Monday, December 16, 2013
T & J's TEMPLE OF HEALTH HERBAL TEA
This is not only our take on the recipe but also one of our defenses against those yucky bugs. Lucky for us [and you!], it's also delicious!
Check out the "Cold & Flu Prevention and Remedies" page on this blog for more herbal ammunition along with a list of natural ways to prevent and treat general illness.
To find organic [something I cannot stress enough here] loose leaf herbs, visit a local tea supplier, co-op, or health foods store. My favorite place is Global Infusion [they also happen to have the best house chai ever and boast a typically amazing "chai of the month"]. If I'm looking for a large quantity or have a bulk order I find many of my herbs online from either Bulk Herb Store or Mountain Rose Herbs.
A note about measuring in "parts": "parts" is a general measuring term that can mean any form of measurement. The thing to remember when using parts is if you start with 1 tablespoon equating 1 part then you need to continue that measurement throughout recipe. For example, if 1 tablespoon equals 1 part then 2 parts would be 2 tablespoons and 1/2 part would be 1/2 tablespoon.
Inspired by LJ's "Temple of Health" tea blend
2 parts each:
dried ginger root, cut
lemon grass, cut
licorice root, cut
1 part each:
astragalus root, cut
echinacea root, cut
echinacea leaf, cut
splash of organic lemon oil
Place all herbs and splash of lemon oil in a large glass jar or container. Secure lid tightly and shake gently to combine. Store in an airtight glass jar in a cool, preferably dark place.
To use, place 2 - 3 teaspoons of tea mix in a metal tea strainer, tea ball, or unbleached cotton tea bag. Put in a mug suitable for hot liquids and pour 1 - 1 1/2 cups of boiling water over tea. Steep for 2 - 3 minutes for mild strength, 5 - 7 for medium strength, and 10+ minutes for bold tea [the stronger the tea the more health benefits you receive]. I like to let my tea steep to room temperature and drink warm rather than hot. I will add more water if tea is too strong.