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.

Feverfew Tea- Feverfew Herb

Feverfew tea is one of the most common holistic or healing teas.

Feverfew herb treats a variety of conditions and ailments and is very beneficial. The feverfew plant is really easy to grow and is a nice compliment to a herbal tea garden.

Feverfew herb comes in a variety of forms. There is the feverfew leaves (dried including flowers, feverfew capsules, and feverfew supplements.

Here are some of the common conditions that are treated with feverfew leaf and capsules and supplements.

  • Feverfew treats migraine headaches
  • Feverfew relieves arthritic pain and inflammation
  • Feverfew can treat hayfever and allergies
  • Feverfew can reduce fevers
  • Feverfew can regulate menstruation
  • feverfew can ease menstrual cramping
  • Feverfew is used to relieve common cold symptoms

Feverfew Pictures

Feverfew & Migraines

Feverfew plants and leaves are used to treat and relieve migraine headaches. It takes about two weeks of drinking feverfew tea or taking feverfew supplements and capsules to enjoy the relief. Feverfew often works for patients who do not have success with prescription medication for migraine relief.

Feverfew & Arthritis

Feverfew plants contain a natural substance that mimics corticosteroid cortisone. It is very effective in relieving pain and suffering associated with rhumatoid arthritis. It is anti inflammatory, and has seditive effects making it a useful alternative for treating arthritis naturally.

Feverfew Side Effects

Feverfew and pregnancy do not mix. Do not take or ingest feverfew if you are pregnant. It also encourages menstruation, which is something no pregnant woman wants.

Fever few is high in vitamins A & C and also contains significant amounts of niacin and iron. It makes a great supplement to diets.

Feverfew Tea Recipe

To make a nice cup of feverfew herbal tea, here is what you do:

  • 1 teaspoon dried organic feverfew herb
  • 8 ounces boiling water

Steep the feverfew leaves and flowers for 8-10 minutes, strain, reheat and sweeten with honey if desired.

The Boston Tea Party

The Boston Tea Party – the infamous event in Boston that we’ve all heard about in elementary and even high school. Also known as the British Tea Party, this event was a great protest against Great Britain.

They were fighting against the fact that they were being taxed for their beloved tea.

The History Behind The Tea Party

Boston Tea Party

In case you didn’t know, around the time of the Boston Tea Party in the late 1700’s, the colonies in the United States were still governed by Great Britain.

Although the colonists didn’t like this fact, they never put up much of a fuss. However, in 1765 the Stamp Act was put forth, along with the Townshend Acts in 1767.

What these acts said was that Parliament (the legislative body of Great Britain at the time) would be allowed to tax the Americans, strictly to make more money from them. Considering they were never taxed before, this caused quite an uproar in the colonies.

Because of this a man by the name of John Hancock, an American smuggler, ordered a boycott of tea. He told all the people in the colonies to stop buying tea sold from the British East India Company. This company at the time was the biggest monopoly in the entire world.

If you don’t think 1 or 2 men could put a big dent in a company of that size, think again. Sales in the colonies dropped from about 330,000 pounds to 520 pounds.

Imagine having a business in which your sales to a particular country were cut in half – more than 9 times. This created much debt in the company, so Great Britain fought back and imposed the Tea Act on the colonies.

This Tea Act made it possible for the East India Trading Company to sell directly to the colonies instead of through multiple dealers, which effectively ruined the careers of the smugglers in America such as Hancock.

This left Americans even more furious because they thought it was just another attempt by Britain to undermine their supposed freedom.

The Boston Tea Party – The Ultimate Protest

After many group meetings and protests, the Americans finally picked one infamous night to raid one of the ships coming in which was full of tea.

On December 16, 1773, a group of people known as the Sons of Liberty dressed up as Mohawk Indians and boarded the ships which were full of tea.

They hopped on board and carried each cask of tea and dumped it into the river. By the end of the night, over 90,000 pounds of tea were dumped into the river. It was estimated to be about a 10,000 pound loss in British money, but realize this was in 1773 . That would be millions in today’s money.

After The Party

After this happened, there were mixed reactions in the colonies. For example, Benjamin Franklin protested it and actually offered his own money to pay back what was lost.

Boston Tea Party Documents

More Acts and Documents were to follow as a result of the Famous Tea party! The British imposed more strict laws, such as the “Intolerable Acts” and the Americans continued to carry out acts of vengeance. The Americans also drank herbal infusions instead of real tea, but they couldn’t hold off. It was just too good!

The great thing about the Boston Tea Party is that it is believed to be the start of a series of events that lead to the American Revolution, which freed America from the rule of Britain.

Without this historical event the USA might be British today instead of Americans!

Russian Tea Recipe

Russian Tea Recipe for you to try!

It is the inclusion of the fruits and spices that led to the ‘Instant Russian Tea’ of today. Traditionally, the tea was prepared in a part of the Samovar and then diluted with water to the individual taste of the drinker.

Here is a recipe for Tradtional Russian Tea.

Traditional Russian Tea

  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar (or splenda!)
  • grated rind of one medium orange
  • 5 cups water
  • 8 cloves – whole
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • juice from 4 oranges
  • 1 1/2 tbsp loose black tea leaves
  • 8 cups boiling fresh water

Preparation of Russian Tea

Add sugar, orange rind, cloves and 5 cups of water to pot, bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes. Strain and cool.

Add the black loose tea leaves to 8 cups of boiling water, steep 3-4 minutes and strain.

Mix the strained spice and sugar mix with the tea and add the juices. Keep warm until ready to serve but do not boil.

This Russian Tea is delicious with Russian Tea Cakes & Cookies!

Traditional Egg Salad Sandwich Filling

This is a recipe for traditional egg salad sandwich filling. You can dress it up however you like and there are a few options at the end of the recipe for you to try. Egg Salad is a favorite for any Tea Party Menu.

Egg Salad Tea Party Sandwich Filling


  • 12 hard boiled eggs
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp Dijon style mustard – smooth, no seeds
  • dash of salt
  • fresh ground black pepper


Peel and crumble the eggs into a large bowl. Add mayonnaise, mustard, salt and pepper. Blend well. Spread the filling evenly over your bread, ¼ thick at the most. Follow the instructions for Building Tea Party Sandwiches. Roll or layer your sandwiches.

Egg Salad Filling – Options & Additions

Gherkins – To make the tea sandwiches even prettier you can add a center to the rolled sandwich with gherkin pickles. Make sure that you dry the gherkins on a paper towel to ensure that they do not bleed into the filling and the bread. Once they are dried with a paper towel, make a neat row of gherkins along the edge of the bread you are going to roll. This way, the gherkins will be right in the middle when the roll is sliced.

Green Onions – You can finely chop some green onion stems (use just the green) and add this to the filling. This will give you a yellow and green speckled sandwich and the flavours blend very well.

Celery – You can also finely chop some celery and add it to your filling or slice it lengthwise into ¼ inch strips and place along the starting edge of the roll to have a celery center to your sandwich.

Sassafras Herb – Herbal Tea

Sassafras Herb

Sassafras is a very small genus of deciduous trees native to eastern North America and eastern Asia.

The Sassafras tree grows up to 120 feet tall and up to 6 feet in diameter but is usually about 30 – 40 feet high with all parts of the tree being very fragrant. Sassafras is distinguishable by its unique leaf pattern; a single tree will have 3 different leaf patterns on the same branch and when the leaf is crushed smells like lemons.

Sassafras root was used to make Root Beer until 1960 when Sassafras was banned for consumption. Due to a number of animal and human illnesses with the use of Sassafras it is no longer used in beverages, teas, or even cosmetics; however, very small doses are sometimes used.

Sassafras Folklore

An old folk tale tells of the Gods and Goddesses making humans from double trees turning the limbs into arms and legs and the crown into a head full of wisdom. The Sassafras tree saw this and wanted to be human too but just couldn’t make it and this is why the Sassafras tree has mitten shaped leaves; as it tried to form hands.

Sassafras Uses

Powdered Sassafras is used as a thickening agent in some gumbo dishes in other countries.

Sassafras wood is considered very durable and is used to make posts and barrels and cabinetry.

Sassafras was used to make Root Beer by boiling the roots in molasses; however, this is not considered safe and has been banned.

Native Americans used Sassafras to treat many ills including headaches and to cause abortions.

Sassafras was used to treat insect bites when the leaves were crushed and rubbed directly on the insect bite.

Sassafras Dangers & Cautions

Sassafras is not considered a safe herb and should not be used internally or externally.

Peach Tea Recipe

There are many different Peach Tea Recipes out there for you to try. As long as you have gotten the base down, you can really try many variations of this lovely fruity tea!

In order to get the peach flavour into the tea, I like to use canned peaches. You have a couple of choice when using the canned variety, but it is readily available and less expensive than purchasing pure peach juice.

Look for canned peaches in a light syrup, if you use the heavy syrup variety, the tea can be overly sweet.

Ok, here is the recipe I like to use.

Peach Iced Tea Recipe

  • 4 cups cold fresh water
  • 4 tea bags or 4 tsp loose tea leaves
  • 1 can peaches in light syrup
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • dash of cinnamon or cinnamon sticks – optional

Bring water to a boil in a kettle or pot, not aluminum. Steep your tea as you would normally do. You can either use just the peach syrup or for more flavour use the fruit as well. Place the peaches and syrup in a blender and puree for 1-2 minutes. Once tea is steeped, add peach puree and lemon juice. Place the peach tea in a large pitcher and chill.

When ready to serve, the pulp from the fruit will have settled to the bottom of the picture, do not re stir unless you want the fruit in the tea.

Poor over ice cubes in a tall glass and garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon or cinnamon stick if you like. Peppermint leaves also make a nice garnish!

To serve hot, just reheat the tea without boiling, and serve immediately.

A very nice, refreshing tea, whether you drink it hot or cold.

Note: Typically you would use black tea for this drink, but you could just as easily make Green Tea Peach Tea or White Tea Peach Tea, or any other type simply by changing the type of tea used.

Essiac Tea Recipe

Welcome to our essiac tea recipe section. Learn how to make essiac tea with herbs.

Essiac is a common herbal tea used to treat cancer and relieve many of the symptoms associated with cancer. It is important to note that it is not a proven cure. Some people are cured from their cancer regardless of drinking essiac tea.

This tea is a healthy herbal tea and in some instances, essiac can help with cancer treatment.

Please consult your physician before introducing any herbs into your diet, especially if you are taking prescription medicine.

Essiac Recipe

Essiac tea recipes are all over the web. The original essiac tea was developed by a Canadian nurse named Renee Caisse. She had tremendous success in treating a variety of cancers with her unique blend of herbs.

Sadly, due to controversy over her herbal cancer therapy and success, there were ramifications and she was not permitted to further explore this amazing herbal tea and its affects on cancer.

She never published her original recipe, and it is said that she took it to her grave. There are many recipes that have tried to replicate her specific blend, but it seems no one has been able to replicate the original recipe to perfection.

  • 6 ½ cups of burdock root (cut)
  • 1 pound of sheep sorrel herb – powdered
  • 1/4 pound of slippery elm bark – powdered
  • 1 ounce of Turkish rhubarb root – powdered

This is the recipe that Renee Caisse’s assistant, Mary Mcpherson who helped her to make her recipe swore was the true version under oath. The recipe and court documents were submitted under oath in 1994

It has been said though, that the Turkey Rhubarb root would not have been available easily to Ms. Caisse and that perhaps it was a different type of rhubarb root.

Regardless – the 4 ingredients above are sworn under oath to be the original recipe.

Here are the instructions that Mary McPherson also swore under oath: “Mix these ingredients thoroughly and store in glass jar in dark dry cupboard.

Take a measuring cup, use 1 ounce of herb mixture to 32 ounces of water depending on the amount you want to make.

I use 1 cup of mixture to 8 x 32 = 256 ounces of water. Boil hard for 10 minutes (covered) then turn off heat but leave sitting on warm plate over night (covered).

In the morning heat steaming hot and let settle a few minutes, then strain through fine strainer into hot sterilized bottles and sit to cool. Store in dark cool cupboard. Must be refrigerated when opened. When near the last when its thick pour in a large jar and sit in frig overnight then pour off all you [can] without sediment.

This recipe must be followed exactly as written.

I use a granite preserving kettle (10 – 12 qts), 8 ounce measuring cup, small funnel and fine strainer to fill bottles.”

If you follow this basic essiac recipe, it is said to be the true and original version.

Essiac Side Effects

As with any medication, this herbal tea or herbal medication can have side effects. The original essiac tea recipe contains 4 herbs, you could be allergic to any one of these herbs.

Essiac herbs can also interact with any prescription you may be taking.

Essiac can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Devils Claw Herb – Herbal Tea

Devils Claw Herb

Native to South Africa Devil’s Claw gets its name from the claw shape hooks on the plant’s fruit. Devil’s Claw root is primarily used medicinally as it has for thousands of years with nearly the world’s supply being imported from Namibia. Original uses of Devil’s claw were to treat fever and arthritis as well as stomach ailments; today it is primarily used to treat arthritis, back ache and tendonitis.

The name Devil’s Claw also refers to several species of plant native to North America such as Stinging Nettle and Unicorn Plant. In this herbal description we will use the South African Devil’s Claw of the Harpagophytum procumbens species.

Devils Claw Tea Recipe

Devil’s Claw tea is prepared by steeping 1 teaspoon dried root in 2 cups boiling water for at least 20 minutes before straining and cooling.

Devils Claw Uses & Herbal Remedies

Devil’s Claw has shown to be beneficial in the treatment of lower back pain, neck pain and inflammation due to arthritis.

Devil’s Claw is often used for internal ailments of the liver, kidneys and bladder and gall bladder.

Infusions of Devil’s Claw can be used externally to treat skin irritations and ulcerations.

Perhaps due to its claw shaped fruit, Devil’s Claw is considered a symbol of protection.

Devils Claw Cautions

Devil’s Claw should be used with caution by people with stomach ulcers due to the increase of acids it produces.

Devil’s Claw may interact with certain drugs, check with your health care provider before using Devil’s Claw if you take prescription drugs.