Balance is the key, this herbal tea blend is gentle enough for my 2 year old, yet powerful enough to heal us of many ails. It’s just the right amount of sweet to remind us of summer and just enough spice to make us embrace the essence of fall. Balance is everything.
I use a lot of these leafs, roots, grasses, berries and seeds in my cooking. I use them like regular spices and herbs, they all bring their own unique flavor and benefits.
Search any of the ingredients in this blend and you will see a surprisingly large list of benefits. However some people just don’t interact well with some herbs, spices, barks, berries, etc. and that’s when side effects occur. Therefor I advise if you know nothing about herbs please take caution, learn as much as possible and/or consult a professional, especially if you’re taking medication.
If you can’t find any fresh herbs, you can always buy them already dried and processed in bulk from a local herb shop, health market, or online at Mountain Rose Herbs. This is the cheaper alternative to buying individually wrapped teas.
I was able to find fresh holy basil, moringa, lemon grass, and ginger root at the Kansas City Farmer’s Market in river market. It was a comforting feeling jarring my own dried and processed herbs. The fresher the better, and that’s about as fresh as it gets. Plus it’s much cheaper to buy direct from the farmers with no middle man.
It is also quite surprising how many herbs grow wild all around us. Foraging has been something I have always wanted to learn. Lately I have been diving in, going on daily hikes with our foraging book and discovering edible plants with my daughter by my side.
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Today was a very exciting farmers market day! I found fresh Moringa leaf as shown in the big vase and cucuzza Italian squash which is over 6 feet long, I had to break it in half to fit in the car. And picture Adrianna carrying it around the house 😂. I read that it can grow up to 2 feet in 1 day! 😵 That’s insane! I can just imagine how amazing it would be to watch a time lapse video of it growing from sun up to sundown. There is also consistently fresh holy basil! 😍 I already dried some in the dehydrator and plan to make a holy basil moringa leaf tea. Holy basil has an earthy cinnamon taste which is quite delicious. I’m not sure what the Moringa tastes like, but I can’t wait to find out. #kansascity #farmersmarket #moringa #moringaleaf #cucuzzasquash #homesteading #purifiedlifestyle #purefood #ayurvedicmedicine #healthylifestyle #healthyliving #naturalhome #healthymom #naturalmom
Brew for a Few
1.5 tbsp tea blend / 1 quart water
3/4 tbsp tea blend / 1 pint water
Brew in Bulk
Making tea in bulk is a great way to always have it on hand for recipes like this herbal milkshake, soups, smoothies, or a nice cold summer drink on tap.
1 cup herbal tea blend / 2 gallons water.
Just grab a big pot, and either throw the herbal blend in the pot and strain after brewing or use a canvas bag.
I always remember someone saying “let the water boil to small hills, not mountains” and that is the best temp for brewing tea.
Get a big 2 gallon jar dispenser and store it in the fridge.
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We found fresh lemongrass for $2 at the farmers market and made a yummy lemon raspberry tea. 😋 We put the lemon grass in a vase for 2 days to dry, then cut it up in a bowl, it smelled so good. Adrianna had fun putting her hands in the bowls, feeling the different textures and smelling it. Then she helped me transfer it into a glass jar with a wide mouth funnel for storage. I was very proud of her problem solving when she only had a little left in the bowl she just dumped the bowl in the funnel with surprising accuracy and no hesitation. ☺️ #homesteading #lemongrass #raspeberryleaf #rooibostea #homemadetea #simplelife #purifiedlifestyle
Sweet & Spicy Herbal Tea Blend
- 1/3 cup raspberry leaf
- 1/4 cup rooibos tea leaf
- 1/4 cup lemon grass
- 1/4 cup ginger root
- 1/4 cup chamomile
- 1/4 cup moringa leaf
- 1/8 cup holy basil leaf
- 1 tbsp juniper berries
- 1 tbsp milk thistle seed optional
- Measure all the ingredients into a pint sized mason jar and shake to mix.
- Add 2 tbsp of herbs to a quart of almost boiling water.
- Let teap steep for about 30 minutes or as long as 24 hours.