday favorites!!

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    1. Thanks Meghan- so excited to be featured! I'll be linking up my next gift tomorrow :)

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  5. LOVE this, I have this bookmarked to make for gifts. Is there any particular place that you advise to buy the herbs? Thanks for kicking off the Gluten Free Fridays party this weekend! WOOT! We have some awesome recipes and they just keep coming!! So....Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :) Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

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    1. Cindy, I love mountain rose herbs for all of my herbs and spices. They have awesome quality- you can see it by how colorful the herbs are compared to anything in the stores!

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