Showing posts with label tea. Show all posts
Showing posts with label tea. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Dandelion Root Chai Tea

I don't know about you but I love warm spicy drinks like chai tea. I prefer to make my own because coffee shop chai is usually far too sweet for me. I've been working on perfecting a chai tea recipe for some time now. Yesterday I was inspired to add dandelion root to my recipe after reading this article on the amazing cancer-fighting effects from consuming dandelion root extract.

Dandelion root tea is earthy and slightly bitter. It's excellent for assisting the liver with detoxification as well as being stimulating to the digestive system. Chai spices are warming and also stimulate digestion. You are welcome to play around with this recipe and add other spices such as fennel seeds, nutmeg, star anise, or black tea leaves. Additionally, if you are sensitive to the bitter flavor or are unaccustomed to the flavor of dandelion root, you may consider starting with 1 or 2 teaspoons instead of a tablespoon.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Soothing Tummy Tea

The holidays are famous for overeating, aren't they? I thought I would share with you a digestion-stimulating herbal tea recipe of ours. It is a unique combination of roots, leaves, and flowers. First you simmer the roots, called a decoction, and then you add the leaves and flowers to steep.

We make a pot of this herbal brew a few times a week. Sometimes we add nettles, sometimes burdock root, but always ginger and licorice.

I am not an herbalist so I can't explain the details of how this tea works on your digestion, just know it works, and it works well.

Briefly, dandelion root stimulates the liver to help digest dietary fats. Ginger decreases inflammation and is soothing to the stomach. Spearmint relieves gas and nausea. Licorice is soothing to the stomach lining, promoting more mucous production which then in turn reduces acid indigestion, ulcers, and an upset tummy. Chamomile contains compounds which relax the smooth muscles in the digestive tract to relieve pain and cramping.

The tea has a delicious blend of sweet and spicy flavors with overtones of mint and chamomile. It is perfect for the holidays or simply sipped while curled up on the couch with your kids and a pile of books on a windy Autumn day.

Tummy Comfort Tea

This tea is great for children who may have eaten food that doesn't agree with them or for children with food sensitivities who ate something they react to. We dilute this tea with water for our children. The younger they are, the more dilution. You'll have to decide the best ratio of water and tea for you. Strain tea and store in a large glass jar in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, heat in a small pot. The licorice makes this tea naturally sweet but you could add a touch of fresh honey to each cup if desired.

6 cups purified water
2 to 4 tablespoons (we use 4) sliced fresh ginger
1 1/2 tablespoons dandelion root
1 tablespoon licorice root
2 tablespoons dried spearmint
1 tablespoon dried chamomile

Place the 6 cups water, fresh ginger, dandelion root, and licorice root in a medium-sized pot. Cover and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat and add spearmint and chamomile, cover, and steep for about 10 to 15 more minutes.

Strain, pour into small tea cups and dilute each with water to desired taste. Source:

We buy most of our herbs locally from Wonderland Teas and Spices here in Bellingham, WA.

Other News:
Next week I will be posting Thanksgiving Recipes for a Gluten-Free Progressive Dinner Party I am participating in along with a few other bloggers. I will be linking up with them so you will have lots of ideas for yummy Holiday recipes. Look forward to that beginning Monday, November 16th!