Summer’s here and with it comes sunshine, holidays as well as a few unexpected issues.
You’d think that allergy season would have subsided. Not here though, I still see so many people walking around sniffling with red, watery eyes.
Then there is the issue of the change in weather bringing about systemic weakness to our organisms allowing for spring and summer colds and viruses.
To top it off, holiday travel brings certain stressors: jet lag, new microbes and viruses, unusual foods, lack of routine, sudden increase in physical exertion; all of these can lead to a weakened system.
It seems unusual to point out the benefits of this tea outside of cold and flu season or the height of allergy season, yet I have reached for this formula twice in the last week.
My Breathe Easy Tea benefits the upper respiratory system and is a valuable tool when an expectorant or a decongestant is needed. The tannins in these herbs help to extract excess moisture from the tissues.
Grind the herbs in a mortar and pestle or with a juicer or herb grinder.
Store in a cool, dry, dark place.
1 tablespoon of tea per cup of boiling water, let steep for 5-10 minutes covered.
Dose: 1 cup of tea as needed
Mint: Decongestant, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, diaphoretic
Yarrow: diaphoretic, diuretic, astringent, decongestant, expectorant, alterative, analgesic
Angelica Root: diaphoretic, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, alterative
Eyebright: expectorant, astringent, antiviral, decongestant
For other medicinal herbal tea blends see my Loose Leaf Tea Menu.
Yarrow, and its (ornamental) garden varieties are popular in landscapes because they are resilient to the semi-arid climate here. I am pleased to have included them in our most recent landscape. Although they are not as useful for herbal applications as the straight specie are, it is gratifying to know that they are there, and that people recognize them as yarrow. I suppose that if I wanted to, I could use them for tea.
Now that I think of it, there is yarrow where the odd mints appeared. Two and possible a third mint just showed up in one of the landscapes. They do not seem to have been planted. No one knows where they came from. Each has a distinctive flavor, although none are common spearmint or peppermint.
I grow a lot of different mints in my garden. They can be pervasive and show up wherever they darn well please. I’m curious as to the types you mentioned…did you taste them? My faves that I grow, besides the normal peppermint and spearmint, chocolate mint, are mandarin mint (my fave) and strawberry mint (the bees love this one).
I grow an ornamental yarrow called false yarrow. It’s yellow. It’s not at all the same species, so I don’t use it medicinally…it’s just pretty….