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Wake up for the Taste of Tea

Nov 30, 2016 08:46AM
by Teresa Boardwine
Choose the tea, herb, spice or aroma to warm, invigorate and indulge your senses during the holiday season. To enjoy a cup of herbal tea is to imbibe in a beverage that will reinforce well-being. A tea of peppermint can be taken to support respiratory, soothe the stomach or stimulate the psyche. A pot of cold and flu herbal tea includes peppermint along with elderflower and yarrow leaf and flower inhibit viral infections and clears a cold.

And baby when it is cold outside—try making a spicy yogi tea decoction of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and cloves. Simmer together a blend of these herbs then steep a bit of black or green tea in the warmth of the delicious brew. Add honey and milk if you like to create a sweetened tea enjoyed throughout the cold winter days. The added benefit of simmering the yogi herbs is the aromatic warmth that infuses throughout your home.

For a delicious herbal anti-stress infusion try a cup of Holy Basil, known as “Tulsi tea”. You can create a more relaxing infusion to include chamomile, passion flower or lemon balm. To take the edge off, steep a cup of Tulsi with another herbal adrenal supportive herb such as astragalus root or eleuthero root. The anti-stress herbs build resilience, adapt the nervous system and protect the immune system. These herbs serve to strengthen the individual’s resolve.

For an antioxidant rich fruity beverage, try steeping dried berries like blueberry, cranberry, Hawthorn berry, bilberry and goji berries. One may drink a fruity herb tea to build the blood, tone the veins and support the heart. Some fruits with herb combinations include lemon or orange peel, sumac berries, star anise, fennel seeds and many other aromatic plants. A favorite after-dinner blend to aid digestion is Star Mix; with fennel seed, anise seed, star anise, licorice root, meadowsweet and peppermint. The other digestive aid is fondly referred to as Passive Tummy Tea; lemon balm, lemon peel, cardamom, fennel and spearmint.

When you want more energy during the dark cold season of the winter and you are tempted to reach for coffee to give your self a pick me up, why not try a matcha latte? Easy enough to whisk powdered green tea into warmed almond milk and sweeten with honey then consume one sip at a time. The matcha will surely brighten your day.

Whatever the tea, enjoy the taste of the season!

Teresa Boardwine, RH (AHG), is the founder of Green Comfort School of Herbal Medicine. She has been an herbalist for 23 years and is registered with the American Herbalist Guild. For more information, email at [email protected] or visit


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