Jan 17, 2012

Making Tea

Sometimes I think I'm hard to live with.  Last weekend I wouldn't have wanted to be in the house with me.  :)

So once clear thought returned, I decided to make some tea.  Not that it will really help, but maybe a placebo effect is all I need.  I threw together some rasberry leaves, red clover, bee balm and stevia.  I had heard that red clover is good for PMS.  I did a little research on each of the ingredients and found that:

Red Clover:  May reduce cholesterol, reduce bone loss, and help PMS.

Rasberry Leaves:  May alleviate cold symptoms, help get rid of cancer and cold sores, and have Vitamin C, Vitamin A, calcium and phosphorus. (Also good for pregnant ladies.)

Bee Balm:  Tastes good :), May helps treating colds, headaches, fevers and help digestive problems.

Stevia:  I put this in just as a sweetener but it also may help treat high blood pressure, digestion, heartburn, and osteoporosis.

( It's best to check with your doctor before using any herbal treatments.) 

The tea tastes good and I guess it's good for me.  I think I'll rummage around through my dried herbs and see what other concoctions I can come up with.

From Glory Farm

7 comments:

Blackberry brambles said...

I just love blogs, I herb teas I hadn't heard of raspberry leafs, do you harvest these yourself or order them? enjoy you blog have a wonderful day.

sherry

odiie said...

Sherry,
I grow and harvest herbs from my gardens and the rasberry leaves are from the woods. I also use wild strawberry leaves and currant leaves. There are so many combinations to try.!

Gramma Roxanne said...

Hello There my friend! :)
If you need some hormone balancing (PMS) add some Yarrow to your tea. It is good for many many things especially female things. But don't stop at that thought as Yarrow works for intermittent fevers, You can take the leaves and flowers and stuff them in your nostril(s) to stop a nose bleed, You can grab a handful of the leaves and flowers and rub them all over you ~the bugs will leave you alone for awhile. We do this often as it wears off in about 1/2 hour. Another good combo is Red Clover, Yarrow, Spearmint,Chamomile, Valerian, It feeds and calms the nerves. This combination is not for pregnant ladies. I pick most of my herbs from the wild and a few that I grow.
Hey it is great to be "out and about" visiting you here. We have just warmed up to 15 below after days of 50 below. Gone from metallic air to snowflakes. It is sooo much warmer now It feels downright balmy. Love to you and yours. Your Friend Roxanne

Mama Pea said...

Gotta admit I'm not crazy about a lot of herb teas . . . but that's due in large part to the fact that I'm not a "hot" liquid drinker. (I don't even like hot chocolate.) There are still several herbs we keep on hand and I do make iced tea from them in the summer. Peppermint tea (hot) is a must for tummy aches. Cures them every time. Sage tea (which I think is yuck) is the go-to tea for our daughter who was raised on it whenever she felt sickish and now it's a comfort tea for her. Raspberry leaf tea is the most flavorful, I think.

odiie said...

Roxanne,
Brrr...We've only had -20 and that was at night. The temps are going back up now and we should be above freezing by mid week. What a balmy winter!
We have a lot of yarrow growing around here and I'll remember the tip about using it for bug spray. How does it taste in a tea? I've heard of people using it, but never thought it would taste very good.
Glad it's warming up over there. :) Good to hear from you.
Love,
Rhonda

odiie said...

Mama Pea,
I'm more of a coffee drinker myself, but I know so many that prefer tea, my daughters included, that I'm making more of it now. I've always liked the healing properties of herbs. Sage tea? Does it taste like what it tastes like? lol
I like putting the stevia in just about every tea I make, then I don't have to add any honey. Fresh ginger root tea is my favorite right now. Good for you too.

Gramma Roxanne said...

I have never made a bug spray out of the Yarrow. We just grab handfuls of it from the stem up to the top and rub it onto ourselves. The tea of Yarrow is probably not for the faint hearted. It is bitter but I do drink it often without other herbs mixed in but most folks can not tolerate it so I guess it is up to personal tastes. It is quite balmy here today too. Weird 50 below for days and now it is above zero Go figure!

Jan 17, 2012

Making Tea

Sometimes I think I'm hard to live with.  Last weekend I wouldn't have wanted to be in the house with me.  :)

So once clear thought returned, I decided to make some tea.  Not that it will really help, but maybe a placebo effect is all I need.  I threw together some rasberry leaves, red clover, bee balm and stevia.  I had heard that red clover is good for PMS.  I did a little research on each of the ingredients and found that:

Red Clover:  May reduce cholesterol, reduce bone loss, and help PMS.

Rasberry Leaves:  May alleviate cold symptoms, help get rid of cancer and cold sores, and have Vitamin C, Vitamin A, calcium and phosphorus. (Also good for pregnant ladies.)

Bee Balm:  Tastes good :), May helps treating colds, headaches, fevers and help digestive problems.

Stevia:  I put this in just as a sweetener but it also may help treat high blood pressure, digestion, heartburn, and osteoporosis.

( It's best to check with your doctor before using any herbal treatments.) 

The tea tastes good and I guess it's good for me.  I think I'll rummage around through my dried herbs and see what other concoctions I can come up with.

From Glory Farm

7 comments:

Blackberry brambles said...

I just love blogs, I herb teas I hadn't heard of raspberry leafs, do you harvest these yourself or order them? enjoy you blog have a wonderful day.

sherry

odiie said...

Sherry,
I grow and harvest herbs from my gardens and the rasberry leaves are from the woods. I also use wild strawberry leaves and currant leaves. There are so many combinations to try.!

Gramma Roxanne said...

Hello There my friend! :)
If you need some hormone balancing (PMS) add some Yarrow to your tea. It is good for many many things especially female things. But don't stop at that thought as Yarrow works for intermittent fevers, You can take the leaves and flowers and stuff them in your nostril(s) to stop a nose bleed, You can grab a handful of the leaves and flowers and rub them all over you ~the bugs will leave you alone for awhile. We do this often as it wears off in about 1/2 hour. Another good combo is Red Clover, Yarrow, Spearmint,Chamomile, Valerian, It feeds and calms the nerves. This combination is not for pregnant ladies. I pick most of my herbs from the wild and a few that I grow.
Hey it is great to be "out and about" visiting you here. We have just warmed up to 15 below after days of 50 below. Gone from metallic air to snowflakes. It is sooo much warmer now It feels downright balmy. Love to you and yours. Your Friend Roxanne

Mama Pea said...

Gotta admit I'm not crazy about a lot of herb teas . . . but that's due in large part to the fact that I'm not a "hot" liquid drinker. (I don't even like hot chocolate.) There are still several herbs we keep on hand and I do make iced tea from them in the summer. Peppermint tea (hot) is a must for tummy aches. Cures them every time. Sage tea (which I think is yuck) is the go-to tea for our daughter who was raised on it whenever she felt sickish and now it's a comfort tea for her. Raspberry leaf tea is the most flavorful, I think.

odiie said...

Roxanne,
Brrr...We've only had -20 and that was at night. The temps are going back up now and we should be above freezing by mid week. What a balmy winter!
We have a lot of yarrow growing around here and I'll remember the tip about using it for bug spray. How does it taste in a tea? I've heard of people using it, but never thought it would taste very good.
Glad it's warming up over there. :) Good to hear from you.
Love,
Rhonda

odiie said...

Mama Pea,
I'm more of a coffee drinker myself, but I know so many that prefer tea, my daughters included, that I'm making more of it now. I've always liked the healing properties of herbs. Sage tea? Does it taste like what it tastes like? lol
I like putting the stevia in just about every tea I make, then I don't have to add any honey. Fresh ginger root tea is my favorite right now. Good for you too.

Gramma Roxanne said...

I have never made a bug spray out of the Yarrow. We just grab handfuls of it from the stem up to the top and rub it onto ourselves. The tea of Yarrow is probably not for the faint hearted. It is bitter but I do drink it often without other herbs mixed in but most folks can not tolerate it so I guess it is up to personal tastes. It is quite balmy here today too. Weird 50 below for days and now it is above zero Go figure!