Herbs have been used for hundreds of years before medicine, and have their own natural medicinal powers, that can provide your body with the essential nutrients it needs to stay healthy and thrive. They can be used to boost your immune system, improve your digestive system, stimulate brain function, treat upset stomachs, pain and soreness, depression, and ailments of all kinds. Herbal remedies are an affordable and natural option, and if you’re interested, you can even make your own blends by combining herbs of all different kinds to tailor to your specific needs. Herbal teas come in a wide array of unique and delicious flavors, the options are truly endless. They range from floral and fruity, to spicy and earthy.
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1. How to Make Your Own Herbal Teas at Home
If you are looking for a vitamin and mineral boost in the morning to set you on the right path for the day, a cup of this Stinging Nettle Tea will provide you with a kick of vitamins C, D, and K, along with a healthy dose of iron, zinc, and magnesium. It is also known to be a detoxifier, so this may be a good choice if overindulgence occurred the night before. Nettle tea has a rich earthy flavor that can be enjoyed alone or blended with peppermint.
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You can make a big batch of this tea and store it in a jar to have on hand whenever to fancy a cuppa, or you can just make up enough for one cup. Combine cinnamon, dried ginger, cardamom pods, dried chicory root, peppercorns, star anise, and cloves in a bowl and pour the mixture into a jar. When you want a cup of this deliciously spicy tea, add a heaped teaspoon per cup of the mixture to hot water and let it steep.
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Sage is a very common herb with strong earthy flavors. It is associated with hearty dishes such as soups and stews and is a foundational flavor in many holiday dishes—think stuffing! Indeed, check out this recipe for Show Stopper Mushroom and Sage Stuffing and consider it for the upcoming holiday season. If you really want to pack a ‘sage-y’ punch try this Sage Tempura and chomp down on a crispy-leaved snack.
4. Grow Your Own Tea Plant at Home
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Jim Putnam teaches us about some of the popular varieties of tea plants, and the basics of tea farming. If you’re a beginner and don’t know where to start, Jim will help you learn about where your favorite tea comes from and what goes into growing them in your backyard, so you can be one step closer to beginning your tea-growing journey.
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