The herbal tea is also not just flavored water sip by the fire after a good day of skiing … Forget the cliches! Beside the armada of dietary supplements, vitamin tubes, capsules, substrates, etc. herbal tea or plant decoration can be an all-in-one, economical, ecological, and tasty way to do good.
Doing your herbal tea yourself is not very complicated, and does not take much longer than heating water and infusing a commercially purchased sachet. Just get started! Who does not have a grandmother or acquaintance who stores precious meadow, chamomile or St. John’s wort crops that she expertly distills as love filters? No need to go pick bare nettles under the full moon to be able to use the virtues (magic or not) of the plants! Here’s the way to go to learn how to make her own tea!
Where are plants found for her herbal tea?
Simply in herbalist or even in pharmacy and drugstore. Just do a little search in the directory! The most common ones (like mint, thyme, and rosemary, sometimes even linden or verbena) are sometimes present in the markets. We can also find bags of plants in stores and organic cooperative. And if you have an adventurous soul, a large well-stocked garden or the countryside at your fingertips, take the opportunity to go directly to the source!
The advantages of home-made herbal tea
It is more ecological
Herbal teas can be found in individual sachets in any large or small area. And often, if the box is cardboard and recycles, the small bags are kept in a packaging “freshness” plastic that is the worst effect in our environment – this also for organic herbal teas! Conversely, when you buy 50 or 100g of leaves from an herbalist, it will condition you in a paper bag. It’s up to you to store them at home as they are – or to pour their contents into pretty boxes or glass jars (which keep better), which you will adorn with a small label. Reduce packaging = reduce its carbon footprint!
It is more economical
Buying in bulk is not much more demanding than buying sachets. All you need is a small colander or an individual “infuser” that fits your cup. Once used, hop, a shot under the water and it’s over. The price of herbal teas in commerce varies a lot depending on the brand, the concentration of leaves and aromas … and packaging! On average, and depending on the brands it can vary from 20 to 70 euros per kilo! On the other hand, the herbalist will weigh his leaves in front of you and you will pay neither more nor less than what you will consume in the end.
She is more … natural!
Simply because we know that we put real plants! Lean on the boxes of herbal teas on the market and note among the ingredients the proportions of plants, aromas (whether natural or not, they only change the taste and bring nothing to your body), dyes … The list is not exhaustive and sometimes surprising. Of course, this is not always to be taken literally, and many herbal teas – especially organic labels – are very good and quite honorable in terms of composition. Difficult to cheat with linden!
To sum up, our purpose is not to draw up here a list of the medicinal, relaxing and purifying virtues of plants. But what is more interesting is that, if we take a few minutes. We can quickly determine which mix is best for us, dosing the tastes and effects. A real apothecary job!
Some ideas for herbal teas to prepare oneself
Purifying herbal tea
- sapwood of linden
- green anise
This tea is ideal for tired livers, circulation, and rheumatism, but also and especially for a small draining well-being cure. The sapwood of lime (bark, in other words) is a powerful diuretic and depurative. Horsetail is diuretic too, but especially remineralizing: it will prevent you from losing too much trace elements. For the taste, you can add a little green anise which also has digestive virtues.
For a liter of water: bring the water to a boil, pour 2 tablespoons of sapwood linden. Boil for 10 minutes (the water will turn a dark red color drawing on the brown). Remove from heat, add 2 tablespoons horsetail and half a teaspoon of green anise (or more depending on taste). Cover and let steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Filter. This tea is drunk hot or cold throughout the day, during a “cure” period of one to two weeks, or a day of dieting.
Energizing tea (for a cup)
- a teaspoon of thyme
- a teaspoon of hibiscus flowers
- a teaspoon of wild rose berries
A little helm, a cold that lingers, a need for energy and vitality? This is the herbal tea you need, drink preferably in the morning! Do not be afraid of associations, you will see, we want more! The tart hibiscus and the deep pink-red color make it a very nice herbal tea for winter mornings, which can be garnished with a spoonful of honey in case of a scratchy throat! Bring water to a boil, discard the mixture (loose or in an infuser), let infuse 10 minutes and filter if necessary.
Relaxing herbal tea
Plants with relaxing virtues are plethora and marry in general very well between them. My preference is a mixture of lemon balm and passionflower, but we can play with verbena, linden, sweet woodruff, poppy …
Drink well in the evening before going to sleep … For a liter of water, count 2 to 4 tablespoons of mixture. For a bowl, on the other hand, count a tablespoon.