July Evening Tea
This is great to be shared with a companion on a lovely summer evening. Steep 1 large fresh monarda flower and a dozen fresh lavender flower heads in 2 cups of water for 10 minutes. Pour the mixture over crushed ice or ice cubes. Other herbs that also be added are lemon verbena leaves, lemon balm leaves, and chamomile flowers.
Lavender Mint Tea
Mix together 1 part lavender flowers and 2 parts mint leaves. To make the blend more interesting include lemon balm or lemon verbena, rosemary, and rose geranium.
To make a jar of anise-flavored tea, use dried anise hyssop leaves and a few spoonfuls of fennel seed. You may also add anise basil leaves or lemon verbena to the blend
Rose Geranium Tea
Mix dried rose-scented geranium leaves, a few whole cloves, crushed cinnamon sticks. After brewing, add dried lemon peel, or fresh lemon. To achieve a fuller-bodied flavor add a teabag while brewing
Orange Mint Tea
Use a citrus-flavored mint, such as orange or bergamot, or any mint herb. Add grated dried orange or lemon rind, cinnamon, cloves, and calendula petals or “Lemon Gem” marigold leaves.
Sweet Orange Tea
Mix 1 part each of orange mint, cinnamon basil, and peppermint, plus ½ part of dried orange peel. Add a little minced vanilla bean to the mixture.
Make a tea by mixing 1 part chamomile, 1 part catmint, and ½ part catnip. These herbs are known for their soothing and calming properties.
Apple Sage Tea
Mix 3 cups of apple mint leaves, 1 cup of sage leaves, and 5 crushed cinnamon sticks. Additional spices may be added, such as cloves, allspice, and cardamom. You can also add cinnamon basil or a lemon herb if you wish.
Body Refreshing Tea
This tea is known to help remove body odor and keep you feeling fresh. It is a recipe from The Herbal Home Spa by Greta Breedlove.
Steep wither 1 tablespoon fresh or 1 tablespoon dried thyme or peppermint in boiling water for 20 minutes. Drink three times a day.
Some Precautions on Drinking Herbal Teas
Although herbal teas are generally considered safe because they are diluted by brewing, there are individuals who may still be sensitive or allergic to some herbs. For instance, people who have allergic reactions to chrysanthemums, asters, yarrow, or ragweed may react to chamomile.
A few plants that were once known as edible are now considered toxic. These include wormwood, comfrey, tansy, pennyroyal, and sassafras. These plants must not be ingested.
Traditional uses of herbs must not be considered substitutes for medical advice. It is strongly recommended that you educate yourself on plant uses and be informed on the current developments on medical researches as regards to the use of herbs.