Teas are one of the best ways to get in consistent, daily doses of the gentle, balancing herbs. There is nothing quite as relaxing as sitting down with a warm mug of honey sweetened tea and a good book, and sipping your cares away. It's medicine for the mind and the body!
The best thing is that if hot tea isn't your thing or if the weather is just too sweltering to even think about drinking something hot, it is really easy to turn it into a delicious pitcher of iced tea, ready to be carried to the porch for a chat with friends. The recipe that I am sharing today is ideal either hot or cold, and can be consumed one cup at a time, or many as all the herbs are very gentle and nourishing.
Red Raspberry is the super star in today's herbal concoction. It has been used by women for centuries to boost nutrition, balance hormones, soothe menstrual discomforts, and prepare the body for childbirth. Rich in vitamins A, B, C, and E, as well as magnesium, potassium, calcium, and iron, it is no wonder that it is the go-to herb for women's health!
I should mention here that recently it has been suggested that pregnant women not consume this herb during the first trimester as its toning action on the uterus is so efficient that many worry that it may induce miscarriage. While you should definitely talk with your doctor or midwife about this as always, I will say that I have enjoyed this as a tea during all trimesters of pregnancy and felt perfectly safe doing so.
Nettle leaf is the next herb in this formula and is the only herb I have found to come close to Red Raspberry as a nutrient rich powerhouse in women's health. Nettle is not only one of the highest sources of plant-based iron, but it is also rich in vitamins A and K, as well as calcium! It has long been used a food-based tonic for anemia, menstrual issues, and allergies, just to name a few things.
Peppermint is the last herb in this lineup, but the one that I really feel brings this whole tea together. The light, refreshing flavor provides an uplifting, energizing boost to this tea, as well as aids in digestion, making it the perfect drink for after a heavy meal. Children also enjoy this flavor, and as this tea is made up of such gentle, food-like herbs, then it is a great way to tempt them to drink up their vitamins!
Women's Balance Tea Recipe:
Bring a medium sized saucepan of water to boil on the stove. Once it has reached a rolling boil, add the herbs and turn off the heat.
Cover and steep for 10-15 minutes.
Add honey to taste and pour into mugs.
Iced version: Add honey while warm. Allow to cool, pour into pitcher, and store in the refrigerator for iced tea.
Enjoy at least 1 cup daily, and up to 3 cups daily.
*You can also make this using tea bags from Traditional Medicinals brand tea, which can be found at most grocery stores.
** I get my loose-leaf herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs.
I would love to hear in the comment what you think about this tea blend and if you have any other favorite herbs for women's health!