Home Remedies ~ Balancing Teas
I have been drinking herbal remedy teas since I had my first daughter eighteen years ago. Reading Susan Weed’s Book Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year changed the way I looked at weeds and herbs. It awoke in me the beauty of plant remedies and medicine, so much so that now when I see Mugwort or Nettles growing in the wild, I take a moment and greet it. Throughout the years when I struggled with hormonal issues, I would turn to my book and look up what tea would help me through it. The holy trinity that I always keep in my tea drawer are: Nettles, Red Clover and Mugwort. At times I even will crave a cup of one of the teas. Usually when I feel depleted, a cup of Nettle tea will perk me up with its life force. Other times, depending on where I am in my moon cycle, a cup of Red Clover will feel just right. The best way to have the teas is to buy them dried at a health food store, and then just brew them in a mason jar. After brewing for about ten minutes just strain with a strainer and drink. You can always add some honey or even refrigerate for an ice tea drink. If you can’t find a store that carries them in bulk, there are some great companies like Traditional Medicinals and Alvita Tea Bags that make them in bag form. (do not take Mugwort when pregnant but Red Clover and Nettles are fine)
Nettles have so many incredible benefits too many to list. In a nut shell they contain so many minerals, calcium and iron that its like taking a super vitamin. It is also great for hair and skin. For women it supports hormonal functions and helps with PMS. For men it’s excellent for prostrate health. You can read more on this miracle weed on Weed’s site.
Red Clover tea has been used for centuries for various conditions. It reduces anxiety and depression and it strengthens bones.It can also be taken to increase fertility.
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