Looking for ways to stay healthy this winter? Thankfully, there are many wonderful herbs that can support us in keeping our bodies healthy and strong through the winter months. In today’s post, I’m sharing two nourishing herbal tea recipes that are packed full of vitamins and minerals and are perfect for these cold winter months!
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Meanwhile, we’re going to kick off January with some nourishing recipes that are perfect for these cold winter months (it’s -12 as I write this!) This month, we are focusing on winter wellness and particularly how to nourish yourself with both healthy food and nutritive herbs during the winter months.
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It often surprises people that dried herbs can be extremely nourishing as well as medicinal and delicious. Nourishing herbs such as red raspberry leaf, nettle, rosehips, chickweed, oatstraw, alfalfa and red clover have a high content of many nutritive vitamins and minerals.
Prepared as delicious teas, these herbs can help support wellness right in your tea cup! Making herbal tea can be a wonderful and delicious way of staying healthy through the winter.
In today’s recipes, I’ve included several nourishing herbs that are packed full of vitamins and minerals and are wonderful to drink throughout the winter to give yourself a nutritional boost.
Here are some of the herbs you’ll see in our two herbal tea recipes:
Red Raspberry Leaf
A highly nutritious herb, red raspberry leaf is often used as a tonic to add key nutrients to a person’s diet. It has significant quantities of calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, niacin, and vitamins A and C. It makes a delicious super infusion.
Nettle is reputed to have more chlorophyll than any other herb and is abundant in vitamins A, C, D and K, calcium, potassium, phosphorous, iron and sulphur. Because of its high magnesium content, it will often help reduce or eliminate leg cramps as well as menstrual cramps. Nettle can also increase energy. For recipes on using fresh nettle, check out this post.
Hibiscus is high in antioxidants (even higher than green tea!) and can help protect your body against free-radical damage. It adds a delicious tartness to our tea blend and gives our tea it’s beautiful pink color.
Rosehips are some of the most nutritionally packed fruits of any plant. They are higher in vitamin C than even citrus fruit, gram for gram and are also high in antioxidants.
Schisandra is a major tonic herb that acts throughout the body, strengthening and toning many different organs. It is also an adaptogen the helps the body to adapt to stress and helps to increase vitality and energy.
High in vitamin C, calcium, potassium, beta-carotene, and phosphorus, elderberry is another nutritious herb. Taken as a syrup or steeped as a tea, elderberry is useful for helping to prevent and fight off the cold and flu during the winter months. Here are two more delicious herbal tea blends featuring elderberries.
Nourishing Herbal Tea Recipes for Staying Healthy This Winter
Yields approximately 2 cups
A nourishing winter tea blend that is full of vitamins and minerals to keep you healthy and strong through the winter months.
5 minPrep Time
5 minTotal Time
5 based on 4 review(s)
- 1/2 cup raspberry leaf
- 1/2 cup nettle leaf
- 1/3 cup hibiscus flowers
- 1/4 cup rosehips
- 1/4 cup schisandra berries
- 1/4 cup elderberries
- Blend well to combine all the herbs. Store in a glass jar away from light.
- To steep: Use 1-3 tsp per cup of boiling water. Steep (covered) for 10-15 minutes.
- This recipe is easily halved.
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“Year Round” Nourishing Herbal Tea Blend
This nourishing tea blend is not only delicious served hot in the winter time but also makes a wonderful iced tea to enjoy throughout the summer.
Stir well to combine the herbs throughout. Store in a glass jar out of direct light.
Add boiling water to 1-3 tsp of the herb blend. Steep (covered) for 10-15 minutes.
What are your thoughts on nourishing herbs? Do you have any favorites? If you tried this recipe, please let me know how it turned out by leaving a comment below or sharing a picture on my Facebook Page or on Instagram .
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Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine by Andrew Chevallier, FNIMH
Rosalee de la Forȇt. http://www.herbalremediesadvice.org/
Herb Mentor by Learning Herbs
The Herbal Academy of NE Introductory Course
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