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Do you take advantage of all the nutrition that herbal tea recipes have to offer? Our modern diets are so sadly nutrient deficient, that we need to do our best to pack as much nutrient dense food into ourselves as we can.
Herbal teas are an excellent way to do just that.
Even though I’m sort of known for drinking water, and only water, I’ve been trying to mend my ways and drink more tea.
Tea is a great fit for the frugal lifestyle. How so? Many herbs, such as nettles, can easily be wild crafted. Others are incredibly easy to grow – if you can grow weeds you can grow peppermint and comfrey! And most others are inexpensively bought in bulk.
Some of my favorite herbs for tea making are:
- Alfalfa, which contains a wide variety of minerals including iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sulfur, chlorine, sodium, potassium, silicon, and trace elements. It is also a good source of Vitamin E, Vitamin C and Vitamin K, which is necessary for blood clotting, and essential amino acids which the body does not produce itself and must be obtained via food sources. Alfalfa is easy for the body to assimilate, making it a top nutritional choice.
- Oat straw is another nutritional powerhouse. I remember thinking it was so weird when my mother’s midwife had her brewing up tea with straw in it (of all things!), but as I’ve studied, I’ve learned that oat straw is rich in calcium and magnesium, and also contains B-complex vitamins, silicia, calcium, flavones, saponins, and Vitamin A.
- Nettles are a significant source of vitamin C and vitamin A, bio-available minerals, including calcium, silicon, and potassium chloride.
- Peppermint, is high in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, thiamine, iron, niacin, potassium, riboflavin, and vitamin A. It’s also one of my favorite flavors, so you’ll be hard pressed to find me making an herbal tea without including peppermint in the mix. In fact, peppermint iced tea is my all time favorite drink.
There are so many other herbs you could add to your own custom tea mix, but these four are my favorite blend for general health and wellness, especially as I’m trying to get my mineral intake higher.
Here’s how I like to mix mine:Print
Herbal Tea Recipe
- 1 cup peppermint leaves
- 1/2 cup alfalfa
- 1/2 cup oat straw
- 1/2 cup stinging nettles
Combine in a jar with an airtight lid and shake until well blended.
For a cup of tea use 1 tablespoon of mix in your tea infuser and let steep for 5-10 minutes.
For one quart of tea, use 1/4 cup of tea mix, or as much as you need to suit your taste.
This tea is excellent hot or cold, and I’m a huge fan of keeping a pitcher of it in the refrigerator during these summer months.
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