Nikki McCLarron | Contributing Writer | Tuesday, 16 February 2016

How To Make Your Own Herbal Teas

How To Make Your Own Herbal Teas

The Debrief: Make yum teas to help your digestion, get you to sleep easier and chill you out.

Photography by Nikki McClarron

If there’s one good thing you can do for yourself in a day, it’s taking five minutes out to make a cup tea and have a moment of calm. Herbal tea remedies can provide amazing healing properties when the right herbs are combined together. Even the act of making a cup of tea is a mindful process in itself!

The purest way to reap these benefits is to make your own herbal teas at home - which is way easier than it sounds. 

Here are three beneficial herbal teas you can make at home by following these easy step by steps.  

What you need

A tea pot

A glass jar to keep your mixture in

Tea strainer or unbleached empty tea bags

Organic dried herbs, (see below for specifics) you can buy from a local health store or online health suppliers.  

Tea to help you sleep

Ingredients - makes 320 ml pot

15 tsp of dried chamomile flowers - these have a calming element and natural sedative properties.

15 tsp of dried lavender flowers - these have a calming scent that is soothing and promotes relaxation.

5 tsp of dried valerian root - this helps calm the nerves and promote a peaceful sleep, it also has natural sedative properties.

5 tsp of dried passionflower - soothes the mind, calming brain activity, also a natural sedative.

Method

1. Measure out your herbs in a bowl.

2. Mix herbs together, then transfer to jar 

3. If making in a pot scoop 2 tablespoons of mix into teapot and pour over boiled water, set aside and let steep for 5-10mins, then strain through into cup, sit back and enjoy.

For a tea bag cut your ingredients down to half tsp of valarian, half tsp of passionflower, 1 tsp of chamomile, 1 tsp of lavender - add the measured out ingredients to a tea bag, place in cup and pour over boiled water, allowing to steep for 5 minutes before drinking.

Tea to help digestion 

Ingredients - makes 320ml pot

Half fresh ginger root, sliced - this is highly anti-inflammatory, helps in digestion and reduces gas; easing bloating and burping.

15tsp dried fennel - aids digestion by helping to increase the production of gastric juices to get digestion started properly.

10tsp of licorice - helps the liver neutralise toxins and is anti inflammatory

Keep ginger separate and add in fresh slice ginger when making tea pot

Method

1. Measure out your herbs in a bowl.

2. Mix herbs together, then transfer to jar (except fresh ginger, slice this fresh as it provides more flavour) 

3. If making in a pot scoop two tablespoons of mix into teapot and pour over boiled water, set aside and let steep for 5-10mins, then strain through into cup, sit back and enjoy.

For a tea bag use a medium sized piece of fresh ginger, sliced. half tsp of fennel, half tsp of licorice. Place in cup and pour over boiled water, allowing to steep for 5 minutes before drinking. 

Tea to help you de-stress 

Ingredients - makes 320 ml pot

25tsp dried tulsi leaf -  tulsi helps to maintain the normal levels of the stress hormone, cortisol in the body. The leaf also has powerful adaptogen properties (also known as anti-stress agents). It helps sooth the nerves, regulates blood circulation and beats free radicals that are produced during an episode of stress

10 tsp dried chamomile flowers - reduces and anxiety and depression

5 tsp dried oatstraw - nourishes the central nervous system and fends off depression.  

Method

1. Measure out your herbs in a bowl.

2. Mix herbs together, then transfer to jar 

3. If making in a pot scoop 2 tablespoons of mix into teapot and pour over boiled water, set aside and let steep for 5-10mins, then strain through into cup, sit back and enjoy.

For a tea bag take the measurements down to 2 tsp Tulsi, 1 tsp Camomile, half tsp oatstraw, add the measured out ingredients to the bag, place in cup and pour over boiled water, allowing to steep for 5 minutes before drinking.

Special thanks to Grain&Knot who provided the beautiful wooden hand carved spoons, chopping board and bowl.  

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