Nourishing Herbal Tea Recipes for Staying Healthy This Winter

January 5, 2018

 

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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Welcome to 2018!   I am so excited for the new year!  It’s a fresh start –a clean slate.  As much as I love the comfort of routine and familiarity, there is something exciting about new things!

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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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Nourishing Herbs

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

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

 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

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 Berries

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.

 

Elderberries

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

Nourishing Winter Tea Blend

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

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Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Blend well to combine all the herbs. Store in a glass jar away from light.
  2. To steep: Use 1-3 tsp per cup of boiling water. Steep (covered) for 10-15 minutes.
  3. This recipe is easily halved.

Notes

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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.

Ingredients:

Directions:

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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References:

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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26 Comments

  • Reply Shell January 5, 2018 at 10:13 am I absolutely love making homemade herbal teas and can’t wait to try this! Congrats on the video ! It turned out absolutely perfect!!!
    • Reply Jen January 6, 2018 at 7:28 am Thank you so much, Shell! I hope you enjoy the recipes!
  • Reply yvette January 5, 2018 at 1:40 pm Jen I love hearing your voice and seeing the video - I think this will be a great addition to your already fantastic blog site! We all have so much to learn from you.
    • Reply Jen January 6, 2018 at 7:27 am Thank you, Yvette! :)
  • Reply Kristi January 5, 2018 at 6:45 pm I've been making a nettle infusion or tea frequently this winter, but I love the idea of adding some more herbs to it. I look forward to trying your recipe! Thank you for sharing!
    • Reply Jen January 6, 2018 at 7:27 am I'm so glad to hear that, Kristi! I hope you enjoy the recipes!
  • Reply Kiana January 6, 2018 at 7:57 am These are great - I didn’t know you could make an herbal tea from shisandra, but I bet this would be much more manageable than taking a pill!
    • Reply Jen January 6, 2018 at 7:59 am You sure can, Kiana! It's also delicious!
  • Reply Anna nuttall January 6, 2018 at 9:20 am I actually never made myself herbal teas - I always got it pre-packaged. But I really could do with some herbal tea right now. Thank you for this. xx
    • Reply Jen January 6, 2018 at 9:54 am I used to be the same way, Anna. When I tried fresh, loose tea for the first time, I couldn't believe the difference in taste and benefits.
  • Reply Shannon January 6, 2018 at 5:59 pm Loved the video, Jen! These teas look wonderful and I can't wait to try my hand at crafting my own. Thank you for the inspiration!
    • Reply Jen January 7, 2018 at 7:10 am Thank you so much, Shannon! Crafting my own teas is one of my favorite things. I hope you enjoy them!
  • Reply Elise January 7, 2018 at 4:46 pm The herbs in this tea are wonderful choices. They are so full of life-enriching benefits. Plus I love the mug :)
    • Reply Jen January 11, 2018 at 7:50 am Thank you, Elise! The herbs really are so beneficial.
  • Reply zesty olive January 11, 2018 at 11:11 am This tea recipe sounds cozy and delicious! I need to play around more and experiment with crafting tea and this recipe gives me a great starting place. Thank you!
    • Reply Jen January 11, 2018 at 11:37 am I love making my own tea blends. I hope you give it try. It really is a lot of fun!
  • Reply Marie January 11, 2018 at 11:33 am Yum, I can't wait to try some of these. I love learning about new teas, it's one of my favorite drinks in the colder months.
    • Reply Jen January 11, 2018 at 11:36 am Mine too, Marie! I hope you enjoy them!
  • Reply Debbie January 11, 2018 at 3:09 pm I have never tried making my own. I love the idea of making them iced for the summer time also. I will have to give this a try for sure. Thanks!!
    • Reply Jen January 12, 2018 at 7:30 am You're welcome, Debbie! It makes a delicious iced tea. I hope you enjoy the recipes!
  • Reply Heather January 15, 2018 at 10:02 am This sounds like a great tea blend to make during the cold winter months. I love learning about new teas to try so thank you for the inspiration!
    • Reply Jen January 15, 2018 at 10:23 am I'm glad to hear that, Heather! I hope you enjoy the tea!
  • Reply Cassandra @ Uncommonly Well January 15, 2018 at 10:17 am This sounds so lovely! I have started drinking tea daily for the last few months, but I admit I've never really thought about making my own blends. Very inspiring! Do you find it to be more cost effective to buy in bulk and mix your own?
    • Reply Jen January 15, 2018 at 10:29 am Thank you, Cassandra! I do find it more cost effective to buy in bulk and make my own tea blends. If you are making small batches to start, your local co-op can be a great place to buy dried herbs in bulk, especially some of the more common herbs that are found in these recipes. For larger amounts of herbs, my favorite resources for herbs are Mountain Rose Herbs (they have practically everything under the sun!) and Bulk Herb Store. Making your own tea blends can be a lot of fun and so rewarding too! I hope you give it a try! :)
  • Reply Aleksandra January 15, 2018 at 5:27 pm hi Jen, great article. I love different herbal teas. Hibiscus is one of my favorite. will try winter blend this weekend.
    • Reply Jen January 15, 2018 at 5:48 pm Thank you, Aleksandra! Hibiscus is one of my favorites too! I hope you enjoy the tea blend!

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