The enticing scents of herbal teas a-brewing are reminiscent of a past wherein life’s needs were simple, its course directed by humble wisdom.
Somewhere along the way, we have lost the charm of the aroma of fragrant teas steaming in a porcelain pot and of delicate china cups arranged cozily by a geranium-filled window.
Different Excellent Herb Teas
Chamomile tea, a savory, pleasant brew capable of quieting jittery nerves, was made by adding half an ounce of dried chamomile blossoms to a pint of boiling water and steeping for 10 minutes.
It was strained and served steaming hot with honey or lemon. Even Peter Rabbit was sent to bed with a cup of chamomile tea!
Balm, an enjoyable sweet tea, is beneficial to feverish persons as its volatile oils cool perspiration.
This tea was boiled for about 5 minutes, using one teaspoon of balm to each cup of water.
Catnip tea was a standby remedy for a nervous headache.
Lemon thyme was often added to green tea for a nervous headache.
A steaming cup of lemon verbena tea could not be surpassed when topped with a few mint leaves.
These make a good cup of tea even better:
- Spearmint (Mentha spicata)
- Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
- Orange mint (Mentha citrata)
- Apple mint (Mentha rotundifolia)
Peppermint made a soothing brew for quieting a troublesome tummy.
Salvia Officinalis “Sage Tea”
When anyone in Grandmother’s household had jumpy nerves or was troubled by dizziness, her remedy was sage tea at bedtime. The herb for this is Salvia officinalis.
Lavender, usually associated with old ladies and fine linens, was combined with rosemary (two parts cured lavender flowers to one part rosemary leaves) to brew a delightfully fragrant tea.
Bee-Balm (Monarda Didyma)
Bee-balm (Monarda didyma) was used as a tea substitute during the American War of Independence.
It was called Oswego tea, and it was the tastiest and most satisfying drink.
The pleasures of herb-bibing need not be a thing of the past. Give them a chance to weave their charm into your life.