The end of the summer has approached and harvesting of herbal green leaves has begun. Gather your herbs up, lay them on paper bags to dry in a cool, shaded and dry location for the next 3 to 5 days. Removing the stems will speed this process of drying and prevent mold and mildew. Mold and mildew will ruin your hard work and leave you with nothing to use.
Once your herbs are dry, lets begin putting together a great Medicinal Herbal Tea. What will you need? Great question since we want to have a tea to aid or prevent the common cold and flu season. You will want others for common uses, such as; insomnia, upset stomach, headaches, aches and pains.
You may even prefer to keep all the herbs separated and labeled so you can make customized teas along the way. This is not a large concern since their is usually a lot of harvest, thus allowing you to have ready made tea blends and separate labeled jars/containers of dried herbs.
This blend should contain herbs high in Vitamin C, antioxidants and trace minerals. Consider herbs that strengthen the immune system. If you are unfamiliar with the exact nutritional value of herbs, use reference books and the internet for reliable sources.
The first herb you should place in this blend; Dandelion – you will get potassium, magnesium and beta carotene to boot. Peppermint to clear out mucous and soothe membranes and bronchial tubes. Lemon Balm helps with increase in body heat and soothes the nervous system to governs the bronchial system. Elder berries and Elder Flowers to assist the immune system, strengthen it, improve the flavor and high in Vitamin C and antioxidants. Yarrow will help clear out dampness, mucous and keep general upset of the nervous system and breathing ease. Mugwort and Mullein would be great and remember, you don’t have to use all these herbs, one or some would take care of you.
Insomnia – some people look to Lavender, but consider Chamomile instead or in conjunction with Lavender. Chamomile is great for upset stomach, heartburn, indigestion and acid reflex too. Chamomile is a mild pain reliever without fear of using with other medications and its safe for children of all ages including elders.
Aches and Pains:
Consider those herbs that improve circulation, such as; Lemon Balm, Rosemary, All of the Mints in your herb garden, St. John’s Wort, Bee Balm, Yarrow and Comfrey. If you happen to have Thistle that would be great too. Motherwort and Common Sage.
Lets not leave out Basil too.
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