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3 Herbal Teas for Self-Care (my top picks & recipes)

3 Herbal Teas for Self-Care (my top picks & recipes)

Here are my three favorite herbal Iced teas I have long stocked my fridge with for self-care - instructions and all!

I take ten minutes 2 or 3 times per week and make these three teas in quart sized (4 cup) Mason jars. I then refrigerate them and have them ready for everyday!  Remember that self-care is a radical act, darlings!

These herbal teas are all caffeine-free and have very long, vast histories of being used as medicinal potions for wellness. 

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#1

Mint, Hibiscus & Ginger  (for Digestion)

This combination is AWESOME, I tell you what! Your breath will be minty fresh. It is full of flavor and zest. And it’s a beautiful purplish red hue. Just don’t spill it!

Per cup of water
1 TBS loosely packed loose leaf peppermint
1 tsp hibiscus
1 TBS (loosely packed) grated ginger
Honey, just a dash, to take the edge off (optional)

  • Steep for 5 minutes or more
  • Strain
  • Cover and refrigerate (or) drink warm
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Peppermint has been used as a medicinal herb for 10,000 years or more. It is on my Digestion Tea recipe because among many other benefits (such as; nausea relief, and respiratory relief from its antihistamine like properties and cooling of menthol) Peppermint is a carminative. Meaning - that it helps move gas through the body as it accumulates, aiding in preventing gas stagnating and causing bloating, cramping, and stomach discomfort.

Hibiscus is a tea made of the dried flowers of the hibiscus plant. It has a beautiful crimson color when steeped, and a tangy aroma and tart, slightly sour taste. I think it tastes more like lemonade than what you imagine of tea. It is fresh and sharp and my kid love it in particular. 
Hibiscus is a popular medical herbal tea used worldwide to support the wellness of a long list of things; immune system, hypertension, cholesterol, liver health, metabolism, anxiety, etc.. And no wonder it is, It is high in vitamin C, minerals, and antioxidants. [Antioxidants help to protect your body from disease by neutralizing free radicals in body tissues and cells.]
Hibiscus is #2 on my Digestion Tea recipe for its diuretic properties that can help regulate your bowels and urination. I go lighter on this one in the mix, as you can see in the recipe. 
Please take note that hibiscus may lower blood pressure. So if you have diabetes, already have low blood pressure, or are expecting to have surgery - take extra consideration. 

Fresh ginger root is #3 on my Digestion Tea ingredients. It has been used for ~2,000 as a medicinal spice. There is strong evidence that ginger reduces pain from arthritis, joint pain, and headaches. There is also clinical evidence that it is likely helpful in lowering blood pressure. It is also widely used to aid in digestion.

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#2

Chamomile & Valerian Root  (for Relaxation, Calm & Rest)

I have this tea on hand for days that feel high stress or for the evenings when winding down for bed. Though, typically if I want this in the evenings I make a warm cup. It tastes comforting and woodsy-sweet, somewhat stronger than the other two on this list.

Per One Cup Of Water
1 tsp Valerian Root
1/2 TBS Chamomile 

  • Steep for 5 minutes or more
  • Strain
  • Cover and refrigerate (or) drink warm
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Valerian Root is the #1 ingredient in the tea I use for calming and restfulness. Valerian is a common medicinal herb that acts like a sedative for the brain and the nervous system. In the United States it is most commonly used as a sleep aid, while in Europe it’s most commonly used as an alternative treatment to help with restlessness, anxiety, and ever tremors. It seems that Valerian can raise levels of the chemical GABA, which regulates, or reduces activity in the nerve cells calming anxiety. It can also help ease headaches and cramps.

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Chamomile is the #2 ingredient in this relaxation tea of mine. I’d venture to guess that Chamomile is the best known tea on this list. Chamomile is made of the chamomile flower and is a mild sedative. Chamomile as a tea has been used as a traditional medicine, to quell anxiety and settle stomachs, for many of thousands of years.
 

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#3

Red Raspberry Leaf  (for Hormone Regulation and overall wellness)

Red Raspberry Leaf tea is my favorite herbal tea. Don’t be fooled, it does not taste anything like raspberries. I find that it tastes much like black tea, gentle and like fresh, floral earth. It’s a super refreshing iced tea.

1 TBS packed loose leaf for each 8oz of water 

  • Steep for 5 minutes or more
  • Strain
  • Cover and refrigerate (or) drink warm 
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Red Raspberry Leaf is most well known for being recommended for fertility support and for uterine strengthening and wellness during pregnancy. But it has an excellent nutrient profile and has some touted benefits for supporting female health in general. 

Raspberry leaf tea is packed with potassium, iron, magnesium, vitamin B, vitamin E, and a high concentration of vitamin C. Making it ideal for immune support and to aid in your overall wellness. 

There is some evidence that Red Raspberry Leaf promotes balanced hormones and I believe it for myself. I can tell the difference one month to the next depending on whether or not I sip on this most days or not. I see the difference in my emotional steadiness and pms symptoms.

I always have a quart of this in my fridge and finish it every day or two. It’s especially great on a warm afternoon.

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Remember to compost the loose leaf after you strain it out. It will compost great right in your flower or vegetable garden, if you have one.

Be Sure to get your herbs from a supplier that does not use GMOs. Why? Check your local co-op or even organic section of your big grocery. Or better yet, put a few pots on your balcony or windowsill, or a little plot in your yard, and grow your own! 

If you need to order some then I recommend Mountain Rose Herbs for their high quality, toxic free product.

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