Have a Cuppa? [About Herbal Teas]
Through the ages, long before modern doctors prescribed a
wonder drug to help us with almost every ailment, it was
the witches, shamans and priests before them, that brewed
up the various drinks, ointments and poultices that have
kept the human race flourishing. In the past decade there
has been a renewal of interest in herbs for help with health
I am a firm believer in the current "alternative medicine"
craze so long as whatever preparation is administered with
at least the indifferent nod of a conventional doctor.
But the original applications were not always used with
improved vitality in mind. Some were administered to
protect or enhance mental or psychic qualities in the
recipient or with the intent to charm certain situations
I am providing you with a brief list of various herbs used
for a wide variety of reasons below. Many of these teas
are now available in "health food stores" but I am giving
you the instructions for brewing the tea should those
convenient little bags not be available to you. The list
includes any special instructions for brewing where
To prepare herbal tea, use approximately one to three
teaspoons of herb per cup of boiling water. Boil water but
do not use an aluminum kettle. Pour water into a mug or pot
leaving herbs to steep for at least five minutes, but don't
leave for longer than ten minutes or the tea may become
bitter. For stronger tea, use more herb rather than steeping
the tea for a longer time. Store herbal tea in amber colored
or opaque jars, never in clear glass jars. The potency of the
herb may be destroyed by light. Mild teas can be used daily
over long periods of time with no ill effects.
Anise: Protection, purification, awareness, joy. For
treating coughs, bronchitis and a stuffy nose, good
breath freshener, digestive aid and relieves upset
stomach and flatulence, treatment for colic. Relieves
the discomfort of menopause. Promotes milk production
in nursing mothers. Sedative.
Basil: Protection, love, healing relationships, courage,
fertility, exorcism. Calming the nerves, settling the
stomach, and easing cramps and good for the bladder.
Caraway: Protection, passion. Mild stimulant for digestion.
Catnip (flavour with mint): Peace. Used to treat colds
and insomnia. Lowers fevers, dries up postnasal drip,
gets rid of bad headaches and relieves sore aching bones
due to colds and flu.
Chamomile: Love, Relaxation. Calming. Great for digestion,
fevers, burns, anti-inflammatory for wounds, and sedative
for nervous disorders. Relieves stomachaches and diarrhea
in infants and children (always use in diluted form).
Gentle sleep inducer. Makes an excellent insect repellent,
simply by splashing some tea on face, arms and feet.
Cayenne: Excellent flu fighter. Promotes fast recovery,
stops internal and external bleeding, said to prevent
heart attacks and also helps with depression and
Cinnamon: Spiritual quests, augmenting power, love,
success, psychic work, healing, cleansing. Digestive aid.
Used for diarrhea, dysentery or general indigestion.
Clove: Dispels negativity, protection, draws money, defrays
gossip, vision, cleansing. An expectorant for colds, also
good for relief of nausea or vomiting. An analgesic
helping prevent disease and infection.
Comfrey: Safe travel, draws money, healing. Slows bleeding,
aids colds, eases burns. As a tea may be applied to
bites, sores, rashes, broken bones, and cuts.
Dandelion: Divination, welcoming, messages. Ground root can
be used as a coffee substitute. A tonic and a relief for
common stomach problems. Use a handful of flower tops to
1 pint of boiling water.
Fennel: Purification, protection, healing, money. Employed
as an appetite suppressant and digestive aid. Weak
solution can help babies with gas.
Ginger: Protection, Coughs and Colds. Power, success,
love, money. (place a few slices of fresh ginger in
boiling water) Good for cramps, to stimulate the
digestive organs, migraines and nausea, external
stiffness. For pain you can also soak cloths in ginger
tea and apply them directly to the painful areas. A
good healing tea is made from a pinch of peppermint, a
pinch of ginger and either a pinch of clove powder or
2 bruised cloves, add 1 cup of hot water and steep.
Ginseng: Love, wishes, beauty, desire. Stimulant, tonic,
an agent for prolonged life. Also a mild pain killer,
and improves blood circulation. Reported to successfully
treat asthma, bronchitis, cancer, flatulence, diabetes,
weakness, fever, coughs and heartburn, and a mild
stimulant. Relieves stress and moderate heart disease.
Lemon: Purification, love, blessings. Sweetens breath.
Antiseptic, antibacterial and hypotensive. For chills
and sore throat, the juice of a lemon mixed in a glass
of honey and warm water. Stimulates the digestive system.
Licorice Root: Love & Sex. (boil licorice root)
Mint, Spearmint, Peppermint: Draws money, healing,
strength, augments power, purification, luck, safe travel.
Aids upset stomachs, flu, and can be used to ease hiccups.
Used instead of aspirin, particularly for premenstrual
headaches. Aids the respiratory and circulatory systems.
An anti-inflammatory and an antiseptic. Ideal for treating
indigestion,, flatulence, varicose veins, migraine, skin
irritations, rheumatism, toothache, and general fatigue.
Nettle: Averts danger, protection, healing. Use gloves to
handle so as to avoid getting pricked. High in vitamin C
and iron and can ease asthma and up your energy levels.
Parsley: A treatment for cramps.
Red Clover Tops: Powerful antioxidant, and assists with
menopausal hot flashes.
Rose Hips & Hibiscus: Love, friendship, luck, protection,
psychic power and divination. High in vitamin C.
Rosemary: Improves memory, sleep, purification, youth,
love, power, healing, protection, intellectual.
Promotes healing of wounds, acts as an antiseptic, and
can be a mild stimulant. Good for treating flu, stress,
and headaches or body aches. Mental and physical booster.
Sage (sweetened with honey): Long life. Fertility, wishes,
wisdom, protection. Can be used to aid digestion.
Thyme: Sleep, psychic energy, courage, healing. Powerful
antiviral, antibiotic, and diuretic properties. It helps
eliminate wastes from the body. Is used in treating
whooping coughs, warts, rheumatism and acne. Useful for
poor digestion, exhaustion, colds, and infections, and
with honey is an effective treatment for sore throats.
Also used as a fever breaker, headache reducer and to be
rid of intestinal worms, and also a great insect
repellent. Use both the leaves and flowers. This tea
works best for headaches when taken cold.
Turmeric: Added to warm milk it regulates menstrual cycle.
Valerian: Love, calming, sleep. Promotes relaxation while
counteracting the effects of insomnia, anxiety,
nervousness, headaches, premenstrual syndrome and
menstrual cramping. Gets fighting couples together.
Yarrow: Courage, love, psychic abilities, divination. A
very potent healer, it intensifies the medicinal action
of other herbs taken with it. Helps eliminate toxins
(good for colds). The tea drunk prior to divination will
enhance one's powers of perception (a touch of added
peppermint enhances its action). Also stops arthritis
symptoms such as swelling & inflammation and generally
ends aching, sore muscles, stiff joints or back pain.
Have fun experimenting!
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