I’ve been studying the medicinal powers of herbs this past year (as I detailed in this post on tinctures). As a result, I don’t go a day without some sort of herbal medicine in my diet via tea, tincture, homemade syrup, or herbal-medicine-rich food (pesto anyone?).
I’ve created quite the beautiful collection of herbs. What can I say? I’m now an herb geek. When I read books and articles on medicinal herbs I can’t help but get wrapped up in their history and seemingly magical powers. It’s all very romantic to me.
Here is a wonderful tea recipe that can be used to help the health of heart, eyes, immune system, and beauty. It’s delicious, rich, and fun to drink warm or over ice, sweetened with raw honey or not (though the licorice root sweetens it perfectly for me).
I sourced all of the ingredients for this mixture from Mountain Rose Herbs. I highly recommend that you start a collection of organic herbs for medicine. I use them (internally and externally) for everything: skin beauty, boo boos, immune strength, adrenal support, vision support, longevity, calming, sleep, dreaming, and overall optimal performance. Honestly, I feel empowered using medicinal herbs… like I know secrets of the earth that many others do not.
Berry Nourishing Tea
- 3 tablespoons dried bilberries (eye health)
- 3 tablespoons dried elder berries (immune health)
- 3 tablespoons dried hawthorn berries (heart health)
- 2 tablespoons organic rooibos tea (overall health)
- 1 tablespoon licorice root (immunity & adrenal health)
- 1 tablespoon dried schizandra berries (longevity & beauty)
Grab a small mason jar and put the ingredients inside (as seen in the top picture). Shake it up to mix. From there, use 1 tablespoon of the mixture per cup of hot filtered water.
For example, put 2 tablespoons of the dried mixture in a quart-sized mason jar. Add 2 cups of boiling water. Cover and let sit for 30 to 45 minutes. Strain. Add honey, if desired, but I find the licorice sweetens it perfectly on its own. Enjoy warm or served chilled with a wedge of organic lemon.