Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Mom's Nutrient Tea - Herbal tea formula #12 in a series

Time For Tea

This is herbal tea formula number twelve in a series of  delicious and healthful tea recipes I have posted on this blog. Enjoy!

Mom's Nutrient Tea

Years ago my mom made this nourishing blend to use for daily consumption. It is neutral and pleasant tasting. We like to make a big batch of this as a concentrate, straining it before storing in a glass jar in the fridge. To serve we dilute to taste with water.

Horsetail is rich in natural silica, which is good for your hair, nails, teeth and bone. Oatstraw is nutrient-rich and is very good for soothing and de-stressing the body. Alfalfa is very vitamin and mineral rich, and so is the nettle. Spearmint freshens and brightens the whole mix.



MOM'S NUTRIENT TEA Formula:

1 part horsetail
1 part Oatstraw (green tops)
1 part organic Alfalfa Leaf
1 part Nettle Leaf
1/2 part (up to 1 part) Spearmint Leaf


Method:

Mix the dried herbs together.
Store air-tight in a cool dark place.


To Brew Herbal Tea:

Bring purified water to a boil in a stove-top kettle.
Place 1 to 2 teaspoons desired loose leaf herbal tea blend into a cup.
Pour about 1 cup boiling water over the herbs and cover the cup.
Allow to steep 5 minutes.
Strain and sweeten if desired.
Enjoy!


Sun Tea Preparation:

Fill a 1/2-gallon jar with purified water.
Fill a reusable tea bag with desired herbal tea formula (or pour herbs in jar and just strain out later).
Set the jar outside in the sunshine for 6 hours or so.
Chill the tea.


Tips:

You may use a bamboo tea strainer or Tea-ball to make straining your teas a snap.

At our house, we use a French coffee press to make bigger batches of tea - it works great!

Enjoy this herbal blend hot or iced.

Enjoy a cup on cold winter mornings and evenings to chase away the winter chill. They also help chase away colds and are so comforting. Try adding a squeeze of lemon and raw honey when serving. Or make it sugar-free by sweetening with Stevia Glycerite (recipe on this blog). About 4 drops Stevia Glycerite is all you need to sweeten your mug of herbal tea! We find that a cup of hot herbal tea helps us relax before bedtime.

During the heat of summer, try brewing as a sun tea, and then serve chilled with some Stevia Glycerite to lightly sweeten, maybe a splash of lemon or lime and lots of ice. Iced herbal tea makes a great thirst quencher and is so much better for your family than sugar-filled sodas, and such.


To your health,

Leila