Blessed Thistle Herb – Herbal Tea

Blessed Thistle Overview

Blessed Thistle Herb is native to the Mediterranean. It can be found growing in the Eastern United States and all through out Europe and is widely known for its medicinal qualities.

Traditionally Blessed Thistle leaves and flower tops were used to enhance the appetite and ease digestive related problems.

Blessed Thistle leaves are rather leathery and hairy and blooms with yellow flower tops, both the leaves and the flower is used for several medicinal applications. Teas made of Blessed Thistle have been drunk before meals through out history to stimulate appetite and aid in digestion. It is also known as Blessed Tea.

Benefits of Blessed Thistle

Blessed Thistle tea is often consumed before a meal to aid in digestion and to avoid flatulence.

Historically Blessed Thistle would be grown by monks to cure Small Pox.

Blessed Thistle can be used to regulate menstruation by bringing it on as well as aiding in heavy flow.

Blessed Thistle Breastfeeding

Blessed Thistle tea can be used alone or with other herbs to aid in lactation for breastfeeding women.The most common herb to enhance breast milk production is fenugreek and milk thistle.

The combination of fenugreek and milkthistle tea has been used to help with breastmilk flow and production for 100’s of years.

Blessed Thistle Tea Recipe

Blessed Tea can be prepared by steeping 1 – 2 teaspoons of dried Blessed Thistle leaves and flowers in 8 ounces of boiling water for 10 minutes. Blessed Thistle can be combined with other herbs as well.

Blessed Thistle Cautions

Blessed Thistle should not be used by women who are pregnant as it could cause miscarriage or other complications.

Large doses of Blessed Thistle could cause vomiting and or diarrhea.

Hawthorne Herb Tea Ingredients

Hawthorne Herb

Hawthorne HerbThe prickley Hawthorne bush is native to Europe, Africa and western Asia and is often used as a hedge in Europe though it grows to be about 13 feet high. In North American climates the hawthorne tree grows to about 5 feet tall. The Hawthorne plant has a grayish colored bark and thorns that grow along the branches. The leaves are shiny and dark green with a bluish tint to the undersides. Hawthorne trees produce white flowers and bright red berries that hang in clusters.

Hawthorne berries are widely used for heart problems and its medicinal value for blood and heart related illness is thought to be both effective and safer than other drugs with similar qualities. Hawthorne is used for irregular heart beat, to lessen the plaque build up in arteries and increase blood flow and oxygen in the blood to the heart and brain. It is known as a high blood pressure regulator.

In addition to the benefits to the heart and circulatory system Hawthorne has been used to rid the body of excess water and salts and support weight loss programs. Medicinal properties extend to digestive disorders, insomnia and even sore throats can be relieved by Hawthorne. Effect of the benefits from Hawthorne herbals are seen after several weeks use as it is a slow acting herb. Hawthorn is available as a dried herb, tea and as a tincture which is more potent than the tea. It is sometimes found under the name Indian Hawthorne.

It is thought that the thorns of the Hawthorne tree were used to make the crown of thorns worn by Jesus at his crucifixion.

Hawthorne Tea Recipe

Hawthorne tea is prepared by steeping 1 – 2 teaspoons dried leaf and flower or 2 – 3 teaspoons of the dried crushed berry in 8 ounces of boiling water for 15 – 20 minutes. Hawthorne extract can also be added to other herbal teas for additional effects.

Hawthorne Uses & Herbal Remedies

Hawthorne herb is often used to quiet muscle spasms and as a sedative of the nervous system without inducing sleep.

A compress of Hawthorne berries have been used to help remove splinters and embedded foreign bodies in the skin.

Hawthorne is thought to be an effective treatment in heart disease and will help to improve blood supply to the heart and smooth the heart contractions.

The leaf bud of the Hawthorne can be cooked and eaten, the leaf can be chewed to nourish and relieve hunger, the berries can be used to make jellies and fruit sauces and the flowers can be added to salads.

Hawthorne Side Effects & Cautions

Hawthorne is considered a safe herb; however, caution should be made in excessive use of it.

Meadowsweet Herb – Herbal Tea

Meadowsweet Herb

Found growing in damp meadows, ditches and pond or river banks, Meadowsweet is a perennial herb common to Europe, Eastern US and Canada.

Meadowsweet has creeping roots, long and thin reddish stems and produces white five peddled flowers with protruding stamens.

In the late 1800’s a component of the Meadowsweet plant was used to create an ingredient in the drug Aspirin that is still used today. Along with Vervain and Water Mint, Meadowsweet was considered sacred to the ancient Druids. The herb is aromatic and the flower scent is not the same as the scent of the leaves which give a more almond aroma.

Meadowsweet Tea

A tea can be prepared from Meadowsweet by steeping 1 ounce dried herb in 1 pint of boiling water for 10 minutes.

Meadowsweet Uses & Herbal Remedies

Meadowsweet can be used to ease symptoms associated with colds and flu including respiratory problems, aches and fever.

Meadowsweet has been effective in treating acid indigestion and peptic ulcers.

Meadowsweet works well in combination with other herbs to treat arthritis pain and inflammation.

Meadowsweet Cautions

Caution should be used when given to children as it, like Aspirin can possibly lead to Reye’s syndrome. Those who have allergies to aspirin should not use Meadowsweet.

Decaffeinated Tea Is Easy To Make!

Making your own decaffeinated tea consists of nothing more than water and tea. It can’t be simpler! If you are worried about getting too much caffeine, or if you can only have it in small amounts for medical purposes, make sure you read this page.

The best way to make your own decaffeinated tea

1) Start making your tea like you normally would.

2) Boil some water, let the water cool (depending on what type of tea), and pour the water over the leaves to let them infuse. You shouldn’t use much water because your going to be pouring it out anyway.

Instead of infusing the leaves for a few minutes, only let them infuse for about 30-45 seconds, and pour off the lightly infused water.

3) Finally, put the leaves back in the pot and pour the water over them like you normally would. Let them infuse for the regular amount of time that they should infuse depending on the tea.

Since most of the caffeine comes out of the tea within the first 30-45 seconds, you now have tea that has about 80% less than it normally had. You’ve just made your own homemade decaffeinated tea!

Some Reasons Not To Buy Certain Decaf Teas

If you’re interested in making your tea decaffeinated, I highly recommend you do it the way I just explained.

If you buy a decaffeinated tea from a producer, make sure you know how they make that tea decaf. There are 2 methods they take for making a tea decaf.

1) The first method uses the solvent ethyl acetate to pull the caffeine out of the tea. Although effective, it also takes out about 60% of the polyphenols (antioxidants). You want all the antioxidants you can get!

2) The second is a natural method using water and carbon dioxide. This is the preferred method of decaffeinating tea. This method is called effervescence. I highly suggest that you call the manufacturer of the tea and find out which method they use. If they do the first method, please find another supplier which uses the natural water method.

Russian Tea Cakes

Russian Tea Cakes are one of my favorite tea time cookies. They just melt in your mouth and are perfect with a cup of tea! These cookies are also known as Russian Tea Balls – the shape of course! and Russian Tea Cookies.

They are simple to make and just delicious! At christmas, the Russian Tea Balls are referred to as ‘Snowball’ Cookies!

The can be shaped, but traditionally they are rolled into a ball. Try not to handle the dough to much or you will get a ‘tough’ cookie. Little handling allows for a light, flaky cookie that melts in your mouth. Here are some free recipes for you to try for your next tea party, Christmas, or any event.

Russian Tea Cake Recipe

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature, only use real butter, no margerine
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups sifted flour (or cake flour for a finer cookie)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup fine chopped walnuts or pecans
  • icing sugar for dusting and rolling finished cookies

 

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cream the butter adding icing sugar gradually until light and fluffy. Stir in flour, vanilla.

Roll into 1-inch balls and place on an ungreased baking sheet or parchment paper.

Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until just turning golden, do not overcook.

Remove from oven and while still warm, roll in confectioners’ sugar.

Sometimes I omit the nuts from the recipe, and the cookies are still excellent.

This is the same recipe that you will find if you are looking for Russian Tea Balls or Russian Tea Cookies.

I hope you enjoy!

Russian Samovar

The Russian Samovar is used to serve Russian Tea. It is also used in Russian Tea Ceremonies and is a beautiful item.

Today, many people collect Samovars and they add grace to any tea party table.

History of the Samovar

Samovar - Russian Tea CeremonyThere is some dispute to the creation of the Samovar. Some say it originated from Russia, and others say it was created in China. Regardless, it is embedded in Russian culture.

The first Samovars date back to the late 18th century and were made from metal in the City of Tula, South of Russia. The reason for metal, is a portion of the samovar was filled with coal to keep the water and tea hot.

By the mid 19th century their were four shapes of samovars that had become traditional:

  • Cylindric Shaped
  • Barrel Shaped
  • Spherical Shaped
  • Ornate Urn Shaped

By the 1950’s electric Samovars were being introduced.

How the Samovar Works

The traditional Samovar had three compartments within it. Samovars were traditionally a large metal container with a spout at the bottom and a metal pipe running vertically through the middle of the container. The pipe was filled with coal to heat the water. A third compartment or unit went atop filled with strong concentrated tea that was also kept warm.

Tea is served from the Samovar by taking 1 part concentrate and diluting it with about 10 parts of water from the spout.

The Samovar and the Russian Tea Ceremony

The Samovar is the most well known symbol of the Russian Tea Ceremony. The entire ceremony centered around the Samovar and its ability to ‘serve tea’ to large numbers of people. The Russian expression “to have a sit by samovar” means to have a talk while drinking tea.

Instant Russian Tea Recipe

Instant Russian Tea Recipes are quite easy to find and we have included two different Russian Tea Recipes for you to try.

One of the recipes uses fruit juice as a base and the tea is ready to drink as a result, the second Russian Tea Recipe makes a dry mix that you can store in a dry container such as a jar, and make a cup of Tea at any time. It is an instant tea and makes a beautiful gift in a jar!

Modern Russian Tea Recipe

 

  • 6 cups boiling water
  • 6 tea bags
  • 2 sticks cinnamon
  • 8-10 cloves
  • 1 quart pineapple juice
  • 1 quart orange juice
  • 1-3 ounce can frozen lemon concentrate-undiluted
  • 1/2-1 cup sugar

Steep tea and spices in boiling water and remove. Add sugar. Mix juices and lemon concentrate in large pitcher. Add tea mixture. Dilute to taste.

Instant Tea Recipe – Russian

 

  • 2 cups orange-flavored drink mix (e.g. Tang)
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/4 cup instant tea powder
  • 3/4 cup lemon-flavored instant tea powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves

To prepare this Instant Tea, simply add 3 teaspoons of the dry mix to an 8oz cup of boiled water. Of course you can add more or lesss depending on your personal preference. From the ingredients, you can see this is a very ‘sweet’ tea.

 

I hope you enjoy these Free Tea Recipes! Please share them with your friends and family.

 

Cinnamon Herb – Herbal Tea

Cinnamon Herb

Cinnamon is a tree native to Sri Lanka and South India and the bark of the Cinnamon tree is used as a spice all over the world.

The Cinnamon tree grows to be about 10 – 15 meters high and produces a small purple berry which contains a single seed. Cinnamon trees are cut down almost to the ground after growing about 2 years and several shoots will then grow up from the roots. The shoots are stripped of their bark and it is set out to dry for commercial use. There are two widely used variations of Cinnamon, Cassia and Ceylon; Cassia being the stronger of the two, however the Ceylon is considered to be the true Cinnamon.

It is said that around 100 AD Pliny the Elder wrote that 350 grams of Cinnamon was equal in value to over 5 kilograms of silver which would make Cinnamon about 15 times greater in value by weight.

Cinnamon Tea

Cinnamon can be a flavorful and useful component of any tea and can be produced by boiling a Cinnamon stick in 8 ounces of water for 10 minutes and that water used for steeping any tea. You can also add 1/8 of a teaspoon of dried powdered Cinnamon to 8 ounces of hot water or added to tea.

Cinnamon Uses & Herbal Remedies

Cinnamon is used world wide as a spice and used along with sugar to flavor cereals, deserts, breads and even beverages.

Cinnamon is often used in herbal remedies as it will aid in the effectiveness of other herbs.

Cinnamon has been used to treat diarrhea, colds, flu, arthritis and even yeast infections.

Cinnamon oil can be used to deaden the nerve associated with tooth pain.

Traditionally Cinnamon has been used to enhance personal spirituality, speed healing and increase passions.

Cinnamon Cautions

The over use of Cinnamon oil in toothpastes, gums and ingestion can lead to gum inflammation and sensitivity.

High dosed of Cinnamon, generally with the internal use of the oil is cautioned during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Cinnamon can be an allergenic and can topically can cause skin irritation.

Dulse Herb – Herbal Tea

Dulse Herb

Dulse is a red algae that grows on the northern coasts of both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Dulse is commonly used as both a food and a medicine contains many vitamins, minerals, trace elements and protein. Though originally on most commonly used in Northern Ireland and Canada Dulse can be found in health food stores around the world.

Dulse can be eaten strait off the rock so to say, dried and powdered, fried, baked, added to Salsa or used to flavor meat dishes. Dulse is considered tasty by some and unpleasant by others; it has a salty and spicy flavor that is distinct.

It is a preferred taste – but the benefits of drinking dulse tea are extreme. You get a real boost of trace minerals and beneficial vitamins to the body fast.

Dulse Tea

Dulse ‘tea’ can be prepared by placing a handful of Dulse in enough hot water to cover the Dulse and cooking at a low temperature for 15 minutes. Remove the Dulse and save it to eat, add honey to the Dulse ‘tea’ for flavor.

Teas are absorbed by the body easily, allowing all the benefits of dulse to quickly be absorbed and get to work. Tea is one of the best ways to improve your health and well being.

Dulse Uses & Herbal Remedies

Dulse ‘tea’ is used to treat cold symptoms.

Dulse has traditionally been used to treat and prevent scurvy due to its high nutritive value.

Dulse contains fluoride and is thought to strengthen the teeth.

Dulse Folklore

It is thought that throwing Dulse into a body of water will bring peace to the thrower.

Dulse Cautions

Dulse is considered a safe herb, due to the harvesting and drying methods make sure there is no dried snails and sand in the Dulse.

Thyme Herbal Tea

Symptoms Relieved with Thyme Herbal Tea

  • Immune System
  • Promotes perspiration
  • Eases sore throats and coughs
  • Antiseptic
  • Digestive Aid
  • Eases Menstrual Cramps

Thyme Tea

Uses for Thyme Tea
Thyme Tea is most often used to aid in relief from the common cold, brochitis, and coughs. Thyme has the ability to dry mucous membranes and relax spasms of the bronchial passage to provide relief from coughing. Thyme is also known to fight infections and has antiseptic properties.

As a result, Thyme Tea can be effective for the following chronic conditions:

  • Bronchitis
  • Emphysema
  • Asthma
  • Hay Fever

As a digestive aid, thyme is known to combat such parasites as hookworms and tapeworms. For digestive health, mix thyme with equal amounts of red clover, sage and rosemary. If you are treating naseau, add a little sliced ginger root to the tea.

Thyme has also been effective in reducing pain associated with rheumatic arthritis and arthritic pain in joints.

The most common variety to use for tea is Thymus Vulgaris, however Thymus Serpyllum contains a sedative property.

For generations, hot Thyme tea was taken to induce menstruation when it was repressed (which is why this herb should not be used during pregnancy).

Also, it is has been proven effective in increasing perspiration which is why it has been recommended to bring down a fever and help sweat out a cold.

Externally, a strong tea tonic made of Thyme steeped in boiled water (double or triple the recipe below) can be used as an antiseptic on external cuts and wounds. This Thyme Tonic also makes a good gargle or rinse for chronic gum problems. Thyme is used frequently as an ingredient in commercial toothpastes and mouthwashes.

Thyme Tea Recipe

1 tsp of dried thyme leaves, or 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves 2 cups of boiled fresh water.

Let steep 4-5 minutes.