Witch in the Kitchen – Homemade Herbal Tea

Have you ever been in a position where you just can’t find the tea you’re looking for either on the store shelves, or in your own pantry?

Been there, done that.

For example, I’ve got an upset stomach because I’m stressed out. I know that St. John’s Wort will help with the tension, but maybe not so much with the upset stomach. Mint tea will do the opposite. So I simply combine them.

Granted, you’ll probably want to experiment with quantities. I know that I usually use 2 teaspoons of St. John’s Wort per one cup of boiling water. I also know that after drying my mint leaves, they tend to be potent, so I will only use about ½ of a teaspoon of the mint.

Once you’ve got your “per cup” quantity, you can then work the ratio to create custom tea in bulk, should you decide to do so. I’m finding that I prefer loose tea and my own blends to the stuff that comes out of the box from the supermarket. With disposable tea bags and strainer spoons and balls, using loose tea is a piece of cake (which also goes well with tea).

I would be remiss, however, if I didn’t mention this: Just because an herb can be used in a tea and ingested means that it should be ingested by YOU. Check with your physician, look up drug interaction precautions, etc. For example, during the time I was taking an anti-anxiety medication, I learned I was not supposed to be ingesting St. John’s Wort or Valerian root, two of my favorite “relaxing” herbs which taste pretty good in tea. Glad I looked. I ended up substituting chamomile for the St. John’s Wort, and using less mint.

The sky is the limit, especially when you grow many of your own herbs and have access to many others via mail order or the web.

Enjoy!

~~Merrie


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