I love blending and drinking herbal teas. There is something about sipping a hot cup of fragrant herbal tea, sweetened with a touch of local honey, that just makes everything feel right with the world for a moment. As we enter the holiday season, I wanted to share a couple of tea blends I created that I use to soothe holiday stress and the digestive upsets that can occur from over-indulging in pumpkin pie or one too many holiday cookies.
I created these two tea blends several years ago mainly to help with the stress and bloating of PMS, but they’ve become my two favorite teas at any time of the month. The Evening Tea is light and soothing and helps me relax before bed, and it is also somewhat calming to my digestive system. However, if I am really bloated or have an acid tummy, Digestive Delight is the one I turn to. It is both relaxing and really great for helping ease digestive complaints.***
1 part Lemon Balm
1 part Oatstraw
1 part Chamomile
1 1/2 parts Red Clover
1/2 part Spearmint
Digestive Delight Tea
3 parts Chamomile
2 parts Lemon Balm
1 part Lemon Verbena
1 part Lemongrass
1 part Peppermint
1/4 part Lavender
(Note: These recipes use dried herbs.)
To blend the teas, just choose a measuring device to act as your “part” for the recipe. This could be anything from a tablespoon to a cup. I usually use a quarter cup as my “part.” Combine the herbs in a bowl and then transfer to a jar for storage, or just add them to the jar you will store them in and shake it to mix the herbs.
To brew the teas, add a couple of spoonfuls of tea to a mesh tea ball or other tea steeping device, put it in your mug, and pour on boiling water. Steep the Digestive Delight tea about 5-10 minutes (it can get pretty strong, so start on the low end, and add extra hot water if it tastes too strong after steeping). Steep the Evening Tea 10-20 minutes. Digestive Delight is also really wonderful iced—I make a big pot of it and keep it in the fridge to drink in the evenings during the summer.
Now, light a candle, sit back, relax, and indulge in a few moments of peace and quiet as you sip your tea. Ahhhh…doesn’t that feel better?
Happy Thanksgiving to those who are celebrating tomorrow!
Mountain Rose Herbs — a great source for high-quality bulk herbs if you don’t have access to a local herb shop.
Herbal Teas: 101 Nourishing Blends for Daily Health & Vitality — my favorite book of herbal tea blend recipes. It also has a great section in the back listing many herbs and their uses.
Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health — a great herbal reference book!
***I am not a trained herbalist and share these recipes simply as teas that I personally use and the results I have experienced, but I make no claims regarding their safety or efficacy. Please consult your doctor before using if you are taking any medications, or are pregnant or nursing, or if you may be allergic to any of the ingredients.