This divinely inspired blend is dedicated to a friend who lost her husband too soon. This tea helps ease the pain of grief by tonifying the heart and helping you find the strength to begin again physically and emotionally.
Hawthorn Berries, Hawthorn Leaves and Flowers, Elder Leaves and Blossoms, Cardamom Pods, Rosemary Leaves, Ginger Root, Lemon Peel, Stevia Leaves
Approximately 8-10 servings per ounce.
Hawthorn Berries, Leaves and Flowers (Crataegus oxyacanthoides)
When in bloom, red hawthorn berries hang from its shrub in bunches that resemble a heart. Many herbs have visual similarities to the organ they support, and this is true of Hawthorn. It has a substantial number of flavonoids that protect the cardiovascular system and is often used for milder heart conditions. It is an antioxidant that can lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Hawthorne has a mild sedative action that helps one relax and recover.
Elder Leaves and Blossoms (Sambucus nigra)
Elder leaves and flowers are mildly relaxing and calms the nervous system when there is agitation and restlessness. They also soothe the upper respiratory tract by breaking up congestion, which makes it easier to breathe deeply.
Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)
This “Queen of Spices” is the third most expensive spice in the world because of its many culinary and medicinal uses. Cardamom helps improve blood circulation, especially to the lungs, so it is often used to maintain vitality and increase energy levels. It is warming to the stomach, helping relieve nausea and gas. Cardamom also helps when there is a lack of appetite. In Ayurveda, cardamom is an important spice that helps bring balance to all the three doshas.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Grown in gardens since ancient times, rosemary is much more than a flavorful culinary herb. It is wonderful for cardiovascular weakness, particularly after debilitating illnesses, such as influenza and pneumonia. Rosemary is used for heart palpitations and other signs of nervous tension that affect circulation. It can be very useful for headaches and migraines as well.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Ginger is a circulatory stimulant that's used when there is coldness and dampness. It is anodyne and anti-inflammatory, so it relieves pain and muscle tension. It is also antiemetic, so it helps to keep food down.
Lemon Peel (Citrus × limon)
Lemon increases energy because it is nutrient-rich, packed with essential vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, and copper. Its fruit, juice, peel and essential oil are antibacterial, antioxidant, antihistamine, and anti-inflammatory.
Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana)
Native to South America and used by the Guarani Indians for centuries, stevia contains glycosides that are up to 200-300 times as sweet as sucrose (table sugar). It contains almost no calories and unlike other sugars, it does not activate an insulin response in the body. Stevia is among nature’s sweetest of gifts.
Use one teaspoon or tablespoon for each cup of water.
Add herbs to a pot and pour cold water over them.
Heat to a gentle boil, cover, and let simmer for 20-40 minutes.
Remove from heat and let it cool to drinking temperature.
Strain herbs and you can store what remains in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours.
For optimum flavor and results, use distilled or spring water.
You can add more herbs to make a stronger tea.
Loose leaf herbs can be reused the same day. The flavor profile will change, but many people prefer the second or third brew!
Herbs work best when they are taken consistently over time. For this blend, having a cup for at least three consecutive days is recommended.
Do not use during pregnancy or lactation without the advice of a healthcare practitioner. These descriptions are for educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.