Basic Herbal Tea Ratio
The basic tea recipe is 1 Tbs. (which equals 3 tsp.) of herbs to 1 cup of boiling water. Allow steeping for 10-15 minutes. It is always best to cover the cup of tea while the herbs are steeping to preserve the healthy oils. Add honey or milk to taste. You can stock your pantry with many of the herbs I listed above and play around with combinations and find out what flavors you like best.
Relaxing tea recipe suggestions:
· 1 Tbs. chamomile, added to 1 cup of boiling water. Steep for 10-15 minutes.
· Add 2 tsp. chamomile and 1 tsp. of lavender to 1 cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes.
· Combine 1 tsp. chamomile, 1 tsp. lemon balm and 1 tsp. lavender. Add 1 cup of boiling water and steep for 10 minutes.
Nutritional infusion recipe suggestion:
· Mix 2 part nettle, 2 part raspberry leaf, 1 part chamomile, 1 part oatstraw, ¼ part red clover. Put 1 oz of mixture into a mason jar and add 1 quart of boiling water. Cover and steep anywhere from 1-2 hours. Drink 1-4 cups daily.
See the recipe for “Calming Tea” for a version of tea that is both soothing to the nerves as well as aid in digestion. Aviva Jill Romm writes that you can even take Calming Tea during labor to help ease your contractions.