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What could be more soothing or more satisfying than a hot cup of handcrafted tea or an herbal tisane? Nourishing, refreshing, and a great way to drink in the useful and healthy herbs and botanicals.

Teas and herbal tisanes can be used anytime of day; in any situation. A cup of warming tea after a cold or shoveling the walkway; a cooling libation of mint tea during a heatwave; a nutritive tonic for the liver; or support for the immune system.

This is the place we can discuss options for supporting our minds, bodies and spirits during our health journeys, over a cup of tea. I'll be sharing some fantastic herbal recipes to support your healing and I hope you will post your favorites too!

Here's a few brewing tips you should know:

Medicinal (Healing) Infusions: made from leaves, flowers and aromatic parts. Since these are fragile they must be steeped rather than simmered if you wish to harness their medicinal properties. To make an infusion, simply boil 1 quart of water per 1 ounce of herb (or 1 cup of water to one tablespoon of herb). Pour boiling water over the herbs and let this steep for 30 to 60 minutes, then strain.

Decoctions/Elixers: made from the more tenacious parts of the plant such as roots, bark and seeds. It is harder to extract the constituents from these parts, so s slow simmer or overnight infusion is often required. To make a decoction, place the herbs in a small saucepan and cover with cold water. Heat slowly and simmer, covered, for 20 to 45 minutes. The longer you simmer the herbs, the stronger the tea will be. (This "brew" is popular with Raw Food Celebrities and Instructors such as Frank Giglio and Daniel Vitalis).

For bulk herbals I use to make my products, I always go to
Mountain Rose Herbs. A herbs, health and harmony c

Let me know what health condition support you wish to have recipes for and I'd love to post some tried and true suggestions! (ex. Nerves, insomnia, chest congestion, longevity, etc). Please also share all your favorite recipes! We all want to learn about your tried and true favorite teas, infusions and elixers.

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Nothing like a cup of herbal tea to gently bring healing to the body, soul and spirit!
I use Traditional Medicinals brand. They have teas for every ailment. I started using these when I was pregnant with my 3rd child. They have Pregnancy Tea, Nursing Moms Tea....teas for colds, etc...Check them out! : )
Here are two great recipes from Rosemary Gladstar, one of my most trusted literary sources for herbal guidance.

Nerve Tonic Formula #1

3 parts lemon balm
1 part chamomile (omit if you are sensitive to ragweed)
1 part oat tops
1/2 part chrysanthemum flowers
1/2 part rose petals
1/4 part lavender flowers
(raw honey to taste)

Combine the herbs, prepare as an infusion. Drink 1 cup 3 or 4 times daily.

Womb Tea (tones the pelvic region and is highly recommended for those female internal parts.)
2 parts nettle
2 parts white oak bark
1 part lady's mantle
1 part oats
1 part raspberry leaf
spearmint or peppermint (optional - for flavor)

Prepare as an infusion, drink 2 - 3 cups daily.
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If purchasing and combining all these herbs is overwhelming, I often purchase the Mountain Rose healing teas preassembled. (See my link above). My favorites are The Blues Blend (depression), Flashes Blend (hormones), Seasons of Discontent (hormones, irritability), Persephone's Blend (liver help), and Moon Ease (PMS)...I actually have little bags of these in my satchel as we speak.

Because herbal teas often taste a like leaves and branches, here's a tip I use to liven up the herbal flavor :

I often mix in a tsp of my Cranberry Fruit Infusion mix of cranberries, apples, rosehips and hibiscus from my own small tea business - and everything tastes sweeter and looks prettier! Its fun to experiment :)
This thread about tea gave me this inspiration to write about weight control and green tea in my blog/website, The Giving Teas Project.

Here are some of the facts I share:

Scientific research resoundingly demonstrates that green tea can be a supportive of maintaing a healthy weight.

How does green tea promote weight loss? The catechins in green tea influence metabolism in several ways:

* Inhibiting intestinal lipases

*Decreasing fat absorption

*Increasing fat excretion

*Increasing uncoupling proteins

*Increasing thermogenesis

*Decreasing lipogenic enzymes

*Suppressing appetite

One study supplemented a group of female laboratory mice with green tea (from 1% to 4% of their diets) for four months to determine which effects it may have on food intake and weight. At the end of the study researchers found that mice with tea supplemented diets showed significantly decreased food intake, decreased weight gain, and decreased fat mass. Levels of cholesterol and triglycerides were also lower. In addition, serum leptin levels were also shown to be lower.

Another study supplemented green tea catechin EGCG (50-100mg/kg) in pure form and found that it reduced or prevented an increase in body weight in lean and in obese laboratory rats.

In humans, intake of green tea was found to increase thermogenesis. The thermogenic effect was found to be greater than that due to the amount of caffeine found in the tea.

A study in 10 subjects found that compared to placebo, green tea extract resulted in a significant (4%) increase in energy expenditure. In addition, the excretion of norepinephrine was higher during treatment with the green tea extract than with a placebo. This supports the finding that there was an increase in thermogenesis due to increased norepinephrine levels in the body.

These are my personal favorite blends - and now that this Raw Food Rehab challenge has begun I try to keep a cup of hot tea in my hands at all times - it helps me not feed my urge to cheat!

Green Passion: gunpowder green tea, mango bits, papaya bits, sunflowers and essence

Moroccan Mint: green tea and spearmint

Keylime Cheesecake: green tea, lime peels, lemongrass, pineapple, apple and essence

Pink Lemonade: green tea, lemon peels, hibiscus, peonies and essence

Green Chai: green tea blended with almonds, cloves, cinnamon and roses

Mojito: sencha, spearmint, rock sugar and limes

Goji Pom Pom: sencha, goji berries, cornflowers and essence

Has any one else found the warmth of tea helpful to your challenge??
Angela,

My favorite bar none, is Green Passion. I can also get more tea when I use a coffee press, I can get two 32 ounce servings using on serving of the tea, and the mango and papaya flavors mean I am not adding alot of sweetners. Love this tea!
I think that the more healthy liquids - WATER and high quality teas you drink, the faster the weight starts to shed! For me, I already see a difference in my face (and on the scale) when I drink more water and tea.

When my tummy is full of pleasant warmth from quality tea, I tend not to snack... the subtle sweetness helps keep my appetite at bay.

Coffee, which I now no longer drink - tended to make me irritable and it seemed to affect my blood sugar somehow - big swings in energy level. Tea keeps me more settled and helps me in this raw food rehab challenge immensely.
One of my favorite teas is called Body & Mind from Teavana. This has Jasmine Pearl green tea, Monkey Picked Tie Kuan Yin oolong tea, and Drum Mountian White Cloud white tea. I steep it at 175 degrees for 3 minutes. It has a very smooth and relaxing way about it.
I use Traditional medicinal's tea as well...and love their products!
Angela,

With the summer winding down and the cold air blowing through I have been cold. I logged on today to find any suggestions for how I could warm up. I read your thread about teas and weight loss. Two birds with one stone has always worked for me! The teas you listed look delicious! Do you mind adding how much of each herb you added? Especially the green chai, I would LOVE to be drinking that right now! Thank you!

Angela said:
This thread about tea gave me this inspiration to write about weight control and green tea in my blog/website, The Giving Teas Project.

Here are some of the facts I share:

Scientific research resoundingly demonstrates that green tea can be a supportive of maintaing a healthy weight.

How does green tea promote weight loss? The catechins in green tea influence metabolism in several ways:

* Inhibiting intestinal lipases

*Decreasing fat absorption

*Increasing fat excretion

*Increasing uncoupling proteins

*Increasing thermogenesis

*Decreasing lipogenic enzymes

*Suppressing appetite

One study supplemented a group of female laboratory mice with green tea (from 1% to 4% of their diets) for four months to determine which effects it may have on food intake and weight. At the end of the study researchers found that mice with tea supplemented diets showed significantly decreased food intake, decreased weight gain, and decreased fat mass. Levels of cholesterol and triglycerides were also lower. In addition, serum leptin levels were also shown to be lower.

Another study supplemented green tea catechin EGCG (50-100mg/kg) in pure form and found that it reduced or prevented an increase in body weight in lean and in obese laboratory rats.

In humans, intake of green tea was found to increase thermogenesis. The thermogenic effect was found to be greater than that due to the amount of caffeine found in the tea.

A study in 10 subjects found that compared to placebo, green tea extract resulted in a significant (4%) increase in energy expenditure. In addition, the excretion of norepinephrine was higher during treatment with the green tea extract than with a placebo. This supports the finding that there was an increase in thermogenesis due to increased norepinephrine levels in the body.

These are my personal favorite blends - and now that this Raw Food Rehab challenge has begun I try to keep a cup of hot tea in my hands at all times - it helps me not feed my urge to cheat!

Green Passion: gunpowder green tea, mango bits, papaya bits, sunflowers and essence

Moroccan Mint: green tea and spearmint

Keylime Cheesecake: green tea, lime peels, lemongrass, pineapple, apple and essence

Pink Lemonade: green tea, lemon peels, hibiscus, peonies and essence

Green Chai: green tea blended with almonds, cloves, cinnamon and roses

Mojito: sencha, spearmint, rock sugar and limes

Goji Pom Pom: sencha, goji berries, cornflowers and essence

Has any one else found the warmth of tea helpful to your challenge??
I love a good Peppermint Nettle tea. The Nettle tea is wonderful for your blood and the peppermint soothes your body if you are achy and feeling a lil under the weather.
I have been brewing some intense and full on super herb elixir teas of late and really love them.
After beginning David Wolfes Raw Nutrition course I now am a convert to the superherbs!

So, my tea of the day is as follows (no amounts as I just throw it all in)

Reishi
cats claw
nettle
horsetail
pau d'arco
goji berries
hemp leaf
boneset

probably some other ones too but this is a good start...all brewed to a flat simmer without boiling at all and kept on the heat all day in a very large pan.
Take out as much as you like and drink as it is or add it to other ingredients to make a huge superherb smoothie!
This makes a very deep dark tea which has helped my energy and well being no end.
I love superfood elixirs! The word elixir makes it seem magical. : )

My current favorite is a simmered brew of:

Oregon Grape Root
Astragalus Root
Pau D' Arco
Horsetail
Burdock Root
Schizandra Berry
Cat's Claw Bark
Cinnamon Bark
Goji Berries
Fresh Cranberries

After simmering I add dried Thyme and Nettle leaves. Turn off the heat, cover and let sit for 12 hours. After 12 hours I strain it, squeezing all the liquid out and keep in a sealed jar in the fridge.

A straight shot reminds me of prune juice. I also use it as a base for blending up a powerful superfood smoothie. I add a chunk of aloe vera (the gel inside the leaf only) , a big piece of soaked Irish moss, Vitamineral Green, spirulina, kelp powder, gotu kola, hempseeds, coconut oil, Host Defense (17 mushroom blend), MSM, and acai powder.

Hard core for sure, but keeps me going strong all day. : )
My favorite tea is a special cleansing, mineralizing blend I make using roughly equal amounts of the following dried herbs, except as noted:

nettle leaves
dandelion root and leaves
spearmint
peppermint (double the amount of this)
rose petals
burdock root
red clover flowers
rooibos
horsetail
Pau D' Arco
stevia leaves (a much smaller amount of this, too much ruins it)

Pour hot (almost boiling) water on it, 1 Tablespoon per cup of water. Put a lid on it, wrap with towels or a tea cozy and let steep for 20 minutes.

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