Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Nourishing Herbal Tea Infusion


Herbal tea infusions are so good for you.  They are loaded with beneficial vitamins and minerals, all of which are readily available for your body.  You can’t get that from a vitamin supplement. 

Herbal tea infusions are great because they are nourishing, can have medicinal properties and are hydrating (they count towards your daily water intake).  My Nourishing Herbal Tea Infusion was inspired by Aviva Jill Romm’s Nourishment Tea.  My midwives gave me the Nourishment Tea recipe when I was pregnant.  I drank this tea throughout my pregnancy and post-partum to help with milk production and healing.

My version is high in calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, vitamin A, B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc and bioflavonoids.  It’s also great for lactating moms, the red raspberry leaves, nettle, and fennel seeds all help boost milk production.   


The stars of this herbal tea infusion:
  • Red Raspberry Leaves: Rich in calcium, manganese, iron, niacin, citrate of iron, magnesium, selenium, vitamins A and C.  It also has moderate amounts of phosphorus, potassium, B vitamins and zinc.  Tones uterine muscles, helps prevent miscarriage and hemorrhage during pregnancy and helps boost milk supply in breastfeeding moms.
  • Rose hips: Very high in vitamin C, more so than many other herbs and foods.  They also contain vitamin A, B vitamins, vitamin E, calcium, iron, manganese, selenium and zinc.  They have a wonderful sweet taste.
  • Nettle: Highly usable vitamin K, high in minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, selenium, potassium and zinc.  Amazing herb, promotes kidney function, excellent for pregnancy (should be in a pregnant woman’s daily diet), helps prevent anemia and boosts milk supply in breastfeeding moms.
  • Oatstraw: Rich in calcium, magnesium, iron and selenium.  Also high in vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, E and K.  Promotes relaxed nerves, healthy muscle functioning, builds strong bones and teeth, stabilizes blood sugar levels, nourishes the pancreas, liver and adrenals, helps ease pain from headaches and helps with sleep.
  • Cinnamon: Has medicinal properties, is known for it warming effect and aids in digestion.  It also adds a wonderful sweet and spicy flavor to teas.
  • Fennel seed: Helps with digestion and is excellent for increasing and enriching breastmilk in nursing moms.  It also helps prevent colic or gassiness in babies.  

This tea is so refreshing iced on a hot summer day.  Enjoy it hot on a chilly morning in the fall or winter.

Can’t find bulk herbs locally?  My favorite source for bulk herbs is Mountain Rose Herbs.   They have a wonderful selection of organic herbs at great prices. 
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Nourishing Herbal Tea Infusion – Enjoy Iced or Hot
Hydrating, nourishing and so delicious.

  • 3 parts dried red raspberry leaves
  • 2 parts dried rose hips
  • 1 part dried nettle
  • 1 part dried oatstraw
  • ½ part cinnamon chips
  • ½ part dried fennel seed
  • ¼ part dried spearmint leaves (optional, omit if using homeopathy)
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • Ice (optional)
  • Raw honey or fresh fruit juice (optional)

1.     Combine all dried herbs in a medium size bowl, store herb mixture in airtight glass container.


2.    Boil water in medium-size saucepan or in a tea kettle.
3.    Bring water to a boil, remove from heat.  Add 4 tablespoons of herb mixture to water (1 tablespoon per 1 cup of water). COVER, this ensures that you receive all of the nutritional benefits from the herbs.


4.    Steep 30 minutes to 4 hours for maximum benefit.  The longer you steep, the stronger the flavor will be.  If you don’t care for a stronger flavor, reduce the steeping time to 30 minutes. 
5.     Strain tea. 
6.    Sweeten with small amount of honey or fresh fruit juice if desired.  If you want to retain some of the beneficial properties of raw honey or fresh juice, add after tea has cooled some.
7.     Store extra tea in the refrigerator up to a week. 


Dosage: Drink 1 to 4 cups daily. 

Enjoy iced on a hot summer day or hot on a chilly day. 

Disclaimer: ALL information you read on Recipes to Nourish is purely for informational and educational purposes only.  I love to share and share with love, but I am not a health care practitioner.  This information is not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease.  If you have questions about food, diet, nutrition, natural remedies or holistic health, please do your own research and consult with your health care practitioner.  


This post is part of Living Well Blog Hop @ Jo's Health Corner, Wellness Weekend @ Diet, Dessert and Dogs, Whole Health Weekend Link-Up @ Nourishing Treasures, and Tea Party Tuesday @ Sweetology.  

12 comments:

  1. I make a similar tea from Bulk Herb Store. This has peppermint and alfalfa instead of spearmint and oatstraw. Mighty try yours. How much powdered cinnamon would you use? I also add aloe vera juice to my husband's tea for his stomach.

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  2. @ tstanley2, that's great, alfalfa is another great herb. I've never used powdered cinnamon before, so I'm not sure. I only use cinnamon chips (little broken pieces of the cinnamon stick). You can omit the cinnamon, I just love the flavor.

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  3. How refreshing!

    Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasure's Whole Health Weekend Link-Up.

    Check back tomorrow when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

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  4. @ NaturalFamiLea, thanks and thanks for hosting.

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  5. Herbal tea infusion is the best option for remain healthy and fit. Herbal tea is giving relaxation and freshness to the mind.
    herbal tea

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  6. i'm bagging this up and giving as Christmas gifts!

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  7. Oh that's wonderful! I love giving tea as gifts too :)

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  8. I thought infusions needed to seep at least 4-8 hours

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    1. 30 minutes is the minimum steeping time for infusions. Of course infusions can steep for many hours as well, I often steep overnight.

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  9. Do you do your parts by volume or by weight? I am guessing it is by volume...

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    1. I just use a measuring cup, and honestly, sometimes I just eye ball it so it's not a perfect measurement.

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    2. I meant to say measuring cup and measuring spoons.

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