Herbal Recipes for You!
Calming Bath Tea for Kids (& Adults)
Ingredients: You can find herbs here.
1 cup dried linden flower & leaf
1/4 cup lavender flowers
1/4 cup lemon balm
1/4 cup chamomile
How To: Mix herbs in a bowl to combine. Lay out a piece of cheesecloth (may need a double layer so herbs don't end up all over the tub), spoon herb mixture into center and gathering the outside edges of the cheesecloth tie around with a string to close. You can also use a large drawstring muslin bag, found here, but you may need to use two bags to fit all the herb.
Drop the bundle in your tub as its filling with water and allow to steep throughout the bath. Enjoy & relax.
Calming Sleep Tea - Make 1-8oz cup of hot tea
1 teaspoon of dried skullcap
1 teaspoon of dried linden flowers
1/2 teaspoon of dried lavender flowers
1/2 teaspoon of chamomile flowers
Mix herbs together and put in a loose tea strainer. Pour 8 oz of boiled water, cover and let steep for 10 minutes. Drink 1 cup 30 minutes before bed. May drink 2 cups of tea through out the evening if you really need support after a stressful crazy day. Enjoy a restful sleep.
Infused Calendula Oil
You will need: Fresh or dried Calendula flowers, Organic Olive oil, pint mason jar & lid, cheesecloth and a clean brown bottle.
If using dried calendula flowers: Fill a pint jar approximately 2/3 full with flowers (you want to leave enough room to have 1" of oil above plant material). Add your olive oil and stir making sure all the flowers are mixed in and completely covered with oil with an inch of oil on top. Cap and label with the date you made the oil. Store in a cool, dry place for up to a month. Stir or shake gently every other day or so.
When your oil is done infusing pour oil and plant material through a cheesecloth, squeezing cheesecloth to get out all the oil possible. There are a number of ways you can strain out your oil. You can place a small colander or sieve over a measuring cup or bowl and line it with the cheesecloth. This avoids the problem of your cheesecloth slipping into your freshly strained oil and having to do the process all over again. Once your oil is strained pour into a clean brown bottle to protect it from damaging sunlight, label with the date and whether you used fresh or dried plant material. Store in a cool dark place (I store my oils in the fridge).
If using fresh calendula flowers: Make sure your plant material is free of dew or external moisture and free of dirt and bugs. Spread flowers out on a towel to wilt for 10-12 hours allowing moisture to escape from the plant. As above add flowers to a pint jar, add olive oil and stir to coat. Do not cap the jar. Take a piece of cheesecloth or a paper towel and place over the open top of the jar, placing a rubber around the rim to hold it in place. The reason for not sealing the jar is that you want any remaining moisture in the plant to be able to escape and evaporate. If you seal the jar, pressure can build up possibly causing the jar lid to pop off with quite a bit of force. Also, the plant material can mold and bacteria can form ruin your oil.
Allow your oil to sit for up to a month in a cool dry place, stirring daily being sure to check for any fresh funkiness in your oil.
Strain as above, to be sure there is no fresh plant material is left in the oil. Double straining may be needed. Pour into bottle and label and store as above.
Warming Winter Tea
A perfect tea to curl up with this season.
To 8oz of boiled water add the following: feel free to adjust quantities to suit your tastes.
1-2 small cinnamon sticks
1/2 teaspoon fresh or dried orange peel
1-2 thin slices of fresh ginger root
1-2 teaspoons of Rooibus tea
1 teaspoon of roasted Dandelion root
Other options: dried rosehips, elderberries, peppermint or echinacea.
Cover and let steep for 10 minutes.
Add a spoonful of honey to sweeten this tea and add some powerful germ fighting properties. A spoonful or more can also be soothing to a dry scratchy throat or a rough dry cough. This tea is also appropriate for children – they just may prefer to have it steeped for less time. If it’s too spicy just remove or lessen the amount of the ginger.