Passion Flower Tea

Passion flower tea is used to treat a variety of conditions including anxiety as well as many others.

Passion flower can be used as a herb, or purchased as passion flower extract.

This article will discuss several aspects on how the passion flower herb is used, passion flower side effects, where to buy passion flower, as well as a passion flower herbal tea recipe.

Passion Flower Herb

Passion Flower TeaThe passion flower herb is acutally derived from the leaves and stems of the passion flower vine (passiflora incarnata) the vine can grow as far North as parts of Southern British Columbia Canada and is really a tropical vine.

The flowers are typically white through purple, and the fruit is yellow and egg shaped.

The passion flower vine will tolerate light frost in a protected area, but you can not let the roots freeze, the passion flower vine will die.

Passion Flower Benefits

There are many benefits that you can achieve by ingesting passion flower herb and passion flower extract. Here are some of the most common uses for passion flower herb.

  • Passion Flower is a sedative
  • Passion Flower can lower blood pressure
  • Passion Flower can help withdrawl vomiting from certain drugs
  • Passion Flower is used to treat anxiety
  • Passion Flower has calming effects
  • Passion Flower improves blood circulation
  • Passion Flower is a muscle relaxant
  • Passion Flower stimulates testosterone production
  • Passion Flower helps with nicotine withdrawl
  • Passion Flower can be used as a pain killer

How to Make Passion Flower Tea

A common question we get is how to make passion flower herbal tea. Here is the basic recipe:

  • 1 teaspoon passion flower herb
  • 8 ounces boiling water

Steep the passion flower herb in the boiling water for 8-10 minutes, strain and drink warm. You can drink up to 3 cups a day, and take the last cup before going to bed to get a good nights sleep.

Buy Passion Flower

As with all herbs, it is important to find a reliable supplier. Mountain Rose Herbs is who we use to buy all our tea herbs. You can visit their site by following the banner below.

Passion Flower & Anxiety

One of the most common conditions that is treated successfully with passion flower herb is anxiety and anxiety related illnesses.

Passion flowers sedative properties tend to relieve anxiety and provide a calming effect.

Passion Flower Side Effects

There are no known side effects from passion flower herb, though several herbalists state that pregnant women should not take passion flower due to its sedative effects.

Chamomile Herb – Herbal Tea

Chamomile Herb – Chamomile Tea

Chamomile, part of the Sunflower family is known by several species, the most common variety and what is found in most teas is the German Chamomile and is native to Europe.

Chamomile was introduced to the United States and can be found growing wild along roadsides and landfills.

Chamomile is widely known for its medicinal properties and is used to treat digestive problems and aid in sleep. Chamomile is also known as the plant doctor as it can increase the potency of other plants such as mint, oregano and basil.

Chamomile is a popular herb to be used internally as well as externally and was revered by the Egyptians who are believed to have dedicated Chamomile to their sun god.

Chamomile Tea

Herbal Tea Recipe
Chamomile tea is prepared by steeping 2 teaspoons of dried flowers to 8 ounces of boiling water for 10 minutes.

Chamomile Uses & Herbal Remedies

Chamomile Tea Benefits
Chamomile flowers can be added to salads to add color and flavor.

Chamomile has been used to settle a fussy baby and ease teething pain.

Chamomile tea can be used as a digestive aid as well as a sleep aid and can be consumed by infants and adults.

Chamomile tea in higher doses can be used to treat pains associated with cramping, associated with menstruation and intestinal and even pains associated with colds and flu.

Chamomile is often used in salves and used on hemorrhoids or wounds as well as skin inflammations and sunburn.

Chamomile is used in shampoos and lotions as well as burned for aromatherapy.

Dried Chamomile is often used in dream pillows to cause a person to dream of their true love.

Chamomile Cautions

Other than the possibility of allergy Chamomile is one of the safest herbs available.

Chamomile Chamomile

Chamomile is one of the oldest garden herbs, whose reputation as a medicinal plant shows little signs of abatement. Considered a universal remedy by the ancient Egyptians, Chamomile continues to be used today to battle illness, promote calm and relieve anxiety at bedtime. As a tisane (herbal tea), it is naturally caffeine-free. The finest varieties of Chamomile, of which our tea is great example, continue to come from Egypt. If you have yet to try it, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by its superior flavor.

Valerian Herb – Herbal Tea

Valerian Herb

Valerian Health Benefits
Valerian is a flowering perennial plant with sweet scented white or pink flowers that can become overpowering when placed together in a vase. Valerian was introduced to North America from Europe and Asia and is used medicinally today in the same way it was throughout history; as a sedative. Though it is often referred to as the herbal formm of valium, there is no relationship between valerian root and valium other than they both are sedatives.Valerian root is available in dried forms, tinctures and capsules and is nearly exclusively used for its sedative effects; however, it has been used to treat irritable bowel syndrome and a few other complaints.

Valerian Tea

Valerian Root Tea
Valerian tea is prepared by steeping 1 – 2 teaspoons dried valerian root herb in 8 ounces of boiling water for 10 minutes. This should be diluted by ½ for children less than 12 years of age and by ½ again for children less than 6 years of age.

Valerian Uses & Herbal Remedies

Valerian Health Benefits
Valerian teaValerian root is used to treat insomnia and anxiety and is most useful after taken for a couple weeks before significant results are found. It was originally used to in relation with epilepsy.Valerian has been used to treat gastrointestinal spasms, epilepsy and ADHD; however, no scientific research supports these uses.

Valerian herb is thought to be desired by rats and has been used to bait rat traps. In some versions of the story, in addition to his flute the Pied Piper of Hamlin used Valerian to attract the rats.

In some cats Valerian has the same effect as Catnip.

Valerian Cautions

Side Effects of Valerian
Some persons may experience the opposite effect when using Valerian and may have headache, agitation and night terrors. These are some of the side effects of valerian.Due to lack of study Valerian is not recommended during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

Children under 3 years of age should not be given Valerian.

Valerian should not be used in combination with alcohol or barbiturates.

Do not operate machinery or drive until you know how Valerian affects you.

Hops Tea

Hops tea may sound a little weird as hops herbs are associated with making beer to most people.

The hops plant which is really a vine is actually quite easy to grow in North American gardens and quite hardy and fast growing. Hops plants are a deciduous vine which return to enchant you year after year. The flowers are white and the hops vine is a great addtion to any tea garden.

The flowers have a sweet citrus flavor and are rich with antibiotic properties. Hops has traditionally been used to relieve tension, stress, anxiety and help get a good nights sleep. It is also used to increase breast milk production in nursing mothers.

Hops Tea Recipe

Hops Tea - Buy HopsMaking tea with hops is quite simple as are most herbal tea infusions. Here is how to make the tea:

  • 1 heaping teaspoon organic hops flower
  • 8 ounces boiling water

Now to get the full benefit of the tea, you have to let this steep for at least 4 hours. If a weeker tea is preferred, you can steep for just a few minutes. Strain before drinking the tea.

Hops are often blended with the following herbs when making herbal tea:

One of the biggest benefits for using hops as a sleep aid, is you wake feeling refreshed. It does not leave you groggy or cloudy in the head.

Buying Hops

Where to buy hops can be a problem. We use Mountain Rose Herbs and they offer certified organic hops for making tea. We recommend them regardless of if you are increasing breast milk supply or trying to get a restful sleep. You can buy small and large quantities and up to a 40% discounet if you buy in bulk.

Where to Buy Hops Herbal Tea

There are several commercial teas which contain hops as well as other herbal ingredients such as valerian. We do recommend that you brew your own, however if you are looking for convenience, sometimes a tea bag is the best way to go. Here are the most popular hops commercial teas.

Cranberry Tea Herbal Tea – Herbal Remedies

Cranberry tea can take on many forms other than being served up hot on its own.

First will talk about cranberry herbal tea on its own.

Cranberry Herbal Tea and Cranberry Spiced Tea are holiday and Christmas favorites. If you have ever had cranberry herbal tea on a cold winter day, you will likely remember it fondly. Adagio Teas offers a wide variety of cranberry infused teas if you don’t want to blend your own tea.

Made with fresh cranberries, big batches of spiced cranberry herbal tea are a tradition with some families. Here is my favorite recipe:

Traditional Cranberry Herbal Tea Recipe

Cranberry Tea

  • 1 package of fresh cranberries
  • 3 quarts of water
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • Juice of 2 Oranges
  • Juice of 2 Lemons
  • 12 Cloves
  • 2 Sticks of Cinnamon

Put the cranberries and water into a pot and bring to a boil, simmer for 30 minutes. Ad all other ingredients and steep for 1 hour or longer.

Re heat to serve. Your family will love it.

Health Benefits of Cranberries

Cranberries are filled with lots of great nutrients. Anti Oxidants which fight free radicals and can help prevent cancer.

Cranberries are also useful in treating heart disease, lowering cholesterol and in fighting yeast infections. It is also useful for preventing plaque build up on teeth, prevents periodontal disease (gum disease) and is proven helpful in treating many types of cancer including breast cancer, stomach cancer, and can slow the growth of some tumors.

Cranberries & Loose Tea

Dried cranberries can be added to any type of loose leaf tea, my personal favorites are cranberry white tea and cranberry green tea, but you can infuse any loose leaf tea with cranberries for a delicious nutritious boost. Adagio Teas offers a great selection if you search the word cranberry.

Clover Tea – Herbal Tea

Clover tea and the red clover blossom can have an affect on fertility in women. The botanical name is Trifolium pratense.

Red Clover Blossom

The red clover blossom is actually the common pink blossom that we see. This is a powerful fertility herb. When shopping for the dried red clover blossom, make sure you find an organic supplier. There is also Red Clover Extract or Pills available from vitamin stores or online. Mountain Rose Herbs is an excellent supplier of organic herbs and teas.

Red Clover Blossom the Fertility Herb

Scientists and researches have found identified estrogen-like substances called isoflavones and anticoagulant chemicals called coumarins in red clover herb. The part of the plant that is used is only the blossom and it is used in it’s dried form. The isoflavones can increase fertility rates. It is also effective in menopausal women for decreasing the side effects suffered during menopause.

Red Clover Blossom & Blood Pressure

Red clover may also benefit bone density and reduce blood pressure.

Red Clover Blossom Tea

Effective for menopause and fertility in women.

  • 1 ounce dried Red Clover Blossom – Organic if possible
  • 1 quart of fresh cold water – filtered pure water is best

Bring the water to a boil in a kettle. Place the Red Clover Blossoms in a jar or glass container, no plastics, with a tight fitting lid. Fill the container with the boiled water and make sure the lid is on tight. You do not want any steam to escape and the nutrients to evaporate.

Let the Tea infuse for at least 4 hours at room temperature, overnight is better. Drink 1 – 4 cups a day.

Brewing Black Tea The Right Way!

Black tea, in my opinion, is probably the easiest tea to get right when you are learning how to brew loose leaf tea. Some of the other types of tea can be a little difficult to get right if your not used to it, and it takes a bit of practice.

However, because of its particular oxidizing process, the water temperature doesn’t have to be a specific degree to get it right when brewing the blacks. It should simply be as hot as possible so it can open the tea leaves and release the hearty, aromatic flavor and polyphenols this tea contains.

The “How To” of Brewing the Black Loose Leaf Teas

-Boil some water in a pot

-Scoop out roughly a teaspoon over leaves per 5 oz. of water, and pour the hot water over the leaves – The water should be roughly 203-212 degrees. For the best results, pour as soon as possible after the water is boiling.

Black Tea
-Let the tea steep for a minimum of 30 seconds, and an absolute maximum of 5 minutes. After 5 minutes a chemical calledtannin is released which counteracts the stimulating effects of theophylline and caffeine and makes the tea taste bitter.

It should be steeped in a chinese yixing teapot.These teapots are known for the high-quality clay that is used to make them, as well as their ability to hold heat extremely well. It’s said that you shouldn’t use metal (stainless steel) in any process of the brewing process, so therefore a clay teapot is pretty much necessary! They add a great deal of the correct flavor you should experience with black teas (as well as oolong and some pu-erhs), so they are very important.

Experiment with a few steeping times to find your favored taste, and record the time it took to bring out that taste. Steeping times are only an estimate as to what the average tea should taste like, but obviously specific people’s taste varies, so steep according to your taste.

Peach Iced Tea Recipe – Iced Tea Recipes

Our Yummy Peach Iced Tea Recipe is sure to please your friends and family. Peach Iced Tea is usually made with black tea, and orange pekoe tea bags are the most common to use but you can use any type of tea.

For maximum health benefit, I suggest using loose black tea, organic if possible. It really makes a difference to the quality of the iced tea.

Using Green Teas and White Teas as your iced tea base will just have a much lighter tea flavor and alot more peach flavour.

Recipe for Peach Iced tea

  • 3 tea bags – orange pekoe or black loose tea works best
  • 4 cups cold water – try to use the best water you can
  • 5 cans peach nectar – 3 and a bit cups
  • 1/4 cup chilled simple syrup or to taste.

Simple Iced Tea Syrup

  • 1 1/3 cups white sugar (use half as much if you are using brown)
  • 1 1/4 cups water

Peach slices for garnish Basil for Garnish

Place tea bags in a quart-size glass measure or heatproof bowl. In a saucepan bring water just to a boil and pour over tea bags. Steep tea 5 minutes and strain through a sieve into a heatproof pitcher. Cool tea and chill, covered, until cold, about 1 hour.

Stir in nectar and syrup. Serve tea over ice in tall glasses and garnish with peach slices and basil sprigs.

To make simple syrup: In a saucepan bring sugar and water to a boil, stirring, and boil until sugar is completely dissolved. Let syrup cool and chill, covered. Syrup may be made 2 weeks ahead and chilled, covered.

About Iced Tea Syrup

So why do most iced tea recipes call for iced tea syrup? Simple, the syrup is a liquid sweatner. If you were to just pour sugar into the iced tea, it would be difficult to get it to dissolve, so lots of granules in the cup or pitcher.

With the syrup, it is just mixed right in and presto, no sugar granules in the bottom of the cup.

Iced Tea Tips – Making Iced Tea

Everyone loves Iced Tea, so I put together a few Iced Tea Tips & Tricks to make sure that you serve up the best tall refreshing glass possible.

It is not as simple as everyone thinks to make a perfect glass of iced tea.

There are lots of factors to consider from the type of tea, the water, sugars and sweetners, garnishes, and storing the tea. These things all affect how good your tea tastes.

Choosing Your Iced Tea Ingredients

It all starts with the ingredients. Find organic teas, loose leaf is possible and use this as your base. The water is also of the utmost importance.

If you use a low quality tap water, you will taste it in your results. If you have poor water quality, use bottled water to make your tea.

Adding sugar and sweetening your iced tea needs to be done with a simpley syrup. This will avoid sugar crystals in the served tea. See our recipe for a Simple Syrup Here

Iced Tea – Steeping Time

Don’t let those leaves steep too long, results will be a bitter batch of tea. Read the directions and stop the steep a little sooner rather than later. The tea will become a little more bitter as it cools.

Adding Herbs Spices & Juice to Iced Tea

If you are using herbs, spices or adding fruit juice, fresh is always best.

If you use juice from a tin, the result will be poor. Try to find fresh juice and herbs to use in your recipes.

Store your Iced Tea in a Glass Container

Plastic and metal containers will spoil your tea in no time. Plastics absorb and release tastes and odours. Metal is just plain wrong for storing your iced tea, it will take the taste of the metal container on very quickly.

Also, seal your container. Odours from the fridge will find their way in if you don’t.

Don’t forget the ICE

Bad ice cubes can ruin the best glass of ice tea. Make sure your ice is fresh and you won’t have that problem.

Iced Tea Garnishes

Often lemons, herbs, and even flowers are used as garnishes when serving iced tea. Garnish at the last moment possible to avoid a soggy mess. If you have left over tea and you are going to store it, remove all garnishes befor placing the tea in a glass container with a tight fitting lid.

Storing Iced Tea

Drink your tea within 24 hours for best results, any longer and it will be quite bitter. Remeber to always store the tea in a glass container.

I hope your find these iced tea tips and tricks useful. If you have any tips to add, please send them along and I will post them.