Category Archives: Tea Recipes

Rose Hip Tea

Rose hip is used for nutritional and medicinal purposes since ancient history. There are archaeological records of its use in the Stone Age. Since the dawn of mankind, people believed that this magical plant could cure lots of medicinal problems. One of these ancient beliefs gave this plant its Latin name, Rosa Canina –  the Romans believed, more than 2000 years ago, that it could cure rabies. This proved to be inaccurate, but the name has remained to this day.

Rose hip grows in the form of a bush up to 3 meters high with branches hanging curved downward. The fruits are red, round or elliptical, about 1-2 cm long and 0.5-1.5 cm wide. It blooms in the spring, and the ripe fruit on the bush can be picked from September to mid-November. Fruit is frequently used for tea, while flowers are used for marmalade.
To make tea, ripe fruit is cut into small pieces or grinded, and dried in the sun. The process can be accelerated by drying in an oven. Then it must be dried at the minimum oven temperature, preferably 50 degrees. The difference between dried domestic tea and rose hip from the tea bag is in color, taste, smell and cooking time.

Dried rose hip has a lighter color than the one from the bag. That is because there are no artificial colors added, and some researches have shown that rose hip grown under UV lamps is slightly darker. Dried rose hip has more intense flavor than the one in the bag. This is a kind of tea that is prepared longer than others. Rose hip from the bag usually soaks in water for 10 minutes, while the domestic tea should be allowed to rest for 20-30 minutes.

Rosehip has great vitamin and mineral value, and is particularly rich in vitamin C (up to 40 times more than in lemon). It is known that the thermal treatment partially destroys vitamin C, but in this case the volume of vitamin C is so great that it remains in tea after cooking, and it helps to strengthen the immune system. In addition to vitamin C, rose hip also contains vitamins A, B1, B2, D, E and K, it is rich with keratin, organic acids and pectin. Rose hip tea is recommended for those suffering from gout, rheumatism, kidney stones, and more. Fruit acids in tea regulate stool. Rose hip is often mixed with other medicinal herbs while making tea, usually with hibiscus, sometimes with chamomile and during the season of winter colds it is recommended to mix linden and rose hip.

Here’s one recipe with linden:
First boil a liter of water, let it rest for a few minutes (the tea is not put in  the boiling water, it should be 80-90 degrees warm). Add two tablespoons of rose hips and let them rest for 10 minutes. After that, add one large tablespoon of linden and let it all sit for another 20 minutes. After a total of half an hour tea is done, and we can add lemon or honey in it. It is recommended to drink 2-3 cups a day.

Such tea successfully enhances immunity and protects against colds and high temperatures.

Chamomile Tea Recipes

First recipe is for an oil that can be used if you have burns. You need 10g of chamomile that you mix with 1 spoon of alcohol. After that you add 100g of seed oil. The obtained mixture is them warmed in a water bath. You put the bowl with the oil in a bigger bowl full with water and leave it to heat up for 2-3 hours. You should mix it with a spoon from time to time. After that you pour the obtained potion in to colored bottles and keep them at low temperature.

For eye washing or if you want to gargle you can make an infusion of 15 grams of chamomile flowers in 200 grams of water for 10-15 minutes. After the infusion you pour the tea and add 4 grams of boric acid. This is very good for  wrinkled, irritated, congested and dry tenure. You can also add compresses.

Other fast useful recipes using chamomile are:

– An infusion of 2 spoons of the plant in 250 ml of boiled water for 10 minutes. Consume two cups of this tea a day if you have gastritis or stomach problems;

-100g of flower infused for 10 minutes in boiled water and after that you wash your clean skin and this cures a lot of skin problems and burns;

-20g of chamomile infused in 1l of water for 10 minutes and after that you should wash with this 3 times a day for irritated facial skin;

-Boil the flower for 10 minutes after then pour the tea(that can be drank) and with the flowers you can make compresses for muscle pains and involuntary contractions or cramps;

-If you’ve read above about the sun-flower seed oil with chamomile then you can do this oil then add some honey and take worm it again while mixing it continuously with a spoon. The resulted mix can be use as a skin cream or for internal use, one spoon in the morning before you eat for gastric problems.

Chamomile Tea

This is an introduction in chamomile tea. This plant is very easy to find, you can find it on the side of the streets, in almost any forest or on plains along flowers and it can even grow in your back yard.

This plant has a variety of uses, I will only write a short introduction on this tea and some benefits that you can get from drinking this kind of tea.
First of all it helps stop muscular cramps and stomach cramps. I once had a problem with muscular cramps during sleep and I was very agitated and couldn’t rest well…guess what was the solution? Yes, chamomile tea. This tea is very good because it not only has internal use, but also external use. It is very good for your skin, eyes and throat. You can combine a chamomile infusion with a hot bath and you will clear your skin very well. Also for those who suffer from acne and facial rash I strongly recommend to wash your face three times a day with chamomile tea.

Liver illness can be avoided or ameliorated by drinking this kind of tea. It also helps repair scared tissue because of its compounds. If you are cold or if you have fever it is recommended to drink chamomile tea because it makes you sweat a lot, so it reduces fever and adjusts the body temperature.

If you had a stressful day or if you simply have a headache it is recommended to take 1 gram of pulverized chamomile flowers 2-3 hours after lunch. If you don’t like the tastes you can combine the pulverized flowers with some honey to add up a sweet taste.

This is all for this introduction, tomorrow I will write some methods on different ways to prepare tea and other things from chamomile. Until then, stay healthy!

Apple Tea, Peach Tea and Raspberry tea

Summer has passed but a icy cold tea is always welcomed, especially when it tastes good and it’s healthy.

Today I want to write down three recipes for delicious fruit teas.

Apple tea:

Ingredients: 3 cups of boiled water, 4 measures of tea(any tea is fine but i suggest linden tea), 1/3 cup of honey and 3 cups of apple juice.

Preparation mode: You put the tea plants in the boiled water and leave them for 3-5 mintes to infuse, this depends on the kind of tea you’re using. Pour the tea and after mixing the honey and the apple juice together add them and leave the mix to cold down.It is recommended to be served with ice.

Peach tea:

The ingredients are: the juice from 3 cans of peach sauce, 2 cups of tea, 1 cup of sugar and 1/4 cups of lemon juice.
This is quite simple. After you’ve prepared the two cups of tea you just mix all the ingredients together and let the mixture to cool down. You can drink the obtained potion with ice.

Raspberry tea:

This is the best tea to drink during summer time and it is easy to make, it tastes good with honey but not to sweet.
So, the ingredients are: 2 cups of tea, 2 cups of raspberry juice, 1/4 cups of honey.
It is easy to obtain this kind of tea. You just mix the hot tea with the raspberry juice and the honey and mixt them until the raspberry juice has dissolved. After that let the mixture cool down.

Black tea

How does this kind of tea differs from the others?

Well, first of all, and this is my favorite, you can replace coffee with black tea. That is because of its great benefits and properties.

It tastes good and it is indicated during the winter or a cold season or if you travel to places where temperature is lower then your average temperature at home. This kind of tea can replace coffee because it contains caffeine but in smaller amounts then coffee, but be careful, if you drink high quantities you can suffer from insomnia, you can get nervous and agitated.  It is not recommended to drink more then two cups a day.

This is great during winter because it helps protect your body due to a high content of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. It also reduces fat and cholesterol while clearing the toxins out of your blood. Drinking black tea constant you can maintain your body weight and have a nice and attractive body, that is because it helps the digestive system and stimulates fat burnings. Drinking two cups a day can prevent diabetes.

Another good use for this potion is cleaning your teeth. If you rinse your mouth two or three times a day with black tea you will reduce the risk of cavities in your mouth.

So how come this tea differs from the green tea? First of all its taste and second its use. They both have approximately the same benefits but this kind of tea, the black tea is indicated specially in winter time because it will help you maintain a low body weight. We all now that we tend to grow a little in fat with all the holidays that winter brings us. This tea also helps maintain your teeth health and it is very useful in diets or if you have bad weight problems like obesity or if you consume a lot of bad and hard food, sweets are also included. Don’t forget that you can prevent diabetes by drinking two cups a day.

I recommend for those of you that drink coffee and/or have weight problems try to replace coffee with black tea. Besides all the great benefits that come from giving up coffee and taking up black tea you won’t have yellow teeth  and you won’t have cavities.

In the next post I want to write a little about how to maintain a health balance between your body and your mind and how to maintain a nice physical balance.

Yarrow Tea

One of my favorite tea to drink in the morning because of its great healing properties and great effects on the human body.

Why do I love this to so much in the morning? Well, simply because it has the magnificent property to heal wounded tissue and to help it recover and it is very good for your stomach. It also has a wide range of uses and comes in handy in a lot of illnesses. I’m going to write down some of the illnesses when this kind of tea is recommended.
Anorexia, enterocolitis, gastritis, colic hepatic bronchitis, hipermenoree, dysmenorrhea (pain soothes and regulates heavy bleeding), hemorrhoids, cystitis. It is also very useful when you have intestinal worms.Use it by boiling 10 g in 100ml of water and drink it in the morning before breakfast.

It acts directly to your spine that is why it is indicated if you have spine problems also it fastens up the renewal of the blood. It also eliminates bloating and stomach cramps. Because of its vast uses there are so many ways of using and drinking this tea or using the flowers of the plant.I have written about some of its healing properties in another article.Know I am going to focus on the basics of tea and the basic tea you can get from boiling this plant or more exactly its flowers.

First of all remember one rule so that the water for the tea to be perfect. Boil the water until bubbles the size of crab eyes starts to appear.After that for 250 ml of water add one full spoon of yarrow flowers and let it to infuse for 1-2 minutes.After that filter the water and drink the tea while its hot.

Another great use (bonus) for t he yarrow plant is a nice hot bath using the full plant.You need 100g of yarrow, full plant. You leave it to macerate in cold water for 12 hours.After that boil the mixture for 4 to 5 minutes, filter the water and added into your hot bath.

That is all for today. Hope this simple recipes will help you gain a better health or maintain a balance in your life. This is like an introduction, I will resume with more recipes regarding the yarrow plant and its benefits and more recipes that contain yarrow. All of this just because it is an wonderful plant that has a variety of benefits that should not be ignored or wasted.

Two great recipes

A fast article that has two recipes included in them both non related with tea recipes, but useful to all of us I think.

First is a natural cure for muscle or joint pain or any rheumatic pain. It also helps when you want to massage someone or just to relax your muscles after a long training or hard working day.
Ok, so this is simple to prepare. All you need is some yarrow and a bottle of olive oil.
First of all take only the flowers of yarrow off the plant. After that, find a bottle made out of light resistant glass and fill it with the yarrow flowers. After that pour the olive oil in it.
Let it ripen for 30 days in a dry dark place. After it had ripened, filter the resulted potion in to a light resistant bottle and also keep it in a dry place. Watch out for high temperature or for low ones. This is all, now the mixture is ready to use. It also helps the skin, so you can use it as an after bath gel and it also cures and helps scars recover.
I had an ugly cut in my right palm last year and I used this mixture for one month an it helped both my skin and my tendons, now I don’t have any problem with my hand and I haven’t done any other exercises than the ones made by myself.

Second recipe is a nice season recipe that includes tomatoes. Yes, you’ve guessed well, it is tomato juice. All you need is some fresh tomatoes. All you have to do is wash them and then cut them in half and put them into a blender. Add some salt and pepper, but not too much because it is not recommended for your health. After mixing them all together you obtain a juice that contains pulp and it is not so good for you, the tomato being an fruit that has high quantities of sugar in it that goes directly into your blood so it is a risk of diabetes. All you have to do is add some water in it. Lets say half water half tomato juice and then you have to mix them all together. This way you obtain a nice season natural juice.
Why is this better than eating tomatoes? Because the effects appear faster.
Tomato juice helps your joints recover faster and maintain a better health if you have rheumatic problems or joint problems. I truly recommend this if you had sports injuries or any kind of join injuries or if you are in recovery especially that this is onion season. Of course, there are lots of benefits from eating tomatoes or drinking tomato juice but those are the ones I want to focus now having in consideration the content of this article.

So if you have joint or muscles problems apply those two easy methods combined with cold showers in the morning and hot baths twice a week or after any kind of training and drinking a hot cup of linden tea before going to bed and I assure you that you will feel better.

Linden Tea

The linden tea is a wonderful and helpful tea. It is used in many countries against colds, headaches and to calm the nervous system. There are different linden trees but they don’t have many differences and the tea has the same properties.

How can you get your hands on linden flowers? Well, it is simple. You have to find a linden tree, or you can grow one in your own garden if you like and you just have to wait for the right time of the year when the tree starts to flourish. Then all you have to do is gather its flowers and leave them for about 3-4 days to dry off.

The linden tree starts to flourish in the first half of June starting with Tilia plathphyllos, that is the first linden tree that shows his flowers then after that in about 2 weeks comes the Tilia tomentosa and in the late July comes Tilia cordata.

What benefits do you get from drinking this kind of tea?

Well, to begin with, it helps your immune system and prevents you from getting colds. This drink is indicated when you are cold or when your throat hurts or if you have an irritation in your throat. In these cases it is indicated to drink a hot cup of linden tea sweetened with one or two teaspoons of honey.

A second benefit that you will get from drinking this tea is that it will calm down your nervous system. If you are really stressed or if you had a bad day, a cup of linden tea after work or before going to bed will help you relax and relief some of the stress that you’ve accumulated during the day.

Speaking of going to bed, because this tea helps your nervous system it also helps you to get a good night sleep. So, if you know you suffer from insomnia or you have problems resting well, a big hot cup of linden tea before going to bed every night for about one or two weeks, or even longer if you feel the need, will help you get a good night sleep. But, be careful, if you wish to drink tea before going to bet, try doing it without sweetening the tea with honey or, worst, try not to add sugar. Honey will give you energy and will stimulate your heart beat and rise your pulse so therefore you won’t have a good sleep. Sugar is worst because, not only that it will act exactly like the honey, but it also turns into fat very fast and can cause you diabetes.

How to prepare a nice cup of linden tea? Well, as I told you in the last post, there are many ways of preparing tea. I will present one of the easiest and most common ways. If you don’t have water from a spring or a fountain there is no big deal, you can use normal water.You put the water to boil on a small fire until bubbles the size of crab eyes start appearing. After that you stop the fire and add the linden tea. Now comes the big question, how much? Well there is no “how much”. Of course you can’t add to much or too little, it depends on what effect you want it to have. I suggest you add a small handful of flower at lets say 600-700 ml of water, then again I’m not an expert, but this is the regular way I do my tea when I want to drink a hot linden tea, like I’m doing right now. After that you cover the bowl or what ever is that thing you boiled the water into and leave it there for 3 minutes. Some say 5 to 10 minutes but then again it depends on how concentrated you want it to be. After 3 minutes, strain the tea and throw the remaining flowers away. You can add honey and you can drink it while it is hot or if you prefer let it cool and if it is a hot day drink it with some cold ice and some lime.

More to come on the linden tree, I will write some interesting things about it and the honey that is made from its flowers.