Virginia Kirwan came and shared about “Herbal Teas for Spring Relief and Summer Health.”
Virginia had several tips for us with using herbal blend teas for spring and summer health. Spring is beautiful but also brings in the allergy season and there are blends that help fight off those watery eyes, sniffly noses and exhaustion from the pollen. She also shared about teas to help with stress, aging and to cool down in the upcoming summer heat and the occasional hot flash!
Virginia reminded us that steeping the tea in boiling water brings out the medicinal properties the best. Cooking with herbs is great for flavor, but it takes the steeping time to really draw out the healing properties. Root and bark teas need to be simmered for 20 minutes for best results. Loose tea can be steeped for a long time or short, depending on the type of tea it is.
This is one of the Tea Tigers I have in the shop with the loose tea steeping in it. Thanks to the small strainer at the top, all you get is the refreshing tea when you drink, and the loose stuff stays inside the container. It really helps you get all the goodness out of your tea.
These were several of the things Virginia suggested to us. Making spring tea blends to help cool you down include using things in the mint family, lavender and feverfew. Did you know catnip is in the mint family and can be used in tea? With lavender you can use the buds and the leaves in teas. Feverfew has been known to help with migraines if used over the period of a few weeks. She suggested another herb to be used in teas too, astragalus. It may help with mental clarity. Red raspberry leaf has been used to help balance hormones. I shared some other tea blends in an earlier post you can find here.
Dried herbs you use for teas are more potent than fresh herbs. Drying them brings them to a more concentrated form. Also, Virginia mentioned that using honey and sugar for sweetening will not hurt their medicinal effect. That’s nice to know for when something strong needs just a touch of something sweet for us to enjoy it. This website has a wonderful list of many herbs and the specific uses each herb is purported to help with.
There are herbs to help support whatever corrections you are needing for physical problems you have. You can contact Virginia on her Facebook page, Earthglow Candle Company, with any questions you may have. She can also create custom tea blends to suit your needs.
Virginia’s wonderful herbal tea blends and candles are at my shop. Her Breathe Herbal Tea is just right for spring. Her ingredients are the best, and her teas and candles are just lovely! They sell fast, so let me know what you are interested in.
We enjoyed every drop of our fresh tea that day. Enjoying tea is one of my all time favorite things!