Herbal teas for throat, painful periods, and digestion

Sep 20, 2016

Life, Health
#diy
Leggi in italiano

I enjoy warm beverages, even during summer. These are special herbal teas that you can make at home to heal your body.

Maybe you don’t know that, but I studied Nutritional Therapy. I decided to follow an Italian program because it was the only one that allowed me to work in my country, but my first choice was completely different – I was even considering moving to Toronto to study there. I’ll be short : I hated it. I don’t feel enriched or competent. I learned something, but not enough to worth the price I paid. Luckily I have some free time now, and I still have some “optional” books I haven’t read and studied yet. I don’t know if I’ll ever work as Nutritional Therapist, but anyway, I have this strong desire to learn more, just for myself.

In that program, we also studied herbs – we studied more herbs and supplements than nutrition, to be honest – and I really loved that part. But this passion was hiding somewhere in my mind until I found a wonderful spot in San Francisco : The Scarlet Sage Herb. They have a wall of jars filled with any kind of herbal remedies. It’s incredible! You simply pick your jar, fill a little plastic bag, put a label over and that’s it. During my first visit I bought some beet powder – I still have to cook something with it, ahem – and calendula flowers, because I was sure I had something in my Pinterest with calendula flowers as ingredients. Unfortunately, yes, I had something, but with fresh flowers! After weeks I decided to embrace my put-aside-passion and work on a couple of herbal remedies using it.

Since fall is coming and my weak point is surely my throat, the first herbal tea I share is for pharyngitis, or simply sore throat. The second one is more specific, but I’m sure so many girls and women could find it useful. The third doesn’t require calendula, but uses some of the herbs you need for the second remedy, so if you buy too much of them as someone else did… I also thought to give a more immediate name to each herbal, because dyspepsia herbal tea sounded just a tad too medical!

Oggi vi propongo qualcosa di diverso sul blog. Colpa di un meraviglioso negozio di San Francisco con mezza parete piena di barattoli di erbe di ogni tipo, che mi hanno fatto venire voglia di tornare a studiare erboristeria (parte dei miei studi da consulente nutrizionale). Se volete leggervi le mie chiacchiere, cliccate sul tasto in alto a sinistra “Read in English” (ve lo consiglio), altrimenti, dritti alle preparazioni!

Herbal teas for throat, painful periods, and digestion
Herbal teas for throat, painful periods, and digestion
Herbal teas for throat, painful periods, and digestion
Herbal teas for throat, painful periods, and digestion
Herbal teas for throat, painful periods, and digestion
Herbal teas for throat, painful periods, and digestion
Herbal teas for throat, painful periods, and digestion
Herbal teas for throat, painful periods, and digestion

THE RECIPE

I suggest using a precision scale : I use mine to weight agar powder or other ingredients that I need in a precise amount under 100g.

[ for a few mug of herbal teas ]

INGREDIENTS

for the “Calm your throat herbal tea” (pharyngitis)
5 g of calendula (Calendula officinalis)
10 g of echinacea (Echinacea purpurea) – root
3 g of sage (Salvia officinalis)

HOW TO

Mix the herbs in a jar.

Bring to boil 1 cup of water, steep 1 tbsp of the mix for 30 minutes, strain, and drink. Add a pinch of stevia if desired – don’t use honey or other sugar-rich sweetener.


for the “Soothe your lower belly” herbal tea (dysmenorrhea)
5 g of black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa)

5 g of bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) – fruit
8 g of angelica (Angelica arcangelica) – root

5 g of yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
8 g of vitex (Vitex agnus castus)
5 g of witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) – leaf
5 g of chamomile (Matricaria recutita)
5 g of calendula (Calendula officinalis)
3 g of sage (Salvia officinalis)
3 g of thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

Mix the first and the second group of ingredients in two separate jars.

Add 1 teaspoon of the first mix in a saucepan with 1 cup of water. Bring to boil and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Add 1 tbsp of the second mixture, steep for 30 minutes and strain. Add a pinch of stevia if desired.


for the “Improve your digestion” herbal tea (dyspepsia)
5 g of yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
5 g of chamomile (Matricaria recutita)
1 g of turmeric powder (Curcuma longa)
2 g of sage (Salvia officinalis)
1 g of ginger powder (Zingiber officinale)

Mix all the herbs in a jar.

Bring 1 cup of water to boil, steep 1 tbsp of the mix for 30 minutes and strain. Add a pinch of stevia if desired.

LA RICETTA

Vi consiglio vivamente l’acquisto di una bilancia di precisione : oltre ad essere utile per pesare le erbe, io la uso spesso per quando ho bisogno di un peso dettagliato o molto piccolo, come ad esempio la polvere di agar agar.
Riporto le erbe con il loro nome scientifico, in modo che possiate andare in erboristeria ed essere sicuri di star acquistando gli ingredienti giusti.

[ per alcune tazze ]

INGREDIENTI

per la “tisana per il mal di gola”
5 g di calendula (Calendula officinalis)
10 g di echinacea (Echinacea purpurea) – radice
3 g di salvia (Salvia officinalis)

PROCEDIMENTO

Mescolate le erbe in un barattolo.

Portate a bollore 250 ml d’acqua, versateci un cucchiaio di miscela e lasciate in infusione per 30 minuti. Scolate per bene e bevete, aggiungendo se gradite un pizzico di stevia (niente miele o altri dolcificanti).


per la “tisana per la donna”
5 g di cimicifuga (Cimicifuga racemosa)

5 g di mirtillo  (Vaccinium myrtillus) – frutto essiccato
8 g di angelica (Angelica arcangelica) – radice

5 g di achillea (Achillea millefolium)
8 g di agnocasto (Vitex agnus castus)
5 g di amamelide (Hamamelis virginiana) – foglie
5 g di camomilla (Matricaria recutita)
5 g di calendula (Calendula officinalis)
3 g di salvia (Salvia officinalis)
3 g di timo (Thymus vulgaris)

Mescolate gli ingredienti del primo e del secondo gruppo in due barattoli separatamente.

Versate 1 cucchiaino della prima miscela in 250 ml d’acqua e portate a bollore ; fate sobbollire per 10 minuti, quindi aggiungete 1 cucchiaio della seconda miscela, lasciate in infusione per 30 minuti e scolate. Aggiungete un pizzico di stevia se volete.


per la “tisana digestiva”
5 g di achillea (Achillea millefolium)
5 g di camomilla (Matricaria recutita)
1 g di curcuma in polvere (Curcuma longa) – alimentare
2 g di salvia (Salvia officinalis)
1 g di zenzero in polvere (Zingiber officinale) – alimentare

Mescolate il tutto in un barattolo.

Portate a bollore 250 ml, versatevi 1 cucchiaio di miscela e lasciate in infusione per 30 minuti. Scolate e aggiungete un pizzico di stevia prima del consumo, se gradite.

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