Golden Milk

This golden tonic milk is based on a traditional Ayurvedic recipe. Made with anti-inflammatory turmeric and sedative poppy seeds (these nourish the nervous system, aiding in a peaceful night’s sleep), along with cardamom and vanilla, it soothes and relaxes the muscles and mind. Drink a mugful before bed to slip into a deep slumber.

1 mugful of almond or oat milk
1 teaspoon freshly grated turmeric or turmeric powder
1 teaspoon ground poppy seeds
½ cinnamon stick
3 cardamom pods
½ vanilla pod
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1–2 teaspoons honey or unrefined sugar


Heat the milk, herbs and spices in a saucepan, bring to a simmer, cover and turn the heat off. Leave to steep for 5–10 minutes, strain mixture into a mug and then stir in the coconut oil and honey or sugar. Serve, stirring between sips.

Mood Tea

In depression, it is important to take time for self care. Take a moment to make a healing, herbal tea at least once a day to help lift the spirits.

2 ounces dried rose

2 ounces dried skullcap

2 ounces dried St John’s wort

2 ounces dried vervain

Pour all the herbs into a sterilized jar and shake to mix them together. Seal, label and date.

Make an infusion with 1–2 teaspoons of the dried herb in a cup of boiling water, cover and steep for 15 minutes. Strain and drink.

Drink up to three times per day.

Shelf Life Keep the dried herb mix in a cool, dark place for up to 1 year.

Caution Check with a herbalist before taking St John’s wort with other medications.

Gingerade Tea

If you love the toning effects of ginger on your immunity and digestion, this tea is for you. In addition to the ginger, Gingerade contains the nutritive sweet herbs milky oats, fennel, and honeybush, which create a delicious blend. Rosemary, known as the herb of remembrance, supports the mind and memory. Lemongrass, with its delicate citrus scent, brightens the mind and uplifts mood. Adding fresh or dried fruits provides a little sweetness and a touch of sour.

3 parts milky oats

2 parts ginger

2 parts honeybush (Cyclopia)

1 part lemongrass

1 part rose hips

1 part fennel

1 part dried berries (e.g., elderberry, blackberry, blueberry)

0.5 part rosemary

1 drop lemon essential oil, or fresh lemon zest to taste

Steeping

Hot Infusion: Pour 1.5 cups hot water over 2 tablespoons tea. Steep for 10 to 15 minutes.

Cold Infusion: Combine 2 cups cold water and 1 to 2 tablespoons tea in a lidded jar. Shake the jar to make sure all the tea is saturated. Place in the refrigerator or a cool place for at least 2 hours.

Taste: sweet, spicy, fruity

Herbal Actions: supports digestion, mineral rich

Systems Affected: digestive, general tonic

Gingerade Tea

If you love the effects of ginger on your immunity and digestion, this tea is a must add to your catalogue of teas. In addition to the ginger, Gingerade contains the nutritive herbs of milky oats, fennel, and honeybush, which create a delicious blend. Rosemary, known as the herb of remembrance, supports the mind and memory. Lemongrass, with its delicate citrus scent, brightens the mind and uplifts mood.

3 parts milky oats

2 parts ginger

2 parts honeybush

1 part lemongrass

1 part rose hips

1 part fennel

1 part dried berries (e.g., elderberry, blackberry, blueberry)

0.5 part rosemary

1 drop lemon essential oil, or fresh lemon zest to taste

Hot Infusion: Pour 1.5 cups hot water over 2 tablespoons tea. Steep for 10 to 15 minutes.

Cold Infusion: Combine 2 cups cold water and 1 to 2 tablespoons tea in a lidded jar. Shake the jar to make sure all the tea is saturated. Place in the refrigerator or a cool place for at least 2 hours.

Vitamin Tea

Rich in vitamins and antioxidants, this is a simple fruity blend. Using dried fruits creates a wonderfully sweet tea — a healthy and satisfying choice when you crave sweet foods.

2 parts rose hips

2 parts hibiscus

2 parts dried berries

1 part lemongrass

1 part linden

1 part white tea

0.75 part cinnamon

Hot Infusion: Pour 1.5 cups hot water over 2 tablespoons tea. Steep for 10 to 15 minutes.

Cold Infusion: Combine 2 cups cold water and 1 to 2 tablespoons tea in a lidded jar. Shake the jar to make sure all the tea is saturated. Place in the refrigerator or a cool place for at least 2 hours.

Digestive System Tea

Drinking this delicious tea, especially prior to or immediately following a meal, helps balance the digestive system and relieve digestive upset. This is a all-purpose digestive system tea that is designed to be drunk daily. Supporting digestion is one of the best things you can do for daily health. A healthy digestive system can prevent many diseases over the long term. Adding a pinch of slippery elm or marsh­mallow root to each cup will soothe inflamed tissues in the throat, stomach, or intestines.

3 parts dandelion root

1 part fennel

1 part ginger

1 part peppermint

1 part spearmint

O.5 part Chamomile

Steeping:

Hot Infusion: Pour 1.5 cups hot water over 2 tablespoons tea. Steep for 10 to 15 minutes.

Cold Infusion: Combine 2 cups cold water and 1 to 2 tablespoons tea in a lidded jar. Shake the jar to make sure all the tea is saturated. Place in the refrigerator or a cool place for at least 2 hours.

Nerve Soothing Tea

This tea is a general circulatory and heart tonic. It is soothing to the nerves and is particularly good for stressed-out people.

1 part dried hawthorn berries

1 part dried mixed hawthorn flowers and leaves

1 part dried linden blossoms

1 part dried motherwort

1 part dried mixed yarrow flowers and leaves

Gently crush the hawthorn berries using a pestle and mortar to break them up slightly. Mix with all the other dried herbs in a bowl, then transfer to an airtight container.

To use, add 1–2 teaspoons of the dried herb mixture per cup (250ml) of boiling water in a mug or teapot. Cover and leave to infuse for 15 minutes. Strain to serve. Alternatively, use an infuser to make the tea.

Take one cup of the tea, up to three times a day.

Shelf Life: Keep the dried herb mix in a cool, dark place for up to 1 year.

Peaceful Dream Tea

This tea promotes relaxation and sleep. Anyone can easily grow each of these herbs in the backyard, and since the herbs are gentle and effective for quieting a busy mind, releasing muscle tension, and promoting general relaxation your body naturally feels tired and falls asleep.

1.25 parts chamomile

1 part catnip

1 part skullcap

1 part mint

0.375 part licorice root

0.25 part hops

Steeping:

Hot Infusion: Pour 1 ½ cups hot water over 2 tablespoons tea. Steep for 10 to 15 minutes.

Cold Infusion: Combine 2 cups cold water and 1 to 2 tablespoons tea in a lidded jar. Shake the jar to make sure all the tea is saturated. Place in the refrigerator or a cool place for at least 2 hours.

Lymph Cleansing Tea

This tea is nourishing to the body and cleansing to the lymph glands. Use for painful breasts and skin problems.

1part dried red clover flowers

1 part dried cleavers *

1 part dried calendula flowers

1 part dried oat straw

1 part dried nettle leaves

Mix all the dried herbs together in a sterilised jar, then seal, label and date.

To use, place 1 teaspoon of the dried herb mix in one cup (250ml) of boiling water and leave to infuse for 15 minutes, then strain and drink.

Take up to three times a day, as and when required.

Shelf Life: The dried herb mix will keep in a cool, dark place for up to 1 year.

* Common Names: hitchhickers, cleavers, clivers, bedstraw, goosegrass, catchweed, stickyweed, sticky bob, stickybud, stickyback, robin-run-the-hedge, sticky willy, sticky willow, stickyjack, stickeljack, grip grass, sticky grass, bobby buttons, whippysticks and velcroplant